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.

Record NZ price for Snitzel colt

Karaka’s perennial leading buyer David Ellis was busy on Day 2 of the new-format Karaka Book 1 Sale, securing nine lots including the top-priced Snitzel yearling sold in New Zealand.

Presented by Haunui Farm, the colt out of Floria was knocked down for $NZ625,000, a figure exceeded by five Snitzel yearlings at this year’s Magic Millions Sale, and $NZ100,000 above the previous record for a Karaka-sold Snitzel, set in 2017.

Floria (by Savabeel) is a multiple Group winner from the marvellous Princess Patine family nurtured over five decades by Richard Moore and his son David. Prospects for the Snitzel/Savabeel cross look bright, given the affinity of Danehill and Sir Tristram in various combinations, and the fact that Snitzel has already sired Group winners Time For War, Lubiton & Perast out of Zabeel mares.

Two Snitzel fillies, out of Irish Group 3 winner Scintillula (by Galileo) and multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (by Ekraar) were also sold, for $NZ400,000 and $NZ300,000 respectively.

Snitzel, who posted his 21st stakeswinner this season when 2YO Traces scored in South Africa on Saturday, has three lots catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier. They will be followed by 64 Snitzel yearlings at Inglis Easter in April including eight fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield.  

$900,000 for Not A Single Doubt filly

A new record top price for a Not A Single Doubt yearling filly was set at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Sale on Tuesday when the half-sister to Champion 2YO Melody Belle was knocked down for $NZ900,000.

It took only two bids, an opener of $800,000, then a wink at $900,000 for syndicator David Ellis of Te Akau Racing to secure the filly, who was offered by Haunui Farm on behalf of her breeder Marie Leicester. 

The third foal of minor winner Meleka Belle (by Iffraaj), the filly is an outstanding type with size, strength & quality and her extended female family is one of New Zealand’s best, descended from the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox.

David Ellis said, “I’ve been watching this filly’s family for the last 40 years. The moment I saw her at Haunui Farm I thought she was a stunning filly. She came up here to the sale and didn’t turn a hair as she took it all in her stride.”

Marie Leicester’s long experience as an owner and breeder ensured she was not carried away by other people’s pre-sale assessments of the filly’s value.

“After fifty years in this game the one thing I can say is that I’m a realist. I’ve learnt not to get my hopes up as the minute you do they come crashing down pretty quickly. I did have a figure in my mind that I would like to have achieved and this has well and truly exceeded that.

“The Belle family, which was established by my parents back in 1938, has produced so many quality gallopers so I’m keen to see this filly now carry on that tradition.”

The record of other high-priced Not A Single Doubt fillies that have raced is certainly encouraging. The $650,000 filly Pretty Fast and $450,000 filly Qafila are both Listed winners with upside in the Snowden and Hayes & Dabernig stables.

The Meleka Belle filly was the only Not A Single Doubt yearling at Karaka. Buyers can now look forward to his 16 lots at the Inglis Classic Sale (among them two Arrowfield fillies), eight at Inglis Melbourne Premier and 19 at Inglis Easter including two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Not A Single Doubt is currently 6th on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership with $6.4 million prizemoney and seven stakeswinners, including Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss.

$270,000 for Dundeel colt at Karaka

The first of seven Dundeel yearlings at New Zealand’s Karaka Sale went through the ring during the opening session on Sunday evening and attracted lively bidding before being knocked down for $NZ270,000 to Singapore owner Jeremy Soh. 

The strongly made, easy-walking colt is out of Cassata (by Viking Ruler), a half-sister to Group winners Viennetta, Butterscotch and Golden Archer, from the family of Group 1 winners Headturner and O’Marilyn.

He is from the first draft presented under the Koru Thoroughbreds banner of breeders Julie & Kevin Taylor, their son Matthew and his partner Melissa Speers, and is the top-priced yearling sold by the Taylors in New Zealand.

Dundeel posted his first winner, Cutadeel at Tauranga, NZ on 19 January, and his daughter Sunreel was second at Scone two days later.

The champion son of High Chaparral averaged around seven times his fee in Book 1 of the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and achieved a top price of $280,000 for the colt out of Opportunity. He was bought from the Arrowfield draft by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson Racing.

The next chance to buy Dundeel’s progeny in Australia will be at the Inglis Classic Sale where he has 13 yearlings on offer, among them three fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Smart Missile 2YOs in demand at Karaka

Such was the demand for Smart Missile’s progeny at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale that he shaded his illustrious barn-mate Snitzel on the sire averages.

Three 2YOs by Smart Missile averaged $NZ266,667 – almost $NZ40,000 more than Snitzel’s four lots – and two of them sold for $NZ350,000.

Lot 80, out of city winner Cyclone Stacey (by Encosta de Lago), attracted brisk bidding before being knocked down to agent George Moore, buying for the champion Hong Kong stable of his father John.  The gelding, an outstanding type from the highly successful Princess Tracy family, breezed up in 10.78 and was offered by Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm.

