Group 1 night for Not A Single Doubt

Not A Single Doubt made his first same-card Group race double really count, when Extreme Choice and Don’t Doubt Mamma won the feature races at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

He also completed a notable milestone for the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Moonee Valley.  The champion sire and his sensational sons have now sired the winners of 3 of the Club’s four Group 1 races, with Extreme Choice joining Snitzel’s son Shamus Award (2013 WS Cox Plate) & Redoute’s Choice’s son Lankan Rupee (2014 Manikato Stakes).

3YO colt Extreme Choice simply couldn’t have been more impressive in the $500,000 MVRC AJ Moir S. 1000m G1, defeating a quality field, including last season’s Champion Sprinter Chautauqua, with superior speed.

His jockey Craig Newitt said, “He’s as good a horse as I’ve sat on – the acceleration around that bend was unbelievable. He picked up a high class field and put them away in a couple of strides.”

The placegetters Heatherly and Arrowfield graduate Wild Rain (by Manhattan Rain) were both very game in defeat, and outfinished Chautauqua and Buffering, but the effort told on Heatherly who bled and so cannot race for three months.

Watch Extreme Choice win the MVRC AJ Moir S. G1.

Trainer Mick Price and his racing manager Luke Wilkinson bought Extreme Choice for $100,000 from the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.  Bell River’s Andrew Ferguson and his wife Georgie, long-time supporters of Not A Single Doubt, bred Extreme Choice in partnership with good friends Lloyd Walker & Bob Hogno.

The colt is raced by a Newgate Farm-led partnership that includes Aquis Farm, China Horse Club & Matthew Sandblom and has now won $1.6 million and four of his five starts, including the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His main target is the $500,000 VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 in a month’s time, but his next start is likely to be in the $350,000 MRC Blue Sapphire S. G3 on 12 October.

Extreme Choice’s dam Extremely (by Hussonet) is an unraced daughter of Canadian Group winner Going To Extremes, and has left three other winners, including multiple Singapore winner Raise No Doubt (also by Not A Single Doubt).  Extreme Choice is yet another outstanding result of the sustained investment in Australian breeding by the great Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida, who sent Going To Extremes 13 years ago to Arrowfield where she left two colts and two fillies, including Extremely.

Extremely, in foal again to Not A Single Doubt, was purchased for $735,000 from Bell River earlier this year by Yulong Investments at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She also has a yearling colt by Smart Missile.

4YO mare Don’t Doubt Mamma was at her brilliant best defeating Kaniana and Miss Rose de Lago in the $200,000 MVRC WH Stocks S. G2, her first success at 1600 metres.

Trainer Tony McEvoy confirmed that Don’t Doubt Mamma would now go for the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic G1, also over 1600 metres, on 29 October.

“The Myer’s her race. It’s a big Group 1, against the mares, and she probably won’t run before it.”

Five of her seven wins have been at Group or Listed level, and her earnings now exceed $600,000.

Watch Don’t Doubt Mamma win the MVRC WH Stocks S. G2.

The daughter of Coconut Mamma (by Fantastic Light) was bred by Dean Fleming and purchased privately as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock for Katelanis, his son Jordan, Peter Hunt, Andrew Lathlean, Darren Thomas & Seymour Bloodstock.

Coconut Mamma’s only other Australian-based daughter, Miss St Tropez (by Magnus), was purchased in 2011 by Blue Sky for Arrowfield. She has a yearling filly by All American and visits Not A Single Doubt this Spring.

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have compiled 13 Australian Group & Listed wins in the first two months of the 2016/17 season. Unofficial figures indicate that after Friday evening Not A Single Doubt is breathing down Snitzel’s neck at the top of the General Sires’ premiership. 

Risen From Doubt flies at Flemington

Not A Single Doubt’s son Risen From Doubt made his liking for Headquarters abundantly clear on Cup Day with a strong victory in the $100,000 VRC Flemington Fling S. over 1000 metres.

The 3YO colt jumped well from barrier 4 and settled behind the early leaders Toothless, Empress O’Reilly and Rough Justice, before sprinting up to them and taking control of the race at the 300-metre mark. Rough Justice came with him but Risen From Doubt had enough in hand to beat him by a long head in 57.29, with Alaska 1.75 lengths away in third spot.

It was Risen From Doubt’s first success since his sparkling debut, also on Flemington’s straight course, in last year’s VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR. However, his five starts between those wins included a third in Mossfun’s ATC Silver Slipper S. G2 and fifth placings in the ATC Todman S. G2 and last month’s MVRC Red Anchor S. G3, won by the smart Galaxy Pegasus.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said, “He’s always shown good ability and I thought he was good enough to run in a Golden Slipper.

“He just didn’t handle Moonee Valley but he made no mistake here and it’s onwards and upwards with him. I’ll try and place him in some better races now, ideally get some more black type to his name.”

Risen From Doubt was bred by Dean Fleming from the unraced Fantastic Light mare Coconut Mamma, a grand-daughter of Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise from the Denise’s Joy dynasty.

A $140,000 buy for agent Adrian Hancock from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Risen From Doubt has now earned almost $175,000 from seven starts for a group of owners including Adelaide builder Peter Katelanis.

He was one of four winners around Australia on Cup Day for Not A Single Doubt, currently fourth on the Australian General Sires’ list by winners with a tally of forty-five.