50th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

It’s almost two years since Bell River Thoroughbreds’ $4.5 million dispersal of bloodstock at the Inglis & Magic Millions sales and more than a year since Andrew & Georgie Ferguson sold their property near Wellington, in inland New South Wales.

However, the family’s departure from the industry is only temporary. The Fergusons are considering various options for resuming their involvement, and their son James has already set up his own bloodstock agency, working in conjunction with the UK-based McKeever Bloodstock.

It’s no surprise that one of their first joint agency purchases was the $130,000 Not A Single Doubt-Tingirana filly from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

The Fergusons were among Not A Single Doubt’s earliest and staunchest supporters, and were rewarded as co-breeders, with Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno, of dual Group 1 winner Extreme Choice and last season’s Listed winner Bidii Babe.

They all appear again as the breeders of Not A Single Doubt’s 50th lifetime stakeswinner Faraway Town, who defeated last year’s winner Zestful (by Redoute’s Choice) in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Triscay S. 1200m G3.

Watch Faraway Town win the ATC Triscay S. G3.

Trainer Matthew Smith has tried a different approach with the 4YO mare, spacing her runs and keeping her to sprint races. Jockey Tim Clark believes it’s paid off, saying after the win, “She has definitely come back a much better mare.She reacted well fresh and he gave her that few weeks between runs and it paid dividends today.”

A $200,000 Magic Millions buy for Francis & Christine Cook’s Mystery Downs, Faraway Town (ex London Calling by Dehere) has won just over $500,000 in three seasons of racing, with a juvenile Group 1 third and three other stakes performances franking her quality. She will have an opportunity to extend that record in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 on 3 March.

Faraway Town is one of Not A Single Doubt’s eight winners of 9 stakes races this season, a tally he has plenty of opportunities to boost this coming Saturday at Caulfield where his runners include Mighty Boss (Futurity S. G1), Qafila (Blue Diamond S. G1), Single Gaze (Peter Young S. G2) and the unbeaten 3YO filly Summer Sham (Angus Armanasco S. G2). 

Not A Single Doubt has six colts and two fillies catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 19 lots in the Inglis Easter Sale, including a pair of colts in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Read also:
Fergusons Celebrate Extreme Success – TDN, October 2016
Bell River celebrates extreme success – December 2015
Bell River Thoroughbreds thrilled with Doubt – January 2013

VRC Oaks winner for Beneteau

Arrowfield’s much-missed young sire Beneteau added the first Group 1 winner to his record on Thursday at Flemington when Lasqueti Spirit won the $1 million VRC Oaks 2500m G1 in spectacular fashion.

“Let’s make it a true staying test” was the final instruction from Rosehill trainer Lee Curtis and that’s exactly what jockey Brenton Avdulla and the maiden filly did, taking up the lead at the 2000-metre mark, and giving a brilliant display of Classic stamina and pace to score by 3.75 lengths in the quick time of 2:37.73.

Harlow Gold burst from the struggling pack in the final stages to finish second, and Eleonora, who fought bravely to track Lasqueti Spirit for most of the journey, was third, 1.5 lengths further away.

Watch Lasqueti Spirit win the VRC Oaks G1.

Lasqueti Spirit was bred by David & Christine Watkins’ SJE Family Trust from the winning General Nediym mare Supriym Story, who has a yearling colt by Albrecht – like Beneteau, a son of Redoute’s Choice.

The filly was bought by Lee Curtis for $150,000 from Robyn Wise’s draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by a partnership headed by New South Wales owner-breeders Francis and Christine Cook.

Lasqueti Spirit’s best performance in her previous nine starts was third in Prized Icon’s ATC Fernhill H. LR last April, and she placed twice at 1600 and 2000 metres this Spring as Curtis methodically prepared her for the Oaks. The win takes her earnings to $635,620.

Beneteau, bred, raced and stood by Arrowfield, died in January 2013, leaving two crops that have so far produced 20 stakes performers – a remarkable 23.5 per cent of his runners. He is the ninth Group 1-siring son of Redoute’s Choice, whose dynasty anchors Arrowfield’s roster, thanks to Snitzel (sire of Oaks Day Listed winner Redzel) & Not A Single Doubt, and freshman sires Panzer Division and Scissor Kick.

Redoute’s Choice himself has sired two previous VRC Oaks winners, Miss Finland (2006) and Samantha Miss (2008).