Drums beat for Redoute's Choice

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice notched up his first stakeswinner for the season when 5YO entire Drumbeats (ex Delicate Choice by Rory’s Jester) raced away with the AJC Bill Ritchie H. 1400m G3 last Saturday, 25 September.

Drumbeats was bred by Mark & Cherilyn Lowe Bloodstock, Queensland and sold from the Vinery Stud draft for $350,000 at the 2007 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The purchaser was Woodlands Stud, and Drumbeats is now raced by Sheikh Mohammed.

Trainer Peter Snowden considered an Epsom Handicap start for Drumbeats, who was promoted to favouritism for that race, but has elected instead to target the MRC Toorak H. G1 at Caulfield on 9 October.

Drumbeats has compiled a race record of considerable quality, despite winning only three races. His three wins have all been at Group or Listed Stakes level (the VRC Hilton S. LR at 3; STC Shannon S. G2 at 4; and the AJC Ritchie H. G3 at 5), as have eleven of his 15 starts. He has lined up twice in Group 1 races, finishing 5th in Rock Kingdom’s 2009 Epsom Handicap, and 4th in Rangirangdoo’s AJC Doncaster Handicap in April this year.

Drumbeats’ win wasn’t the only striking performance from the tribe of Redoute’s Choice over the weekend. 7YO gelding Empires Choice (ex Rosie’s Star by Star Way) showed the form that won him the Queensland Derby G1 as a 3YO with a slashing run into third place behind More Joyous and Trusting in the AJC George Main S. 1600m G1. Retired twice with major leg injuries, Empires Choice is now heading to Melbourne for the MRC Yalumba S. G1 on 9 October ahead of a tilt at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, for which his odds are now in double, rather than triple figures. His chances of getting the 3200 metres of the Melbourne Cup are aided by his trainer, Cups legend Bart Cummings, and his grand-dam, 1988 Melbourne Cup winner Empire Rose.

Drumbeats, Empires Choice and other stakes performers Altius, Dr Doute’s and Sister Madly are among the horses that have taken Redoute’s Choice’s earnings for the new season to $1,008,996.

New SW heads treble for Starcraft

As spring carnival racing gets into full swing, Arrowfield’s 2nd season sire Starcraft has chimed in with a notable 3YO treble: two impressive winners at Sandown and a new stakeswinner in Auckland, New Zealand.

3YO filly Singapore Sling (Starcraft-Gin Sling by Western Symphony) fulfilled the promise of her debut 2YO win in July with a strong win at her fourth start, in today’s ARC Soliloquy S. 1400m LR at Ellerslie.

Ridden by Vinny Colgan for owner Sildi Bloodstock and trainer Lisa Anderson, the filly launched a run from the back of the field and sustained her effort on the heavy track to win by a short head from the hot favourite Dating, with 0.75 length back to Cool Storm. Singapore Sling, whose grey colour comes from her grand-dam’s sire, former Arrowfield stallion Kenmare, was a $15,000 purchase by G. McLeod from the Bluegables Farm draft at the 2009 NZ Select Sale.

Singapore Sling is a half-sister to three winners including G2-placed Bombay Sling (by Danzero ), from the family of Group 3 winners Gin Rhythm and Any Rhythm, and outstanding dual Group 1 winner Zarita.

Twenty minutes after the Soliloquy Stakes, the strapping filly Ain’tnofallenstar (Starcraft-Ain’t Seen Nothin’ by Nothin’ Leica Dane) won at Sandown, followed a race later by Ace Acosta (Starcraft-Hill of Peace by Danehill). Both are 2009 Magic Millions sale graduates, Ain’tnofallenstar from the Arrowfield draft at the Premier Sale for $270,000 to Badgers Bloodstock; and Ace Acosta, bred by jockey Scott Seamer and sold at the Summer Sale for $120,000 to Michael Freedman. Co-incidentally, it was the second win in four starts for all three winners.

Singapore Sling is the fourth stakes performer from Starcraft’s first Australian crop, after co-Champion 2YO colt Star Witness (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1), and the stakes-placed pair We Can Say it Now and Mr Spock. Singapore Sling, We Can Say it Now and Mr Spock are all nominated for the Guineas races at Riccarton in November.

Starcraft stands the 2010 season at a fee of $38,500 (inc. GST).

Hussonet sons extend black type records

Two takented sons of Arrowfield’s outstanding international sire Hussonet extended their black type records with excellent placings at Moonee Valley this evening.

