Dundeel 2YO sensational on debut

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths…

Up-and-coming second season sire Dundeel recorded his 20th individual winner in sensational style at Te Rapa, New Zealand when debutant Yourdeel raced away from his rivals to win by more than five lengths.

The third foal of city winner Miss Zapper (by Red Ransom), Yourdeel was offered by Little Avondale Stud at the 2018 Karaka Book 1 Sale and purchased for $100,000 by Chris Rutten who races him with John Norwood and Rod Preston.

Debut 2YO winner Yourdeel as a $100,000 Karaka yearling. (PHOTO: Little Avondale/NZ Bloodstock)

Trained by Jamie Richards under the Te Akau Racing banner, Yourdeel was ridden by Opie Bosson who said after the win, “Everything was spot-on today, he travelled up and he had heaps there when I needed it.

“A couple flicks and it was all over, he obviously took a lot out of his trials and fronted up today.”

Rutten and Norwood won the 2014 Karaka Million and now have a live chance of a repeat victory with Yourdeel who is the first runner from Dundeel’s second crop. He is also Dundeel’s 9th individual winner in the past month.

The six-time Group 1 winner has 14 yearlings catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, among them 7 colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan celebrate Group 2 win

April 2015 has been a month of remarkable career milestones for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Abidewithme brought up another one at Te Rapa in New Zealand on Saturday.

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s 5YO homebred mare proved too staunch for her rivals in the $100,000 Cambridge JC Travis S. 2000m G2, her first Group victory after two wins at shorter distances in Listed stakes company at three and four.

The victory was more than usually significant for Sir Patrick, a past president & Life Member of the Cambridge Jockey Club.

He said, “I don’t think I’ve had a horse that deserves a big one as much as her. To get it in this race on my own club’s big day is very special.”

Trained by Jason Bridgeman, Abidewithme was ridden by Michael McNab who was full of praise for the mare. “I can’t speak highly enough of her…she gives 120 per cent…she’s got the best attitude and just wants to win.”

Abidewithme is the 75th indivdual Group winner, among 123 lifetime stakeswinners, for Redoute’s Choice, and her success was followed about 10 hours later by the champion sire’s fourth Group 1 quinella, when Wylie Hall and Majmu ran 1-2 in the President’s Champions Challenge G1 in South Africa.

Like the Melbourne stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti, Abidewithme is from the Group 2-winning Zabeel mare Crimson, and has now won seven of her 22 starts, for career earnings of almost $250,000.

The combination of Zabeel mares with sons of Danehill is responsible for 39 stakeswinners, eight of them by Redoute’s Choice, including three-time Group 1 winner Samantha Miss.

Sons of Redoute’s Choice like Zabeel mares too, with Group 1 winner Shootoff (by Duelled) and Group 2 winners Time For War (by Snitzel) & Gypsy Diamond (by Not A Single Doubt) among the results.

Second Group 1 victory for Sacred Star

A Stradbroke campaign is on the cards for Sacred Star after his dominant victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Waikato RC NRM Sprint 1400m G1.

The Raffles Racing-owned 5YO gelding and his jockey Vinny Colgan  put the race beyond doubt in soon after entering the straight and drove clear to by 1.3 lengths from Natuzzi and Spin Doctor in a sizzling 1:20.81. 

Colgan said, “The draw was a bit of a worry, but things just worked out for us.

“There was a good, even tempo and I ended up with a beautiful run. I knew at the 400 that I had plenty of horse and it was a matter of waiting to let him go.”

Also the winner of last month’s WRC Telegraph H. G1, Sacred Star joins Mentality, Forensics & Juanmo in a quartet of multiple Group 1 winners by Arrowfield’s retired champion sire Flying Spur.

Trainer Tony Pike is now planning another Queensland winter campaign for Sacred Star who won the QTC Cup G2 last May before running fifth from a wide gate in the Stradroke H. G1.  Those races are likely to be on his schedule again this year. Any success in Australia would support Sacred Star’s already strong claim to Champion Sprinter honours in New Zealand.

Sacred Star (ex Irish Nova by O’Reilly) was bred by Victorian businessman Mark Ruff and purchased by Guy Mulcaster for $200,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Attunga Stud on Mark’s behalf.

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