Kenedna does it again for Not A Single Doubt

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with her second Group 1 victory…

Star mare Kenedna has pushed Not A Single Doubt past $10 million Australian prizemoney for the fourth consecutive season, and she has done it in the best possible way, with the second Group 1 victory from her last three starts.

And it’s only a week since Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Qafila won the South Australian Derby G1.

His 13th Group 1 success as a sire came in the $700,000 BRC Doomben Cup 2000m G1 where Kenedna settled midfield and travelled sweetly for John Allen who found space for her to shoot through on the rail at the top of the straight. After that, it was all over as the mare proved too strong for the fast-finishing Life Less Ordinary and Sixties Groove, posting the excellent time of 2:02.18.

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher was delighted with Kenedna’s performance, five weeks after her success in the Coolmore-sponsored Queen of the Turf S. G1 at Randwick.

He said, “This was always her target race, the Coolmore Legacy was just a bonus. She has always been a high quality mare, I think she has just furnished.”

John Allen added, “She is fast becoming my favourite horse – she is so tough and so genuine.” 

Kenedna, now the winner of 9 races and $1.8 million, is Not A Single Doubt’s third dual Group 1 winner after Miracles of Life (Blue Diamond & Robert Sangster S.) and Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond & AJ Moir S.).

She and her multiple Group-winning three-quarter brother Spill The Beans (by Snitzel) are among five winners left by the Falbrav mare Miss Dodwell, from the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly. 

Miss Dodwell has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is in foal to Snitzel.

Kenedna was an $80,000 buy for John Foote, Mike Rennie’s MDR Bloodstock & Darren Weir from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. She is Arrowfield’s fifth Group 1-winning graduate this season, following The Autumn Sun (Golden Rose, Caulfield Guineas, Randwick Guineas & Rosehill Guineas), Maid of Heaven (Spring Champion), Atyaab (Cape Derby in South Africa) & Castelvecchio (Champagne S.). 

As for Not A Single Doubt, he is challenging Fastnet Rock for 4th spot on the General Sires’ premiership, with $10.2 million and 13 winners of 20 stakes races.

A Group 1 weekend for Arrowfield graduates

Arrowfield has had many Group 1 weekends in its 32-year history, but few better than 6-7 May 2017 when four sale graduates by three different stallions won elite races in three countries.

Heading the quartet were Mustaaqeem & Rafeef who achieved a rare sibling Group 1 double in the SA Nursery and Computaform Sprint on Turffontein’s Champions Day. The sons of champion sire Redoute’s Choice & South African Horse of the Year National Colour were both purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale by Shadwell Stud’s master buyer Angus Gold and are trained in South Africa by Mike de Kock.

Rafeef and Mustaqeem, bred by Arrowfield in partnership with leading South African farm Klawervlei Stud, are the latest of Shadwell’s four Group 1-winning Inglis Easter graduates by Redoute’s Choice. Champion South African filly Majmu, also trained by de Kock, was a $300,000 buy from Arrowfield in 2013, and the David Hayes-trained Blue Diamond winner Nadeem was bought for $700,000 from Edinglassie’s 2005 draft.

With a new lifetime tally of 32 individual Group 1 winners, Redoute’s Choice has edged past the great US sire Giant’s Causeway (31 G1 winners) on the global Group 1 sires’ list. It’s a figure now bested only by Galileo (64 G1 winners) among active international sires.
 
Arrowfield’s third success on Saturday came in Adelaide when Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ $120,000 Magic Millions purchase Secret Agenda  overcame a wide draw to win the Robert Sangster S. G1. She is Not A Single Doubt’s sixth Group 1 winner and his third this season after Extreme Choice (MVRC A.J. Moir S. G1) and Scales of Justice (WATC Railway S. G1).

Secret Agenda was bred by the long-standing partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, also successful at Group 1 level with Miss Finland and her daughter Stay With Me. Arrowfield has a record that includes all five Group 1 2YO races and six Australian Guineas winners.

Not A Single Doubt is on track to match or better his career-high 2015/16 performance, with 12 winners of 18 Group & Listed Races – just three black type wins short of his total last season.|

Three new Group 1 winners were enough to make the weekend memorable, but Contentment made it spectacular with a dramatic victory in the The Champions Mile G1 at Sha Tin on Sunday evening.

Contentment was described in post-race interviews as “quirky” by his jockey Brett Prebble, but it’s not a word that matches his quality record of 10 wins, six placings and more than $6 million from 29 starts, 21 of them in Hong Kong Group company.

