10th Group 1 winner for Not A Single Doubt

A Group 1 Classic over 2500 metres and a 1200-metre 2YO Group 2 feature are all in a day’s work for the very classy, super-versatile Not A Single Doubt…

Here’s a challenge: run fourth in the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks G1 and back up a week later in the SAJC South Australian Derby G1 over 2500 metres. 

And here’s another challenge: be the sire of that Derby winner and a 2YO 1200m Group 2 winner on the same day.

Shadwell Stud’s wonderful 3YO filly Qafila and her wonderfully versatile sire Not A Single Doubt made it look easy.

Qafila skipped clear of the boys at Morphettville to win by more than 3 lengths and become Not A Single Doubt’s 10th Group 1 winner, while 2YO colt Dubious was just too good at Doomben in the $200,000 BRC Champagne Classic G2.


Bred by Woodpark Stud from the Tapit mare Zighy Bay, Qafila was offered by Attunga Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Sale where Shadwell’s buyer Angus Gold secured her for $450,000 and sent her to the Hayes & Dabernig team at Lindsay Park. 

Qafila’s ability was obvious on debut, when she won the MRC Debutant S. LR as a Spring 2YO, and she has since competed almost exclusively in Group races, achieving 8 top four finishes, including a victory in February’s Angus Armanasco S. G2. That consistency in quality company explains why, with just three wins, Qafila has earned almost $700,000.

“She’s a tremendous filly and she deserves this Group 1. She’s been competing at the highest level her whole career and it’s fantastic to get the win for Shadwell Stud.”
– Co-trainer Ben Hayes on Qafila

Like Qafila, Aquis Farm’s 2YO colt Dubious is proving a highly professional competitor, winning the ATC Breeders’ Plate G3 on debut last September, before a Queensland campaign that produced a win and a fine second to Exhilarates in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic RLR.

Group 2 winner Dubious is one of 22 2YO stakeswinners by Not A Single Doubt. (PHOTO: Michael McInally)

He resumed in the Autumn with a third placing in the ATC Todman S. G2 and has now bounced back from an unplaced Golden Slipper run to claim a Group 2 win in dominant fashion. 

“What a dude of a colt, he’s very push-button. On the better ground he was lethal.”
– Jockey James McDonald on Dubious

Dubious, out of the French-bred mare Suspicieuse (by Elusive City), was bred  by Chesapeake Thoroughbreds & Winton Bloodstock and offered by Kitchwin Hills at the Magic Millions Sale where Aquis Farm & Ciaron Maher paid $350,000 for him.  Dubious has already repaid them handsomely with earnings of  $1,015,150.

Not A Single Doubt’s own statistics are decidedly handsome.  Qafila is his second new Group 1 winner this season after Kenedna’s ATC Queen of the Turf victory last month, and his tally of 13 stakeswinners is bettered only by I Am Invincible. 

And he can boast three same-day stakes doubles this season: Champagne Cuddles & Samizdat on 9 February, Kenedna & Classique Legend, both at Randwick on 13 April and now Qafila & Dubious.

With $9.6 million prizemoney, Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership and is closing on his fourth consecutive $10 million+ season.

First Group 1 winner caps Dundeel’s big weekend

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab sealed a heady 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won Saturday’s R1 million Cape Derby G1 in South Africa…

Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven. 

Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).

The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner. 

John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)

Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe. 

On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners. 

Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.

Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him. 

As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.

Book 1 of Karaka 2019 includes 7 colts by Dundeel, and his offering at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale numbers 23, including six fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Snitzel's busy 24 hours raises the bar – again

Four winners on Friday evening, then valuable Saturday victories by a 2YO filly at Flemington and a 4YO mare at Wyong have taken Snitzel past yet another milestone.

That’s the $18 million season prizemoney mark – never seen before in Australia and achieved only a week after Snitzel punched through $17 million.

3YO colt Leningrad at Canterbury in Sydney, Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Bowerman & 4YO mare Sprightly Lass at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, and Shinnecock at the Sunshine Coast got the Snitzel train rolling on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Shadwell Stud’s smart 2YO filly Nomothaj gave Snitzel his 29th Australian stakes win of 2017/18 when she claimed the $120,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR from a determined Irukandji (by Dundeel) and Nomothaj’s Lindsay Park stablemates, Virtual Insanity and Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice).

