29 winners in 40 days for Not A Single Doubt

Twenty-nine winners in 40 days – that’s the terrific record leading sire Not A Single Doubt has compiled since New Year’s Day.

They include three city winners last Saturday,  one of them a new 2YO winner, Don’t Doubt Mamma (ex Coconut Mamma by Fantastic Light), successful at Morphettville for the Tony McEvoy stable.

She is Not A Single Doubt’s 7th individual juvenile winner in Australia this season and shores up his third position, splitting barnmates Snitzel and Beneteau, on that Sires’ list.

Don’t Doubt Mamma’s trainer Tony McEvoy was full of praise for her effort.

“She was caught wide of a high speed and was then left in front further out from home than I would have liked. At the 200-metre mark I thought she was vulnerable as it was her first run for a month. But she fought on well to score and will derive great benefit from that run.”

A full sister to Flemington stakeswinner Risen From Doubt, Don’t Doubt Mamma now heads to the SAJC Cinderella S. LR on 28 February.

McEvoy also quinella-ed the $250,000 MRC Inglis Premier (R) LR with Stoker and Manhattan Rain’s promising son Manhattan Blues, who mustered a strong late finish to run second, beaten 1.3 lengths. Stoker’s winning time of 56.28 was almost a class record.

3YO filly Marple Miss (ex Sunset Express by Success Express), a three-quarter sister to dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award, impressed when posting her fourth win from 7 starts at Rosehill for owner-breeders Bob & Sue Hannon and trainer Kris Lees (who celebrated six winners on the day).  Marple Miss ran the 1500 metres in a class record time of 1:30.27 which also reflected well on the runner-up Manoeuvring, also by Not A Single Doubt.

Just A Girl (ex Surprise Bid by General Nediym) completed Saturday’s winning trio with a first-up victory at Doomben for her Scone trainer Luke Griffith. The 5YO mare has won six of her 21 starts and paid double-figures to win this time, despite her excellent record when fresh. A return visit to Brisbane in a fortnight is likely for her.

On Sunday 3YO Jobiwood (ex Kurrajong Mist by Rivotious) gave his breeder, part-owner & Bluebloods publisher Andrew Reichard a very satisfying maiden win at Ballina, a month after his debut second at Ipswich. Jobiwood’s year-older full sister Elisaro has won her last two starts and has good prospects again on Wednesday at the Gold Coast.

Other interesting starters for Not A Single Doubt on Wednesday are Prime Thoroughbreds’ smart filly Atalanta Miss and Robbie Laing’s filly The Grey Flash in the $50,000 TTC Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

A little later on Wednesday evening, the Happy Valley card in Hong Kong includes four runners by Not A Single Doubt: Harbour Punk, Triumphant Jewel, Charity Joy & Victorius. Their sire has already had 7 winners of ten races in Hong Kong this season.

Not A Single Doubt’s results over the past six weeks feature the milestone of his 50th stakes performer, the Tony McEvoy-trained 3YO Affirmation, third to Java and Petrology in the MRC Manfred S. G3 on Australia Day. Bred by Bell View Park Stud, Affirmation is from Apocrypha (by Octagonal), a daughter of VRC Oaks G1 winner Tributes.

With such results on the board and continuing to build weekly, the sale-ring demand for Not A Single Doubt’s yearlings isn’t difficult to predict. His 15 Book 1 yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale averaged $136,000 and sold up to $280,000, while a colt and a filly each made $100,000 at this week’s Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.

There are 13 Not A Single Doubt yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them a colt and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Not A Single Doubt's train keeps rolling

The Not A Single Doubt train kept rolling on Saturday, thanks to four wins by a pair of 3YO geldings in Queensland and Western Australia and two juvenile fillies at Newcastle.

One of the fillies, Marple Miss, is already valuable thanks to her three-quarter brother, dual Group 1 winner Shamus Award (by Snitzel), but she looks capable of making her own way in the racing game after she ran home solidly over 1400 metres for a three-quarter length victory against older horses.

That win was the first leg of a treble for trainer Kris Lees, now level with Paul Perry on the Newcastle Trainers’ Premiership, and a satisfying result for the filly’s owner-breeders Bob & Sue Hannon. She is the fifth winner from five runners for Sunset Express (by Success Express), who is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring.

Bob reports that Marple Miss may now head to Randwick for a 2YO race over 1550 metres on 26 July, but her first 3YO campaign will most likely be in the Autumn.

Not A Single Doubt’s second winner at Newcastle, Positive Quest, also maintains a perfect record for her dam, stakes-placed city winner Quest for Success (by Quest For Fame). Her six named foals have all won, four of them in Sydney.  Positive Quest is trained by Rod Craig for her breeder Reg Young and partners.

Not A Single Doubt’s 21 Australian 2YO winners this season have him well in front on that particular table, and another $20,000 or so before 31 July will see him through the $1 million mark on juvenile earnings.

At the Gold Coast the John Hutchins-bred Dousaichi added a second win to his record when he came from midfield to score by a length over 1200 metres. From Fusaichi Queen (by Fusaichi Pegasus), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Miss Kournikova, Dousaichi  was a $58,000 purchase by co-owner Paul Hope from the 2012 Magic Millions QTIS Sale.

In Perth, Crown Lawyer made it three wins from four starts this campaign for owner Santo Guagliardo and trainer Neville Parnham. It was a fine effort too, as Crown Lawyer pushed forward from barrier 9 to the lead, skipped away at the top of the straight and increased his lead to a margin of 1.8 lengths at the post.

Crown Lawyer was bred by Katherine Nivision’s Etak Thoroughbreds and sold initially for $45,000 as a Magic Millions weanling, then re-sold to his trainer for $80,000 by Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  From the family of Handsome Ransom (Canberra RC Black Opal S. G3) and Flemington stakeswinner Danajaya, Crown Lawyer is out of Sirenese, a 7-win daughter of Belong to Me.

This quartet’s good work has boosted Not A Single Doubt’s total Australian prizemoney this season beyond $5.5 million, a career-best total for the in-demand son of Redoute’s Choice.  He will parade with the rest of the Arrowfield roster, including newcomer Dundeel, at the Stud’s Stallion Open House, 21-24 August – click  here  for more information.