Fillies quinella for Redoute's Choice & Hussonet

Arrowfield’s champion sires Redoute’s Choice and

Hussonet supplied a quinella at Rosehill today when their daughters led the field home in a competitive 1200-metre race for 3YO fillies.

Pontiana (Redoute’s Choice-Liberty Rose by Royal Academy), a lovely filly who may well prove suited by more distance, led and kicked strongly enough to hold off the fast-finishing Daughter O’Fortune (Hussonet-Vocabulary by Encosta de Lago). Both fillies were stepping up to Sydney Saturday company after showing form elsewhere, Daughter O’Fortune, placed in Adelaide, and Pontiana, a winner at Kembla Grange on 21 August.

Pontiana was bred by John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds and sold for $215,000 at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale; while Bridget Woodford-Smith’s Huntworth Stud bred Daughter O’Fortune. Both fillies were sold at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Pontiana for $215,000, and Daughter O’Fortune for $200,000.

Redoute’s Choice has now had six 3YO winners in the past nine days: Best Choice, Light Brigade, Maraaseem, Margiela, Mukarrar & Pontiana, and all of them look capable of more this spring.

Hussonet’s four 3YO winners this season to date include another talented filly Slow the Flow, who won at Randwick in August, and has since run a good fourth in More Strawberries’ NSW Tatt’s Furious S. G2.

Redoute’s Choice was represented by 57 3YO winners in Australia last season (more than any other stallion), five of them stakeswinners, including G1 winners MELITO & DARIANA.

Hussonet had 36 Australian 3YO winners in 2009/10, including stakeswinners LATIN NEWS, and GIRL HUSSLER, who resumed this season with an excellent second to More Joyous in the STC Sheraco S. LR two weeks ago, and followed up with a dead-heat second in today’s STC Research S. G3. As it happened, she dead-heated with Montana Flyer by another champion sire at Arrowfield, Flying Spur .

Redoute's Choice colt wins debut in England

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice posted his second winner from three 2YO runners in England this year when Sheikh Hamdan‘s homebred colt Tazahum (USA) won his debut over 7 furlongs at Kempton Park on Thursday (early Friday morning Australian time). His margin was an impressive two-and-a-quarter lengths.

Redoute’s Choice is pictured, right, being led by Adam Shankley at Arrowfield’s Stallion Parade in May 2010.

Tazahum jumped nicely for jockey Richard Mullen who settled him midfield before switching him to the rail over two furlongs out, and driving him to the lead a furlong later. The colt then quickened up to come clear inside the final furlong and win comfortably. A good-looking, athletic colt with scope, Tazahum was described by one commentator as a lot more superior to his opposition than he showed in this race.

A member of Redoute’s Choice’s 2008 crop conceived in Australia to northern time, Tazahum is from the Alzao mare Huja, who was a 2YO winner, Group 3-placed and 4th in Soviet Song’s Ascot Fillies Mile G1. She is a sister to the multiple Group winner Maraahel, from the family of Group winners Sahool, Haatef, Sayedah and Asfurah. Tazahum is trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

Redoute’s Choice’s first winner in England was Sheikh Hamdan’s NT-conceived, Australian-born Elzaam (ex Mambo in Freeport by Kingmambo) who also won on debut, at York in May, and stepped up to run the closest of seconds to Strong Suit in the Royal Ascot Coventry S. G2 in June, and 3rd to Libranno and Neebras in the Newmarket July S. G2 in July.

It’s also been an excellent week in Australia for Redoute’s Choice, who won the 2009/10 Champion Sire award at last Sunday’s Racehorse of the Year awards in Melbourne. He has had six winners in the past eight days, including five highly progressive 3YOs, Best Choice, Maraaseem, Mukarrar, Light Brigade, and this morning’s winner at Geelong, the filly Margiela (NZ), as well as the talented Altius, stakes-placed at Flemington.

Redoute’s Choice stands the 2010 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).

Redoute's Choice 3YOs open the throttle

Redoute’s Choice ‘s 2007 crop produced yet another head-turning debut winner yesterday when Best Choice (ex Jade Tiara by Bureaucracy) prevailed in a tough finish to the 1250m Maiden Handicap at Canterbury yesterday.

A full-brother to Group One-placed Sister Madly (who runs in Saturday’s STC Research S. G3), and half-brother to world champion sprinter Silent Witness, Best Choice was bred by Mr M. King and purchased for $275,000 by Apollo Ng at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

When asked how long since he’d had a horse as promising as Best Choice, his trainer Clarry Conners replied, “Probably Mouawad.” In a brief but stellar career in 1996 & 1997, Mouawad won seven, including three Group 1 races.

