Redoute's Choice & sons on a roll

Only three weeks after a stunning sequence of six stakes wins in three states, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel & Not A Single Doubt have tag-teamed again to compile four Group & Listed victories on Saturday’s feature Queensland & Western Australian cards.

That takes their worldwide record for this season to 59 winners of 79 Group & Listed Races = a best-ever collective tally for Arrowfield’s father-and-sons trio.

Watch Payroll, Single Gaze & Snitty Kitty win Races 3, 4 & 5 at Doomben.

Not A Single Doubt’s 43rd stakeswinner, 4YO mare Payroll opened the day with a determined finish in the $100,000 BRC Spear Chief H. 1650m LR, taking her career earnings beyond $260,000 for her  part-owner & trainer Richard Laming, who paid $80,000 for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Payroll is the second foal out of MacQuarie Stud’s mare Workhard (by Red Ransom), from the family of Group 1-winning New Zealand sprinter Bawalaksana, and Group winners Damaschino & her daughter Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice). Workhard is due to foal to Scissor Kick this comng Spring.

Forty minutes later, indomitable mare Single Gaze (Not A Single Doubt-Redaluca’s Gaze by Intergaze), born nine days after Payroll, picked up her third Group race success, the $200,000 BRC P.J. O’Shea S.2200m G2, for a group of owners including two of her breeders Redbank North and Wayne Oxford. Already a Group 1 winner, Single Gaze has returned almost $1.5 million on the $70,000 trainer Nick Olive paid for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale.

Race 5 at Doomben, the $100,000 BRC Lightning H. 1050m LR, was Snitzel’s turn to chime in with his 63rd career stakeswinner, 3YO filly Snitty Kitty who prevailed in a close battle with Upstart Pride and Prompt Return (by Beneteau).  The daughter of Lassiter’s Cat (by Tale Of The Cat) has progressed steadily from her Mornington maiden win last September, to city success in Melbourne, a Listed placing at Scone and now her first black type victory which takes her record to four wins and almost $200,000 from nine starts.

Snitty Kitty was bought from the Willow Park Stud draft by her trainer Henry Dwyer for $175,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale and is raced by a group of owners that includes her breeder Gordon Henderson. Dwyer has already sent the filly for a spell and will bring her back for a late Spring campaign and a start in next January’s Magic Millions Sprint.

A lucrative day for Redoute’s Choice & Sons wound up at Belmont in Perth when Chris Gangemi’s wonderful 7YO sprinter – and Arrowfield graduate – Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) won his third Group race this season, the $150,000 WATC Belmont Sprint 1400m G3. Not A Single Doubt’s Group 1-winning son Scales of Justice, having his first start since December, completed the quinella.

Watch Rock Magic win the WATC Belmont Sprint G3 – Race 7.

The final eight weeks of the 2016/17 Australian season hold plenty of interest for stallion-watchers, as Snitzel chases his first Australian General Sires’ title & Danehill’s season record of 26 Australian stakeswinners. He has already broken the all-time season prizemoney and 2YO winners records and now has the opportunity to set the bar even higher for future challengers.

Snitzel’s milestone achievements are all the more impressive because the current top 20 Australian sires are an exceptionally powerful group. They include a record five stallions with prizemoney of $10 million or more (Snitzel, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible & Not A Single Doubt), and six champion sires (Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Redoute’s Choice, Encosta de Lago, Exceed and Excel and Lonhro). 

Measured by worldwide stakeswinners, Group 1 winners and 2YO stakeswinners, 2016/17 is already a career-best year for Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.  It’s also the 12th season their champion sire has been represented by the winners of at least 20 Group & Listed Races. Here’s how the season looks so far for Australia’s dominant stallion dynasty:

2016/17 SEASON
WORLDWIDE to 5 June 2017

REDOUTE’S CHOICE

SNITZEL

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT

Stakeswinners/Stakes Wins

16/20

28/35

15/24

G1 Winners

2 – RAFEEF & MUSTAAQEEM

5 – HEAVENLY BLUE,  INVADER, REDZEL, RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, SUMMER PASSAGE

4 – CLEARLY INNOCENT, EXTREME CHOICE, SCALES OF JUSTICE, SECRET AGENDA

2YO Stakeswinners

3 – MUSTAAQEEM, PARIAH, ARDROSSAN

5 – INVADER, SUMMER PASSAGE, TANGLED, TEASPOON, TRAPEZE ARTIST

4 – GUNNISON, SINGLE BULLET, DOUBT I’M DREAMING, QIJI PHOENIX

Offshore Stakeswinners

MUSTAAQEEM, RAFEEF, TABLE BAY (South Africa); GOLD LUCK (France); ABIDEWITHME, ARDROSSAN (New Zealand)

