Group 1 night for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt made his first same-card Group race double really count, when Extreme Choice and Don’t Doubt Mamma won the feature races at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

He also completed a notable milestone for the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Moonee Valley.  The champion sire and his sensational sons have now sired the winners of 3 of the Club’s four Group 1 races, with Extreme Choice joining Snitzel’s son Shamus Award (2013 WS Cox Plate) & Redoute’s Choice’s son Lankan Rupee (2014 Manikato Stakes).

3YO colt Extreme Choice simply couldn’t have been more impressive in the $500,000 MVRC AJ Moir S. 1000m G1, defeating a quality field, including last season’s Champion Sprinter Chautauqua, with superior speed.

His jockey Craig Newitt said, “He’s as good a horse as I’ve sat on – the acceleration around that bend was unbelievable. He picked up a high class field and put them away in a couple of strides.”

The placegetters Heatherly and Arrowfield graduate Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain) were both very game in defeat, and outfinished Chautauqua and Buffering, but the effort told on Heatherly who bled and so cannot race for three months.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MVRC AJ Moir S. G1.

Trainer Mick Price and his racing manager Luke Wilkinson bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.  Bell River’s Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie, long-time supporters of Not A Single Doubt, bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt is raced by a Newgate Farm-led partnership that includes Aquis Farm, China Horse Club & Matthew Sandblom and has now won $1.6 million and four of his five starts, including the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His main target is the $500,000 VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 in a month’s time, but his next start is likely to be in the $350,000 MRC Blue Sapphire S. G3 on 12 October.

Extreme Choice’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt).  Extreme Choice is yet another outstanding result of the sustained investment in Australian breeding by the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida, who sent Going To Extremes 13 years ago to Arrowfield where she left two colts and two fillies, including Extremely.

Extremely, in foal again to Not A Single Doubt, was purchased for $735,000 from Bell River earlier this year by Yulong Investments at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She also has a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

4YO mare Don’t Doubt Mamma was at her brilliant best defeating Kaniana and Miss Rose de Lago in the $200,000 MVRC WH Stocks S. G2, her first success at 1600 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed that Don’t Doubt Mamma would now go for the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic G1, also over 1600 metres, on 29 October.

“The Myer’s her race. It’s a big Group 1, against the mares, and she probably won’t run before it.”

Five of her seven wins have been at Group or Listed level, and her earnings now exceed $600,000.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus), was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield. She has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have compiled 13 Australian Group & Listed wins in the first two months of the 2016/17 season. Unofficial figures indicate that after Friday evening Not A Single Doubt is breathing down Snitzel’s neck at the top of the General Sires’ premiership. 

Let's Elope goes to Mamma

“Hopefully, she’s Not A Single Doubt’s next Group 1 winner!” That was the message from part-owner Peter Katelanis after  Don’t Doubt Mamma won Saturday’s $200,000 VRC Let’s Elope S. 1400m G2.

There’s every reason to be confident in the 4YO mare’s ability to step another level. She has progressed steadily over the past 18 months from a single juvenile success in Adelaide to Listed and Group 3 victories in Melbourne and now to a brilliant Group 2 win in competitive distaff company.

Dwayne Dunn allowed Don’t Doubt Mamma to drift back towards mid-field from the ace draw, but the space she needed in the straight was a long time coming. It was only 100 metres from the post that the little mare with the big white blaze burst through on the rail to nab victory from Thames Court and Manageress.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the VRC Let’s Elope S. G2.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said, “Dwayne didn’t have many other options and he showed great patience. She’s not very big and had 58 kilos on her back but he didn’t panic and trusted her. She’s a real pro that loves winning.”

The Let’s Elope Stakes has previously been won by subsequent Group 1 winners including Mannerism (1992), Rewaaya (2006), Devil Moon (2007) and Pinker Pinker (2011). A possible Group 1 target for Don’t Doubt Mamma is the $500,000 Toorak H. G1 at Caulfield on 8 October.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light from the celebrated Denise’s Joy family) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Unfortunately, Coconut Mamma was retired from breeding after delivering Don’t Doubt Mamma, whose older brother Risen From Doubt is a stakeswinner for the same owners and trainer.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus) was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield, which also owned Denise’s Joy for the latter part of her breeding life. Miss St Tropez has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Don’t Doubt Mamma is one of 34 lifetime stakeswinners for Not A Single Doubt who also gained a new Group performer on Saturday, when Southern Legend finished third in the ATC Theo Marks S. G2.

