Group Double for High Chaparral

Leading sire High Chaparral was in top form on Saturday with a Group I victory for his current flagbearer Shoot Out (6g High Chaparral x Pentamerous by Pentire) and a first stakes success for his up and coming star It’s a Dundeel (3c High Chaparral x Stareel, by Zabeel).

Warm spring weather drew a sell-out crowd to Randwick on Saturday and racegoers were treated to a thrilling rendition of the Group I ATC George Main Stakes with talented six year-old gelding Shoot Out resuming from a spell to beat his evergreen stablemate Rangirangdoo.

Ridden superbly by Hugh Bowman, the Chris Waller trained Shoot Out travelled strongly in third place before moving up to challenge in the straight.

Despite a lack of race fitness, Shoot Out fought doggedly down the running to win the 1600 metre weight-for-age test by a neck, his overall record now nine wins and 10 placings from 30 starts with prizemoney of $2.8 million.

“We do a great job to get them fit for a race but they really get themselves fit,” said Waller, who trialled Shoot Out three times in preparation for this assignment.

“Horses like this just don’t know how to get beaten.”

Already a triple Group I winner having previously won the AJC Australian Derby, Randwick Guineas and Chipping Norton Stakes, Shoot Out will now head towards the Group I ATC Epsom Handicap in two weeks time in which he will carry 58 kg.

Shoot Out is raced by Graham and Linda Huddy, who purchased him from the draft of Oaklands Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for just $15,000.

Bred by the Stewart family’s Oaklands Stud near Toowoomba, Shoot Out is one of two stakes-winners for the Pentire (GB) mare Pentamerous joining the Group III WATC West Australian Oaks winner Cassandara Shadow.

Pentamerous is now owned by Mr and Mrs Huddy and has a yearling colt by High Chaparral and is due to foal to the English Derby winner again this spring.

While Shoot Out is the established star for High Chaparral, three year-old colt It’s a Dundeel is the horse on the up.

The Murray Baker trained colt maintained his unbeaten record in posting his fourth successive win in the Group III ATC Gloaming Stakes over 1800 metres, coming with an explosive late surge to win by a length and a quarter.

It’s A Dundeel’s performance to come from last gave winning jockey James McDonald confidence the colt will be competitive in the three-year-old Group I majors this spring.

“I think extra distance is going to be his best friend,” McDonald said.

“He’s improved a lot since his last start. That was a big improvement going from a midweek to a Group race.”

The Gloaming Stakes was the first stakes win for High Chaparral’s champion son So You Think, so connections of It’s a Dundeel will no doubt be hoping he too can go on to bigger and better things.

Not offered at auction and raced by a large syndicate of owners, It’s a Dundeel has already won more than $160,000 in prizemoney and is 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 39th stakes-winner for High Chaparral, who stands at Coolmore Australia this spring at a fee of $77,000.

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