Tuesday, April 11, 2017
It was seven figures all the way for Not A Single Doubt last week as he posted new record or record-equalling prices in three sale categories at the Inglis Chairman's and Easter Sales.
The run of million-dollar prices began on Thursday 30 March at the opening session of the inaugural Chairman's Sale for Racing Prospects, when Queensland agent Chris McAnulty paid $1.4 million for star juvenile Gunnison.
The gelded son of Colorado Claire (by Hussonet) had already set a yearling record price for Not A Single Doubt when purchased for $850,000 by James Harron from Arrowfield's 2016 Inglis Easter draft. The $550,000 difference is easily explained: Gunnison won on debut in February and then scored a gritty victory in last month's ATC Todman S. G2, beating fellow Arrowfield graduate Invader.
Invader put a perfectly timed stamp on that form, when he led home the Snitzel-sired trifecta in the ATC Inglis Sires' Produce S. G1 two days after Gunnison's sale.
Then, on Wednesday 5 April, the second day of Inglis Easter, Arrowfield sent one of the Sale's three Not A Single Doubt yearlings, the strapping colt out of US-bred mare Quiet Maggy, to the ring. A few minutes later, Domeland had secured him for a new record yearling price of $1.25 million.
Not A Single Doubt topped the Sale's sires' list with 3 lots sold for an average of $750,000, joining Redoute's Choice (sire of the top-priced $2.5 million colt ex Secluded) & Snitzel (leading sire by aggregate sales of $21,065,000 for 39 lots) to dominate the key metrics of the final Inglis Easter auction at Newmarket Stables.
Two days later, Arrowfield was working outside the ring to secure Not A Single Doubt's splendid Group 2-winning daughter Don't Doubt Mamma on behalf of Northern Farm's Katsumi Yoshida who will send her to Japanese champion Maurice at Arrowfield this Spring. The price was $1.1 million, equalling the figure paid for Villa Verde, another classy daughter of Not A Single Doubt, at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
It's a long way from 2008 when Not A Single Doubt's first 91 yearlings averaged little more than $50,000, still a respectable return off the $12,500 fee he attracted for the first six - yes, six - seasons of his stud career. It's been one of Australian breeding's most dramatic pathways to commercial stallion success, and Not A Single Doubt has done it because of what ultimately matters most: racetrack performance.