Group 3 quinella for Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel

In a near-repeat of last Saturday’s Todman S. G2, 2YO sons of Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel fought out an enthralling battle for the $175,000 ATC Pago Pago S.1200m G3 at Rosehill.

The main differences were improved weather and track conditions at Rosehill, and the final chance for a spot in next Saturday’s $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper G1.

The late scratchings of Not A Single Doubt’s ebullient son Condor Heroes and Albumin robbed the race of some interest, but not quality as Single Bullet and Ducimus levelled up in the final 300 metres. Both colts responded generously under pressure, and Single Bullet found just a little more, prevailing by a short neck in his maiden victory, with Coruscate 1.25 lengths back in thrd.

Watch Single Bullet and Ducimus quinella the ATC Pago Pago S. G3.

Single Bullet strengthens trainer Gary Portelli’s hand in the Golden Slipper, by joining stablemate and race favourite She Will Reign in the field.

Portelli said, “I’m not saying he’ll win it, but we’re in it and that’s half the battle. I think the filly (She Will Reign) is still superior but he’s honest and things can go wrong in the Slipper so I’ve got a plan B.”

Single Bullet was bred by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud and sold to Portelli Racing for $150,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Sale. The colt’s dam Cheetara, an unraced daughter of More Than Ready and top-class filly Dashing Eagle, returned to Not A Single Doubt’s court last Spring and is due to foal in September.

Ducimus (ex Beauty World by Danehill Dancer) was bred by Oakland Park Stud, and offered by Blue Gum Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where owner Litte Hung and agent Justin Bahen paid the sale-topping top price of $700,000 for him. Already winner of the VRC Talindert S. LR on 18 February, he will also take his place in the Golden Slipper field for Mr Hung and the Hawkes stable.

Single Bullet is Not A Single Doubt’s first winner of the Pago Pago Stakes, previously won by Snitzel’s sons Salade (2011) and Time For War (2014), and the Redoute’s Choice colts Stratum (2005) and Tickets (2009).

After Single Bullet and 3YO Final Salute, successful in Perth several hours later, Not A Single Doubt’s career tally of stakeswinners stands at 39, with nine of them successful this season. His four yearlings in the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale include Arrowfield’s Lot 298, a colt from Quiet Maggy, a half-sister to Champion US colt Afleet Alex.

Ducimus brings up 50 for Snitzel

In a perfect demonstration of synchronicity, it was 2YO colt Ducimus who brought up Snitzel’s milestone 50th stakeswinner in Saturday’s $120,000 VRC Talindert S.1100m LR.

“Ducimus” is Latin for “We lead” and that’s exactly what Snitzel is doing on almost every Australian stallion premiership for which he’s eligible.

Watch Ducimus win the VRC Talindert S. LR.

Ducimus takes his name seriously too, and after settling just off the lead, took control and galloped well within himself until 300 metres out, when he was asked to quicken by jockey Noel Callow. He pulled clear, but laid in on Sanadaat (by Not A Single Doubt), who eventually finished third, 1.7 lengths behind Ducimus, who found enough to withstand the strong late finish of Taking Aim by 0.2 lengths and win in a time of 1:03.72.

Unbeaten in his two starts, and nominated for the Golden Slipper & Inglis Sires’, the Hawkes-trained Ducimus has already returned the prospect of a stallion career to his Hong Kong owner Little Hung, who paid a sale-topping $700,000 for him at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Mr Hung’s bloodstock agent Justin Bahen spoke last week to G1X Racing and recalled Ducimus as a yearling. “We loved his temperament, that’s a big thing for me, thinking about them moving forward and keeping them as a colt. He was to my eye the best colt at the sale with a great pedigree and a valuable prospect if it all worked out, which so far it has.”

Bred by Oakland Park Stud, and offered by Blue Gum Farm, Ducimus is the 8th foal and fourth stakeswinner, after Hi World, Lite’N In My Veins & Loveyamadly, out of the wonderful broodmare Beauty World, a winning daughter of Danehill Dancer.

He is also the 15th stakeswinner this season for Snitzel, who currently heads the General, 3YO & 2YO Sires’ Premierships in Australia, and joins Group 3 winner Teaspoon and Listed winners Azazel & Jukebox as the best of Snitzel’s 22 juvenile winners this term. It’s a tally that puts the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice on target for sole ownership of Without Fear’s 30-winner record, which he equalled in 2015/16.

Ducimus is one of Snitzel’s three sale-topping colts from last year, along with the $1.8 million Chauffeur, a winner on debut in Sydney and second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR, and the $2.3 million half-brother to Winx, as yet un-named and in training with Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Snitzel has eight colts and five fillies in the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on Sunday 26 February. Before that though, he has the colts Azazel & Jukebox and the filly Spoils lining up in Saturday’s $1.5 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.