Third stakeswinner for Animal Kingdom

It’s been a progressive weekend in both hemispheres for Animal Kingdom, thanks to his third stakeswinner, an impressive debut winner, a repeat winner and a Grade 2 placegetter.

His 2YO son Untamed Domain, already a winner and Grade 3-placed, started second favourite for the $US200,000 Summer S. G2 over one mile on turf at Woodbine on Sunday. The favourite Hemp Hemp Hooray looked likely to take the race out until Untamed Domain rallied late to catch him just short of the line.

The race is a Win & You’re In qualifier for the  $US1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf G1 in November. 

Watch Untamed Domain win the Woodbine Summer S. G2.

Bred by Clearsky Farms, Untamed Domain is prepared by Animal Kingdom’s trainer Graham Motion for West Point Thoroughbreds. The colt is the fourth and best winner out of the stakes-winning mare Ciao (by Roberto’s son Lear Fan), a grand-daughter of French Group 1 winner Smuggly.

Untamed Domain completed a Woodbine weekend double for Animal Kingdom, following the five-length debut success of 2YO filly Grace And Dignity in a six-furlong maiden  on Saturday. She is the fourth winner from Animal Kingdom’s first Northern Hemisphere crop. 

Watch Grace And Dignity win on debut at Woodbine.

Grace And Dignity’s dam is 7-time winner Precision Farming, by Mr. Prospector’s son Smart Strike, from the family of Grade 2 winners Dream About and Deeply Undervalued. Go a little further back in the pedigree, and up pops Secret Verdict, the fifth dam of Champion Sire Snitzel. 

Meanwhile in Australia, the Darley home-bred 3YO Animalia posted his second win over 1600 metres at Newcastle on Friday. His dam is the grand producer Hold To Ransom (by Red Ransom), whose earlier progeny include Group 3 winner Retrieve and Listed winners Abduction and Reparations. 

Watch Animalia win at Newcastle.

Animal Kingdom, currently serving his fourth Australian book of mares at Arrowfield, is also the sire of US stakeswinnerContinental Divide and the filly Sunny Skies, third in the Churchill Downs Pocahontas S. G2, a few hours after Grace And Dignity’s success.

The Dubai World Cup champion’s other Australian winners are TDN Rising Star Earth Angel, Lord Cecil (also Group-placed at two), Barbary, Royal Phoenix and Platinum.

Woodbine steps into Epsom frame

“Sensational looker, sensational pedigree & sensational run today.”

That was the tweeted verdict of trainer Gai Waterhouse after Woodbine’s fourth career victory over 1350 metres at Rosehill last Saturday.

The son of champion sire Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland jumped well from barrier 14 and settled midfield with cover for Tommy Berry before peeling out on the turn, driving hard to the lead and galloping home strongly to hold out Amovatio by a short neck, with Murder of Crows a neck away in third place.

It was a performance that convinced his champion trainer to line him up in this Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Epsom H. G1 – a race she has already won seven times.

Waterhouse comments in her tip sheet on Woodbine’s chances in the great Randwick mile. “He is a very talented entire and he is only getting better and better. This is of course his biggest test to date, but he is not without a hope especially considering it is not every day you get a four-year-old in a Group One with just 52kg.”

Woodbine was sold for $750,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and is raced by Blue Sky in partnership with Jeremy Tan, David Paradice and his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice-Forest Pearl by Woodman) has a 2YO filly by Street Cry, a yearling colt by More Than Ready and, around 17 hours before Woodbine’s latest win, a chestnut filly by Animal Kingdom. 

New Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt

It’s A Dundeel was the undoubted star for Arrowfield at The Championships on Saturday, but three runner-up finishes by a home-bred colt, a sale graduate and a daughter of Not A Single Doubt were also very pleasing.

Ron Finemore & John Leaver’s home-bred 3YO filly Gypsy Diamond became the 8th Group 1 performer for Not A Single Doubt when she overcame a tardy start to claim second in the $1 million ATC Queen of the Turf S. 1600m G1.

Jockey James McDonald settled Gypsy Diamond near-last on the fence and drove her through to a momentary lead at the 400-metre mark, but the challenges came quickly, first from dual Group 1-winning 6YO Red Tracer and then from 4YO Diamond Drille. Gyspy Diamond kept up a strong enough gallop to shade Red Tracer for second, just a short neck from the winner Diamond Drille.

The John O’Shea-trained Gypsy Diamond (ex Gypsy Tucker by Zabeel) is among Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, with successes in the MVRC Fillies Classic G2 last Spring, and the ATC Carbine Club S. G3 on 12 April. Her three wins and four placings have earned her $605,710.

Gypsy Tucker also has a very promising 2YO daughter Veloce Forte (by High Chaparral) and a yearling brother to Gypsy Diamond purchased for $200,000 by Snowden Racing.

