Not A Single Doubts Gotta Kiss Another Proven Winner

Mark Smith - Saturday December 21

Aided by a rails hugging ride by Stephanie Thornton, Proven Thoroughbreds two-year-old filly Gotta Kiss fought off a stubborn Lady Banff in Saturday’s $125,000 Basil Nolan Junior Two-Year-Old (1000m) at Eagle Farm and booked her ticket to the Magic Millions 2yo Classic.

In a race run at a frantic pace, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt did not blink in taking an inside run and was strong to the line to defeat the very game Lady Banff (Top Echelon) by a short neck with a further one and a half lengths to Anders (Not A Single Doubt) in third.

“She got a beautiful run through in the straight when it opened up and she will be suited by 1200 metres now,” Thornton said.

“It was a bit messy early when the horses out wide came over, but she travelled up beautifully and did the rest for me.”

Trainer Steve O’Dea believes the filly still has improvement in her.

“She got a little hot in the yard today, she is still probably a little bit new so the run will bring her on and I’m very much looking forward to getting her to 1200m,” he said.

“She had three weeks off and did really well. She’s not an overly big filly but she put on good weight while she was out.

“She’s just a real little professional. She’s shown good ability from the get-go and has never let us down so it’s pretty exciting going to the Millions.”

Purchased by Proven Thoroughbreds/Steven O'Dea for $150,000 out of the Yarraman Park Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Gotta Kiss advances her record to 2 wins and 1 second from 3 starts with earnings of $129,550.

He is the first foal of the stakes-placed winner Sweet Kiss (Strada) who was purchased for $240,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale when carrying Gotta Kiss.

Yarraman Park will consign a half-sister to Gotta Kiss by I Am Invincible at the upcoming Magic Millions.

From the family of dual Group 1 winner Skyjack, Sweet Kiss has a filly foal by I Am Invincible.

There will be plenty of chancer for4 buyers in the market for a Not A Single Doubt yearling with 38 lots catalogued for the Gold Coast and 5 apiece at the Inglis Classic and Inglis Premier.


Race Result - M. Millions Basil Nolan Jr 2yo 1000m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 0:56.77
Gotta Kiss
T: Steven O'Dea J: Ms S Thornton 55
2f Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Sweet Kiss (AUS) (Strada (AUS))
Lady Banff
T: M J Dunn J: M Rodd 55
2f Top Echelon (AUS) x Alberta (AUS) (Magic Albert (AUS))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: M Zahra 57
2c Not A Single Doubt (AUS) x Madame Andree (AUS) (War Emblem (USA))
The Drinks Cart
T: A J & T Edmonds J: Ryan Maloney 57
2c Unencumbered (AUS) x Snipzu (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
T: S J Morrisey J: R Fradd 57
2g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Ossie's Secret (AUS) (Red Dazzler (AUS))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $20,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Pamsel Investments/Clarke Bloodstock
King And King
T: T & C McEvoy J: M R Du Plessis 57
2c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Wild Mia (USA) (Wildcat Heir (USA))
I'm Magical
T: B J Lockwood J: Boris Thornton 55
2f Better Than Ready (AUS) x Hanaan (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
MM Gold Coast March Yearling Sale $36,000
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm, Warwick, Qld
B: Proven Thoroughbreds/Steven O'Dea Racing
All Good Millo
T: Angela Plumb J: A Mallyon 55
2f Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Moriya (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Liza With A Zee
T: T J Gollan J: M Mc Gillivray 55
2f Zoustar (AUS) x Leap Lively (AUS) (Hinchinbrook (AUS))
T: Daryll Leggatt J: Leslie Tilley 55
2f Sizzling (AUS) x My Tinkerbel (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
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