5YO gelding Eagle Falls (ex Desina by Desert King) was the only runner still on the bit after the brilliant Hay List turned up the heat in the MVRC Manikato S. 1200m G1, and he ran on strongly for third from an awkward position. Bred by George Altomonte’s Corumbene Stud, and winner of last year’s VRC Salinger S. G2, Eagle Falls was having his first start since two commendable fifth placings in Group 1 sprints in Dubai and Singapore earlier this year.

Thirty minutes after the Manikato, 3YO colt Run For Levi (ex Madam Bligh by Nine Carat) set a strong pace in the MVRC Bill Stutt S. 1600m G2 and found enough in the straight to withstand the challenges of all his rivals except Hollowlea. Run for Levi was bred by Wall Street Thoroughbreds and won the BRC Doomben Slipper LR in May.

Hussonet is the sire of 75 stakeswinners, including 27 at Group One level – more than any other active stallion in Australia.

Redoute's Choice 3YOs assemble for spring classics

Much is expected of the current crop of 3YOs by champion sire Redoute’s Choice and, seven weeks into the new season, they are beginning to deliver on the promise of their pedigrees and physiques.

Redoute’s Choice has had twelve individual 3YO winners in Australia since 1 August – more than any other stallion – and they signal that his 2007 crop is set to play a big part in this season’s black type racing. Remember, 72% of Redoute’s Choice’s 18 Group 1 winners to date won Group 1 races at three; and 39% of them won at 2000 metres or beyond.

The latest 3YO winner from Redoute’s Choice’s Class of 2007 is Slater, pictured above, a colt from three-time Group 1 winner Special Harmony (by Spinning World). A debut winner at two, he made short work of the opening event over 1100 metres at Rosehill on Saturday, winning in class record time and cutting out the final 600m in 33.36s.

At Caulfield, Altius (ex Circles of Gold by Marscay) came home strongly for second over 1700 metres, and in the MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400m G3 Rekindled Interest (ex Rekindled Affair by Quest for Fame) produced yet another powerhouse finish to claim fifth. He is Guineas-bound, but looks as if he’ll be suited by a Derby distance too.

Dariana confirmed her Cups campaign is on track with an excellent second to stablemate So You Think in the MRC Underwood S. 1800m G1, and she is now the favourite for the Caulfield Cup on 16 October.

Then there’s the glorious crop of 2YOs waiting in the wings. Three of them gave a hint of what’s to come with good showings at yesterday’s Randwick 2YO trials. John Camilleri’s lovely homebred filly Florentina won her heat, while the colt Just the Tonic (half-brother to G3 Carnegie House, ex Platonic by Nassipour) and filly Offer (ex G2 Media by Gilded Time) ran second in their respective trials. Florentina has an especially interesting pedigree, as her second dam Twyla is a 3/4 sister to Redoute’s Choice.

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SPRING WATCH 2010: Redoute’s Choice 3YOs

ACHIEVEMENTS – Bay Colt ex Rubitoff by Rubiton (Century)

Breeders: Peter & Wendy Moran

Owners: Peter & Wendy Moran

Trainer: Gerald Ryan

Lovely colt bred & raced by the Morans of Mossman, Tickets & Duporth fame. Was a first-up Sandown winner on 4 August and then unlucky when favourite in the MVRC Mitchell McKenzie S. LR; has recently joined the Gerald Ryan stable.

ALTIUS – Bay Colt ex Circles Of Gold by Marscay (Biscay)

Breeders: Arch of Gold Pty Ltd, Meduri Bloodstock, Moffitt Breeding & Racing

Owners: Arch of Gold Pty Ltd, Frank & Marie Meduri and Garry & Leone Moffitt

Trainer: Tony Vasil

Debut winner at 2; first-up winner at 3, Geelong, 20 August; fast-finishing 2nd, VRC Henry Bucks S. LR, 4 September and then again 2nd over 1700m at Caulfield 18 September. A ? brother to Elvstroem and half brother to Haradasun, he looks an outstanding staying prospect.

BEST CHOICE – Bay Colt ex Jade Tiara by Bureaucracy (Bletchingly)

Breeder: Mr M King

Owners: Mr W Ng

Trainer: Clarry Conners

Clarry Conners says, “I think he is a pretty special horse, I’ve got a really, really big opinion of him.” And he’s mentioning multiple G1 winner Mouawad in the same breath. Impressive debut winner at Canterbury, 8 September.