2YO Arrowfield graduate Ygritte (Snitzel-Deputy Lil by French Deputy) maintained her consistent form with her third consecutive Group placing in the $500,000 ATC Royal Randwick S. G3. Eloping was a most impressive winner, but Ygritte showed plenty of courage to get within a length of her, and hold second, a half-length ahead of Shaumari.

A $135,000 purchase by Kitchwin Hills from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Classic draft, Ygritte is trained by Gerald Ryan for owner Carl Holt. Deputy Lil’s last foal, a filly by Not A Single Doubt, was bought by trainer Stuart Kendrick for $70,000 from Arrowfield’s 2014 Classic Sale consignment. 

Ygritte is one of 21 stakes performers this season by leading young sire Snitzel – an outstanding tally that includes Ygritte’s stakes-winning 3YO sister My Sister Lil, and the Group 1 winners Shamus Award & Snitzerland.

3YO colt Woodbine rounded out Arrowfield’s day with what jockey Tommy Berry described as “his best run to date”, a solid second behind the exciting New Zealand gelding Beauty’s Beast in the $150,000 ATC South Pacific Classic 1400m LR.

A son of Hussonet and champion filly Miss Finland, Woodbine is trained by Gai Waterhouse for his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones and fellow owners Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, David Paradice & Jeremy Tan. 

Miss Finland has 2YO & yearling fillies by Street Cry, a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Animal Kingdom. Woodbine’s year-older sister Miss Helsinki, unraced due to injury, is in foal to Smart Missile.

Arrowfield's super day out at Rosehill

It was Arrowfield’s day at Rosehill on Saturday with five winners on the eight-race card, each reflecting the Stud’s industry involvement as stallion-maker, breeder, yearling vendor and owner.

3YO colt Woodbine (Hussonet-Miss Finland by Redoute’s Choice) opened the day with his third win from four starts and a particularly determined effort it was, after jockey Nash Rawiller followed trainer Gai Waterhouse’s instructions to come down the middle of the track.

Woodbine is raced by his breeders Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones in partnership with Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, David Paradice & Jeremy Tan and is the first of his champion dam’s foals to race. He was a $750,000 purchase for Waterhouse & Blue Sky at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and the Randwick Guineas is his probable Autumn target.

Gai Waterhouse said, “Very impressive colt, I love the way he has this wonderful ability to flatten out and find the line. He attacked the line over the last fifty. It’s the sign of a good horse.”

In Race 2 over 1200 metres, the Noel Mayfield-Smith-trained 2YO filly Unequivocal (Not A Single Doubt-Chocaholic by General Nediym) followed up her stakes-placed Randwick debut last month with a brave rally under pressure to defeat Delectation by almost a length, with Peggy Jean 1.8 lengths back in third place.

Unequivocal has already returned her owners more than twice the $39,000 required to buy her from the Fairview Park Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale. Her win was a welcome boost for the stable which lost 3YO filly Turn Seventeen at Goulburn on Tuesday.

3YO filly All Cerise (Redoute’s Choice-Trick Taker by Capote) put herself on the path to Group 1 racing with a commanding win over 1400 metres for Debbie Kepitis (nee Ingham) and family.

Last year trainer Chris Waller took another Redoute’s Choice filly, Royal Descent, from benchmark racing in February to a stunning 10-length Oaks victory in April, and he is already looking in that direction with All Cerise.

“I will probably come back for another Saturday race in a fortnight’s time. Obviously the Autumn is upon us but as we learnt last year with Royal Descent, if you look after them you can still get to some big targets as well.

“She looked very strong coming into the race, so that was obviously a positive sign. She is a well bred horse and a pretty patriotic family owning here and I am sure they will have a lot of fun.”

All Cerise was bred by Arrowfield and Jungle Pocket, and purchased by Mrs Kepitis for $380,000 from Arrowfield’s 2012 Inglis Easter Sale consignment.

Next up was Sheikh Mohammed’s 4YO mare Seaside (Redoute’s Choice-Living Spirit by Hennessy) who posted her third city win from 10 starts and ran the final 600 metres of the 1400-metre event in an impressive 33.88 seconds.

Trainer Peter Snowden said, “She was good late, she was strong off a slow pace, they sprinted quick the leaders, she had a bit of work to do and did it well.”

Arrowfield’s brilliant day ended on an appropriately emotional note when 4YO gelding Rowie (Flying Spur-Tazkara by Sinndar) stormed home to down the favourite Specific Choice over 1500 metres.

It was Rowie’s fourth win from 10 starts for trainer Paul Messara and owners Arrowfield, John Leaver, Paul Favretto and Paul Rowe, whose son Andrew died in 2011 and is commemorated in the horse’s name.

Rowie is a result of Arrowfield’s joint breeding venture with His Highness the Aga Khan. His dam also has a 2YO daughter, Downtown Manhattan, and a yearling colt, both by Manhattan Rain, and a 2013 filly by Snitzel.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara said, “It’s been a great day, everyone has been here at Rosehill and we’ve had a ball.”