Watch Nomothaj win the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Nomothaj defeated the Magic Millions winner and current Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight in last October’s Maribyrnong Trial S. LR, but a Slipper re-match is by no means certain for the Love Racing-bred, Shadwell-owned daughter of Real Stolle (by Elusive Quality).

Head trainer David Hayes said, “We’ll have a bit of a think about it. She’s very good up the straight (at Flemington). I wish the Slipper was up the straight.

“I put Nomothaj in the race mad fresh so she’ll be really improved and I thought the two stablemates who finished behind her are coming winners as well.”

The $175,000 Magic Night S. G3 on 17 March and the $600,000 Percy Sykes S. G2 on 14 April are also possible targets for Nomothaj.

Snitzel’s final push to a new Australian season earnings total of $18,033,494 was completed by Just Dreaming whose class prevailed in the $150,000 Wyong Provincial Championship Qualifier. The 4YO mare, trained by Kris Lees for breeder Judy Wanless, is now the favourite for the $500,000 Final at Randwick on 14 April.

Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins tomorrow, while April’s Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s draft.

First stakes performer for Dundeel

There were several Arrowfield stories out of Saturday’s $130,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR at Flemington, but the most significant result was the gritty effort by Dundeel’s son Irukandji for second.

The 2YO Hawkes-trained colt has been a star of Dundeel’s stud career since his $240,000 sale as a Magic Millions weanling by Riversdale, on behalf of breeders Roger Langley & Alison Hodges.

Purchaser David Kobritz’s Musk Creek Farm then returned to Magic Millions to sell Irukandji as a yearling for $500,000 to Spendthrift Farm whose Orange & Purple silks the colt carried to become Dundeel’s first stakes performer.

In fact, Arrowfield stallions dominated the finish of the race, won by Snitzel’s daughter Nomothaj with debutante Absaroka (by Redoute’s Choice) finishing strongly for fourth.

Watch Nomothaj & Irukandji quinella the VRC Festival of Racing S. LR.

Irukandji, New Zealand debut winner Cutadeel and twice-placed Sunreel have all emerged from Dundeel’s first seven runners and buyers of his second-crop yearlings have clearly been paying attention. 

The 20 Dundeel yearlings sold at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast & Inglis Classic Sales averaged better than four times their sire’s $25,000 fee, with a top price of $280,000 paid for Arrowfield’s colt out of Opportunity by Duncan Ramage & Chris Anderson.

Dundeel’s likely affinity with Australian bloodlines is already evident in his first three performers. Cutadeel and Sunreel are both out of mares by Danehill sons Dylan Thomas & Danzero, while Irukandji’s Group-placed dam Cerberus Gal is by General Nediym from Danzero’s family.

Cerberus Gal has a yearling colt by Zoffany and a weanling full sister to Irukandji.

Dundeel has six colts on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, which begins on Sunday, and they can be found in the Bombora Downs, Glentree, Henley Park, Phoenix & Three Bridges consignments. 

The Inglis Easter Sale catalogue includes 12 Dundeel yearlings, among them five fillies & five colts in the Arrowfield draft – eight of them featuring Danehill sons as damsires or grand-damsires.

Redoute's Choice & Shadwell strike again

New international investors seeking models for success in Australian need only examine the performance of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud over the past 15 years.

Key ingredients of Shadwell’s outstanding success were evident at Ballarat on Tuesday when 2YO filly Nasaayim scored a soft win over 1200 metres at her second start. 

Watch Nasaayim win at Ballarat.

Like Group 1 winners Majmu, Mustaaqeem, Rafeef and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Listed winner Zamzam, she is a daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Like all of those horses, except Nadeem and Zamzam, she was secured by Shadwell’s renowned racing manager Angus Gold from the Arrowfield barn at Inglis Easter.

And like most of Shadwell’s Australian stars, Nasaayim is trained by the Lindsay Park team, now comprising David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.

A quality sort who fills the eye, Nasaayim is a three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Dracarys (by Snitzel), out of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality). Nocturnelle is proving to be a great asset for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida, with performance matched by sale-ring returns of $1 million for Dracarys and $650,000 for Nasaayim.