“I think he is a pretty special horse,” the trainer said of Best Choice. “I’ve got a really, really big opinion of him.”

Ninety minutes or so before Best Choice appeared in Sydney, Shadwell Stud’s 3YO filly Maraaseem (Redoute’s Choice-Warm Smytzer by Zabeel) won at Sandown in Melbourne, her second win in four starts from the David Hayes stable. Assistant trainer Tom Dabernig said of her afterwards, “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.”

The reigning champion sire of Australia, Redoute’s Choice has had eight individual 3YO winners in the first six weeks of this season. He stands at Arrowfield at a 2010 fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).

Timeform rates Squamosa & Doubtful Jack

The quality of Not a Single Doubt’s two outstanding Australian stakeswinners 3YO Squamosa and 4YO Doubtful Jack, pictured right, was assessed recently by Gary Crispe of Racing & Sports who applies the authoritative Timeform rating system to Australian racing. Gary’s comments about these two horses follow:

Squamosa is a very smart young galloper who took his Timeform rating from 94 on debut to 119 in the Group 1 Golden Rose. We have been impressed with this fellow right from his first race start where he rated above average. All his subsequent runs have been high merit performances characterised by a great turn of foot and backed up by strong Timefigures and race standard analysis. With age and further maturity Squamosa has more to give. A serious Group 1 performer in the New Year.

Doubtful Jack began this campaign with a Timeform rating of 102. His best winter effort was in the VRC Winter Championship final 1600m G3 win where he rated 116+, annihilating his opposition. He similarly demolished a Group 3 sprint field in the Bobbie Lewis down the straight 1200 metres at Flemington taking his rating to 122p, with the promise of more to come.

These are clearly two very exciting types.

Not a Single Doubt, a brilliantly fast stakes-winning son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice from the famous Easy Date family, stands at Arrowfield at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST) and his 2010 book is now full.

Pictured: Doubtful Jack winning the VRC Bobbie Lewis H. 1600m G3 on 4 September.

Ten-length win by Redoute's Choice colt

Trainer David Hayes and owner Shadwell Stud unleashed one of the most dominant maiden winners of the season so far when the 3YO Redoute’s Choice colt Mukarrar (ex Back Pass by Quest for Fame) ran out a ten-length winner over 1900m at Geelong this afternoon. His ease at the distance and efficient galloping action look tailormade for the 2500 metres of the VRC Victoria Derby G1 at Flemington on 30 October.

A brother to the stakeswinner Sharkbite, from the family of celebrated broodmare Hasili, Mukarrar was a $525,000 purchase from the Glenlogan Stud draft at the 2009 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. He is the seventh individual 3YO winner by Redoute’s Choice in Australia this season, and not the only one with ‘classic prospect’ written all over him.

Redoute’s Choice, who was officially named Champion Sire of Australia, 2009/10, in Melbourne on Sunday evening, stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).

Tri-nation success for Snitzel

Four new winners in three countries in 8 days have kept the spotlight on Arrowfield’s exciting 2nd season sire,

Snitzel .

His 3YO son Ace Allotroped (ex Zsabelle by Zabeel) won a $S65,000 maiden over 1200 metres in Singapore this afternoon for trainer Michael Freedman and owners The Allotrope Stable. Bred by Gary Pemberton, he was a $50,000 purchase from the 2009 Magic Millions Sale.

Meanwhile, a pair of fillies have taken Snitzel’s tally of first-crop 2YO winners in Japan to five, including the Group-placed Rurinigana. The filly Oguri Aries (ex Silk Aquarius by Admire Vega) won over 1400 metres at Kanazawa on Friday 3 September; and today, another filly, Pharma Cream (ex Aube Supreme by Sakura Bakushin O) took out a 1200-metre 2YO Maiden event by 3.5 lengths at Sapporo.

These international performances followed a maiden win by 3YO gelding Zelaating (ex Donating by Octagonal) at Newcastle last Sunday. He and Ace Allotroped take Snitzel’s tally of first-crop Australian-bred winners to 12.

Himself a precocious 2YO who trained on to outstanding Group 1-winning form at three, Snitzel was second on the 2009/10 Australian 1st Season Sires’ list. He stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $27,500 (inc. GST).

Second Group winner for Not a Single Doubt

Not a Single Doubt ‘s 4YO son Doubtful Jack posted his fourth consecutive win at Flemington, and his first Group victory, in the $200,000 VRC Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200m G3 this afternoon.