His breeders Paul Favretto, Tony Hodgson, Paul Rowe and David & Peter Sinn are certainly proud of the 6YO son of Hussonet and their mare Jemison, who has yearling & weanling fillies by Animal Kingdom & Dundeel, and is again in foal to Dundeel.

A $65,000 purchase by John Foote from Arrowfield at the 2012, Contentment is trained by John Size for Benson Lo Tak Wing and, with a new figure of 126, is a top five performer in Hong Kong this season.

Rounding out the weekend’s graduate results were a couple of meritorious Group 1 placings, by Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), runner-up in the Australasian Oaks G1, and  Heavenly Blue (Snitzel-Simply Carina), third in the South African Derby G1, and a New Zealand Listed stakes win by 2YO Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice-Miss Argyle).

Fourth stakes win for Into The Red

Trainer Kelso Wood reckons a long break enforced by an injury 12 months ago has been the making of talented 5YO Into The Red. The 5YO gelding collected his fourth stakes win and first Group success in Saturday’s $175,000 Qld Tatt’s RC W.J. Healy S. 1200m G3.

Wood said, “It allowed him to mature mentally and he’s turned into a lovely horse now. The injury he had was always going to heal and he’s only just starting to realise his potential.”

Into The Red prevailed by a half-head from Robert Heathcote’s Saluter to deliver the 21st black type win for Team Not A Single Doubt this season. The gelding also won the Bribie H. LR in April, more than ten months after his previous start, and was then fifth in the Lightning H. LR earlier this month. 

Watch Into The Red’s W.J. Healy S. G3 win.

The Healy Stakes win was especially significant for rider Luke Dittman who completed the last day of his apprenticeship on Saturday.

Wood plans now to keep Into The Red to short-course sprints. “You need to get him in a race where there’s a lot of speed and if that eventuates then he’s awfully hard to beat. He’s a sit-and-sprint horse and when he lets go he can really sprint hard at the end of a race.”

Into The Wood (ex Red Sequin by Clay Hero) was bred by Todd McKeon & partners, and purchased for $100,000 by leading agent John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

His earnings from five wins, five placings and 25 starts now exceed $420,000 for his owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Into The Red is among the dozen stakeswinners that have helped to make this a milestone season for Not A Single Doubt, who is on track to end 2015/16 as Australia’s leading active sire with earnings second only to Darley’s outstanding, but sadly deceased sire Street Cry.

Stakes double for Not A Single Doubt

Fell Swoop and Into The Red delivered Not A Single Doubt’s second same-day, same-track stakes double this season with strong wins at Doomben on Saturday.

Few horses this season have deserved a Group success more than Fell Swoop who went into Saturday’s $200,000 BRC Victory S. 1200m G2 as a clear favourite after three tremendous Group 1 performances in the Oakleigh Plate, the Galaxy and Chautauqua’s T.J. Smith Stakes

Things didn’t go exactly to plan at Doomben, but Fell Swoop unwound in characteristically determined fashion to overhaul Didntcostalot with Artlee third.

A Group 2 win, and two Listed wins in Melbourne last September are the highights of his nine-win, 14-start, $1million-plus career, but success at the highest level is obviously within his capabilities. He is the horse to watch in next month’s Group 1 features, the BTC Cup on 14 May and the Doomben 10,000 a fortnight later.

Fell Swoop was bred by Lee Curtis and partners Mark Richards, Graham Singh & Paul Armstrong (who remain in his ownership), and sold to his trainer Matthew Dale for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  The gelding’s dam is Touched In Flight (by Fasliyev), a descendant of  the wonderful New Zealand broodmare Simper, through her daughter Luminare.

Luminare won several races in Victoria in the 1930s for enterprising New Zealand owner-breeder Bill Hazlett, who regularly took teams of horses from his Southland base to compete in Australia. Luminare remained on this side of the Tasman and is also the ancestress of Group winners Radiant Blue, Crimson Cloud, Hula Wonder, Lemarque & Crimson Flight.

Into The Red’s third stakes win, in the $100,000 BRC Bribie H. 1050m LR, comes almost a year after his second black type success, in last May’s Ascot Handicap but there’s a good reason for the gap. The 5YO gelding was injured in a track gallop and has returned to racing after a seven-month paddock break and plenty of water-walking, with only a jumpout to tune him up.

Bred by Todd McKeon & partners, Into The Red was a $100,000 purchase by John Foote from Goodwood Farm’s draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.  He’s the best of the eight winners left by the unraced mare Red Sequin, a half-sister to the dam and grand-dam of a couple of top-liners, Champion New Zealand 2YO Maroofity and Champion Hong Kong Miler Beauty Flash.