Nasaayim joins this season’s 2YO stakeswinners Qafila (by Not A Single Doubt) & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and winners Futooh (by Sebring) and Enbihaar (by Magnus) to make a strong case for the Shadwell-Lindsay Park approach to identifying precocious talent. All five are nominated for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 24 March.

Other members of Shadwell’s Australian Class of 2017 include the unraced Arrowfield Easter colts Atyaab (Dundeel-Sylvaner) and Mashaheer (Snitzel-Silla Regalis).

Just as Lindsay Park is starting to roll out its juveniles ahead of Autumn’s major prizes, so Redoute’s Choice – already the sire of 37 2YO stakeswinners – is sending his babies out to play. The filly Al Naifa won her race debut on 21 January, while Redoute’s Choice colts Bold and Wild, Scepter of Power, The Autumn Sun & Tchaikovsky and fillies Brazilica, Lady Legend, In A While, Jen Rules & Premier Rose have all shown up in NSW trials. 

3YO Arrowfield graduates Ardrossan & Pariah are also poised to boost Redoute’s Choice’s record – both colts are nominated for the $1.25 million VRC Newmarket H. G1 on 10 March. 

A pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies at Inglis Melbourne, and 23 Inglis Easter yearlings, nine of them consigned by Arrowfield, are the season’s final opportunities to buy premier yearlings by the three-time Champion Sire.

Redoute's Choice dynasty's cup runneth over

Saturday 14 October 2017 is a date that followers of the fortunes of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty and in particular, his spectacular sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, will remember for a long, long time. 

By the end of it, Snitzel had cracked $10 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership and Not A Single Doubt’s four new stakeswinners, emulating Snitzel’s feat on 13 May 2017, and including his 8th Group 1 winner, had taken him to second spot with $3.5 million. 

Here’s how the day unfolded across four extraordinary hours:

Caulfield, 12.20 pm – Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Qafila (Not A Single Doubt-Zighy Bay by Tapit) pounced late to claim the $120,000 MRC Inglis Debutant S. 1000m LR. from Sacred Sword and Encryption.

Watch Qafila win the MRC Inglis Debutant S. LR.

She’s trained by the Hayes & Dabernig team that turned out Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Nomathaj to win last Saturday’s VRC Maibyrong Trial S LR, carrying the same, famous blue and white silks.

Qafila is Woodpark Stud’s first stakeswinner as a breeder and was purchased from Attunga Stud at the Magic Millions Sale for $450,000, making her Not A Single Doubt’s second top-priced yearling filly this year. Qafila is now his 17th juvenile stakeswinner.

The Gerald Ryan-trained colt Legend Of Condor (ex Rhodamine by Success Express), gritty debut winner of  the  $100,000 Victory Vein Plate at Randwick 20 minutes after Qafila’s win, may well be Number 18.


Royal Randwick, 1.15 pm – 3YO filly Torvill (Not A Single Doubt-Bolero Queen by Iglesia) put up the best performance of her eight-start career to land the  $125,000 ATC Reginald Allen Quality 1400m LR, with Yulong Xingsheng and Workdrinks filling the placings.  

Torvill’s winning time of 1:22 flat was a new race record and trainer Clarry Conners indicated a race in Melbourne is now a possibility  for her.

Watch Torvill win the ATC Reginald Allen Quality LR.

From the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Ruthven and multiple Group winner Cangronde, Torvill is raced by her breeders Barry Garforth and Max Kowalczuk.



Caulfield, 1.30 pm
– Former Western Australian mare Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) made Guineas Day memorable for her owners John & Anne McDonnell, Jane Henning & Mr D. Balian when she defeated Pedrena and Princess Of Queens in the $150,000 MRC Northwood Plume S. 1400m G3.

Watch  Cool Passion win the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3.

Bred by Michael MacDermott, Cool Passion was having her first start in Melbourne for trainer Tony McEvoy after eight wins in the West.


Royal Randwick, 4.15 pm – the inaugural running of the world’s richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest over 1200 metres ended with a perfect performance by Snitzel’s powerhouse son Redzel. The 5YO gelding jumped smartly, slotted in just behind the early leader Houtzen, took control soon after the turn and sprinted clear to score by almost a length from Vega Magic, Brave Smash and Chautauqua. Emotions over-flowed around the Randwick winner’s circle as trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, jockey Kerrin McEvoy, slot-holder James Harron and the ecstatic group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward began celebrations likely to last several days.

