Dundeel for Australian Derby

It’s a Dundeel captured the G1 Spring Champion Stakes last September and the NZ bred colt was back to his sparkling best in the G1 Randwick Guineas at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Fitted with blinkers for the first time, he accelerated sharply in the straight to defeat Proisir by half a length clocking a race record 1.35.14s for 1600 metres.  “He jumped good and we were always in the race,” jockey James McDonald said.  “He coasted to the line with plenty up the sleeve.”

Not offered at auction, It’s a Dundeel has the impressive record of 6 wins and a second from 9 starts for trainer Murray Baker.  He is one of five winners from Stareel (Zabeel) and second dam Staring (Fiesta Star) was trained by Max Baker to a G1 victory in the 1992 NZ Oaks.

The exciting son of High Chaparral joins Shoot Out as their sire’s second Randwick Guineas winner.  Shoot Out later led in a High Chaparral trifecta in the Australian Derby and It’s A Dundeel will also progress towards this year’s classic at Randwick in a month.

High Chaparral shuttles to Coolmore Stud and he has a draft of 38 lots catalogued for the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.