Second Group 1 winner for Dundeel

Classic & weight-for-age Champion Dundeel is making a serious impact as a sire with a talented bunch of second-crop juveniles and two Group 1 winners from his first 60 runners…

Expectations for Dundeel’s stud career were naturally shaped by his Classic pedigree and race record, which indicated that his progeny would start to make an impact as 3YOs racing at 1600 metres and beyond.

They have certainly done that – think South African Group 1 winner Atyaab, Melbourne Group winners  Global Exchange & The Inevitable, New Zealand stakeswinner Cutadeel and Group-placed colt Dealmaker. 

More of a surprise is the rocketing juvenile success of Dundeel’s second crop, which has produced three brilliant debut winners: NZ-based Yourdeel in December, Castelvecchio in Sydney and Pandano at Newcastle in January.  

Pandano is now spelling, but Castelvecchio progressed to win the $2 million ATC Inglis Millennium (R) LR on 9 February and run third in the Skyline S. G3. His Autumn campaign is now aimed at the $1 million Inglis Sires G1 on 6 April.

Yourdeel’s trajectory has been even more dramatic. He impressed when dead-heating for third in the ARC Karaka Million (R) on 26 January, ran away from his rivals to win the Matamata RC Slipper S. G3 a month later and on Saturday he became Dundeel’s first 2YO Group 1 winner.

And he did it the hard way in the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1, driving forward early to travel energetically on the pace, making his move at the top of the straight and fighting off five challengers to prevail by a short head from Aalaalune & Aretha, with Snitzel’s daughter Bavella fourth.

It was a record-equalling 62nd Group 1 victory for jockey Opie Bosson who said, “He over-raced a bit early and I thought surely he can’t keep going. When I got stuck in, he fought so hard, he’s a top-quality horse.”

Trained by Te Akau Racing’s Jamie Richards at Matamata, Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) was originally bought by Little Avondale Stud from breeder Dan Myers at the 2017 NZ National Weanling Sale.

Offered at the 2018 National Yearling Sale at Karaka by Little Avondale, he was knocked down to the $100,000 bid of Chris Rutten who races the gelding with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Dundeel now heads the New Zealand 2nd Season Sires table, and is third, behind Savabeel & Showcasing, on the New Zealand 2YO Sires’ Premiership. In Australia he’s a clear third on the 2nd Season Sires list with  21 winners, 3 stakeswinners and  $2.5 million prizemoney.

Dundeel’s eight stakeswinners from his first 60 runners give him an excellent strike rate of 13.3%. Furthermore, international bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim’s APEX ratings, which identified Snitzel & Savabeel back in 2012, recently highlighted Dundeel with an A Runner index of 4.11.

The 2019 Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 14 yearlings by Dundeel, all but three of them in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

Dundeel 2YO sensational on debut

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths…

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths.

The third foal of city winner Miss Zapper (by Red Ransom), Yourdeel was offered by Little Avondale Stud at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale and purchased for $100,000 by Chris Rutten who races him with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Debut 2YO winner Yourdeel as a $100,000 Karaka yearling. (PHOTO: Little Avondale/NZ Bloodstock)

Trained by Jamie Richards under the Te Akau Racing banner, Yourdeel was ridden by Opie Bosson who said after the win, “Everything was spot-on today, he travelled up and he had heaps there when I needed it.

“A couple flicks and it was all over, he obviously took a lot out of his trials and fronted up today.”

Rutten and Norwood won the 2014 Karaka Million and now have a live chance of a repeat victory with Yourdeel who is the first runner from Dundeel’s second crop. He is also Dundeel’s 9th individual winner in the past month.

The six-time Group 1 winner has 14 yearlings catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, among them 7 colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Success for Redoute's Choice daughters of Oaks winners

A couple of Sunday results highlighted the strong breeder support Redoute’s Choice continues to attract, and  a pair of likely 3YO fillies to follow through to Autumn Classic engagements.

First-up at Te Rapa in New Zealand was Fashionably, the first foal of 2011 Queensland Oaks G1 winner Scarlett Lady (by Savabeel), who went on to Group 1 weight-for-age success in the 2012 ARC New Zealand S.G1.

Fashionably, a $240,000 Inglis Easter buy for Te Akau Racing, started favourite in the1600-metre 3YO maiden and won well after being restrained early by Opie Bosson, then sweeping quickly around the field at the 800-metre mark to score by 1.5 lengths.

Watch Fashionably win at Te Rapa.

It was the filly’s third start for Garry Chittick & Waikato Stud, which also co-bred her dam, now owned by Australian breeders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett. Scarlett Lady has a 2YO filly Oh Miss Scarlett (by All Too Hard), a yearling colt by Snitzel, a colt foal by Fastnet Rock and is in foal again to Snitzel.

Fashionably is trained Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and holds a nomination for the New Zealand Oaks G1 on 18 March.

Just over two hours later at Wyong, the Waterhouse & Bott stable lined up Strawberry Hill Stud’s home-bred filly Long Time Ago, the first foal of 2010 Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg).

Like Fashionably, Long Time Ago was sent out favourite, but contested a 1200-metre Fillies & Mares maiden. She jumped well from gate eight, was forced to sit four wide, wobbled slightly round the bend and impressed by picking up strongly in the straight to prevail quite comfortably.