SUMMER PASSAGE (New Zealand); HEAVENLY BLUE (South Africa); YOUNG MAN POWER (Japan)

QIJI PHOENIX (New Zealand)

Group 1 success for Single Gaze

Single Gaze brought up multiple milestones when she scored a decisive victory in Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Vinery Stud (Storm Queen) S. 2000m G1, beating New Zealand Group 1 winner Valley Girl & Happy Hannah.

The diminutive filly is the fourth individual Group 1 winner – and the third this season alone – for the high-flying Not A Single Doubt, Australia’s current leading active sire with earnings of $8,533,125.

Single Gaze is also the first Group 1 winner prepared by well-regarded Canberra trainer Nick Olive, whose joy lit up the Rosehill mounting yard after the race.

He said, “I’m numb, I’m absolutely numb. It’s every trainer’s dream to win a Group 1 and it’s funny, I’ve just been so relaxed all week and came here today so confident… She’s just a top filly, she keeps stepping up to the mark and just such a gutsy little filly. She’s such a tough filly and everything she does, she just improves.”

Single Gaze’s impressive $90,638 earnings per start is thanks largely to her lucrative placings in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and this year’s Magic Millions Guineas. However, eleven of her 13 starts have been in Group & Listed company against both sexes and she has won or placed in seven of them. That’s the mark of a very good filly indeed.

Single Gaze’s win is a special success for Jamie, Fiona & Dimity Middleton of Redbank North who bred her with Arthur Mountier, Albert Tory, Wayne Oxford & Mark Cullen and sold for $70,000 to Nick Olive at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Redbank North and Mr Oxford retained a share in her ownership.

And, of course, Single Gaze has considerably enhanced the value of her city-winning dam Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), her weanling half-brother by So You Think and her full sibling due in October.

Not A Single Doubt has ten stakeswinners of 16 Group & Listed Races this term, but only two yearlings on offer at the Inglis Easter Sale. Yarraman Park & Arrowfield Studs can expect to be very busy parading the daughter of stakeswinner Royal Commands (Lot 46) & the son of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire (Lot 240).

Single Gaze wins Arrowfield Classic

The Arrowfield roster had only one runner in Friday’s Illawarra TC Arrowfield Classic 1600m G3, the notably competitive and well-travelled filly Single Gaze.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt turned out to be more than sufficient representation, as she fought off, then pulled away from her rivals to win the $200,000 Kembla Grange feature by almost a length from Dixie Blossoms, with Asinara third.

Single Gaze is Not A Single Doubt’s 32nd stakeswinner, his ninth this season and the fifth of his progeny to salute in black type company since 1 January.

Watch Single Gaze win the Arrowfield Classic G3
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That it was only her second win from 12 starts, yet took her earnings close to $900,000 is an indication of the company Single Gaze has been keeping since her winning debut as a 2YO at Rosehill in 2014, with Good Project third and Exosphere unplaced behind her.

In fact, all but two of her 11 starts before Friday were in Group & Listed races and she had placed in five of them, including the Black Opal S. G3 in Canberra and the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

She was given a good spell after a busy juvenile season and did not return until December, opening her campaign in Sydney, then the Gold Coast, ahead of a top effort for second, only a length from Mahuta in the Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR.

That was her first run over 1400 metres and supported trainer Nick Olive’s feeling that Single Gaze would relish a mile, and possibly further.  The filly repeated the message when she split Ghisoni and Stay With Me in last month’s Surround S. G2, also over 1400 metres.

Olive said after Friday’s win, “She just tries her heart out every time. It was great to see her win again, she has been such a good filly for us.

“I have always had a massive opinion of her as a three-year-old filly and just great to see her break through again,

“She has given us the feeling that she would run a strong mile and maybe further and we will sit down and see where we go next.”

