Yourdeel (Dundeel) belied a below par gallop last week to lay claim to being New Zealand’s best juvenile after the gelding produced a barnstorming finish to take out the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m).
Trainer Jamie Richards admitted Yourdeel, who completed the Group 1 double having taking out the Sistema Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at his previous start, was nearly a non-runner at Awapuni and then appeared out of contention mid-race yesterday.“He has really stood up and raised the bar this season hasn’t he, he’s quite an incredible horse,” Richards said.“
(But) the way he worked on Tuesday, I didn’t know if we were going to be here or not, but it was a great effort by the team at home and that man on top (Opie Bosson), who is such an important part of our team.”At the top of the Awapuni straight, Dundeel was at least eight lengths from the leader First Rock (El Roca) before surging late to win by a long neck over Aretha (Charm Spirit). Bella Mente (El Roca) was another neck away in third.Bosson shared the anxious feelings held by Richards and Yourdeel’s supporters given the gelding’s position in running.“
We just wobbled around the last corner and even across the top I was thinking ‘Jamie is going to kill me’,” Bosson said.“I’m just so lucky he (Richards) is a champion trainer as he got this horse back on track after his ordinary gallop on Tuesday.“Once I balanced him up, he changed leg and really charged to the line. I dropped my inside rein, so he did it all on his own.“He’s a top-quality horse who is going to be exciting at three (years old).”Richards again highlighted that gelding Yourdeel had been the key to his success. The Te Akau Racing trainer also credited the procedure for part of the reason he was able to win the Sistema Stakes earlier this month.
“He’s taken a fair bit of making,” he said.“He was very colty in the spring then got laid back and started to overdo it. He’s done a fantastic job though.”Richards said Yourdeel and stablemate Equinox (Exceed And Excel), who loomed up like he would be in the finish before tiring to run seventh, would both be immediately spelled and not return until next season.A winner of four of his six starts, Yourdeel (2 g Dundeel - Miss Zapper by Red Ransom) has earned NZ$375,600 in prize-money.
Yourdeel was bought as a foal by Little Avondale Stud out of Dan Myers’ draft at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale for NZ$30,000. Reoffered at the 2018 National Yearling Sale at Karaka by Little Avondale, he was purchased for NZ$100,000 by Chris Rutten, who shares ownership of the gelding with John Norwood and Rod Preston.
Yourdeel is the second Group 1 winner for Arrowfield Stud resident Dundeel, while he is one of six named foals, four of whom have raced and three of whom have won out of the winning Red Ransom (Roberto) mare Miss Zapper. Miss Zapper’s yearling colt by Proisir (Choisir) sold for NZ$2000 at the Book 3 session of the NZB Karaka Yearling Sale this year after being sold for the same amount by Myers at the Karaka May Sale last year.
Yourdeel’s second dam Volted In (Rory’s Jester) is a placed half-sister to Anamato (Redoute’s Choice), who was the third filly in the Australian Three-Year-Old classification of 2006/07 having won the Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m), while she herself has produced Irish Listed winner Anamba (Shamardal). Dundeel, whose oldest progeny are three-year-olds, is the sire of seven stakes winners including Yourdeel and South African Group 1 winner Atyaab. He has 14 lots catalogued at next week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.