Dundeel colt on New Zealand Derby trail

Second-crop sire Dundeel has set himself up for a big Autumn with a steady stream of impressive winners from major stables during the first third of the season.

New Zealand-owned colt Lincoln Falls has stepped up to spearhead Dundeel’s Autumn assault with a soft win over 1400 metres at Trentham on Saturday.

Jockey Johnathan Parkes confirmed that the performance was as good as it looked. “He was just a class ahead of them today and I did like the way he settled off a very slow pace and he’s travelled up really well.

“I still think he is learning and every time he gets out there the penny is going to drop a little more, but he is a first-class animal and he will go on to bigger and better things.”

Lincoln Falls won on debut at Woodville and was a close second at Hastings on 6 October when slightly shinsore. Trainer Lisa Latta and owners John Street, Christopher Grace & Kevin Pratt elected to spell him for three weeks and the colt returned to trial very well on 27 November before his his Trentham success. 

He will now be set for the $1 million ARC New Zealand Derby G1 on 2 March, and will have his first look at Ellerslie in the Uncle Remus S. LR on Boxing Day.

The 2YO Lincoln Falls breezed up in 10.78 before the NZ Ready To Run Sale. (PHOTO: NZ Bloodstock)

Lincoln Falls was bred by Nearco Stud from the dual stakeswinner Causeway Queen, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to brilliant sprinter Solar Charged, now the dam of the even more brilliant Group 1 winner Sunlight. John Street’s Lincoln Farms paid $200,000 for the colt at the 2017 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale where he was offered by JK Farm.

Causeway Queen has a 2YO daughter Love Handles (by Olympic Glory), a yearling full brother to Lincoln Falls in the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft for the Inglis Premier Sale, a 2018 colt by Dundeel and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner.

Eight members of Dundeel’s first crop have won in the past month, and with 11 last-start winners in major Australian & New Zealand stables he is well-placed to build his profile as Summer racing rolls on into the Autumn.

There are 14 Dundeel yearlings catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, among them 7 colts and a filly consigned by Arrowfield

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Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season…

Dundeel’s six first-crop 2YO winners gave an encouraging preview of his capabilities as a sire, but he has picked up the pace dramatically in the first six weeks of the new season.

A pair of quality debut performances on Friday took his tally of 3YO winners to five. Add Dealmaker and Irukandji who have already shown up in Group company this term, and it will be no surprise to see his next stakeswinner emerge from this group.

Lincoln Falls’ trainer Lisa Latta is in no hurry to test him in black type company, but on the evidence of his excellent win over 1100m at Woodville, he has what’s required to step up to that level. 

Settled mid-field and wide by jockey Johnathan Parkes, Lincoln Falls rounded up his rivals in the straight to score untouched by 1.5 lengths from Heart Of Stone and Got The Call.

Watch Lincoln Falls win at Woodville.

Latta said afterwards, “He’s got a ton of improvement in him. We’ve never really had to let his head go on the track or at the trials, so it is always a bit of a worry heading into raceday.

“Johnathan did the right thing going back, and I have to admit I was a little bit worried at the 600m how relaxed he was, but he will learn a lot from that and really go ahead.

“He holds a nomination for the 2000 Guineas, but we will just take him along lightly. There is a special conditions maiden at Hastings on the last day of their carnival and something like that might be a soft option for him.”

Bred by Nearco Stud, Lincoln Falls is the fourth foal of dual Listed winner Causeway Queen, a Giant’s Causeway half-sister to the brilliant sprinter Solar Charged, dam of the equally brilliant Sunlight.

Sent to the 2017 New Zealand Ready To Run Sale, Lincoln Falls was bought for $200,000 from the JK Farm draft by John Street’s Lincoln Farms. His half-sister by Olympic Glory was a $155,000 buy from this year’s Inglis Classic Sale for Blue Sky Bloodstock and as Love Handles, is in training with Danny O’Brien at Flemington. Causeway Queen’s next two foals are colts by Dundeel.

Three hours after Lincoln Falls’ success, Miss Einstein made her debut on Newcastle Cup day count when Jason Collett sent her through on the rail for a convincing 1.3 length victory over 1200 metres.

Watch Miss Einstein win at Newcastle.

Bred by Bob & Fiona Guth’s Galaxy Breeding Syndicate and sold for $170,000 by Newhaven Park at Magic Millions Gold Coast,  Miss Einstein is the first foal of the talented, but unlucky Starcraft mare Simply Brilliant who, like her daughter, was trained by Bjorn Baker. 

The Guths have retained Green Jacket, Simply Brilliant’s 2YO son by More Than Ready, and the mare is due to foal again to Dundeel later this Spring.

Add Dealmaker’s two Group placings in Sydney  and wins by Global Exchange, I’m Dun Dreamin’ (on debut) and Sunreel, and Dundeel’s prospects for major Spring success are bright indeed.