Sire: Not A Single Doubt
Dam: Speedy Bell
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
Foal Date: 26/9/2012
WATERHOUSE, SLADE HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT FILLY
When it comes to producing speedy two-year-olds, there are few equals amongst the young stallions to Not a Single Doubt. With speedy fillies such as Miracles of Life and Karuta Queen demonstrating the sheer pace that this stallion imparts into his stock, this filly is an excellent example of a very precocious-looking racehorse.
This filly does not just have a fantastic sire to boast of, but is out of the Gimcrack Stakes winner Speedy Bell, who lived up to her name when taking out the first Listed race of the season for two-year-olds. Already the producer of Group 3 winner Speedy Natalie, Speedy Bell has produced another high class filly here to continue the good name of the family.
Gai wrote in her sales catalogue at the Magic Millions “Well developed, big, strong filly. Has a strong hindquarter and a good shoulder to go with her good length and size”.
This fillies sire, Not A Single Doubt won the Canonbury Stakes as a juvenile and then during the horses classic racing season won the Zeditave Stakes. The horse reached a career milestone when his daughter, Miracles of Life won the 2013 Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
Bruce Slade from Round Table Racing was impressed with the filly at the Magic Millions and wrote in his catalogue “An effortless mover and very light on her feet. She covers the ground with ease.”
The dam of this bay filly, Speedy Bell (by Brocco) won the Listed Gimcrack Stakes and finished third in the Listed Heritage Stakes. Now the dam of 10 foals, Speedy Bell has six foals to have raced with five recording wins including Speedy Natalie (by Al Maher), a winner of three races including the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m) and the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes (1100m).
The syndicate and fillies career will be managed by Bruce Slade from Round Table Racing.
The superlatives and the headlines, as deserved as they may be, are not the full story.
The training prowess of Gai Waterhouse is best appreciated by the bare facts and the numbers that support them.
From the time she was granted a trainers’ licence in January, 1992, Waterhouse has been setting the standard for success. Her first winner was Gifted Poet at Hawkesbury in March that same year. Her first Group One win was delivered by Te Akau Nick in October that year and the first of seven Sydney trainers’ premierships came in only her third full season.
Waterhouse has trained an average of 100 winners a year in the 21 years she has been licensed. In the 2002-2003 racing season she had trained 156 winners in Sydney, a record that matched that of her father T J Smith.
The victory of Fiorente in the 2013 Melbourne Cup placed her alongside Bart Cummings as the only trainer to lead in the winners of both that race and Golden Slipper in the same year.
Overreach’s success in the 2013 Slipper was her fifth in the world’s premier juvenile event, a race in which she is the only trainer to have prepared the first three placegetters, a feat achieved in 2001 with Ha Ha, Excellerator and Red Hanigan. Waterhouse has also won seven Doncaster Handicaps, four of them in succession. She has twice trained 11 Group One winners in a season and up to the three-quarter mark of the 2013-2014 racing season her horses had collected 123 Group One wins.
As impressive as the Waterhouse record may be at the upper level, her ability to get returns for owners across the board is an equally significant tribute. With only three months remaining of the 2013-2014 season Waterhouse has saddled 771 runners who have brought home more than $70 million in prizemoney. Over this period her 147.5 wins have given her a strike rate of 19.20%, the highest of Australia’s top five trainers and has Waterhouse a small margin away from John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes who have the best strike rate of any trainer with more than 400 starters. Her minor placings are coming in at a rate of better than one-in-two, pushing her total runners-to-earners ratio to better than 70%.
And, according to the lady herself, “there’s more where that came from”.