While undefeated Black Caviar's 25th win in the AUS$1 million T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) stole the spotlight April 13 at Royal Randwick, fans saw two other superlative performances in group I stakes earlier on the card from It's a Dundeel and young filly Guelph.
New Zealand-bred It's a Dundeel became just the fifth horse to sweep Sydney's Triple Crown, winning in the AUS $1.5 million David Jones Australian Derby (Aus-I) with consummate ease.
It's a Dundeel pulled away to score by an impressive six lengths from Victorian-trained group II winner Philippi after settling near the back of the field early. He unleashed a powerful rally to take charge at the 250-meter mark after jockey James McDonald angled him to the outside on the turn and romped to the open-length triumph.
New Zealand-bred Kingdoms, a 101-1 longshot, finished third in the 10-horse field.
Coolmore Stud's Irish-based High Chaparral is the sire of the winner and third-place finisher. From seven crops racing, the son of Sadler's Wells has 24 group or graded stakes winners among 42 stakes winners in two hemispheres.
It's a Dundeel was timed in 2:33.49 for 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles). He was the overwhelming favorite at 6-5 odds.
It's a Dundeel won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown: the Rosehill Guineas (Aus-I) March 20 and the Randwick Guineas March 16 at Warwick Farm. He joins Octagonal (1996), Imagele (1973), Martello Towers (1959), and Moorland (1943) as the only horses to win the trio of classics.
Trained in his native country by Murray Baker, It's a Dundeel added a fourth group I win to his record of eight victories, including the Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (Aus-I) last October at Randwick from 11 career starts.
"He did it pretty easily, didn't he," Baker told the Australian Associated Press after the race. "He's so relaxed and so laid back. To win three group I's in Sydney is pretty special."
Next up for It's a Dundeel could be the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aus-I), a weight-for-age race in two weeks where he would meet older horses for the first time.
Campaigned by a partnership, It's a Dundeel is out of the Zabeel mare Stareel. His grandam is 1993 New Zealand champion filly and classic winner Staring.
Also on the card, Sheikh Mohammed's homebred filly Guelph overtook runner-up Scandiva and recent Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) winner Overreach in the closing stages to win the AUS$500,000 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (Aus-I) for 2-year-olds.
With her three-quarter-length victory, Guelph earned her first win at the group I level and emulated her late dam, Camarilla, who won the race in 2007. She came in off a fourth-place finish in the 1,200-meter (about six-furlong) Golden Slipper but got the job done when stretching out anther 200 meters in the Sires Produce Stakes.
Trained by Peter Snowden and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Guelph covered the 1,400-meter (about seven-furlong) trip in 1:23.22 for her third win, including the Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (Aus-III) Feb. 23 at Caulfield, and a second from six career starts.
Guelph becomes the sixth group I winner for Darley's Exceed And Excel, Australia's current leading sire, who has 69 stakes winners overall. He also is the sire of Overreach, the 13-10 favorite who finished third, a half-length behind Scandiva.
The second foal out of Camarilla, Guelph is from the family of Darley's young sire Sepoy, a multiple group I winner. Her second dam is Australian group I winner Camarena, who is a full sister to Sepoy's dam, Watchful.