LIGHT BRIGADE – Bay Colt ex Winning Belle by Zabeel (Sir Tristram)

Breeders: Phillip Esplin, D & M Esplin Pty Ltd

Owners: Wynyarra Stud & Bob & Rosemary Scarborough

Trainer: Gai Waterhouse

Smart Warwick Farm winner following up from his debut win at Wyong on 3 September. A magnificent type, he cost $1.4 million as a yearling and has now won twice very impressively after a number of trial wins. Heading for the VRC Derby G1.

MARAASEEM – Bay Filly ex Warm Smytzer by Zabeel (Sir Tristram)

Breeder: Emily Krstina (Aust) Pty Ltd

Owner: Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd

Trainer: David Hayes

Won at Geelong, 18 August & Sandown, 8 September.

Assistant trainer Tom Dabernig says of Maraaseem: “She’s got a great temperament and constitution and is lovely and sound so we’ll push on from here and keep raising the bar.” Entered for the Bill Stutt Stakes G2 at Moonee Valley, 24 September, en route to The Thousand Guineas G1.

MARGIELA – Brown Filly ex Sarah Vee by End Sweep (Forty Niner)

Breeders: Consolidated Bloodstock Ltd

Owners: Pinecliff Racing & Partners

Trainer: David Hayes

Impressive winner at Geelong, 10 September over 1300m. Out of the Soliloquy Stakes LR winner Sarah Vee who was also 2nd in the NZ 2000 Guineas G1.

MUKARRAR – Bay or Brown Colt ex Back Pass by Quest For Fame (Rainbow Quest)

Breeders: Glenlogan Park Pty Ltd & Munz Custodians Pty Ltd

Owners: Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd

Trainer: David Hayes

Won second-up at 3 over 1900m by 10 lengths, Geelong, 7 September. One of the most dominant maiden winners seen out so far this season, everything about him indicates he will be Derby-bound. Connections are said to be toying with the idea of the AJC Spring Champion Stakes G1 along the way.

MULTAHEM – Bay Colt ex Earthsea by Machiavellian (Mr. Prospector)

Breeders: Widden Stud and Robert & Deborah Anderson

Owners: Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd

Trainer: David Hayes

Brilliant debut winner at Sandown, 15 September – coming from last to first in the straight, and breaking 34s for the last 600m.

David Hayes says, “He’s still in the [Caulfield] Guineas, but I think we’ll just go through our classes for the moment. He’s still an untapped horse.”

PONTIANA – Bay Filly ex Liberty Rose by Royal Academy (Nijinsky II)

Breeders: Fairway Thoroughbreds

Owners: Messrs L P & N J Maxsted, Simon Tuxen, Greg Ingham, Greg Hayes & Peter Allen

Trainer: John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes

Debut winner at Kembla Grange, 21 August; stepped up to win again at Rosehill, 11 September. Connections purchased the full brother for $700,000 at this year’s Easter Yearling Sale. Michael Hawkes says, “She’s done everything right and we’ll probably step her up in grade next and look to go through her classes rather than just throw her in the deep end. She’s going to keep improving and she’s really an autumn filly, that’s where we are heading.”

REKINDLED INTEREST – Bay Gelding ex Rekindled Affair by Rainbow Quest (Blushing Groom)


Response adds Group 1 for Charge Forward

Take a mare whose courage matches her speed, a jockey prepared to ignore his instructions and owners with a great history of success, and the result is Charge Forward ‘s second Group One winner, 4YO mare Response.

Winner of the VRC Matron S. G3 last season, Response resumed with two good seconds in Group company at Caulfield and Flemington, before taking her place in today’s $350,000 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke S. 1400m G1.

Jockey Craig Williams was instructed by trainers Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra to settle her midfield with cover, but he elected instead to drive her forward and set a strong pace in front. Response responded with generosity to the challenge and held her rivals at bay from start to finish, to win by a long neck to No Evidence Needed, with a short half-head back to Woorim – the finish is pictured, above. The time was 1.22.23, and Response’s performance earned a 113 rating from Timeform at Racing and Sports.

Response is proving as genuine and consistent as her Group One-winning sire: she has finished first or second in all but one of her eight starts, and has earned $457,275. She is a likely starter in the VRC Empire Rose S. 1600m G1 on Derby Day, with a tilt at a “straight six” Flemington sprint also possible.

Bred from the Group One-placed mare Live It Up by Freer Pty Ltd with Andrew & Laska Bowcock, Response was sold for $50,000 to Barry and Midge Griffiths at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The Griffiths’ pale blue and yellow checked colours have also been worn by Tawriffic (1989 Melbourne Cup), Mannerism (1992 Caulfield Cup), Azzurro (1992 Thousand Guineas) and Northwood Plume (1994 MRC Thousand Guineas & VRC Oaks).

