Eight 2YO winners in 23 days wins title

A month ago Not A Single Doubt’s chances of once again topping the Australian 2YO Sires’ list by winners didn’t look great.

Sure, he had 15 juvenile winners on the board, but Snitzel (21 winners) and I Am Invincible (20) seemed to have the battle for that particular title all to themselves.

Not A Single Doubt and his small army of 63 2YO runners – almost half of his 2012 foal crop – had other ideas. He’s added eight new winners in 23 days to overhaul his two rivals and end the season on 23 winners.

It’s the second year running Not A Single Doubt has claimed the title of Australia’s Leading Sire of 2YO winners. He won the 2013/14 crown with a 15-year record tally of 25 individual winners.

Arrowfield graduate Snappy One began Not A Single Doubt’s final push for the title when he won at Cessnock on 7 July. He was quickly followed by Scales of Justice in Western Australia on 9 July, and the impressive Chris Waller-trained debutante Tremezzina at Warwick Farm on 15 July.

A pair of weekend doubles in New South Wales, firstly Not A Gypsy and Arrowfield’s filly Shacked Up on 18 & 19 July, then Let’s Make It Rain at Canterbury & Ice Cream Lady on 25 July put Not A Single Doubt’s nose in front with 22 winners.

The popular son of Redoute’s Choice drove home his advantage with his final winner for the season, Love Goes On who bolted in by two lengths on debut for Henry Dwyer at Wodonga on Wednesday 29 July.

Precocity is not the only weapon in Not A Single Doubt’s arsenal. He posted a total of 27 wins worldwide in July 2015, compiled by 24 runners from four crops, at distances from 1000 to 1600 metres.

It’s true that many of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny cope well with rain-affected ground, so the winter is often fruitful for him, but he’s a sire for every season and every month of the year.  He added 63 wins to his record through the summer months of December, January & February, 27 of them coming in February alone.

Not A Single Doubt’s first 2YOs bred on a fee above $20,000 have contributed almost a fifth of the $6.9 million prizemoney that has secured him his first appearance among the top 10 stallions on Australia’s General Premiership list.

However, his major earners have come from all three of his latest crops and have won major races from 1000 to 2000 metres: 4YO mare Miracles of Life (3 wins inc. SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1 and $620,700), 3YO gelding Sure and Fast  (2 wins, $358,710, ATC Provincial Championship Final), 2YO filly Single Gaze (city winner & stakes-placed, $341,750, 3rd, GCTC Magic Millions Classic (R) LR) and 4YO mare Gypsy Diamond ($148, 550, ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3 & two Group placings).

Not A Single Doubt made a characteristically punchy start to the new season when his 4YO son Fell Swoop scored by 3 lengths on Saturday at Rosehill – his fifth win from 7 starts. 

Not A Single Doubt leads on 2YO winners

Six days out from the season’s end, two new winners have taken Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, with 22 individual winners – only three short of his 14-year record set in 2013/14. 

However, it remains a tight race. Snitzel has 21 winners and both he and Not A Single Doubt have debut juveniles accepted for races in the next few days. I Am Invincible is hot on their heels with 20 2YO winners.

Let’s Make It Rain struck first when he defeated Tatoosh (by Beneteau) over 1250 metres at Canterbury. Placed in two of his three previous starts, including Odyssey Moon’s Inglis Nursery (R) LR last December, Let’s Make It Rain also anchored his trainer Ron Quinton’s first metropolitan double

A $170,000 Quinton purchase from Broadwater Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Let’s Make It Rain is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Red Alert, a half-sister to VATC One Thousand Guineas G1 winner Lady Of The Pines. He is among the dozen Not A Single Doubt 2YOs that have been successful in city class this season.

An hour later Ice Cream Lady won a 1000-metre maiden at Gilgandra for her owner-breeders Bruce Reid Racing & the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds and trainer Brett Thompson. The sister to city winners Conroy’s Gap and Crown Choice took an early lead and strode home in good style to score by two lengths.