A hour after champion sire Redoute’s Choice reached 100 stakes winners, his very first stakes winner Not A Single Doubt made history in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Miracles of Life (2f Not A Single Doubt – Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) settled perfectly just off the speed and, after cornering sweetly, powered to a commanding lead to defeat Fast’n’Rocking and Godiva Rock.
She became the first Group 1 winner by Not A Single Doubt and the trainer-jockey combination of Dan Clarken and Lauren Stojakovic. It was also something of a fairytale relived for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen and his bloodstock manager Iris O’Farrell who first visited the Blue Diamond winner’s circle 14 years ago with Redoute’s Choice.
It was Arrowfield’s long-held faith in Not A Single Doubt as a Group 1 sire prospect justified in the most emphatic fashion, in one of Australia’s major juvenile contests. He had previously sired the domestic Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain, but Miracles of Life is the first of his 12 stakes winners to succeed in a race with full international Group 1 status.
Not A Single Doubt is among six sons of Redoute’s Choice that have sired Group 1 winners, the others being, Snitzel, Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck, Duelled and Fast ‘N’ Famous.
He is also the fourth of Arrowfield’s resident stallions to sire a Blue Diamond winner in the past nine years, after Redoute’s Choice (Undoubtedly & Nadeem); Starcraft (Star Witness) and Flying Spur (Sleek Chassis). Former Arrowfield sire Hussonet, now based at Cornerstone Stud, sired 2008 winner Reaan.
The Blue Diamond result was the cause of jubilant celebration at Arrowfield’s sister farm, Bellerive Stud where Miracles of Life, described in stud records as “a very nice first foal with good bone and cover”, was born in September 2010.
Bellerive’s Operations Manager Jo Monehan remembers, “She was a very correct filly, always small, but full of fun, with lots of get-up-and-go. She was always the first to do everything – just as she was at Caulfield!”
Her dam Dazzling Gazelle remains at Bellerive where she is due to foal again to Not A Single Doubt this coming spring.
Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 12 stakes winners, six of them successful as juveniles, including Villa Verde who is an early favourite for this year’s G1 Golden Slipper.
Miracles of Life has now earned $730,100 and is unbeaten in four starts. Her $615,000 Blue Diamond prizemoney moves Not A Single Doubt into second position of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with season earnings of just over $1 million.
There are 13 Not A Single Doubt yearlings on offer at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including a colt in the Arrowfield draft, and two fillies from Bellerive.