…and his 132nd stakeswinner

4YO Redoute’s Choice mare Into The Mist looked ready for a black type success when she resumed with a facile win at Morphettville three weeks ago, and sure enough, she was.

She settled comfortably on the rail behind the leading group in Saturday’s $175,000 SAJC Queen of the South S. G2, but seemed likely not to get her chance of victory until Jason Holder steered her across No Tricks at the 300-metre mark. That manoeuvre cost Holder a four-meeting suspension, but Into The Mist made the most of her opportunity and pressed on to score by almost a length from last year’s winner Atlantis Dream and Rocket Commander.

Into The Mist is the second winner of the race by Redoute’s Choice, also sire of Tango’s Daughter, successful in 2014, and his 132nd individual stakeswinner.

Watch Into The Mist win the SAJC Queen of the South S. G2.

Into The Mist’s trainer Tony McEvoy said, “She’s deserved to win a nice race like that, she’s been placed in a couple before so it’s satisfying to get a good win on her record.

“Her last start win at Morphettville was good and to win a Group 2 and being by Redoute’s Choice certainly helps her value.”

Into The Mist has now earned almost $230,000 from her five wins for her proud owner-breeder Peter Katelanis (who also races Not A Single’s Doubt’s Group 3-winning daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma), his partner Annie Leo, son Jordan and daughter Adele.

Peter says,  “I’ve been very patient with this mare, and Redoute’s Choice mares only get better with time. It’s very satisfying to see her match her mother’s deeds winning a Group 2, and I’m keen to see her get out to ten furlongs in two weeks’ time.”

That race is the $100,000 Centaurea S. LR, also at Morphettville, on 21 May.

Into The Mist’s value is enhanced by the excellent racing and breeding records of her dam, dual Group winner De Lago Mist (by Encosta De Lago), also responsible for multiple Listed winner Instinction, and her grand-dam, five-time stakeswinner In The Mist.

The combination of two champion sires is always likely to prove successful and but, even so, the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta De Lago nick is highly effective. Into The Mist is the sixth stakeswinner from only 42 named foals bred this way, after Group 1 winners Peeping and Musir, Group 3 winner and sire Beneteau, and Listed winners Burnstone & Essington.

Into The Mist brings up several new milestones for Redoute’s Choice. She takes his lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 132 (12 per cent of his runners), 14 of them successful this season; his record of black type wins to 275; and his progeny’s prizemoney over the $125 million mark.

And, with Australasian Oaks G1 winner Abbey Marie, she added the 12th same-day, same-track Group race double to Redoute’s Choice’s record. 

29th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice…

Almost a dozen years after his first Group 1 winner, Redoute’s Choice continues to unfurl talent of the first order.

Over the past three weeks he’s compiled the racing equivalent of a royal flush at Morphettville, beginning with Listed and Group 3 victories by 3YO colt Howard Be Thy Name on 16 and 30 April.

The pair of Group wins needed to perfect the sequence came last Saturday courtesy of superb performances by 4YO mare Into The Mist and unbeaten 3YO filly Abbey Marie.

Arrowfield graduate Abbey Marie became the 29th Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice when she overcame a rocky run to sweep past the favourite Silent Sedition & C’Est Beau la Vie in the $400,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks 2000m G1.

Watch Abbey Marie’s SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 win.

It was a remarkable performance from a filly that made her debut less than two months ago and was stepping up to Group 1 company at only her third start. 

In fact, she’s the first filly and the first 3YO by Redoute’s Choice to win a Group 1 race at her third start. The same feat was achieved by 2YO colts Undoubtedly (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Musir (Greyville Golden Horseshoe S. G1). Redoute’s Choice himself famously won the Blue Diamond at only his second appearance, a week after his stakes-winning debut.

It was also the 36th Group 1 success for Abbey Marie’s jockey Luke Nolen who suffered serious injuries in the next race, the Robert Sangster Classic G1, when he fell from his mount Miss Promiscuity and was hit by another horse.  Nolen’s wife Alicia later reported that, thankfully, he is faring well and has suffered no head or spinal injuries, but he faces a long recovery for which he has the best wishes of everyone in the industry.