Charge Forward is now second to Not a Single Doubt on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list, with prizemoney of $419,616 and eight winners. Response is his second Group 1 winner, and one of the four Group winners he has left in his first two crops, alongside G1 Headway, G3 Solar Charged, and G3 Shrapnel whose season debut has been delayed by unsuitable tracks.

Completing a great day for Charge Forward was 3YO filly Andromache (ex Mythical Play by Defensive Play) who ran third in the Canterbury JC Canterbury Belle S. 1200m LR in Christchurch, NZ.

The Group 1-winning son of Red Ransom and Sydney’s Dream stands at Arrowfield this season at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST.

76th Stakeswinner for Flying Spur

Breeder Robert Heyblok was rewarded today when his wonderfully consistent 5YO mare Vintedge ( Flying Spur -Alternative Edge by Rory’s Jester) won the $100,000 Newcastle JC Tibbie S. 1400m LR.

Vintedge also became champion sire Flying Spur’s 76th individual stakeswinner, and his first this season. Trained by Chris Waller, the mare’s record is now five wins, 12 placings & more than $350,000 from 23 starts. Vintedge, a half-sister to stakeswinner Youths Edge, from the family of of G1 winners Racer’s Edge, True Steel and How Now, was previously stakes-placed in the AJC Toy Show H. LR and Wyong RC Mona Lisa S. LR.

It gets even better: rapidly finishing runner-up Hidden Wonder, by Danzero , completed a black type quinella for Arrowfield sires.

Black type for Hussonet filly

Horses with names made up of wordsruntogether dominated today’s $175,000 Newcastle JC Spring S. 1600m G3 and Hussonet ‘s 3YO daughter Heartsareforlove was one of them. A two-time winner in Brisbane last season, she gained her first black type by running on well for third, 2.75 lengths from the winner Ilovethiscity, with Giresun between them.

Heartsareforlove (ex Happy Heart by Exit To Nowhere) was bred by Emily Krstina (Aust) Pty Ltd, and is raced by Patinack Farm which paid $130,000 the filly at the 2009 Melbourne Premier Sale. She is a half-sister to VRC Oaks G1 winner Arapaho Miss, from the the family of leading sires Tom Rolfe, Chieftain and Alzao. Another branch has produced Queensland Oaks G1 winner Vouvray.

Hussonet, whose 27 Group 1 winners include outstanding classic fillies Wild Spirit, Printemps and Desert Fight has three other 3yo fillies showing fine promise this Australian spring: Slow the Flow, Daughter O’Fortune and Highland Mary.

Charge Forward filly makes dazzling debut

Already the sire of four Group winners from his first two crops, Charge Forward unveiled dazzling fresh talent with his 7th winner of the new season, Tassa Avanti (ex Gerber by Palace Music).

The 3YO filly won her debut over 1000 metres at Geelong last Thursday by more than three lengths, earning this mention in Racing & Sports’ Around the Trap column:

Highly promising youngster from the Danny O’Brien yard that debuted when heavily supported on the Geelong Synthetic surface and didnt let supporters down when an effortless winner. Has a very bright future and can figure in some top races with natural improvement.

Tassa Avanti was bred by Ken Turner’s Alma Vale Bloodstock, also responsible for G1 winner Star Witness, by Starcraft , and was passed in at the 2009 Magic Millions Sale. A half-sister to Melbourne stakeswinner La Chasseuse, who was trained by O’Brien to win seven races Listed Stakes events at Caulfield and Flemington. Their second dam is the stakes-winning Vionnet, who has done a marvellous job at stud, leaving four stakeswinners among them Vionneto, by Danzero .

Another 3YO by Charge Forward, Peter Horwitz’s gelding From the Vault finished strongly for fourth in Saturday’s $120,000 STC Heritage S. LR, after losing ground at the start; and his classy daughters 4YO Response and 3YO Solar Charged have each added two Group placings to their records this season.

Charge Forward, who ran second in a vintage Golden Slipper G1 and won the AJC Galaxy H. G1 at three, stands the 2010 season at a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).

Hussonet-Sunline filly wins her first trial

Sunsett, the 3YO daughter of Arrowfield’s champion sire Hussonet and world champion racemare Sunline, made her first public appearance a successful one, when she won a trial at Ruakaka, New Zealand this morning.