Watch Redzel win The Everest.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubtion mare Millrich, Redzel was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown from the Marquee Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. He has now won ten of his 20 starts, including last season’s Doomben 10,000 G1, and $7.1 million.


Caulfield, 4.30 pm – an unexpected victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1 by 100/1 shot Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion by Encosta de Lago) completed an unforgettable day.

Watch Mighty Boss win the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

Mighty Boss gave co-owner  Muzaffar Yaseen of Teeley Assets his second Caulfield Guineas win, 18 years after Redoute’s Choice won a magnificent battle with Testa Rossa for the 1999 race.

Bullion Mansion was bought by Coolmore for $160,000 in foal to Not A Single Doubt from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale. The resulting colt was offered by Curraghmore Stud at the 2016 NZ Premier Sale where he was bought for $180,000 by trainer Mick Price, who shares the colt’s ownership with Teeley Assets.

Four hours and 10 minutes, a Group 1 Classic victory, three other Group & Listed stakes wins, one Everest and more than $7.2 million prizemoney – truly an amazing day at the office for the superstar sons of Redoute’s Choice.

Caulfield Photos by Bronwen Healy; Royal Randwick Photos by Sportpix.

Arrowfield graduates honoured in South Africa

Four  Group 1-winning Arrowfield graduates, all purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale, were the only Australian-bred finalists for South Africa’s 2016/17 Equus Awards, and two of them won their respective categories.

Sheikh Hamdan’s brilliant colt Mustaaqeem was named Champion 2YO Colt, and Whisky Baron won the Champion Middle Distance title at the Awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

Like his sire Redoute’s Choice, Mustaaqeem made only two juvenile appearances, but achieved maximum impact with a runaway debut win, followed by a four-length victory in the Turffontein South African Nursery G1 on 6 May. 

That performance very quickly turned into a rare piece of history when Mustaaqeem’s older full brother Rafeef – now standing at Highlands Stud in South Africa – won the Computaform Sprint G1 on the same Champions Day card. Rafeef was a finalist for the Champion Sprinter award won by Carry On Alice.

Mustaaqeem and Rafeef are sons of South African Horse of the Year National Colour, both of them bred by Arrowfield and Klawervlei Stud, both offered at successive Inglis Easter Sales and both purchased for Shadwell by master buyer Angus Gold. It took $800,000 to buy Rafeef in 2014, and more than twice that amount, $1.75 million, to secure Mustaaqeem two years later. 

National Colour has a 2YO Snitzel filly bought for $675,000 by Paul Messara at Inglis Easter and now part of Arrowfield’s racing team, and a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice. The mare is in foal to Snitzel.

Whisky Baron (Manhattan Rain-Tazkara by Sinndar), a product of the Aga Khan Studs’ partnership with Arrowfield, was also bought from the 2014 Easter Sale, for just $50,000 by Craig Roscoe & Joey Ramsden. Trained by Brett Crawford for former international cricketer Craig Kieswetter and his brother Ross, Whisky Baron progressed dramatically from three to four, winning all five of his starts last season, which ended with a stunning success in the R5 million Kenilworth Sun Metropolitan H. G1 over 2000 metres. 

Tazkara is now in France, but has two daughters in Australia including Whisky Baron’s full sister Downtown Manhattan whose first foal is a yearling colt by Olympic Glory. 

The fourth Arrowfield graduate among the Equus Award finalists was 3YO colt Heavenly Blue (Snitzel-Simply Carina by El Prado), bred by the Stud in partnership with Cloros Bloodstock and bought for $200,000 by Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock.

Winner of both his 2YO starts, Heavenly Blue raced exclusively in Group company at three, winning the Turffontein South African Classic G1, and finishing third in the South African Derby G1.

He also hails from the yard of champion trainer Mike de Kock who received a Special Achievement Award after reaching the milestone of 3,000 career wins in March.

Simply Carina has a 3YO daughter, Play That Song (by Smart Missile), in the Mike Moroney stable, a 2YO filly by Snitzel and a yearling colt by Smart Missile.