Trainer Mick Kent, who prepares Abbey Marie for his fellow owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick, Greg Fagan & Craig Williams (not the jockey), was confident before the race despite the filly’s inexperience.

“She’d had a good grounding going into it, even though it was only her third start….I wasn’t worried about the distance it was just if she was savvy enough.”

“She’s straight to the paddock and we will bring her back for the spring, the Myer Classic will be the race for her.”

Kent also trained Abbey Marie’s Australian Oaks-winning full sister Absolutely, but believes that Abbey Marie’s aptitude is closer to that of Redoute’s Choice, whose four Group 1 wins were achieved from 1200 to 1600 metres.

“She’s a bit more brilliant than Absolutely, genetically they are set to run these trips and no amount of training can change that.”

Like her sister, Abbey Marie was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets from Catshaan (by Catrail), a winning half-sister to Champion Japanese Sprinter-Miler Kinshasa No Kiseki.

Offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, Abbey Marie was purchased for $300,000 by agent Dermot Farrington, who signed for Absolutely at the same sale five years earlier. He also bought Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan from Arrowfield’s 2013 Easter draft for the Anastasiou/Biddick partnership – read more here.

Catshaan herself was a $160,000 buy for Rosemont Stud from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal under the Arrowfield banner at Magic Millions and it was Rosemont that sold the Manhattan Rain colt she was carrying for $150,000 at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.  Catshaan now has a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Zoustar.

Less than 90 minutes after Abbey Marie’s Oaks win, Into The Mist sealed the day for Redoute’s Choice with her first stakes victory in the Queen of the South S. G2 – read the story here.

Group 1 start next for Mamma

It’s been a great month at home for enthusiastic Adelaide owner Peter Katelanis who cheered Into The Mist (by Redoute’s Choice) to her fourth victory at Morphettville on 16 April.

A week later at the same course, Peter’s 3YO filly Don’t Doubt Mamma (by Not A Single Doubt) rocketed past her rivals in the straight to snatch her third stakes win this season, in the $100,000 SAJC Redelva S. 1100m LR.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma’s Redelva S. LR win.

Like Into The Mist, Don’t Doubt Mamma is trained by Tony McEvoy who said of her, “She is a bit of class, and loves to win. She was coming back from an excellent second over 1400m at Flemington, and to be honest, I would have been happy to see her finish off the race and sneak into the placings.

“But she is just so good. Jason (Holder) had her in a striking position coming to the home turn and she just wound up to haul in the leaders and win going away.”

Don’t Doubt Mamma has now won five races and almost $400,000, and has made the first four in eleven of her 12 starts – the kind of record every owner hopes to experience at least once!

The filly’s next target is the $400,000 Robert Sangster S. G1 over 1200 metres at Morphettville on 7 May. The race was won last year by another classy daughter of Not A Single Doubt, Miracles Of Life.

Don’t Doubt Mamma (ex Coconut Mamma, by Fantastic Light from the celebrated Denise’s Joy family) was purchased privately as a yearling from Tyreel Stud by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Peter Katelanis, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean & Darren Thomas. The same group also raced her year-older stakes-winning brother Risen From Doubt.

Peter is confident the best hasn’t yet been seen of their already valuable filly. He says, “I’m sure Don’t Doubt Mamma will keep improving and be at her best as a four-year-old.”

Unfortunately, Coconut Mamma was retired from breeding after delivering Don’t Doubt Mamma, her fourth foal. Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus) was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield, which also owned Denise’s Joy for the latter part of her breeding life. Miss St Tropez has a weanling filly by All American and is in foal to Animal Kingdom.

Don’t Doubt Mamma is one the 10 winners of 16 stakes races that have helped Not A Single Doubt to crack the $10 million mark in Australia this season, a figure exceeded only by the deceased Street Cry.

The son of Redoute’s Choice occupies the same position on the 2YO Sires’ table and heads the 3YO Sires’ list. That’s not too surprising because his 2012 and 2013 crops have supplied all but two of his ten current season stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Single Gaze (ATC Vinery Stud S. G1). 

These two crops are the first of Not A Single Doubt’s progeny conceived on a fee above the $13,750 payable for his first six seasons at stud. That augurs very well indeed for what the mares sent to him in subsequent seasons, when his fee rose to $33,000 (2013-15) and now to $71,500, are likely to leave.