Watch Long Time Ago win at Wyong.

She may well get her chance to emulate her mother in this year’s $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April and join the 7 Oaks winners already on the record of her champion sire: Absolutely & Royal Descent (Australian Oaks), Anamato, Abbey Marie & Gallica (Australasian Oaks) and Miss Finland & Samantha Miss (VRC Oaks).

Stakes treble for Redoute's Choice & Sons

The booming success of Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield-based sons continued on Saturday with geographically diverse stakes victories by Abidewithme, Prompt Response & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s imposing 4YO son Scales of Justice produced an outstanding performance to win the $150,000 WATC R.J. Peters S. 1500m G3 at Ascot in Perth. Backing up from a strong win a fortnight earlier, the gelding jumped well and sat just behind the speed before taking the lead at the top of the straight  and showing his customary determination to score by a length from Bass Strait and Ideal Image. Trainer Lindsey Smith said afterwards that he will back Scales of Justice up next Saturday in the $1 million WATC Railway S. G1, won last year by another son of Not A Single Doubt, Good Project.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC R.J. Peters S. G3

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has won or placed in all of his 12 starts for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews and is Not A Single Doubt’s 35th stakeswinner.

Beneteau also posted a new stakeswinner when 3YO filly Prompt Response won the $120,000 MRC Twilight Glow S. 1400m LR for breeder Ron Hamer and co-owner Mark Sowerby, who also race her Group 3-winning older brother Prompt Return. The pair are out of Prompt (by Exceed and Excel), a daughter of the five-time winner and multiple Group placegetter Amnesia, and have each earned almost $300,000. Prompt Response is prepared by the Waterhouse-Bott partnership.

Watch Prompt Response win the MRC Twilight Glow S. LR 

Beneteau’s two crops have already ensured he will be remembered as a successful sire whose premature death in 2013 was a real blow for Australian thoroughbred breeding. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit heads his list of nine stakeswinners among 16 stakes performers – that’s an impressive 18.8% per cent of his runners. He is currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ table, behind another young Arrowfield-sired stallion, Star Witness (by Starcraft), who defeated Beneteau in a notable running of the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Redoute’s Choice himself chimed in thanks to an eye-catching performance by his daughter Abidewithme who stormed home from the back of the field to win the $100,000 Tauranga S. 1600m G2. 

Watch Abidewithme win the Tauranga S. G2

 Co-trainer Jamie Richards said, “That was a great performance, she’s a mare who’s in great form at the moment. She’s the biggest and strongest we’ve ever seen her.

“She was served by Tavistock this Spring, and she’s tested positive in foal. So we’ve only got a limited amount of time left with her, but I think we could have a lot of fun in that time we’ve got left.”

Abidewithme was bred by her owners Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel) and now has two Group 2 wins and a pair of Listed victories on her nine-win, $400,000 record. Crimson, also the dam of Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti and grand-dam of multiple stakeswinner Destiny’s Kiss, has a 2YO filly by Redoute’s Choice’s son Burgundy, whose first runner, Hard Merchandize won well on debut at Otaki on 1 November. 

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau have already put up 21 stakeswinners and collective progeny earnings of $11.5 million this season.

Sassy first stakeswinner for Smart Missile

Te Akau Racing’s 2YO filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart has given her sire Smart Missile a fairytale start as his first runner & winner, and now first stakeswinner with a dominant victory in Saturday’s $50,000 CJC Welcome S. 1000m LR.

An impressive debut winner three weeks ago at Riccarton, Sassy ‘N’ Smart jumped more promptly today for jockey Matt Cameron, sat just off the pace and put the result beyond doubt with a decisive turn of foot. She won by 2.75 lengths from What Choux Want and Dontpokethetiger (by Beneteau) in 57.41.

Watch Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s CJC Welcome S. LR win.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was part of a splendid day for the new training partnership of Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, who turned out four winners on Riccarton’s marquee day, including Risque, successful in the NZ 1000 Guineas G1 for The Oaks Stud.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of French Oaks G1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, a colt foal by Snitzel and is once again in foal to Snitzel.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s stakes victory sealed a good week for Smart Missile, also represented by a pair of strong trial winners last Tuesday, the colt Jericho at Rosehill for Triple Crown Syndications, and the filly Strike For Victory at Hobart for Prime Thoroughbreds.

Smart Missile has 37 yearlings on offer at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them in the Arrowfield draft.

First runner, first winner for Smart Missile

First season sire Smart Missile posted his first winner when debutante Sassy ‘N’ Smart scored in dashing style on Saturday at the Riccarton Park metropolitan meeting in New Zealand.

The 2YO filly’s performance was all the more impressive because she missed the start by three lengths, then quickly closed the gap on the field, challenged the leader, last-start winner What Choux Want and pressed on to win by three-quarters of a length. Lord Ascot was three lengths away in third place. Sassy ‘N’ Smart winning time for the 800-metre trip was 45.99 on the Good3 track.

Watch Smart ‘N’ Sassy’s debut win.

Sassy “N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of dual French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt foal by Snitzel.