Brilliant Doomben double for Beneteau & Not A Single Doubt

Beneteau’s second Group 1 winner and Not A Single Doubt’s latest juvenile star produced two of the best performances on the penultimate day of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

4YO mare Prompt Response (Beneteau-Prompt by Exceed and Excel) has been an outstanding competitor in virtually all of Australia’s best distaff contests this season. In fact, she’s lined up in 12 Group races – four at Group 1 level – in three states since last September and has finished fifth or better in 11 of them.

Her superlative victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Club Tiara 1350m G1, a year after she was second to Tycoon Tara in the same race, is nothing less than Prompt Response deserves for unflinching, high-class service to the 2017/18 Australian racing season.

Watch Prompt Response win the Tattersall’s Club Tiara G1.

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Granny Red Shoes raced away with the $100,000 Qld Tatt’s Winning Edge Presentations S. 1350m LR, her second Listed win, beating Soaring Heart and Light Up The Room by more than 4 lengths.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the Winning Edge Presentations S. LR
 
Granny Red Shoes was bred by Bruce Neill’s Cressfield from the Show A Heart mare Shoboard, herself a juvenile stakeswinner from the high class family of Group 1 winner Star Satire.  The family is anchored a little further back by the 1980 New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Crestello.

Granny Red Shoes is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and can now anticipate an exciting 3YO Spring campaign with her. 

Prompt Response, like her year-older brother Prompt Return, is raced by Mark Sowerby and her breeder Ron Hamer, and is a result of their desire to extend their racing involvement with Beneteau by breeding to him and racing his progeny. 

A $45,000 outlay for Hamer at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland supplied Prompt, a non-winning daughter of the good New Zealand racemare Amnesia (by Desert Sun).

Prompt lived up to her name, producing two of the earliest and most attractive foals in each of Beneteau’s two crops. Prompt Return became Beneteau’s first stakeswinner in spectacular fashion, claiming the 2014 VRC Maribyrnong Plate G3 on debut, with a further six wins taking his career-to-date prizemoney beyond $360,000.

As for Prompt Response, her six wins (4 at Group level) and 11 placings from 27 starts have returned $1,481,350 prizemoney, a figure that may grow significantly if the call by her trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for an Everest slot is heeded.

Beneteau died in January 2013 leaving 131 named foals, of which 105 have  started, and 73 have won. Twenty-one (16% of his foals) are stakes performers, ten are stakeswinners and six of those have been successful at Group level, including Group 1 winners Prompt Response & Lasqueti Spirit (2016 VRC Oaks G1). 

Stakes treble for Redoute's Choice & Sons

The booming success of Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield-based sons continued on Saturday with geographically diverse stakes victories by Abidewithme, Prompt Response & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s imposing 4YO son Scales of Justice produced an outstanding performance to win the $150,000 WATC R.J. Peters S. 1500m G3 at Ascot in Perth. Backing up from a strong win a fortnight earlier, the gelding jumped well and sat just behind the speed before taking the lead at the top of the straight  and showing his customary determination to score by a length from Bass Strait and Ideal Image. Trainer Lindsey Smith said afterwards that he will back Scales of Justice up next Saturday in the $1 million WATC Railway S. G1, won last year by another son of Not A Single Doubt, Good Project.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC R.J. Peters S. G3

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has won or placed in all of his 12 starts for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews and is Not A Single Doubt’s 35th stakeswinner.

Beneteau also posted a new stakeswinner when 3YO filly Prompt Response won the $120,000 MRC Twilight Glow S. 1400m LR for breeder Ron Hamer and co-owner Mark Sowerby, who also race her Group 3-winning older brother Prompt Return. The pair are out of Prompt (by Exceed and Excel), a daughter of the five-time winner and multiple Group placegetter Amnesia, and have each earned almost $300,000. Prompt Response is prepared by the Waterhouse-Bott partnership.

Watch Prompt Response win the MRC Twilight Glow S. LR 

Beneteau’s two crops have already ensured he will be remembered as a successful sire whose premature death in 2013 was a real blow for Australian thoroughbred breeding. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit heads his list of nine stakeswinners among 16 stakes performers – that’s an impressive 18.8% per cent of his runners. He is currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ table, behind another young Arrowfield-sired stallion, Star Witness (by Starcraft), who defeated Beneteau in a notable running of the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Redoute’s Choice himself chimed in thanks to an eye-catching performance by his daughter Abidewithme who stormed home from the back of the field to win the $100,000 Tauranga S. 1600m G2. 

Watch Abidewithme win the Tauranga S. G2

 Co-trainer Jamie Richards said, “That was a great performance, she’s a mare who’s in great form at the moment. She’s the biggest and strongest we’ve ever seen her.

“She was served by Tavistock this Spring, and she’s tested positive in foal. So we’ve only got a limited amount of time left with her, but I think we could have a lot of fun in that time we’ve got left.”

Abidewithme was bred by her owners Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel) and now has two Group 2 wins and a pair of Listed victories on her nine-win, $400,000 record. Crimson, also the dam of Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti and grand-dam of multiple stakeswinner Destiny’s Kiss, has a 2YO filly by Redoute’s Choice’s son Burgundy, whose first runner, Hard Merchandize won well on debut at Otaki on 1 November. 

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau have already put up 21 stakeswinners and collective progeny earnings of $11.5 million this season.

Tulloch Lodge & Arrowfield = 2YO winners

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse declared herself “tickled pink” when 2YO Snitzel colt Orleans defied all challengers and a protest to score on debut at Newcastle last Saturday for Kate Waterhouse and long-time stable owners Frank and Barbara Kennedy.

Watch Orleans win at Newcastle.

Waterhouse is already looking ahead to Spring’s major racing with the muscular son of city winner Take Charge (by Dehere), who is also nominated for the J.J. Atkins G1 at Eagle Farm on 11 June.  

She writes, “It is a long way from Beaumont to Flemington, but this colt has gears. He has plenty of scope for improvement and the sky really is the limit. He is flying!”

Orleans was a $260,000 Inglis Easter buy for Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland from Newhaven Park. He is the latest of 15 juvenile winners sent out from Tulloch Lodge this season – and the eighth by an Arrowfield stallion.

The list is headed by Group winners Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain), Thyme For Roses (by Redoute’s Choice) & El Divino (by Snitzel) and completed by Hussterical & Prompt Response (both by Beneteau) and Wilcannia & Vienna Waltz (both by Snitzel). Scarlet Rain & Hussterical are Arrowfield graduates, purchased by Darby Racing at Magic Millions sales.

Collectively, these eight Arrowfield-sired, Waterhouse-trained 2YOs have won 12 of their 23 starts this season for prizemoney of $764,435.

Past & present Arrowfield stallions dominate the 2015/16 Australian 2YO Sires’ list with five entries inside the top dozen: Not A Single Doubt (2nd), Snitzel (3rd), All American (4th), Redoute’s Choice (9th) & Beneteau (11th). 

Add Manhattan Rain & Charge Forward and they have notched up 45 Australian 2YO winners, including 12 stakeswinners, of more than $7.5 million this term.

Snitzel holds a comfortable lead on the table by individual winners with a total of 18, giving him a shot at matching Not A Single Doubt’s record of 25 winners, the best tally of the past 15 years, set in 2013/14.