Doubtland fetched more than $1 million as a yearling but he took a step towards an adding another zero to his immense value in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
Hawkes Racing teamed with the Hong Kong-backed Orbis Bloodstock to pay $1.1 million for Doubtland last year. But the colt’s price tag could reach $10 million if he won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Victoria Derby day.
The son of Not A Single Doubt was a brilliant winner at Group 3 level during the Sydney autumn.
However, Doubtland went into the Danehill Stakes on the back of a disappointing first-up run in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) in Sydney on August 29.
Soft ground and higher fitness levels were in Doubtland’s favour second-up as the three-year-old charged to the line to beat the $41 chance Amish Boy and the maiden Ranting ($13).
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said Doubtland’s below-par San Domenico Stakes run was a mystery to the stable but the camp never doubted the colt’s talent.
“We went home and scratched our heads (after his last run) because we know he’s good, he’s real good,” Hawkes, who trains Doubtland in partnership with his father John and brother Michael, said.
“He’s a serious colt, this horse.
‘He’s an expensive colt with a hell of a pedigree – he’s got two Golden Slippers (winners) in his pedigree. He’s the real deal, this bloke.”
The Danehill Stakes also provided a milestone for champion Perth jockey William Pike, who notched his maiden Flemington win aboard Doubtland.
Originally published asNo doubting Danehill Stakes winner
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