It just hit me what an extraordinary feat the 2012 title was. No win until the fourth race, then no podium until the ninth, simply because of reliability issues. At one point a 40 point gap between Fernando and Seb, and instead of calling it a day and giving in, this 25 year old boy stood proud and won four races in a row, just to be knocked down again in Abu Dhabi. The race there was simply a show of his skills, starting from the pitlane and driving with a damaged wing until a wing change became necessary, then again driving from the back to a podium finish. Brazil, a complete disaster. Heavily damaged car that required delicate driving, at the back of the grid again and when he finally caught up, the conditions worsened and they made a wrong call with the tyres, followed by a disastrous slow second pit stop where tyres weren’t ready and that man still drove his heart out and carried the car across the finish line to become a triple Word Champion. Amazing
November 18 2009 - Still Alive Raced from 2012-2014 Thoroughbred Stallion - New Zealand/Australia
He goes by two names, Dundeel in his native New Zealand, and It’s a Dundeel in Australia. I could not find record on how he got his name.
Dundeel proved his worth right out of the gate, being completely unbeaten in his two year old season with five wins. Those included wins in the G3 Gloaming Stakes and finishing off his year with a win in the Spring Champion Stakes.
He was just a powerhouse at three, winning the Randwick Guineas, then won the Rosehill Guineas by 6.8 lengths and finished 6 lengths in front in the Australian Derby. These three wins made him the very first Australian Triple Crown winner since Octagonal in 1996. But that wasn’t all he accomplished that day, as he was also the first to win the Triple Crown since the first race changed from the Canterbury Guineas, and he became the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown and win the Spring Champion Stakes as well.
At four years old, he won the 2013 Underwood Stakes and in doing so won over the previously unbeaten champion Atlantic Jewel. His final start came in the 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the richest race in Australia at AU$4 Million. In that race he won a Timeform rating of 129 which put him 21st on the list of the highest rated Australian horses since the 1950’s.
Over his career he earned the awards of 2013 New Zealand Champion Three-Year-Old, 2013 NSW Champion Three-Year-Old, 2013 NSW Champion Horse of the Year, 2014 Australian Middle Distance Horse of the Year, 2014 New Zealand Champion Middle Distance Horse and 2014 New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing’s Horse of the Year.
It’s a Dundeel was retired to stud two days after the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and currently stands at Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales. His first foals arrived in 2015 so they should be starting to hit the track later this year!
Sire: High Chaparral Dam: Stareel (by Zabeel)
Breeder: Murray & Jo Andersen Owners: Arrowfield It’s A Dundeel Syndicate Trainers: Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman
19 Races 10 wins 4 Places 1 Shows
Also as a side note I learned something new with this post!
Apparently in Australia, all Thoroughbreds turn a year older every August 1st! Here in the US, Thoroughbreds are a year older every January 1st. So it was rather confused as how the races listed him as both a 3 and 4 year old in 2013. Well, now I know! :D Now we can wish Happy Birthdays every August and January 1st!