Moore said, “Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

Mark Treweek credited the sale to the gelding’s progress through the year and his sire’s recent success. “The Smart Missiles have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he’s going.”

Rocketeer is one of four winners from Smart Missile’s first seven runners in Hong Kong. 

On the second day of the Sale, Diamond Lodge offered Lot 305, the Smart Missile colt from Queen of Troy (by Storm Cat), with a breeze-up time of 11.18. He was one of four purchases by Tauranga couple Lou & Val Te Keeti and Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, so will remain in New Zealand.

Richardson said, “He really is a super type and just fits the bill in so many ways.

“He’s a lovely mover with a great attitude. Once the bidding got going I knew we were in for a fight, but Lou was determined we’d be taking him home.”

The two Smart  was among the ten top-priced lots of the two-day auction which set fresh Australasian 2YO sale records across the board, completing transactions worth more than $NZ31 million at an average price of $NZ107,638.

The third Smart Missile entry was Lot 400, a gelding out of the Zeditave mare Tiffinco who breezed up in 10.80, was bought for $NZ100,000 by leading Singapore trainer Stephen Gray from the Kilgravin Lodge consignment. 

Other notable sales for Arrowfield stallions were the $NZ300,000 Snitzel-Passiflora colt, bought by Busuttin Racing, the $NZ200,000 Not A Single Doubt-Je T’Aime colt, purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock and the $NZ100,000 Animal Kingdom-Only Roses colt sold to Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.

John Street’s Lincoln Farms Bloodstock paid $NZ200,000 for the stylish Dundeel-Causeway Queen colt, presented by JK Farm for Nearco Stud.

The colt will be trained by Lisa Latta who already has an eye on his 3YO career. “He’s a really nice horse, a good walker and a lot like his Dad. He’ll go to the paddock now for a month and hopefully he’ll trial in the Autumn.”   

Smart Missile, currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, has 22 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include two colts, one of them a half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, and three fillies in the Arrowfield draft. 

Charge Forward 3YO wins again at Kranji

Only three members of Charge Forward’s 2013 crop are racing in Singapore but all of them have won, most recently the promising Mark Walker-trained pair Hatta (on 16 September), and Awatere, successful for the second time on Sunday evening.

Awatere (ex Catbird Kitty by Catbird) scored an impressive two-length win over 1200 metres, taking his earnings from six starts to $94,000 for New Zealand owners Craig & Pip Forsyth. Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis purchased the gelding for $50,000 from Lyndhurst Farm which presented him on behalf of breeder Dan Myers.

Watch Awatere win at Kranji on 9 October.

Awatere is from the same family as the good Hong Kong performer Best Eleven, also by Charge Forward, and descends from the dam of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Mystiko.

Hatta (ex Jujitzel by Snitzel) finished fifth behind Awatere on Sunday after his stylish maiden victory for the Al-Arabiya Stable on the polytrack last month. His breeder Carl Holt has been a strong supporter of both Charge Forward and Snitzel, and this year sold a filly bred on the same cross, out of his stakes-winning mare Zelsnitz, for $85,000 to Moody Racing at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The third Singapore runner and winner from Charge Forward’s 2013 crop is Macarthur (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice), who impressed as a 2YO last season with two wins before finishing just behind the placegetters in the Golden Horseshore Sgp-2 and Juvenile Championship Sgp-3.

Macarthur was bred by Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud and is trained by Steven Burridge for Adam & Brittany Levinson and Steve & Christine Levar under the Stars & Stripes Stable banner.

It won’t escape pedigree analysts that all three horses are all out of Danehill-line mares, as is Charge Forward’s leading Singapore earner this year, the nine-time winner Good News (ex Rezyana by Redoute’s Choice). 

In all, the fifteen Singapore runners by the son of Red Ransom have earned an average of almost $114,000.

Second Group win for Vavasour

A prolific stakes-producing family, a Group 3-winning mare whose yearlings routinely sell for six figures and a once-in-a-generation champion sire – that’s the recipe which has produced grand New Zealand mare Vavasour.

On Saturday at Avondale the daughter of Redoute’s Choice showed plenty of fight to defeat Farm Boy and add the $100,000 Counties Cup 2100m G3 to the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 she won last season.

Watch Vavasour’s Counties Cup G3 win.

Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Melbourne Group 2 winner Vilanova, from the Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, she is raced by Ger Beemsterboer and Chris & Sarah Green of Barneswood Farm who wnet to $425,000 to secure her from Haunui’s 2013 NZ Premier Sale draft.

The mare’s co-trainer Peter Williams said, “She’s getting better all the time. And she’s showing us she could win a big one.”

The Waikato Cup, also a Group 3 race, on 12 December is her likely next target, with either the Auckland Cup or an Australian campaign possible after that.

Vavasour takes her champion sire’s tally of worldwide stakeswinners this season to eight.

Redoute’s Choice has 23 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including 3 fillies and 4 colts in the Arrowfield draft.