Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab capped an action-packed 36 hours for Arrowfield’s young sire Dundeel when he won the R1 million Cape Derby 2000m G1 in South Africa on 26 January.
Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver, Atyaab was bought for $260,000 by Shadwell Stud from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft and is trained by Mike de Kock. He is Dundeel’s fourth stakeswinner and the fourth Group 1 winner to emerge – so far – from Arrowfield’s Class of 2017, after The Autumn Sun, Estijaab & Maid Of Heaven.
Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Atyaab, pictured as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)
Atyaab is also the fifth Group 1 winner found by Shadwell’s master buyer Angus Gold in Arrowfield’s Easter consignments, joining Mustaaqeem (2016), Rafeef (2014), Majmu (2013) and Reaan (2007).
The colt’s dam is the now 21 year-old multiple Group 2 winner Sylvaner (by Danasinga), whose late-career fertility and success, following her early stakeswinner Vesper, can be credited to both the care and the opportunities she’s received at Arrowfield. Sylvaner has a 2YO Dundeel filly (a $100,000 Inglis Easter purchase for the Bulla Thoroughbreds Trust), a 2018 Dundeel colt and a positive test to the six-time Group 1 winner.
John Messara celebrates Dundeel’s first Group 1 winner with Dundeel’s breeders Murray & Jo Andersen and co-owners Mike & Sharyn Craig. (PHOTO: Arrowfield)
Dundeel’s big weekend began on Friday afternoon when Cutadeel (ex Dineeta by Dylan Thomas) showed why he’s the current New Zealand Derby G1 favourite, with a classy defeat of older horses, carrying topweight over 1600 metres at Pukekohe.
On Saturday afternoon at Newcastle in Australia, the Paul Perry-trained 2YO colt Pandano (ex Milanesa by Snitzel) won by 3.8 lengths, joining Yourdeel and Castelvecchio to give Dundeel a perfect 3 debut winners from his first three second-crop runners.
Yourdeel (ex Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) continued his good work on Saturday at Ellerslie in New Zealand by completing a notable trifecta for Jamie Richards and the Te Akau stable with a staunch dead-heat third in the $1 million Karaka Million 2YO Classic 1200m RL.
Finally, Star Thoroughbreds’ 3YO colt Dealmaker (ex Sport Chic by Redoute’s Choice) was a very close, if unlucky second over 1400 metres in his campaign opener at Randwick, and the Australian Guineas G1 on 2 March looks a realistic target for him.
As for Atyaab, he will now be aimed at the R 2 million South African Derby G1 over 2450 metres at Turffontein on 30 March.