News that Not A Single Doubt filly Doubtfilly will mount a last-minute bid to qualify for the G1 Golden Slipper coincides with the start of a G1 campaign for his South African based sprinter Castlethorpe.
The Queensland filly will qualify for the $3.50 million-dollar Golden Slipper on April 7 if she wins the G2 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill this Saturday. After missing a start in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, she has won three in a row including a five length victory in a $250,000 QTIS bonus event at the Gold Coast earlier this month.
Doubtfilly (2f A Single Doubt – Aussie Enchantee by Alhaarth) has been quoted at $9.50 in pre-post markets for the Magic Night Stakes. “She only cost $17,500 at the Magic Millions last year,” trainer Stuart Kendrick said. “She’s on the small side but has already exceeded our expectations with $330,000 in the bank.”
Kendrick has booked Damien Oliver for the Magic Night. “Her Gold Coast win was very impressive,” Kendrick said. “But if she doesn’t qualify, we will go back home and concentrate on the Brisbane winter carnival.”
Meanwhile, Castlethorpe is taking a Group 1 route to Durban for the famous July Hcp carnival in South Arica. Trainer Mike Bass confirmed plans for the Australian bred galloper after he landed the Listed East Cape Sprint Cup at Fairview on Friday.
“He had a setback just prior to the start of the season so I gave him a long break which did him the world of good,” Bass revealed. “I have always rated Castlethorpe as a top horse. He has matured and strengthened nicely now as a four year old.”
Bass will always be linked with his legendary galloper Pocket Power who won 10 races at G1 level including the July Hcp and Gold Challenge in Durban.
Castlethorpe (4g Not A Single Doubt – Park Heiress by Sadler’s Wells) will kick off in the G2 Drill Hall Stakes before contesting major races up to a mile including the G2 Post Merchants and G1 Gold Challenge.
Not A Single Doubt opened his off-shore account when Castlethorpe won the G3 Kenilworth Winter Guineas last year. The Arrowfield resident got him from blueblood mare Park Heiress who is a three-quarter sister to English Derby winner New Approach.
Bass bought Castlethorpe for $50,000 at the 2009 Inglis Premier yearling sale. Arrowfield had imported Park Heiress from Japan in 1998 and, not surprisingly, she was bred back to Not A Single Doubt last year.
Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) has three fillies and two colts catalogued for the Inglis Easter yearling sale on April 10 -12.