Dundeel's Truly Great Becomes a Millionaire

Mark Smith - Saturday December 19

The Group 1 Kingston Town Classic hero Truly Great blew past Trap For Fools in the final furlong of Saturday’s Group II Ted Van Heemst Stakes at Ascot to add to the Peters family’s burgeoning trophy cabinet.   

Truly Great does it again (image Western Racepix Twitter)

Ridden by William Pike for Grant and Alana Williams, the 5yo son of Dundeel defeated Trap For Fools (Poet’s Voice) by one and three-quarter lengths with Platoon (Playing God) a half-length back in third.

The winner of five of his last six starts, the late-maturing Truly Great advances his record to eight wins, two seconds from 13 starts with earnings of $1,020,075.


A half-brother to the Group III Western Australian Oaks winner Special Alert (Not A Single Doubt), Truly Great is the best of four winners from as many to race out of the 3-time winning Jeune mare Truly Special.

 A daughter of the Listed SAJC Morphettville Guineas winner Reigning Belle, Truly Special hails from the family of Coronation Cup winner and champion stallion Oncidium (GB).

Truly Special has been a regular visitor to the court of Dundeel, visiting him in six consecutive seasons.

She has an unraced 2yo filly by the son of High Chaparral (IRE) named  Truly Blessed.

After missing for the first time at her eighth season at stud in 2018, the daughter of Jeune foaled a sister to Truly Great on November 11.


Race Result - Ted Van Heemst Stakes Gr2 2100m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 2:11.74
Truly Great
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 59
5g Dundeel (NZ) x Truly Special (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
Trap For Fools
T: L Smith J: B Rawiller 59
7g Poet's Voice (GB) x Old Money (AUS) (Old Spice (AUS))
T: N D Parnham J: Chris Parnham 59
5g Playing God (AUS) x Oriel (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Mungrup Stud Narrikup WA
B: Neville Parnham Racing
Paddy's Shadow
T: Ms R L Williams J: B Parnham 57
6m Dane Shadow (AUS) x Pattie Me Lass (AUS) (Lords A Leaping (NZ))
He's A Parker
T: H S McLaren J: S Mc Gruddy 59
6g He's A Decoy (IRE) x Roman Gem (AUS) (Bletchley Park (IRE))
Arctic Stream
T: R W Price J: P Harvey 59
6g High Chaparral (IRE) x Royal Devotion (AUS) (Verglas (IRE))
T: F R Kersley J: P Hall 59
7g Rogano (AUS) x Taxa (AUS) (Carry A Smile (AUS))
Saucy Jack
T: B W Owen J: Ryan Hill 59
6g Anacheeva (AUS) x Sensational Spirit (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
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