Doubtland Back to His Best in Danehill Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday September 12

Million-dollar colt Doubtland bounced back from a disappointing run in a high-class renewal of the San Domenico Stakes at Randwick to claim Saturday’s Group II Seppelt Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Doubtland slices through in a thriller (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Willie Pike was not having the best of days but he was on song here, slicing between runners on the 3yo son of Not a Single Doubt to defeated Amish Boy (Star Witness) by three-quarters of a lengths with Ranting (Zoustar) a short-half-head back in third.

Doubtland won his first two starts including the Group III Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick before his Rosehill failure, which co-trainer Michael Hawkes put down to the race being run at a frantic speed.   

“We went home and scratched our heads because we know he’s good, he’s very good, and they just went so hard the other day,” Hawkes said.

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“The plan was to run in Sydney and then come down for the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

“He was never gone, but he’s back and he’s up and about. He was an expensive colt with a hell of a pedigree and he’s the real deal this bloke.”

A three-quarter brother to Group II winner Villa Verde, Doubtland was purchased by Orbis Bloodstock  for $1.1million from the Arrowfield draft at the 2019 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Doubtland a $1.1 million Easter Yearling

He is a full brother to Listed BRC Mode Stakes winner Pretty Fast out of the Group III placed Ustinov mare Miss Sharapova, who won up to 2100 metres and was fourth in a New Zealand Oaks.

Doubtland was the most expensive yearling by his sire sold in 2019 and his pedigree also features two Golden Slipper winners in Ha Ha and Rory’s Jester as well as Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed.

Miss Sharapova has a 2yo filly by Shalaa (IRE) and a yearling colt by Snizel and was covered last spring by Dundeel.

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Race Result - Danehill Stakes Gr2 1200m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:09.51
1
Doubtland
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 58.5
3c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Miss Sharapova (NZ) (Ustinov (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,100,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Orbis Bloodstock Pty Ltd
2
0.8
Amish Boy
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: J Mott 57
3c Star Witness (AUS) x Sheeznodoubt (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Star Witness
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock Pty Ltd
3
0.9
Ranting
T: L & T Corstens J: B Melham 57
3c Zoustar (AUS) x Vanilla Ice Cream (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Zoustar
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Westbury Stud Ltd Karaka NZ
B: Flemington Bloodstock/Malua Racing
4
1.0
Prague
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 58.5
3c Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Purely Spectacular (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $1,600,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds Scone NSW
B: Phoenix T'Breds (II) Ltd/Aquis Farms Pty Ltd
5
2.8
Personal
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: D Oliver 55
3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Personify (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $640,000
V:Cressfield, Scone
B: T Magnier / BBA Ireland
6
3.5
Extra Time
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: Craig Williams 58.5
3g Shooting To Win (AUS) x Gwynethanne (NZ) (Handsome Ransom (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $140,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Macdonald Gluyas Racing
7
4.3
On The Lead
T: R & M Freedman J: L Currie 57
3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Marechal (NZ) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM National Weanling Sale $400,000
V:Aquis Farm Murrurundi NSW
B: Go Bloodstock Australia/Paul Moroney Bstock
8
4.8
Annavisto
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jye McNeil 55
3f Reliable Man (GB) x Avisto (NZ) (Tavistock (NZ))
9
5.8
Tydeus
T: L Smith J: M Rodd 57
3c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Elsedina (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $50,000
V:Millford Thoroughbreds, Nagambie
B: Spicer Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
10
6.2
Hard Landing
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: L Nolen 58.5
3c All Too Hard (AUS) x Snitzerland (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bstock
11
9.7
Wisdom Of Water
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: M Zahra 58.5
3c Headwater (AUS) x Regal Tier (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Blandford Bloodstock
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