Dundeel’s 3YOs target major Spring prizes

Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2 – his second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier… 

Success with Arrowfield graduate The Avenger at Moonee Valley, and a Group 2 quinella  by the splendid mares Invincibella & Noire at Rosehill headlined a tremendous day for Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds on 8 September. 

A trio of Group 2 runners-up also carried the Purple, White Stars, among them Dundeel’s  progressive 3YO son Dealmaker. 

He lost no admirers when going down very narrowly to Tarka in the ATC Stan Fox S. 1500m G2, after a blunder soon after the start cost him a better position early in the race.  It was Dealmaker’s second Group placing after his Ming Dynasty G3 third a fortnight earlier. 

A second Dundeel colt, Spendthrift Australia’s Irukandji ran on solidly for fourth in the Stan Fox, the pair split by another Classic contender, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice). 

Watch Dealmaker’s 2nd in the ATC Stan Fox S. G2.

Even better, Dealmaker posted the best last 600 metres of 36.45 in the race, and was the only runner to break 12 seconds between the 400 and 200 metres (11.80).

The numbers were backed by Hugh Bowman’s comments, “Delighted with him. Progressive type of horse and the best is still ahead of him.”

Three recent eye-catching winners, Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ & Sunreel, only enhance Dundeel’s up-and-coming sire status. 

On debut the Maher & Eustace-trained  colt Global Exchange was third to the highly touted Approach Discreet who subsequently won by 8 lengths in Adelaide.

The Andrew Payne-trained gelding I’m Dun Dreamin’ was an emphatic winner on debut last month at Cranbourne despite being very green, coming wide from the tail of the field and being at massive odds.

Kris Lees sends the filly Sunreel to the Spring Stakes G3 at Newcastle this coming Friday after her 4.8 length win over the course and distance last month.

Other Dundeel 3YOs likely to progress this Spring are debut juvenile winner The Closer (also in the Maher & Eustace stable), and Ron Quinton’s charge Seel The Deel, aiming for better things after two placings from as many starts, one of them behind Group performer Primitivo.

First stakes performer for Dundeel

There were several Arrowfield stories out of Saturday’s $130,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR at Flemington, but the most significant result was the gritty effort by Dundeel’s son Irukandji for second.

The 2YO Hawkes-trained colt has been a star of Dundeel’s stud career since his $240,000 sale as a Magic Millions weanling by Riversdale, on behalf of breeders Roger Langley & Alison Hodges.

Purchaser David Kobritz’s Musk Creek Farm then returned to Magic Millions to sell Irukandji as a yearling for $500,000 to Spendthrift Farm whose Orange & Purple silks the colt carried to become Dundeel’s first stakes performer.

In fact, Arrowfield stallions dominated the finish of the race, won by Snitzel’s daughter Nomothaj with debutante Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice) finishing strongly for fourth.

Watch Nomothaj & Irukandji quinella the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Irukandji, New Zealand debut winner Cutadeel and twice-placed Sunreel have all emerged from Dundeel’s first seven runners and buyers of his second-crop yearlings have clearly been paying attention. 

The 20 Dundeel yearlings sold at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic Sales averaged better than four times their sire’s $25,000 fee, with a top price of $280,000 paid for Arrowfield’s colt out of Opportunity by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson.

Dundeel’s likely affinity with Australian bloodlines is already evident in his first three performers. Cutadeel and Sunreel are both out of mares by Danehill sons Dylan Thomas & Danzero, while Irukandji’s Group-placed dam Cerberus Gal is by General Nediym from Danzero’s family.

Cerberus Gal has a yearling colt by Zoffany and a weanling full sister to Irukandji.

Dundeel has six colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, which begins on Sunday, and they can be found in the Bombora Downs, Glentree, Henley Park, Phoenix & Three Bridges consignments. 

The Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 12 Dundeel yearlings, among them five fillies & five colts in the Arrowfield draft – eight of them featuring Danehill sons as damsires or grand-damsires.