Star New Zealand colt It’s A Dundeel (NZ) looks is on track to win the Sydney three-year-old triple crown after dominating the $500,000 Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
It's A Dundeel cruises to victory, picture Sportpix.com.au
It’s A Dundeel and trainer Murray Baker took all before them in Sydney last spring, culminating in victory in the group 1 Spring Champion. He returned last start with a good fourth over an unsuitable seven furlongs before hitting top gear on Saturday.
Ridden by James McDonald, It’s A Dundeel jumped well from a nice drawn before McDonald let him drift back to a shade worse than midfield, some seven lengths off race leader Tatra (McEvoy).
Little changed in the run until passing the 600m when McDonald shifted off the fence to find room, knowing he had plenty of horse underneath him.
Rounding the turn It’s A Dundeel got on the back of Proisir (Bowman) before fanning five and six wide as the field looked to straighten.
Once balanced up, Proisir and It’s A Dundeel quickly got the better off Tatra before It’s A Dundeel kicked clear to score with his ears pricked as he went over the line, repeating the result of his other group 1 success.
The margin between the two was a half-length with a further two and three quarter lengths to Tatra who did well to hold on for third. The overall time was 1.35.14 with the last 600m run in 35 flat.
It's A Dundeel and James McDonald, picture Sportpix.com.au
“I hadn’t seen him for a month and I thought he look terrific,” Baker said. “He was very strong, he is not a big horse but he is starting to furnish now.
“He made that long sustained run today and I thought once he got to the front they won’t pull him back.
“We will just keep to the three-year-old race (this autumn), against his own age.
“I love coming to Australia for the races, the races a terrific, the jockeys are terrific, I just wish you would send someone to New Zealand to show them how it is done.”
“He is unbelievable,” McDonald said. “It was real important for him to get that group one over a mile and he stamped himself as a top class horse.
“He took plenty of improvement out of his first run and those blinkers worked a treat.
“The last furlong he was doing it easy, I just saw him coast to the line and he had plenty up his sleeve as well.
“I said before his first start he would win a race over a mile this preparation, he just feels stronger.
“He put himself in the race and showed a real good turn of foot for a High Chaparral colt over further will only help him.”
It’s A Dundeel is by High Chaparral (IRE) out of the Zabeel (NZ) mare Stareel (NZ) and is owned by A I Craig, Mrs W A Craig, M M Andersen, Mrs J P Andersen, M J Craig, Mrs S S Craig, D C Morison, Ms J E Morison, G P Chaplow, Mrs T P Andersen, M P Baker. His record now stands at six wins from nine starts and $790,905 in prizemoney.
Photofinish, by ATC
It's A Dundeel (NZ), bay colt High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel, picture Sportpix.com.au