Meanwhile, while the powerful Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig stable is represented by exciting More Sundays (see above), Fundamentalist and Muuraqeb in Sydney (plus three in Adelaide), the bulk of their runners are at Caulfield where 17 alumni will step out, including a quintet in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1400m). Although The Everest-bound Vega Magic is a short-priced favourite to back-to-back in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, exciting 3YO colt Tony Nicconi has another chance to press his claims as one of the best sophomore sprinters in the country. Solidly supported into favouritism for the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes over 1200m, the jump-and-run type has the advantage of an inside draw, however will quickly know he is starting to play in the big leagues as he works towards a possible start in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Stable-mate Alymerton, beaten less than 5-lengths in the Golden Slipper, makes his seasonal return, as does last start Gr1 Champagne Stakes heroine Seabrook. Throw in Champagne runner-up Bondi, Happy Clapper's Gr2-winning half-brother Not A Single Cent, speedy Brisbane raider Granny Red Shoes and Native Soldier, who was closing strongly behind Tony Nicconi last start, and the result is far from a certainty.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when peculiarly named 2YO Australian-bred filly Granny Red Shoes (Not A Single Doubt-Shoboard, by Show A Heart) treated her rivals with utter contempt when unleashing a powerful sprint from last on the turn to score a brilliant 4.25 length win in the $100,000 Listed Winning Edge Presentations Stakes (1350m) for 2YOs, defeating Soaring Heart & Light Up The Room. Purchased by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds for $280,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Cressfield, Granny Red Shoes improved her record to 3 wins (including the Listed Oxlade Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed Caraway Gal Stakes & Listed Bill Carter Stakes) from 8 starts for $184,515 in earnings. Granny Red Shoes comes from a strong family that includes Champion NZ Sprinting Filly Star Satire and her equally precocious Gr2-winning daughter Satin Shoes.
At the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) chalked up yet another stakes-winner when 2YO filly Granny Red Shoes (Not A Single Doubt-Shoboard, by Show A Heart) bounded clear despite a chequered passage in the straight to take the $100,000 Listed Oxlade Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs by 2-lengths over Axilla and Spirit's Choice. A $280,000 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate from the draft of Cressfield, Granny Red Shoes took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Listed Caraway Gal Stakes & Listed Bill Carter Stakes) from 7 starts for accrued earnings of $123,515. Granny Red Shoes comes from a strong family that includes Champion NZ Sprinting Filly Star Satire and her equally precocious Gr2-winning daughter Satin Shoes. Her victory marked the 17th individual stakes-winner this season for Not A Single Doubt (a career high), boosting his overall tally to 57.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Widden Stud's former Australian champion 2YO colt Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Eawase (Sebring-Karuta Queen, by Not A Single Doubt) unleashed a brilliant sprint from last on the turn to score a visually stunning win in the $100,000 Listed Bill Carter Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Sizzling Belle. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he had always held Eawase in high regard. "Eawase has always shown she would appreciate running on from a fast early pace. She is different from her mum [Karuta Queen] who was a real flyer," Snowden told Sky Racing. Snowden said Eawase could progress to Queensland's premier juvenile event, the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on 9 June. "It [JJ Atkins] is definitely a thought. It sounds good but she's got to get there," Snowden said. "I've got a good opinion of the filly [Galina] she beat last start so she's got a future." The China Horse Club purchased Eawase for $500,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Strawberry Hill Stud. From the Gr3-winner Karuta Queen, who was also placed behind Black Caviar in the 2013 Gr1 William Reid Stakes, Eawase improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $109,006 in earnings.
Meanwhile, with strong sales ring representation at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale (see above), Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among their likely protagonists are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt). Meanwhile, the duo also holds 3YO Guineas entries for Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).
At Doomben in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom-Pure Purrfection, by General Nediym) unleashed a sharp sprint to score an impressive debut win in the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Witherspoon. A $210,000 purchase for owners Alan & Jennifer Acton at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud, Outback Barbie advanced her record to 1 win from 1 starts for $64,000 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan, who also trained Phelan Ready Stakes winner EF Troop, said the two stable-mates were very different horses. "Outback Barbie is a different type of horse to Ef Troop," Gollan told Racing Queensland. "She was very good today considering she'd only had a couple of jump outs and a trial. She's very professional and made full use of her good alley." He added: "She can settle a lot better in her races than Ef Troop and she'll take a great deal of improvement from this run." Outback Barbie is also expected to head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January.