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.

Fruitful Spring for dominant dynasty

Sixteen weeks into season 2018/19, Redoute’s Choice and his exceptional sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt have accumulated 15 stakeswinners and earnings of $18.4 million…

At the end of Australia’s 2018 Spring Carnival racing, Redoute’s Choice and his two best sons Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt are all among the country’s top dozen sires. 

That’s no surprise, given they have ended three of the last four seasons in that stellar group, and Snitzel has claimed the 2017 and 2018 Premierships with all-time record stakeswinners and prizemoney.

Sixteen weeks into season 2018/19, the trio have accumulated 15 stakeswinners and earnings of $18.4 million – almost a third of the total prizemoney earned by Australia’s top 12 sires to date.

The performance of three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice is especially notable because, although he can no longer match his younger rivals on runner numbers, he remains an unquenchable source of class. Only world champion and 4-time Cox Plate winner Winx tops the excitement surrounding Arrowfield graduate and future stallion The Autumn Sun, the 33rd Group 1 winner and already the best colt left by Redoute’s Choice.

The Autumn Sun’s  exceptional Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas victories have made him an early favourite for whatever his owners Arrowfield & Hermitage Thoroughbreds and trainer Chris Waller decide to target during his next, eagerly awaited campaign in a part of the season he will surely relish, Autumn.

Two new stakeswinners in Perth, Super Maxi in August and Galaxy Star earlier this month, have extended Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime tally to 161, or 11.8% of all his runners.

No sooner are expectations for Snitzel raised than he exceeds them and he’s done it again this Spring by providing not only the winner of the $13 million The Everest, but also the runner-up. 

Redzel (who won the ATC Concorde S. G3 as well) and Trapeze Artist anchored Snitzel’s Spring with Group winners Showtime, I Am Excited & Bella Rosa and Listed winners Sandbar & Diplomatico piling icing on the cake. Showtime & Diplomatico are both Arrowfield sale graduates. 

Snitzel now holds a $5.2 million lead over Winx’s deceased champion sire Street Cry. That’s a considerably bigger margin than the $4 million which separated him from second-placed High Chaparral at the same stage last November. 

As for Not A Single Doubt, he’s had his best-ever Spring in terms of stakes wins, with six winners aged two to seven, of 8 Group & Listed Races from 1000 to 2000 metres.

Those stakeswinners are Arrowfield graduate Kenedna (VRC Matriarch S. G2), dual Melbourne Group 3 winners Winter Bride & Cool Passion, 2YO colt Dubious (ATC Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate G3) and Listed winners Doubt Defying & From Within.  

Redoute’s Choice (21 lots), Snitzel (46 lots) and Not A Single Doubt (30 lots) are all well-represented at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and Arrowfield is proud to offer a total of 18 yearlings by this most powerful Australian stallion dynasty.

Kenedna seals Not A Single Doubt’s terrific Spring

Arrowfield-bred-&-sold Kenedna sealed Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring with an explosive Matriarch Stakes G2 victory at Flemington…

Arrowfield graduate Kenedna struck on Stakes Day at Flemington to complete Not A Single Doubt’s best-ever Spring and add a fourth Group success to her already excellent record. 

The 5YO mare has worked her way steadily back to her best form this season and burst through late to defeat a strong field of mares in the $300,000 VRC Matriarch S. 2000m G2. Miss Siska and Luvaluva filled the placings.

Following her multiple Group-winning 3YO season, Kenedna’s 4YO campaign ended after one start and her owners considered sending her to stud until trainer Darren Weir suggested they think again.

Weir said, “For some reason, she developed so much. She’s become so big and strong and maybe another preparation might be good. Johnno [co-owner Mick Johnson] went around and saw all the crew, and the next day came back and said to put her back into work. This is the result. It’s a dream result.”

Kenedna has now won a third of her 21 starts for Mick Johnston, Craig Roylance, Terry Ginnane & partners and returned more than $740,000 on the $80,000 Darren Weir, John Foote & MDR Bloodstock paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. 

