Vinery legend Red Ransom sired the first winner from his penultimate crop of Australian bred two year-olds when Fuddle Dee Duddle scored at Ascot on Saturday.
Fuddle Dee Duddle (2f Red Ransom – Bella Inez by Beautiful Crown) started an odds-on favourite in the $50,000 Buildex Climaseal Plate (1100m) after a promising debut on October 22.
She tracked Aquanita filly Spice Again and ran down the front-runner despite racing greenly. “She was primed after that first-up run,” trainer Lindsey Smith said. “I think she could easily progress up to a mile.”
Fuddle Dee Duddle cost $240,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. She is a younger half-sister to Group 1 filly Hallowell Belle (Starcraft) and is raced by Ron Sayers (Yarradale Stud) and Eddie Rigg (Geisel Park).
Perth’s leading owner-breeders also own this season’s G3 MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Bliss Street.
In January, Red Ransom joined Northern Dancer, Mr Prospector, Sadler’s Wells, Sunday Silence, Storm Cat, Sir Tristram and Danehill among stallions to have sired 100 stakes winners.
Red Ransom began stud duties at Vinery’s Kentucky headquarters in 1991 and arrived in Australia to become its Australian foundation sire in 1999. He died in November 2009
German based filly Paraisa opened the black-type account for Red Ransom’s final northern crop on Sunday. She dominated the Listed Grosser Preis von Gestut Burg Eberstein (1600m) at Hannover.
Paraisa (2f Red Ransom – Praia by Big Shuffle) had been placed in the G3 Preis der Winterkonigin and LR Kronimus Rennen at Baden-Baden at her previous two starts.
Ill-fated Red Ransom sire Red Clubs is currently involved in a tremendous tussle for the 2011 first-season winners’ title in Europe. He has sired 29 individual 2yo winners to lead Dutch Art (28), Dark Angel (27) and Excellent Art (25).
A G2 winner of the Coventry Stakes in 2005, Red Clubs went on to claim a coveted G1 in the Haydock Sprint Cup in 2007. He was based at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland but died after being injured in an accident when covering a mare earlier this year.