Not A Single Doubt’s seriously impressive season

Snitzel’s record-smashing season has deservedly attracted the lion’s share of industry attention, but his barnmate Not A Single Doubt has been compiling a seriously impressive season record of his own. 

On the Australian General Sires’ Premiership he’s been in the top half-dozen since his son Mighty Boss won the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1 last October.

His current prizemoney of $10.4 million isn’t his best-ever total – he ended 2015/16 in second position with $12.4 million behind Street Cry . However, it is his fourth consecutive season among Australia’s top 10 sires, something only Snitzel (who’s been there since 2012), Fastnet Rock (since 2010), Street Cry and Sebring can also claim.

But that’s not all. Not A Single Doubt is a member of the select quartet that appears in the top 10 on the 2017/18 General, 2YO and 3YO Sires’ Premierships. (The others are Snitzel, who heads all three lists, I Am Invincible & Sebring). 

It’s been a year of quality too. Not A Single Doubt is fourth on the General list by stakeswinners with 16, just one behind Fastnet Rock & I Am Invincible, both with more runners. Nine of these 16 have been Group winners including 3YOs Mighty Boss, Summer Sham, Champagne Cuddles & Special Alert. 

He’s also put up four 2YO stakeswinners (the fillies Qafila, Fundamentalist & Granny Red Shoes, and the colt Not A Single Cent, pictured, winning the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2) and it was his 2015 crop that produced his 100th Australian winner for the season. That milestone was reached on Monday when the Mick Kent-trained filly Cupidity won on debut at Moe.

She is Not A Single Doubt’s 17th individual winner from 29 2YO runners in Australia this term, which puts him on top of that table, alongside first season sire Spirit of Boom, with 17 winners from 48 runners.

That sets up a secondary contest which will undoubtedly add interest to the final six weeks of the season.

Not A Single Doubt strikes at Randwick & Flemington

Saturday’s new Group winners Not A Single Cent at Flemington and Sugar Bella at Randwick gave Not A Single Doubt his eighth same-day stakes double and consolidated his position among Australia’s top half-dozen sires this season.

2YO colt Not A Single Cent showed the benefit of his debut fifth at Caulfield last month with a determined victory in the $200,000 VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2. 

Watch Not A Single Cent win the VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2.

That was the start of an amazing day for Canberra-based Michael Thomas, as owner-breeder of Not A Single Cent and his older half-brother Happy Clapper, who won the Canterbury Stakes G1 about 90 minutes later.

Not A Single Cent was sold to Ciaron Maher Racing for $280,000 from the Willow Park Stud draft at the Magic Millions Sale, with Thomas retaining a share of him, and Aaron Purcell training the colt while Maher completes his six-month suspension.

Sadly, the dam of both horses, Busking (by Encosta de Lago) died in January 2017, leaving a now-yearling full brother to Not A Single Cent. 

At Randwick the Kris Lees-trained Sugar Bella maintained her near-perfect record when she snatched a last-stride victory in the $150,000 Wenona Girl Quality 1200m G3. 

Watch Sugar Bella win the Wenona Girl Quality G3.

The 4YO mare has now won six of her 7 starts and returned almost twice the $135,000 Fesen Pty Ltd paid for her at Magic Millions, where she was offered by breeder Corumbene Stud. Like Not A Single Cent, Sugar Bella may step up to Group 1 company at The Championships. 

Sugar Bella is the last foal of dual Group winner Hula Wonder (by Hula Chief), and is related to Group 2 winner Fell Swoop, also by Not A Single Doubt.

Not A Single Doubt has added almost $400,000 to his Australian earnings in the past week and, with $7.9 million is comfortably ahead of sixth-placed Street Cry –  at least until Winx lines up in the George Ryder S. G1 on 24 March!

The son of Redoute’s Choice has taken his lifetime record to 53 stakeswinners, 18 of them juveniles. He has 19 lots catalogued in next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two colts in the Arrowfield draft