Villa Verde challenges in Sydney

Saturday, March 15, 2014
The Redoute's Choice versus Snitzel rivalry has had plenty of attention over the past five weekends, but on Saturday at Randwick it was Not A Single Doubt's turn to step into the Autumn limelight.

His 3YO daughter Villa Verde could not have been more impressive as she stormed to victory in the $400,000 ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2, defeating the favourite and last year's race winner, the ever-courageous Snitzerland (by Snitzel) and Famous Seamus in 57.30.

It was Villa Verde's first start from the stable of Anthony Cummings, following a recommendation by previous trainer Shaun Dwyer that she would be better suited in Sydney.

Cummings said, "We had a long chat and he really helped, he’s given her a great grounding to do this today. I honestly came here expecting to win." Villa Verde will run in The Galaxy G1 at Rosehill in a fortnight before a shot at the $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes G1 at Randwick on the first day of The Championshops, 12 April.

The grey filly was bred by Todd Lichti and purchased by Shaun Dwyer for $95,000 from the Kiah Glenn draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The daughter of Young and Free (by Kenmare from a half-sister to Rory's Jester) is owned by Mike Buys and Rob Willis.

Villa Verde is among Not A Single Doubt's four stakeswinners this season and has taken his Australian earnings since 1 August past the $3 million mark.

Not A Single Doubt's largest-ever group of Inglis Easter Sale yearlings, 9 colts and five fillies, will be offered next month. It includes two colts and filly in the Arrowfield draft -  view them here.

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