Single-minded approach secures two million-dollar colts

lot-612notasingledoubtausonemorehoneyA desire to secure the best colts from the final crops of Not A Single Doubt has seen Tony Fung Investments and Phoenix Thoroughbreds go to seven figures for two of his sons on the third day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The G1 Golden Slipper-winning partnership of Tony Fung Investments and Phoenix Thoroughbreds have doubled down on their faith in Slipper winner Farnan's sire, Not A Single Doubt, going to $1.8 million to secure one colt, Lot 612, and $1 million for Lot 529.

The partnership is clearly the Sale's leading buyer, spending $9.385 million on 13 lots across the first three days, with $5.19 million of that going on six sons of Not A Single Doubt.

It was Phoenix Thoroughbreds' founder Amer Abdulaziz who did the bidding online to secure the day's top lot, who is out of Group 2 winner One More Honey (Onemorenomore), and was offered by Emirates Park.

Shane McGrath, who is co-ordinating the Fung/Phoenix bidding in the Sale, said it was no surprise that both partners were a fan of the now pensioned Arrowfield Stud stallion.

"They are a limited edition, the Not A Single Doubt colts. He's come off a great nursery, out of a very good racemare. Our partner, Amer in Dubai, he was up and watching and said he'd like to bid on the horse. That's why we ended up bidding online," McGrath said.

"Unfortunately he can't be here at the Sale. Everyone in the industry likes to be part of the atmosphere and likes being part of the process. We’ve been fortunate that he's allowed the team to collect the list of horses. We just thought on a horse like this, it was nice for him to do the bidding.

"It’s great for the industry that the Fung family and Phoenix are getting in and supporting people with such good colts. He's a particular line of stallion that we have got a huge passion for."

McGrath stated that they were right at their spending limit on the bay colt, who sports a spectacular white blaze. The dam, One More Honey, won a G2 Sweet Embrace S. as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister to R. Listed Magic Millions Cup winner Vega One (Lope De Vega {Ire}). She's got a Zoustar colt on the ground, and is in foal to Snitzel.

The result meant a great deal to Emirates Park, who returned to the sales ring as a vendor for the first time in three years.

"As you know, they are not making them anymore," Emirates Park General Manager, Bryan Carlson, said. "He was a lovely colt. Even back at the farm, he's been very popular. I didn't think he was going to make that much ($1.8 million), but I knew he was going to make over a million. He's been very popular and has been out of his box the whole time. It’s a fantastic result.

"You never have expectations coming to a sale, you only end up hurting yourself. We came to the Sale thinking he was going to be a very nice horse."

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