Not A Single Doubt’s son wins the Kranji Mile

The ripples from Southern Legend’s runaway victory in Saturday ‘s $S1.5 million Kranji Mile 1600m LR were felt most immediately by his Hong Kong owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho, trainer Caspar Fownes and jockey Zac Purton.

Watch Southern Legend win the 2018 Kranji Mile LR.

But they spread quickly to Australia where the 5YO son of Not A Single Doubt was bred by Corumbene Stud and sent to the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale where he was bought for $280,000 by Carmel Size and her father, celebrated trainer Neville Begg.

Carmel Size, centre, with Southern Legend’s owners Boniface & Henrietta Ho at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

As Carmel explains on her Twitter profile, she is the yearling purchaser and manager of a team of “Legends” – the horses raced by Mr & Mrs Ho  all have “Legend” in their names. 

Southern Legend’s 2YO season was educational with four trials and two starts for a fourth & a fifth in Sydney. That period of development was rewarded with three consecutive wins as an Autumn 3YO, culminating with Listed success in the ATC Darby Munro S. LR (featured image, PHOTO: Sportpix).

The following Spring he added a couple of Group 2 placings to his record before his January 2017 departure for Hong Kong where has won four races and, two months ago, finished third in the Champions Mile G1.

Sent out in Singapore as the even-money favourite, Southern Legend romped home in 1:33.79 by three lengths from fellow Hong Kong raider Horse of Fortune and Nova Strike. 

Caspar Fownes said, “He’s a real dude this horse. He was chilled throughout his stay here and has really enjoyed himself.

“He’s a versatile horse who can handle any type of going and obviously any direction as well, as we saw tonight.”

Southern Legend’s Singapore triumph marks the end of his current campaign and he will now return to Hong Kong with December’s International Meeting his next major target.

Southern Legend is the best of three winners out of Donna’s Appeal (by Sadler’s Wells’ son Carnegie), herself a city winner from the family of Charge Forward. Corumbene sold a full brother to Southern Legend for $185,000 to trainer Danny Williams at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale. Donna’s Appeal also has a weanling filly by Not A Single Doubt.

Southern Legend takes Not A Single Doubt’s season record to 16 individual stakeswinners, a career-best tally. Back in Australia, Champagne Cuddles’ 3rd in the BRC Kingsford-Smith Cup G1 and city wins by Touch of Mink & He’s A Moral have helped to consolidate Not A Single Doubt’s position among the top half-dozen sires with $9.8 million prizemoney.

Stepitup named Singapore Horse of the Year

Arrowfield added another Horse of the Year to its graduate roll on Thursday evening when Stepitup won the Singapore Turf Club’s most prestigious award for 2015. He was also voted last season’s Champion Older Horse.

The ultra-competitive 6YO gelding has been among Singapore’s stars since the beginning of his career in 2013, when he was named Champion 3YO after winning eight of his 11 starts that year, including the Singapore Guineas Sgp-1 and three other domestic Group races.

By his standards Stepitup had a quieter season in 2014, winning only one of his 11 runs, and placing in the Singapore Derby, Patrons’ Bowl & Raffles Cup, all carrying Sgp-1 status.

Transferred to the care of champion trainer Laurie Laxon at the end of 2014, he returned in defiant form last year to win six of his 12 starts from March to November. That campaign concluded with possibly his best ever performances, in the first two legs of the Singapore Triple Crown series, the Kranji Mile Sgp-1 and his second Raffles Cup.

Watch Stepitup’s 2015 Kranji Mile Sgp-1 victory.

His career tally of 15 wins from 1000m-2000m, eight placings and $S2.4 million from 34 starts accurately measures the class and versatility he has consistently displayed for his owner, the Tivic Stable.

The source of those qualities is easy to find. Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, Stepitup is by champion sire Hussonet out of the grand racemare Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (Nothin’ Leica Dane-Icecapade by Genghiz). She was a $20,000 Inglis Classic yearling buy for trainer Barbara Joseph who managed her 8-win, $614,000 three-season career including three Listed Race successes, and a third in Mummify’s 2003 MRC Underwood S. G1. 

A $460,000 purchase by Badger’s Bloodstock from the 2005 Inglis Broodmare Sale, Ain’t Seen Nothin’ has given the Arrowfield roster outstanding support, leaving six winners to four stallions, including dual stakeswinner Ain’tnofallenstar (by Starcraft) and Group 3 & Listed winner Bachman (by All American), as well as Stepitup.

Ain’t Seen Nothin’s 3YO son Zolotoi (by Starcraft) has been placed this season from the Adelaide stable of Mark Minervini. She also has a yearling filly by All American and a 2015 filly by Dundeel.

Stepitup is the fourth national Horse of the Year raised at Arrowfield, after Lankan Rupee (Australian Horse of the Year, 2014; bred & raced by Teeley Assets); Weekend Hussler (Australian Horse of the Year, 2008; bred & sold by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd); and Makybe Diva (Australian Horse of the Year, 2005 & 2006; reared for Tony Santic).

Stepitup, bought by Cliff Brown for $90,000, is one of six stakeswinners from Arrowfield’s spectacular 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier consignment which also produced Group 1 winner Snitzerland (bought for $125,000), Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel ($25,000) & Honorine ($80,000) and Listed winners Smoko ($75,000) & Road Trippin’ ($22,500).

This year in Melbourne Arrowfield will offer 21 yearlings including three fillies & three colts from the first crop of international champion racehorse Animal Kingdom.