Victorian breeder Sean Buckley has continued to build his bloodstock portfolio with the purchase of Redoute’s Choice sire Undoubtedly. The G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner will stand privately at Buckley’s Ultra Thoroughbreds at Kilmore.
Buckley bought South African G1 winner Noble Heir earlier this week. The grey mare is a speed machine with 8 wins to her credit including the G1 Computaform Sprint at Turffontein earlier this year.
Undoubtedly retired to Paringa Park in 2006 and covered 83 mares at a 74% success rate. He encountered fertility problems the following year when his PPT levels plummeted to 22%.
He served a restricted book of 52 mares in 2008 and his fertility recovered to 75%. Three Bridges owner Peter Liston limited his book to 30 last year and a large percentage of those mares returned positive.
“I will be using Undoubtedly as a private stallion,” Buckley said. “He’s had fertility problems but will get 25 of my mares and that includes Horse of the Year Miss Andretti.
“I could be wrong but you either give it your full support or none at all. Undoubtedly will certainly be getting every chance as far as I am concerned.”
Buckley bought Noble Heir from clients of South African trainer Dennis Bosch. The Clairwood trainer smiled when he recalled the day the grey filly first raced at Greyville. “I was standing with (jockey) Andrew Fortune and she looked so small in the parade ring. I told Andrew she would win as she liked and he just started laughing!
“But when the gates opened, she flew out and Andrew told me he had never gone around the Greyville turn so quickly. When he pressed the button she kept finding more.”
Bosch had bought the Kahal (Machiavellian) filly as a yearling for a mere R50,000 from breeders Connington Stud. “She was tiny but very well balanced,” he remembered. “I like the Kahals and I knew her mother very well.”
Noble Heir showed a lot early on. “She had tremendous pace and a high merit rating from the start,” Bosch said. “We had to earmark every race for her very carefully. She is lightly raced and gets better every year.”
Noble Heir was based at Bosch’s tables in Durban’s southern suburbs at Clairwood. She travelled up to Jo’burg to claim the G1 Computaform Sprint (1000m) at her last start in South Africa.