Into The Red has now earned more than three times his purchase price with four wins and five placings for his trainer Kelso Wood and owners, Queensland property developer David Devine & his wife Diane, Mick Power, Neville Morgan & AFL legend Leigh Matthews. The same group raced another Kelso Wood star, Snitzel’s Group 1-winning son Sizzling.

Not A Single Doubt’s first same-day, same-track double came up at Ascot in Western Australia on 21 November, when Good Project won the Railway S. G1 and Let It Slip took out the Placid Ark S. LR. He had previously achieved a stakes treble, on 2 March 2013 when Petty Cury, My Ex Mate & Isabella Snowflake won at Ellerslie, Morphettville & Flemington.

It can be said with some confidence that Not A Single Doubt’s  $10.4 million prizemoney, earned principally by his 11 winners of 19 Group & Listed Races, has secured his second position on the 2015/16 Australian General Sires’ Premiership. The possibility that he may challenge the deceased Street Cry, in top spot with $12 million, will add plenty of interest to the final two months of the season.

Hong Kong Group double for Arrowfield & Inglis

Not Listenin’tome and Contentment have more in common than being highly impressive Australian-bred Group winners at Sha Tin on Thursday evening. 

Both are also Arrowfield graduates of Inglis yearling sales.

The Hong Kong International Sprint G1 is the obvious target for Not Listenin’tome after proving way too strong for his rivals in the National Day Cup HK-3.

The 5YO gelding jumped smartly and initially settled in a group behind the early leader Amber Sky, but when jockey Neil Callan pushed the button 400 metres out, the race was all over as Not Listenin’tome instantly sprinted clear to win by two lengths from Super Jockey in 55.90.

Watch Not Listenin’tome’s National Day Cup HK-3 win.

It was the second Hong Kong stakes win for Not Listenin’tome, also successful in last season’s Sha Tin Vase HK-3 after an excellent 3YO year for the Hawkes stable in Australia where he won the MRC Zeditave S. G3 and was twice Group 1-placed, behind Zoustar and Appearance.  With five wins & 5 placings from 15 starts, his earnings now exceed $A1 million.

John Moore, who prepares Not Listenin’tome for Matthew Wong Leung Pak, could not have been happier with the gelding’s performance.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked – he’s finally done what I wanted him to do. This should take him on his way to become Hong Kong’s top sprinter.”

Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas-Flame Of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) was bred by Michael Pitt & Mark Read and bought by George Moore for $270,000 from the Arrowfield consignment at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale. Flame Of Sydney, herself a Flemington stakeswinner, has an unraced filly named She’s Got Power and a 2YO filly, both by Redoute’s Choice, a yearling colt by Snitzel and is foaling again to Snitzel this Spring.

Just over an hour later it was the turn of Contentment, Hong Kong’s Most Improved Horse last season and a $65,000 John Foote purchase from Arrowfield Stud at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale.

He lined up in the Celebration Cup 1400m HK-3 where he settled comfortably in fourth spot for Joao Moreira while Beauty Flame and Divine Calling rolled along in front. Set alight round the turn, Contentment picked up strongly to hit the lead 200 metres out and win by a half-length from Giant Treasure in 1:21.17.

Watch Contentment’s Celebration Cup HK-3 win.

Moreira said, “He is a much more mature horse than he was last season and he showed us what we were expecting.

“I don’t think he is at his best at the moment and he still won, so we are very excited about what he will bring to his next races. Wherever he goes he will be competitive – he has heart.”

It’s the chestnut gelding’s first stakes victory among seven wins in Hong Kong, and takes his career prizemoney for owner Benson Lo Tak Wing to more than $A1.3 million.

Bred by Paul Favretto, Tony & Judy Hodgson, Paul Rowe and David & Peter Sinn, Contentment is a new stakeswinner for champion sire Hussonet, from the Commands mare Jemison, a relative of champion 2YO colt Align. Jemison is also the dam of 3YO and yearling colts by Charge Forward, a 2YO filly by Gio Ponti and a recently foaled filly by Animal Kingdom.

Completing a tremendous night at Sha Tin for Inglis & Arrowfield was Blizzard (Starcraft-Stormy Choice by Redoute’s Choice) who sustained a big run to catch Go Baby Go close to the finish of the Class 2 Beijing Handicap over 1200 metres. 

Watch Blizzard’s win at Sha Tin.

Blizzard was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock and offered by Arrowfield at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where his trainer Ricky Yiu bought him for $75,000.  Five wins from 9 starts have now returned almost $A680,000 to Blizzard’s owner, the Infinitude Syndicate.