Multiple Group winner & $700,000+-earner Kenedna as a yearling at Arrowfield Stud. (PHOTO: Georgie Mitchell)

She is one of the six stakeswinners at 2000 metres and beyond who provide solid evidence of Not A Single Doubt’s ability to leave middle-distance performers, as well as star juveniles and top-notch sprinters.

Kenedna’s dam Miss Dodwell, by Japan Cup winner Falbrav, is an obvious source of stamina, although she herself won at 1200 metres, belongs to a largely speed-oriented family and is also the dam of precocious multiple Group-winning sprinter Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), now at stud. 

It’s been an easy decision for Arrowfield to repeat both of Miss Dodwell’s most successful matings. The Stud has retained her 2YO daughter Lady Patricia (by Snitzel), welcomed a brother to Kenedna born last month and has sent the mare back to Snitzel. 

Kenedna is Not A Single Doubt’s 6th stakeswinner this Spring, after two-time Group winner Winter Bride, 2YO Group winner Dubious, Oaks Day Group winner Cool Passion and Listed winners From Within and Doubt Defying.

The age range of these horses, from two to seven, is also typical of Not A Single Doubt whose progeny are noted for their early development but can also continue to progress if, like Kenedna, they are given time to do that. In fact, 46% of the 118 stakes wins on his lifetime stud record have been achieved by his 4YO and older sons & daughters.  

Not A Single Doubt's girls double up at Doomben

Not A Single Doubt notched up his fifth Australian stakes double this season when his daughters Bidii Babe and Kenedna scored in consecutive races on Doomben Cup day in Brisbane.

Bidii Babe sealed her rise to stakes-winning status with a perfectly timed finish in the $100,000 BRC Bright Shadow H. 1200m LR, catching Arrowfield graduate Untamed Diamond (by Snitzel) just before the post, with Dee Nine Elle a half-length away, third.

Watch Bidii Babe win the BRC Bright Shadow H. LR – Race 5.

Bidii Babe was bred by the same partnership, Andrew & Georgie Ferguson’s Bell River Thoroughbreds with Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno, that bred Not A Single Doubt’s dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice. Bidii Babe is the best of five winners out of a favourite Bell River mare, the six-time winner Arthur’s Lass (by Nodouble’s son Unduplicated), and was bought for $150,000 by Paul Willetts at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

The 4YO mare, Not A Single Doubt’s 42nd lifetime stakeswinner, has now won five races and almost $300,000 for owners Neil and Ange Duncan and trainer Robert Heathcote.

3YO filly Kenedna has barely missed a beat this season and put trainer Darren Weir’s doubts about her stamina to rest when she bull-dogged her way to victory in the $175,000 BRC The Roses 2000m G2. A protest was lodged by James Doyle on runner-up Oklahoma Girl, but it was dismissed by the stewards.

Watch Kenedna win the BRC The Roses G2 – Race 6.

Kenedna has now won three Group races and a Listed event in three states since 18 February, boosting her prizemoney beyond $500,000 and earning a crack at The Roses-Queensland Oaks double, previously won by Ethereal (2001) and Scarlett Lady (2011).

Darren Weir says of Kenedna, “There’s not much of her but she’s a very relaxed filly and very honest. Ideally you’d like to see her settle a bit closer in the run but she’s got a really good will to win.”

An $80,000 Weir purchase from Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft, Kenedna is a three-quarter sister to crack sprinter Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), out of Miss Dodwell (by Japan Cup winner Falbrav, clearly the source of Kenedna’s stamina).

Miss Dodwell has 2YO & yearling fillies by Smart Missile and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans who stands at Aquis Farm in Queensland.

Not A Single Doubt has already matched the key statistics of his milestone 2015/16 season with 14 winners of 21 Group & Listed Races this term, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Scales of Justice and Secret Agenda (also fourth in Saturday’s SAJC Goodwood S. G1).

The son of Redoute’s Choice is less than $200,000 from becoming the fifth stallion to break the $10 million mark on the 2016/17 Australian General Sires’ premiership.