Sunsett is appropriately named, for she is the last foal of her superstar mother, who developed laminitis in 2008 and was euthanised on 1 May 2009.

The filly is trained by Stephen McKee, who also owns her in partnership with two of Sunline’s racing owners, his father Trevor McKee and Thayne Green. Sunsett won the 800-metre catchweight trial by a length in a time of 50.24 seconds. Ruakaka was a happy choice for her first trial, as it is the track where her mother won her first stakes race, the Whangarei RC Northland Breeders’ S. LR, on 9 July 1998.

Sunline’s first two foals, 6YO mare Sunstrike and 5YO entire Sun Ruler have each won two races, while her 4YO daughter Sunalta has trialled, but not yet raced.

Bred in New Zealand in 1995, Sunline (Desert Sun-Songline by Western Symphony) won 32 of her 48 starts between May 1998 and October 2002, including the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate G1 – twice, AJC Doncaster H. G1 – twice, the STC Coolmore Classic G1 – twice, the AJC All Aged S. G1 – twice, and the HKJC Hong Kong Mile G1. Her tally of 13 Group One victories is more than any other Australasian mare in the modern era, and second only to the great Kingston Town (14 Group One wins).

Sunline was named Australian Horse of the Year in 2000, 2001 & 2002, and won the equivalent New Zealand title four times. She was inducted to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2002, and was an inaugural inductee to the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame, in 2006.

Hussonet is Australia’s leading active sire of Group One winners, with a tally of 27 to date, including the seven-time Group One winner, and 2008 Australian Horse of the Year, Weekend Hussler. The total prizemoney won by Hussonet’s four Australian crops that have raced now approaches $14 million.

Third stakeswinner for Not a Single Doubt

Not a Single Doubt ‘s 4YO son Always Certain (ex Akarana by Akaaber) fulfilled the promise of his name, and his talent this evening with a remarkable, record-breaking victory in the $S200,000 Singapore TC Committee’s Prize 1600m Sing-G3. In the process he became his sire’s third stakeswinner in three months.

Four times placed in Singapore Group company since his debut in June 2009, Always Certain gained black capital status with a sweeping run from the back of the 15-horse field, to win going away by one-and-a-quarter lengths from Ghozi, with another length back to New Rose Wood in third place. His time of 1:33.85 broke the course record by 0.26 seconds.

Always Certain is the third stakeswinner for Not a Single Doubt after 4YO Doubtful Jack, winner of the VRC Bobbie Lewis H. G3 & Winter Championship LR, and 3YO Squamosa, who took out last month’s STC Run to the Rose H. G3, before running a courageous second in the STC Golden Rose G1.

Bred by Dr Paul Cradock, Always Certain was offered by Swettenham Stud at the 2008 Magic Millons Premier Sale, and purchased for $60,000 by Badgers Bloodstock. In a 14-start career for his owner, Bernard Lee’s Horizon Stable, and trainer Michael Freedman, the good-looking gelding has now returned more than $S500,000 from five wins and seven placings.

As reported by Craig Brennan for the Singapore Turf Club, Freedman said he was now seriously considering aiming the gelding at the $S1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup G1 on 14 November.

“Who would have thought that this bloke would be getting out to this sort of trip and possibly further. He’s bred to be a sprinter but he has always shown that all he wants is to get over ground. I said to Bernard that the Gold Cup might be the way to go with him now.

“He’s just so relaxed and has a devastating finish. Whether it is over 1400m or a mile, his last 100m is as good as I’ve seen from a horse here since I arrived.”

Always Certain is the only winner from five named foals out of Melbourne stakeswinner Akarana, a sister to Tasmanian Derby winner Suavity, from the family of Victoria Derby G1 winner Omnicorp and Group 3 winners Suavity and Wildly.

Dr Cradock explained the background to Akarana’s mating with Not a Single Doubt to Magic Millions’ journalist Greg Irvine.

“The emphasis to me is on physical type, so when I was looking for a stallion for Akarana, Not a Single Doubt seemed a great match.The mare is a big, roomy type and to me I was looking for a powerful, short coupled sprinting type to send her to.”

“Not a Single Doubt certainly fitted that. And right from the time he [Always Certain] was foaled he was a lovely type of horse.”

Dr Cradock has bred a number of other good horses including Lucky Secret, Hinting, Beauty School, Coincidental and Marie Madeleine.

Not a Single Doubt, whose 2010 book is now full, currently heads the 2010/11 Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with earnings of $589,055.