Trainer Mick Price makes no secret he holds the Not A Single Doubt mare Secret Agenda in high regard.
He started the Group III Gucci Stakes winner in the Group I Newmarket down the Flemington straight in March last year before bringing her to Sydney.
She failed in the Group III Tea P J Bell Stakes before finishing second to Two Blue in the Group II Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.
Fast forward 12 months and Secret Agenda made her second attempt in the $300,000 Group II Sapphire Stakes (1200m) and this time went one better.
With Damien Oliver in the saddle, Secret Agenda defeated fellow Victorian Missrock (Fastnet Rock) by one and a quarter length with Artistry (Shamardal) a long-head back in third. (photos Steve Hart).
It advances the overall record of Secret Agenda to 5 wins and 4 seconds from 16 starts with earnings of $614,750.
Bred by Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd, Planette Thoroughbred and Belford Productions, Secret Agenda was consigned by Arrowfield to the 2014 Magic Million Gold Coast Yearling sale where she made $120,000 to the bid of Blueblood Thoroughbreds.
A half-sister to the stakes-placed Sweetener (Snitzel) and the good Sydney and Melbourne winner Chivvy (Flying Spur), Secret Agenda is the fifth foal of the unraced Red Ransom mare Negotiate.
A half-sister to the Listed winner Fleet (Dehere), Negotiate is out of the top-class Marauding mare Euphoria whose three wins included the Group 1 AJC Champagne Stakes.
This is the famous Denise’s Joy family of Thorn Park, Joie Denise, Bentley Biscuit, Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy and More Joyous.
Negotiate’s 3yo colt by Smart Missile named Missile Strike was the top-priced lot by her sire at the 2015 Magic Millions Yearling sale when knocked down to Hawkes Racing for $700,000.
Negotiate has a 2yo filly, a yearling colt and a weanling colt all by Smart Missile. She was bred back to Not A Single Doubt last spring. Secret Agenda’s full sister Final Agreement was purchased by Emirates Park for $400,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare sale in June when carrying a colt by Deep Field.