Not A Single Doubt's 6th Group 1 winner

Not A Single Doubt put up three cracking fillies in two Group 1 races and a Group 2 event on Saturday and the single-figure odds offered on two of them suggested that a Group double was well within his grasp.

Racing is rarely that straightforward. Those two favoured daughters, Single Gaze in the GCTC Hollindale S. G2 and Kenedna in the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1, raced right up to their best form, but went down by the proverbial whisker to It’s Somewhat and Egg Tart respectively.

It was left to 4YO mare Secret Agenda to turn things around in the $1 million SAJC Robert Sangster S. 1200m G1 at Morphettville. However, despite three previous Group wins at sprint distances, she was rated no better than a $15 chance by punters after drawing gate 16.

Trainer Mick Price’s perfect Plan A involved a soft track and taking a sit back off the pace, but when the mare jumped brilliantly on a Good4 track Damien Oliver activated Plan B and sent her across the field to take up the lead.

Lake Como, Super Cash and Beautiful Flyer applied mid-race pressure which Secret Agenda repelled before the turn and, after balancing up, she gave her rivals no opportunity to catch her in the final run home, winning by 1.8 lengths from Viddora and I Am A Star in 1:09.15.

Watch Secret Agenda win the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Secret Agenda has now returned around ten times the $120,000 that Blueblood Thoroughbreds paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield, which bred her in partnership with Alan Jones & John Leaver.

Blueblood’s Director Carol Walsh recalls, “She was on our list, I absolutely love Not A Single Doubt, she had the right conformation and a superb pedigree.

“She’s a lovely mare, she does everything right and there’s still plenty ahead of her. The Goodwood is the plan and her owners are happy to race her on next season.” The Goodwood 1200m G1, also worth $1 million this year, will be run at Morphettville on 20 May.

Carol is proud of achieving Blueblood’s first Group 1 win only six years after the company began operation and this season has signed for 14 yearlings, including a pair of colts by Smart Missile.

Secret Agenda opened her career with a 3.5 length debut win at Moonee Valley in December 2014, but an injury suffered in the Blue Diamond Prelude prematurely ended her first campaign. Since then, Secret Agenda has progressed steadily, winning five of her 15 starts at three & four including Group wins in Melbourne and Sydney.

Her dam Negotiate, an unraced daughter of Red Ransom and Group 1 winner Euphoria, has four younger progeny by Smart Missile, including a yearling colt bought for $260,000 by Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu from Arrowfield’s Magic Millions consignment. A full sibling to her Group 1-winning daughter is due this coming Spring.

Secret Agenda’s efforts have taken Not A Single Doubt’s domestic prizemoney beyond $9 million for the season, with three Group 1 winners among a dozen stakeswinners equalling his career-best 2015/16 tally.

Not A Single Doubt's fifth stakes double

After a very big week in the sale-ring, Not A Single Doubt returned to making racing news on Saturday with a stakes double, courtesy of his daughters Secret Agenda in Sydney and Kenedna in Adelaide.

Such performances explain Not A Single Doubt’s position at the top of the Inglis Easter sire averages and his stunning run of million-dollar sales over the past 12 days: his $1.25 million yearling colt out of Quiet Maggy, the $1.4 million paid for 2YO gelding Gunnison and Northern Farm’s $1.1 million purchase of Don’t Doubt Mamma.

Like Gunnison and the Quiet Maggy colt, Kenedna and Secret Agenda are Arrowfield graduates, sold respectively for $80,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and $120,000 at the the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Secret Agenda (ex Negotiate by Red Ransom) claimed her fifth and most valuable win on the final day of The Championships at Randwick when she landed the $300,000 ATC Sapphire S. 1200m G2 for trainer Mick Price and a group of owners managed by Blueblood Thoroughbreds.

Watch Secret Agenda win the ATC Sapphire S. G2.

It was a career-best performance by the 4YO mare, already a dual Group 3 winner in Melbourne and second in last year’s Sapphire Stakes.

