Smart Missile 2YO wins Inglis Nursery

Smart Missile’s fourth 2YO stakeswinner Irish Bet made a more-than-usual impact with his convincing debut win in Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR. 

Watch Irish Bet win the ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

Most obviously, the $291,000 winner’s prizemoney is an exceptional, and early return on the $55,000 that agent Mick Flanagan bid for him on behalf of the China Horse Club at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

The Club’s International Racing & Breeding Manager Michael Wallace said of Irish Bet, “He showed us a lot of ability from day one but two-year-olds off one trial, you never know until you see them in action.

“He was a lovely horse, was always going to be a good two-year-old type, he just had everything we look for in a two-year-old type.”

The win was more than usually significant as the first stakes success for John O’Shea on his own account since leaving Godolphin earlier this year.

He described Irish Bet, “He is a classic two-year-old. He is a compact horse, a running horse with a great attitude.

“He will be straight to the paddock for a short break and then we will get him ready for a race like the Skyline Stakes to get him to the Slipper.”

Race bonuses of $50,000 are uncommon and welcome rewards for breeders Barry Broomhead and Jim Knox who sent the unraced O’Reilly mare Dublin Me Bet to Smart Missile, and for the colt’s well-regarded vendor Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

Mr Broomhead explained his stallion selection, “I just liked Smart Missile, he was well priced, he had great sectionals in some of his racing, he was very fast and I just thought he would work for us.” Dublin Me Bet also has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Irish Bet and the filly Anthemoessa, second at Caulfield on Saturday, have propelled Smart Missile into third spot, behind Choisir and Not A Single Doubt, on the Australian 2YO Sires’ premiership. He has also moved past Sepoy to head the Third Season Sires’ table, with $2.2 million and 46 winners.

It’s a strong performance featuring a large cast of talent beyond Irish Bet. In fact, it was a four-win weekend for Smart Missile, thanks to Smartedge (Kembla Grange), Missile Boom (Cranbourne) & Protest (Sunshine Coast). 

They join a long list of Smart Missile performers since 1 August, including Group-placed 3YO fillies I’ll Have A Bit and Smart Coupe, and progressive city winners Sparky Lad, Special Missile, The Avenger and Missile Coda in Sydney, and Club Tropicana, Masculino, Memory Bank and Ultra Smart in Melbourne. 

Backed by sustained breeder support, large foal crops and leading owners & stables, the Champion First Season Sire of 2015/16 is on track to make 2017/18 his best season yet.

Twenty-two yearlings by Smart Missile will be offered at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, followed by 36 lots catalogued for February’s Inglis Classic Sale. Arrowfield’s consignments for these sales include 7 colts and 4 fillies by Smart Missile. 

 

Selenia scores in the Scarborough

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have perfected their tag-team act this Spring, with one or other producing at least one stakeswinner every weekend but one since 1 August. 

After Don’t Doubt Mamma at Flemington on 10 September and Secret Agenda at Caulfield on 17 September, Not A Single Doubt needed only a Group winner at Moonee Valley to complete a three-week, three-course sweep of Melbourne Group races.

He had only one runner in the only stakes race on Moonee Valley’s Friday night card on 24 September but that was enough. His 3YO daughter Selenia defied her double-figure odds to nail the $150,000 MVRC Scarborough S. 1200m G3, her second win and second stakes win from seven starts.

Watch Selenia win the MVRC Scarborough S. G3

Selenia was a $30,000 Inglis Easter buy from Middlebrook Valley Lodge by trainer Robbie Griffiths who tweeted after the race, “She’s a ripper. Gee, I love Not A Single Doubt. He’s a star.”

Bred by Jacob Park Thoroughbreds, Selenia is out of Lunar Lady (by Hussonet), an unraced sibling of Group 2 winners Colorado Claire (also by Hussonet) and Moonovermanhattan (by Manhattan Rain).

Colorado Claire is the dam of Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced yearling colt, knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale. Named Gunnison, he will race from the stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Selenia’s second dam is the Arrowfield mare Lunaspur, herself a stakeswinner at two and three. She has a yearling colt from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel and visits him again this season.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice have each cracked the million-dollar mark in Australia since 1 August, and together they’ve compiled 11 stakeswinners in the season’s first eight weeks.