Stakes round up

Second Group One winner for Kermadec and Divine Prophet, Extreme Choice and Not A Single Doubt add new stakes winners

WILLOWY winning the Kennedy Oaks at Flemington in Australia.
WILLOWY winning the Kennedy Oaks at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart

Two For Kermadec
Willowy (3 f ex Dextrous by Quest For Fame), who became the second stakes winner for Kermadec (Teofilo) when she won the Wakeful Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) on Saturday, became the second Group One winner for her sire when landing Thursday’s VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m). 

Trained by James Cummings, Willowy beat Douceur (No Nay Never) by a head, with another two lengths back to Biscayne Bay (Sebring) in third. 

Kermadec is standing for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) at Darley’s Northwood Park this year and his first stakes winner was the triple Group One winner Montefilia. 


First for Divine Prophet
See You In Heaven (2 f ex Shine On Anna by Anabaa) became the first stakes winner for Divine Prophet (Choisir) when she won Thursday's Ottawa Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) on debut. Starting at odds of 8-1, See You In Heaven scored a decisive length and a quarter victory over Satin Love (Snitzel), an $800,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy, with Bohemian Daisy (Hellbent) a close third.  

See You In Heaven was initially bought by Kestrel Thoroughbreds for $27,000 when offered by Aquis Farms at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. He then realised $90,000 when bought by his trainers Richard and Chantelle Jolly from the draft of Alexia Fraser Bloodstock at Book 2 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January. 

Divine Prophet, who has two crops of racing age, stands at Aquis Farm where his fee this year is advertised at $16,500 (inc GST). 


Six for Extreme Choice
Espiona (3 f ex Dahooil by O’Reilly) remained unbeaten in two career starts when taking out Thursday’s Desirable Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Flemington in impressive fashion and in doing so became stakes winner number six for her sire Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt). 

Starting favourite, the Chris Waller-trained filly, a $190,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase by Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock from the draft of her breeder Torryburn Stud, pulled clear to defeat Star Of Chaos (Zoustar) by six and a half lengths. 

Newgate Farm’s Extreme Choice was crowned champion first season sire in Australia last year and his stakes winners are headed by Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Stay Inside and the Group Two winner and Group One placed colt Tiger Of Malay. 


78 for Not A Single Doubt
Arrowfield Stud’s pensioned sire Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) sired his 78th stakes winner on Thursday when the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Flying Evelyn (3 f ex Champagne Run by More Than Ready) won the Red Roses Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m). 

Flying Evelyn was a $500,000 purchase by John Sadler Racing from Arrowfield Stud at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and she defeated favourite, A Very Fine Red (Deep Field), by a half length. 

Not A Single Doubt’s stakes winners are headed by 15 Group One winners. He was retired from stud duties in February 2020 after covering a book of 94 mares in 2019.