Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Not A Single Doubt colt stars at 2YO Trials

The Official 2YO Trials attract what might be Randwick’s most high-powered crowd of the season, as studs, breeders, agents & media join owners & trainers to watch the first of each year’s babies run.

They come to check the progress of horses that in many cases represent substantial investments in genetics, environment, selection and horsemanship, and ardent hopes for a favourable turn of fortune’s wheel.

At the end of this year’s program of 12 trials, all held over 850 metres on Monday on a Soft7 track, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt claimed four winners and six placegetters from 14 runners.

Watch all 12 Randwick 2YO trials.

There’s always a 2YO who stands out with the fastest time or the biggest winning margin and this year both prizes went to the Not A Single Doubt colt Condor Heroes who blitzed his rivals in Trial 11 by more than 9 lengths in 50.52.

The third foal of the Sydney 2YO winner Gosetgo (by More Than Ready), he was a $190,000 buy for Sun Bloodstock from the Riversdale draft at Magic Millions and is prepared by Gerald Ryan. The Not A Single Doubt/More Than Ready cross has produced juvenile brilliance before, in the distinctive form of Blue Diamond G1 winner Miracles Of Life, as well as Adelaide Group 3 winner The Grey Flash.
The remaining winners included a trio of Arrowfield-bred-and-sold colts, Bowerman, Misty Lad & Invader.

Bowerman (Snitzel-Sabanci by Encosta de Lago) turned in a very professional effort to win the opening trial on the program, bouncing out to take up the lead, roll along comfortably in front and win by almost a length from Thy Kingdom Come & Sulaymanee in 51.84 seconds.

Bowerman is trained by Michael Freedman for the China Horse Club & Winstar Farm partnership which paid $525,000 for him at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. From the family of Group 1 winners Casino Prince, Onemorenomore & Green Birdie, Bowerman is the first foal of his dam who has a yearling colt by Snitzel and was served again by him earlier this month.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott produced the winner of Trial 3, Misty Lad (Redoute’s Choice-Anadan by Anabaa), who also took up the lead and travelled easily throughout to win by almost a length in 51.38.

The grandson of Group 1 winner Demerger was a $150,000 buy for owner Mount Hallowell Stud, co-trainer Gai Waterhouse and agent Julian Blaxland at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Anadan’s subsequent matings pursue the Redoute’s Choice theme: she has a yearling filly by Snitzel, is foaling to Not A Single Doubt this Spring and visits Panzer Division.

Trial 10 belonged to a pair of Snitzel colts with Invader (ex Flame of Sydney by Encosta de Lago) just edging just the $1.6 million Magic Millions sale-topper Chauffeur (ex Mirror Mirror by Dehere) in 51.21.

Invader was a $475,000 Magic Millions purchase by the China Horse Club and is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden; Chauffeur was bought by Gerald Ryan and lead owner Damion Flower of Jadeskye Racing. Flame of Sydney has a yearling filly and a foal-to-come by Snitzel.

It’s fascinating to review the past six years’ results which show the trials consistently unveil some of each crop’s very best performers at two, and beyond.

For instance, the last two Golden Slipper winners, Capitalist and Vancouver both won at the Randwick trials, and Pierro was second in 2011.

Sensational 2YO and now leading young sire Smart Missile posted the second-fastest time of the day when winning his trial by 3.5 lengths in 2010.

Australian Guineas G1 winner Wandjina and recent Group winner Sooboog – both million-dollar Snitzel colts bred & sold by Arrowfield – won their respective trials in 2013 and 2014.

Other subsequent Group winners to win their Randwick trials in recent years are Calliope & Defcon (2015), Alpha Miss & Ghibellines (2013), Havana, Va Pensiero & War (2012) and Wild and Proud (2010).

However, owners and trainers of those 2YOs who didn’t win their trials this year can also take encouragement from history. That’s because there are always star performers that don’t win or even place in their first trials.

Champagne S. G1 winner Prized Icon was 7th at his trial debut last Spring; amazon queen Sweet Idea (by Snitzel) was third to subsequent Champion 3YO Filly Guelph and Gimcrack S. LR winner Brilliant Bisc in 2012; and, like Pierro, VRC Oaks G1 winner Dear Demi was a trial runner-up in 2012.

Trial 8 in 2013 produced Not A Single Doubt’s Provincial Championship winner Sure And Fast (2nd), $1.9 million earner Unencumbered (6th) and Snitzel’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War (7th).  Fourth placegetter in Trial 12 the same year was dual Group 3 winner Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice), now serving his first book of mares at Arrowfield. 

In 2010 trial placegetters included subsequent Group 2 winners Elite Falls & Hallowell Belle (by Starcraft), while Flying Spur’s daughter Satin Shoes (Silver Slipper S. G2) and multiple Group 1 winner Helmet were both unplaced.

