Oodnadatta Makes it Eleven for Too Darn Hot

Mark Smith - Thursday June 6

A son of the hottest first-season sire from an unstoppable stable, the 2-year-old colt Oodnadatta made a winning debut in the Bet365 Maiden Plate (1200m) at Geelong on Thursday.  

Oodnadatta makes winning debut (image Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Beau Mertens for Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr, Oodnadatta quickly mustered speed shortly after jumping to sit outside the leader Dreamwriter. Levelling up on straightening, the son of Too Darn Hot (GB) was strong to the line a length ahead of the dead-heaters, the Alabama Express debutant Treasurethe Moment and the Written By filly Dreamwriter.

It was no shock for the stable as Oodnadatta was sent off an odds-on favourite at his public unveiling.


by the great South Australian stalwarts, The Toorak Thoroughbred Breeding Trust, Oodnadatta was a $195,000 buy for Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bloodstock/Mick Price Racing & Breeding from the Mill Park Stud draft at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He is the second winner from as many foals for the 4-time winning Medaglia D'Oro (USA) mare La La Luchie, a sister to Group III-placed battle is Brewing and a half-sister to Group 1 ATC Champagne Stakes winner Go Indy Go and Group III SAJC DC McKay Stakes winner Essay Raider.

This is the family of Caulfield Cup heroine Southern Speed, the dam of one of this season's top Japanese 3-year-olds, Cosmo Kuranda.

Sue Murphy shelled out $50,000 for a Frosted half-brother to Oodnadatta at the 2024 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

After foaling a St Mark's Basilica (FR) colt last spring, La La Luchie was covered by Justify (USA).

Oodnadatta a $195,000 Magic Millions yearling

Oodnadatta is the 11th first-crop winner in Australia for Darley Stud's Too Darn Hot (GB), who is on track to earn the first-season sire title for earnings and individual winners.

The son of Dubawi is the second leading two-year-old sire, behind Written Tycoon, on earnings while he trails Written Tycoon and Snitzel by one for winners.



Race Result - bet365 Mdn Plate 1200m

Geelong Track: Good(4) Time: 1:11.06
- 2c Too Darn Hot (GB) x La La Luchie (AUS) (Medaglia D'oro (USA))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: Beau Mertens 58
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $195,000
Seller: Mill Park Stud, Meningie, SA (As Agent)
Buyer: Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bloodstock/Mick Price Racing & Breeding
- 2f Written By (AUS) x Dreamer's Disease (AUS) (Turffontein (AUS))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: Craig Williams 56
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $50,000
Seller: Toolooganvale Farm, Scone
Buyer: Donalds Racing / Lindsay Park Racing
Treasurethe Moment
- 2f Alabama Express (AUS) x Draconic Treasure (USA) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: M M Laurie Rdr: Jordan Childs 56
- 2c Hellbent (AUS) x Tremezzina (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
Tnr: S P Nichols Rdr: Zac Spain 58
Princess Montecito
- 2f Toronado (IRE) x Il Diamante (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Carleen Hefel 56
Tanya Simone
- 2f Dissident (AUS) x Hopscotch (AUS) (Albrecht (AUS))
Tnr: G M Begg Rdr: B Mc Dougall 56
Larius Lacus
- 2f Turn Me Loose (NZ) x Lamington Vegas (NZ) (Elusive City (USA))
Tnr: Liam Howley Rdr: Ms W Costin 56
- 2f Overshare (AUS) x Porte Cochere (AUS) (Bianconi (USA))
Tnr: Archie Alexander Rdr: Thomas Stockdale 56
Runway Ruler
- 2f Ocean Park (NZ) x Fashion Sense (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Tom Dabernig Rdr: Declan Bates 56
Moana Kohala
- 2f Ocean Park (NZ) x Mawzoona (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: B Higgins 56
Dharam Shalaa
- 2g Shalaa (IRE) x Truly Discreet (AUS) (Teofilo (IRE))
Tnr: Dan O'Sullivan Rdr: Ms J Kennedy 56
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