The $500,000 Vinery Stud S. G1 over 2000 metres at Rosehill on 26 March may well be her next start.

Single Gaze was bred by Redbank North’s Jamie Middleton with Arthur Mountier, Albert Tory, Wayne Oxford and Mark Cullen and sold for $70,000 to Nick Olive at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Redbank North and Mr Oxford have remained in the filly’s ownership.

Single Gaze is the third foal and third winner out of city winner Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), also dam of 2YO stakeswinner Le Val (by Snitzel) and a yearling colt by Commands sold for $280,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Sale. Redaluca’s Gaze is once again in foal to Not A Single Doubt.
 
Who has, thanks to Single Gaze and Unequivocal’s Bede Murray Provincial Championship Qualifier win, extended his lead on the General Sires’ table with prizemoney of $7.6 million, almost $340,000 ahead of Street Cry.

98th stakeswinner for Flying Spur

The Darren Weir-trained Mahuta has become the 98th stakeswinner for champion sire Flying Spur with a strong all-the-way win in Saturday’s $120,000 MRC Gothic S. 1400m LR.

The 3YO colt came into the race off a six-length maiden victory at Kyneton on 8 October and defied his double-figure odds by taking early control of the pace and kicking hard after the turn to hold off Holler, with Flying Light 3.5 lengths back in third.

Jockey Mark Zahra said, “He won well. He was a bit aggressive going to the gates so I wanted to have him where he was happy. He got to the front, relaxed and gave a good kick.”

A member of Flying Spur’s final crop, Mahuta was bred by John Johnstone and purchased for $35,000 from the Redbank North draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He is a half-brother to stakeswinner Anlon, from the unraced Vahine (by Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to top-class 2YO filly Isolda who has left Group 3 winner Bid Spotter to Redoute’s Choice.

Flying Spur, now living out a well-earned retirement at Arrowfield, has enjoyed notable success with mares by sons of Sir Tristram. Mahuta is the 12th stakeswinner from 93 runners bred that way, a group that includes Sleek Chassis (Blue Diamond Stakes), dual Group 1-winning juvenile Juanmo, and Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal.

Mahuta has bolstered Zabeel’s position on the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list, but not quite enough to overtake Flying Spur, represented as a damsire on Saturday by two stakeswinners, Dothraki at Randwick and Vezalay at Caulfield.

The champion son of Danehill remains Australia’s leading sire of broodmares this season with $3,190,484 prizemoney and six stakeswinners, just ahead of Zabeel with the same number of stakeswinners and earnings of $3,112,523.

History repeats for Not A Single Doubt

A flashy chestnut filly by Not A Single Doubt bolts in at long odds on debut at Rosehill and targets the Magic Millions Classic in January.

That sounds familiar – where have we heard that before?

Four years after Karuta Queen burst onto the Sydney racing scene with a 3.8 length debut win at Rosehill in October 2010, another daughter of Not A Single Doubt turns up at Rosehill to upset the expectations held for her more favoured rivals.

Her name is Single Gaze and her prospects didn’t look good until the dying stages of Saturday’s 1100-metre juvenile contest.

Her trainer Nick Olive, who watched the race from Derby Day in Melbourne, said, “At the 200 metres I thought we were going to run a nice third or fourth – at the 100 metres though, I was pretty confident we were going to win the race.

“We’ve just got to sit down and see how she pulls up, she’s a very tough filly, very professional, but she’s paid up for the Magic Millions, so that’s where we want to head with her in January.”

The placegetters Zulu Royal (Charge Forward-Anakalinka by Anabaa) and Red Tracer’s half-brother Counterattack (Redoute’s Choice-Kisma by Snippets) completed a trifecta result for Arrowfield sires.

Olive bought Single Gaze for $70,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the Redbank North draft of her co-breeder Jamie Middleton. The filly is the third foal of city winner Redaluca’s Gaze (by Intergaze), already the dam of 2YO stakeswinner Le Val (by Snitzel) and his sister Amoret, a 3-length maiden winner at Hawkesbury on 23 October.

Not A Single Doubt’s three winners, Fremond in Perth, Atalanta Miss in Adelaide & Single Gaze in Sydney, have given him an early-season lead on a list where he is now well-established as a major player, the 2YO Sires’ table.