Winter Bride flourishes in Melbourne’s Spring

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner, Winter Bride…

Two years after Not A Single Doubt’s splendid daughter Secret Agenda won the MRC How Now S. 1200m G3, he has done it again, this time with his 58th lifetime stakeswinner.

Winter Bride won three of her four starts in Queensland during her namesake season and placed in the Daybreak Lover P. LR.

Sent south by trainer Toby Edmonds, the now 4YO mare has measured up in strong distaff company at her first campaign start, defeating the favourite Ellicazoom by a half-length, with Platinum Angel (by Snitzel) third. 

Watch Winter Bride win the MRC How Now S. G3.

Winter Bride has now won seven of her 15 starts and $320,000 prizemoney.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said, “She had a good record and was carrying big weights at home and doing it easily, so we had to give her a crack down here.

“We were confident until the barrier came out but she’s so tough and versatile, it was a fantastic win.” 

A home-bred for Kevin Maloney’s Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, Winter Bride is the third foal and best winner out of the very good racemare Amberino (by Perugino), whose 10 wins included the ATC Emancipation S. G2.

Earlier in the day at the Sunshine Coast Winter Bride’s stablemate From Within, also by Not A Single Doubt, scored her third consecutive win, by four lengths.

That’s not the end of the stable’s success with Not A Single Doubt’s daughters. Toby Edmonds prepares Segenhoe’s 3YO filly Granny Red Shoes, who won a pair of Queensland juvenile Listed Races in June, but hasn’t so far had the same good fortune in Melbourne.

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). 

New 2YO stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt took his season tally of individual stakeswinners to a new career-best figure of 17 when his 2YO daughter Granny Red Shoes won Saturday’s BRC Hampden S. 1200m LR at the Sunshine Coast.

The win was a well-deserved reward for the filly’s  consistent effort in her six previous starts, including a maiden win and three runner-up finishes, two of them in Listed company.

Watch Granny Red Shoes win the BRC Hampden 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 filly is trained by Toby Edmonds for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds which paid $280,000 for her at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and the rich Magic Millions day next January is an obvious target for her.

There are now 57 stakeswinners on Not A Single Doubt’s lifetime record and Granny Red Shoes is his 20th 2YO stakeswinner, and his fourth this term, after Qafila, Not A Single Cent and Fundamentalist. She is also his third stakeswinner in the past month, following Champagne Cuddles (Gold Coast Guineas G3) and Southern Legend (Kranji Mile LR). 

Not A Single Doubt is ranked 10th on the latest Thoroughbred Racing Commentary Global Sire Rankings (as at 27 May 2018). He has just nudged over $10 million prizemoney in Australia this season, and heads towards his fourth consecutive top 10 finish on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership.

Snitzel doubles up at Moonee Valley

Snitzel’s success has been more plural than singular this Spring, with three doubles and two trebles accounting for 12 of his progeny’s 20 stakes victories in the first three months of the season.

The latest contributors to that record are 3YO gelding Eptimum and 4YO mare Lubiton who delivered a Group 3 double at Moonee Valley on a day made unforgettable by Winx’s dramatic third consecutive victory in the Cox Plate G1.

Toby Edmonds brought Eptimum, fifth in Brisbane at his only juvenile start, to Melbourne as a travelling companion for class sprinting filly Houtzen and he easily paid his way with wins at Ballarat and Bendigo. 

Winning the $150,000 MVRC Red Anchor S. 1200m G3 by three lengths from Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt) clearly exceeds his brief! It has also tripled his prizemoney and earned him a possible tilt at next Saturday’s $1 million VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1, where his rivals will include Houtzen.

Watch Eptimum win the MVRC Red Anchor S. G3.

Eptimum was bred and sold by the O’Brien family’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm from the Monashee Mountain mare Paramount, a winning sister to Stradbroke H. G1 winner La Montagna, and bought for $200,000 from the 2016 Magic Millions Sale.

Paramount also has an unraced 2YO filly, Of Importance (by Not A Single Doubt) in training with Mick Price, and a yearling colt by So You Think.

Eptimum takes Snitzel’s number of stakeswinners this season to 16 – he’s also the 16th stakeswinner to emerge so far from Snitzel’s stunning 2014 crop. 

Snitzel has been represented by 27 new stakeswinners since 1 January, and his lifetime total now stands at 74.

The $150,000 MVRC Tesio S. 1600m G3 is Lubiton’s second black type success this Spring, and she completed her task in convincing fashion, leading all the way to score by 1.25 lengths from Savapinski and favourite Invincibella.

Even better, she set a new track record of 1:34.42.

Watch Lubiton win the MVRC Tesio S. G3.

Lubiton was bred by Bell View Park Stud & Foote Street Investments from the Zabeel mare Rosa Stellata, and offered by Newgate Farm at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale, where she was bought for $250,000 by Sam Kavanagh. 

Lubiton is trained by Bjorn Baker for Steve and Louise Gillard, who also raced Snitzel’s Group 3-winning daughter Oakleigh Girl. The Baker stable also prepares Snitzel’s 3YO son Goodfella, winner of last Saturday’s ATC Brian Crowley S. LR.

Smart Missile filly Oaks-bound after third win

Plans by Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds for an Oaks campaign with Smart Missile filly Ahndras firmed up considerably after her gritty win over 1630 metres at Doomben on Saturday.

She settled third behind the pace-setting, last-start winner Don’t Doubt Da Wife (by Snitzel) but came under pressure around the home turn and at the 200-metre mark racecaller Josh Fleming doubted she could win. However, Ahndras had other ideas, picked herself up and finished the race in the style of a genuine Classic contender, scoring by almost a length from Don’t Doubt Da Wife and Up The Tempo, and anchoring the first leg of a treble for the stable.

Ahndras began her career as a late 2YO in Sydney, ran second at Coffs Harbour in December and has now won three races in a month for almost $100,000 prizemoney.

Watch Ahndras win Race 4 at Doomben.

Stable foreman Trent Edmonds said Ahndras would now spend a few days at his father’s Gold Coast hinterland property before a decision was made on a trip to Sydney for the $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April.

“She’s a big strong filly and we think she will get a middle distance,” Edmonds said.
“We were worried at the 600 metres but she responded like she did when she won a maiden here and just kept coming. The winner got a cheap first 1000 metres and not many get run down over a mile when they can lead out in 64 seconds.”

Ahndras was a $190,000 buy for owner Kevin Pitstock from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She is the third foal of Brothers Dream (by Redoute’s Choice), a half-sister to brilliant sprinter and Group 1 sire Charge Forward.

Across the Tasman, another 3YO by Smart Missile encouraged his owners’ hopes of Classic success. Trained by Mike Breslin, Stephenstihls did his best work late at Woodville over 2100 metres against older horses, finishing fourth, just over a length from the winner. The two-time winner is nominated for the $1 million New Zealand Derby G1 on 4 March.

Smart Missile remains on top of the Australian Second Season Sires’ list with 32 winners and $1.3 million in stakes.

Syndicators and trainers have been active bidders for his yearlings at this week’s Ingis Classic Sale, with Blueblood Thoroughbreds, Darby Racing and Triple Crown Syndications and his own trainer Anthony Cummings each signing for two of his progeny. His top price of $130,000 was paid by Hong Kong buyer Upper Bloodstock for Yarraman Park’s colt out of multiple Group winner Skyerush.