Top class colt It’s a Dundeel (3c High Chaparral x Stareel, by Zabeel) is no stranger to Group I success having captured the ATC Spring Champion Stakes last September, the exciting son of High Chaparral back to his sparkling best at Warwick Farm on Saturday when scoring an ultra-stylish win in the Group I ATC Randwick Guineas.
Fitted with blinkers for the first time, the Murray Baker trained colt settled closer than usual for James McDonald and accelerated sharply in the straight to challenge Proisir before fighting past that colt to win the 1600 metre feature by half a length in race record time.
“The blinkers worked a treat, they helped him a bit today,” McDonald said. “He jumped good and we were always in the race.
“The last furlong he was doing it easy. He coasted to the line with plenty up the sleeve.
“I said at the start of the prep he’s going to win races over a mile this time because he feels so much strong and he wants to put himself into the contest.”
Not offered at auction and raced by a large syndicate of owners, It’s a Dundeel has the impressive record of six wins and a second from nine starts with prizemoney in excess of $790,000.
A half-brother to stakes-placed Twoeezy, he is one of five winners from Zabeel mare Stareel, who is a daughter of Group I New Zealand Oaks winner Staring.
It’s a Dundeel is the second winner of the Group I ATC Randwick Guineas for his sire High Chaparral joining Shoot Out, who went on to win the Group I AJC Australian Derby and was in the Group I groove last Saturday winning the ATC Chipping Norton Stakes.
It’s A Dundeel will also progress towards the AJC Australian Derby and follow the traditional path via the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) as his final lead-up race in a fortnight, two weeks before the $1.5 million blue riband.
High Chaparral has a big draft of 38 of the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale next month.