Placegetters that caught the eye this year include Sweet Idea’s $1.1 million full brother Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais), a close 2nd to Khan in Trial 5, and Red Zephyr (Snitzel-Red Typhoon), who completed a Waterhouse/Bott quinella with Conservation in Trial 9.

Redoute's Choice & sons dominate Easter Sale

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice and the two sons that stand alongside him at Arrowfield, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt, dominated the top end of last week’s Inglis Easter Sale.

They supplied ten of the 20 top-priced yearlings including five of the nine seven-figure lots. Snitzel claimed the sale-topper, the half-brother to Australia’s new champion mare Winx and full brother to recent 2YO Group winner El Divino.

The son of Vegas Showgirl was offered by Segenhoe Stud on behalf of his breeders John & Deborah Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and was knocked down to Gai Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland for $2.3 million. This is a new record price for Snitzel, his fifth seven-figure sale in 2016, and the ninth time that $1 million or more has been paid for one of his yearlings.

Gai Waterhouse, who also trains El Divino, described the colt as “an outstanding type, he is by the boom stallion of the year, and he is out of a proven Group 1 producing mare. Now it is my job to get him set for the Golden Slipper.”

This result also completed a notable treble for Snitzel, because he has provided the sale-toppers at all three major Australian yearling sales in 2016: Inglis Easter, Magic Millions Gold Coast (the $1.6 million colt ex Mirror Mirror, bought by Jadeskye Racing & Gerald Ryan from Strawberry Hill Stud) and Inglis Melbourne Premier (the $700,000 colt ex Beauty World, bought by L. Hung & Bahen Bloodstock).

Redoute’s Choice, represented by a superb draft of Easter yearlings, claimed the next two top prices. The Waterhouse & Blaxland team paid $1.8 million for Coolmore’s full brother to Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee and Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud secured Arrowfield’s colt out of South African champion National Colour for $1.75 million. The latter colt’s 3YO brother Rafeef, also an Arrowfield Easter graduate, obliged with his second win from three starts for Sheikh Hamdan in South Africa on the same day.

Shadwell’s racing manager Angus Gold, the leading buyer at the Sale, also bought Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice-Top Cuban colt for $1.5 million, and Milburn Creek’s Snitzel-Roses ‘n’ Wine colt for $900,000.

The Top Cuban colt, a half-brother to the recent Hong Kong International Sale-topper, will be trained by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Angus Gold said after buying him, “Redoute’s Choice is a global commodity now and we’ve had some good success with his offspring like Nadeem, Reaan, and this season Zamzam. Sheikh Hamdan is a great supporter of Australia and wants the best so that’s what we have tried to do.”

James Bester and Nordic Racing & Breeding were the successful bidders at $1.1 million for the Snitzel-Family Breakup colt, offered by Victorian farm Erinvale Thoroughbreds.

James Harron’s final bid of $850,000 was enough to win a lively battle for Arrowfield’s Not A Single Doubt-Colorado Claire colt, setting a new record price for Not A Single Doubt, who is currently Australia’s leading active sire, and the leading sire of winners. Bred on the same Not A Single Doubt/Hussonet cross as Blue Diamond G1 winner Extreme Choice, the colt is his Group 2-winning dam’s first foal.

The first of Harron’s four Easter buys was the $700,000 Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt, a three-quarter brother to the top-class dual Group 1-winning sprinter Melito, from another Hussonet mare and consigned by Arrowfield.

$850,000 also secured Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice-Love Wings colt for Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock, and just $50,000 less saw Highgrove Stud’s Snitzel-Subsequent colt knocked down to New Zealand trainer Lance O’Sullivan’s Wexford Stables.

A second Snitzel colt offered by Highgrove’s Ron & Deb Gilbert was purchased for $750,000 by Spendthrift Australia. The son of Flamboyance (by Snowland) is a three-quarter brother to recent Group 3-winning 2YO Attention and carries an interesting 3m x 3f duplication of the very good sire Snippets.

The ten top-priced Inglis Easter yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are:











Vegas Showgirl (NZ)

Segenhoe Stud

Waterhouse & Blaxland




Redoute’s Choice

Estelle Collection (NZ)

Coolmore Stud





Redoute’s Choice

National Colour (SAF)

Arrowfield Stud

Shadwell Stud Australasia




Redoute’s Choice

Top Cuban

Arrowfield Stud

Shadwell Stud Australasia





Family Breakup

Erinvale Tbreds

James Bester & Nordic





Roses ‘n’ Wine (CAN)

Milburn Creek

Shadwell Stud Australasia




Not a Single Doubt

Colorado Claire

Arrowfield Stud

James Harron




Redoute’s Choice

Love Wings (USA)

Arrowfield Stud

Boomer Bloodstock






Highgrove Stud

Wexford Stables






Highgrove Stud

Spendthrift Australia