Another Stakes double for Not A Single Doubt
EDGED out by Street Cry for champion sire honours last season, Not A Single Doubt week in week out continues to be one of the most reliable stallions at stud.
Forty minutes after Payroll became Not A Single Doubt’s 43rd stakes winner and his 15th of the season following her win in the Listed Spear Chief Handicap at Doomben, gallant mare Single Gaze claimed a tragedy-marred Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes.
Aided by a rails-hugging ride by Damien Oliver, Payroll came from well back early to turn back the challenge of Maryore by a short neck with Double Impact edging out a luckless Man Of His Word for third.
Purchased by her trainer for $80,000 from the Macquarie Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Payroll advances her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $266,900.
Gorgeous chestnut mare Single Gaze earned a fourth stakes win in the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes.
After tracking the pacesetting Preferment, Single Gaze hit the lead at the top of the straight under Kathy O’Hara but came under immediate pressure from Cylinder Beach, who then dipped and went back through the field and tragically could not be saved.
“I hate to see that sort of thing happen, I am so sorry for the connections and the trainer,” winning trainer Nick Olive said.
“For a country trainer to get a horse of this quality and to have this mare turn up every time is a pretty rare thing.
“I don’t think I’ll get another one quite like her. We forget she ran third in the Magic Millions, raced in the Slipper as a two-year-old and now here she is winning Group 2 weight-for-age races.”
“I will say my mare has got the heart of a tiger. We have stuck with Kathy O’Hara and I am so pleased we have.”
The Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes heroine advances her overall record to 5 wins, 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 21 starts for earnings of $1,448,600.
A $70,000 purchase by her trainer from the Redbank North draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Single Gaze is a half-sister to the stakes winner Le Val.
Words: Mark Smith, Breednet
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