Her jockey Damien Oliver said, “She’s a sweetheart, she’s a real tank. She loves the soft, I think she might want to move up here. 

“They’ve [Victorians] done well, it’s nice to share it around, the prizemoney is so good up here, it’s nice to be a part of it.”

3YO filly Kenedna (ex Miss Dodwell by Falbrav) left her run late, but showed plenty of tenacity in the straight to drive into the available space and collar With a Bit of Dash to win the $110,000 SAJC Laelia S. 1600m LR  by three-quarters of a length.

Watch Kenedna win the SAJC Laelia S. LR.

It was Kenedna’s fourth career win from the Darren Weir stable and her second stakes victory this campaign, following her VRC Vanity S. G3 success in February. The Auraria S. G3 on 22 April and Australasian Oaks G1 on 6 May are likely targets for her, as she appears to have inherited more of Falbrav’s stamina than her classy three-quarter brother Spill The Beans, a three-time Group winner at sprint distances.

Secret Agenda and Kenedna completed Not A Single Doubt’s fifth lifetime same-day stakes double, and his third this season, following Extreme Choice & Don’t Doubt Mamma at Moonee Valley on 30 September, and Single Bullet & Final Salute at Rosehill and Ascot on 11 March.

These six performers are among Not A Single Doubt’s ten stakeswinners this season, with Group 1 winners Extreme Choice & Scales Of Justice the major contributors to his Australian earnings total of $8.1 million – sufficient to keep him comfortably in the country’s top five sires.

Arrowfield graduates quinella The Vanity

A pair of fillies from Arrowfield’s graduate Class of 2015 quinella-ed last Saturday’s $150,000 VRC The Vanity S. 1400m G3, giving Not A Single Doubt his 36th stakeswinner, and Redoute’s Choice a new Group performer.

It was Extra Olives (Redoute’s Choice-Line Honours) who began best, taking up the early lead from Cassadee and Legless Veuve, while Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt-Miss Dodwell), in blinkers for the first time, settled a little worse than midfield.

Extra Olives gave no sign of surrender round the turn and for a few moments it looked like Kenedna had a little too much to do as she launched her finishing run. However, she had plenty to give and drove past Extra Olives in the final 200 metres to win by 1.25 lengths, with VRC Oaks G1 runner-up Harlow Gold third.

Watch Kenedna win the VRC The Vanity G3.

Trainer Darren Weir indicated after the race that the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 in May was a likely target  for Kenedna.

“She needs a mile. She will run further than that, she has a very relaxed attitude. The Oaks in Adelaide is definitely on the radar for sure. You have to be able to run 10 furlongs, but she gives us every indication she will.”

Not A Single Doubt’s five Group 1 winners already include Single Gaze, who won last year’s ATC Storm Queen Stakes over that distance.

Kenedna has now won three of her nine starts since her debut as a 2YO last May, easily covering the $80,000 Weir paid for her at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and increasing her future broodmare value. Mind you, that was already significant because she’s a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Spill The Beans (by Snitzel), from the family of Group 1 winners Speak Fondly and Bounding Away.

Miss Dodwell has a Smart Missile filly in Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and a weanling sister to Spill The Beans.

Extra Olives has won four races for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman and owner Jon Kelly who paid $500,000 for her at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale. She is the second foal of Line Honours (by Hussonet), a winning daughter of champion filly Alinghi and also the dam of Group-placed Regatta Rebel (by Redoute’s Choice), the unraced 2YO colt Roar (by Animal Kingdom) and two more Redoute’s Choice fillies, the first of which will be offered by Arrowfield at Inglis Easter.

Kenedna is the fifth Arrowfield stakes-winning graduate from the 2015 yearling sales, after Group winners Scarlet Rain & Honesty Prevails, and Listed winners Detective & Sassy ‘N’ Smart.

Arrowfield will offer 48 yearlings at the Inglis Easter Sale, including seven fillies & four colts by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt by Not A Single Doubt.