It was a commanding performance by the handsome, laidback gelding who was freshened after his brilliant VRC Winter Championship LR win on 10 July and returned to a sprint distance after proving himself at 1600 metres. Today he settled comfortably on the pace before quickening up smoothly and striding home more than three lengths ahead of Beltrois and About Ready.

The win took Doubtful Jack’s record to seven wins, two placings and almost $500,000 from 13 starts – a fine return on the $100,000 paid for him at the 2008 Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale.

Peter Moody, who trains the gelding for owner Allan Meads, indicated that Doubtful Jack’s step up to Group One company is likely to come in the MRC Sir Rupert Clarke S. 1400m G1 on 18 September.

One of Australia’s most exciting young sires, Not a Single Doubt has made an outstanding start to the 2010/11 season, with two Group winners, Squamosa (STC Run to the Rose H. G3, and 2nd, STC Golden Rose S. G1) and Doubtful Jack, inside three weeks, and ten other winners around Australia, most recently Bradgate Park at Wyong on Thursday. The son of Redoute’s Choice has also been represented by winners in South Africa (3YO Castlethorpe) and Singapore (4YO Always Certain).

Not a Single Doubt stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST).

Daughters boost Charge Forward's record

Two talented daughters of Charge Forward have been busy adding fresh black type to their sire’s record during the first five Saturdays of the new season, and today it was the turn of 4YO mare Response (ex Live It Up by Match Winner).

Already a winner of last season’s VRC Matron S. G3, Response returned to Flemington to contest the $200,000 VRC Let’s Elope S. 1400m G2 and produced a bold finish from well off the pace to run second, beaten only a short head by No Evidence Needed. The time of 1:26.85 was 0.49 seconds faster than the previous race, The Sofitel.

Response filled the same position in her season opener, the MRC Cockram S. 1200m G3 on 14 August and her record reflects her consistency: two wins, four placings and prizemoney of $247,275 from seven starts.

Bred by Freer Pty Ltd and Mr A. & Mrs L. Bowcock, Response is trained by Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra for well-known owners Barry and Midge Griffiths, whose previous stars include Tawriffic (1989 Melbourne Cup), Mannerism (1992 Caulfield Cup), Azzurro (1992 Thousand Guineas) and Northwood Plume (1994 Thousand Guineas & VRC Oaks). The Griffiths purchased Response for $50,000 at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Charge Forward’s other flag-waver in the first weeks of 2010/11 has been 3YO filly Solar Charged (ex Soul Singer by Danehill) second in both the AJC San Domenico S. 1000m G3 on 7 August, and the AJC Silver Shadow S. 1200m G3 on 21 August.

Winner of the AJC Kindergarten S. 1100m G3 as a 2YO, she too has been very consistent, with two wins, three placings and $264,000 from six starts for her owner-breeder Peter Horwitz.

Also the sire of the now-retired G1-winning filly Headway and G3 winner Shrapnel from two crops totalling only 129 foals, Charge Forward stands at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).

All American's half-sister wins Furious S. G2

The quality international pedigree of Arrowfield’s freshman sire All American added a new Group winner today when his talented half-sister More Strawberries (by More Than Ready) broke her maiden in the $175,000 NSW Tatt’s Furious S. 1400m G2 at Randwick.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse for owner-breeder John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud Syndicate, the 3YO filly, who shares her good looks and dark colour with her half-brother, was driven forward by Nash Rawiller and set an easy pace in the middle stages before lifting the tempo over the hill. It was enough to hold off Divorces and hot favourite Parables, and give the Strawberry Road mare Milva her second Group winner, after G1 All American, from her five named foals.

More Strawberries, who was an outstanding third in last season’s STC Golden Slipper S. G1, will now head to the AJC Flight S. 1600m G1 on 2 October.

All American, a G1 performer at two, three and four, stands his first season at Arrowfield in 2010 at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).

Redoute's Choice colt aims higher

Redoute’s Choice ‘s gloriously bred 3YO son Altius signalled his classic intentions with a slashing run for second in Listed company at Flemington today.

The handsome, scopey colt won his first two starts, most recently at Geelong on 20 August, before lining up in today’s VRC Henry Bucks S. (Exford Plate) 1400m LR for 3YOs on a Slow7 track at Flemington, where he settled towards the rear of the field. Jockey Damien Oliver steered him wide around the turn and the colt responded with a powerfully sustained finish to snatch second placing on the line, 1.75 lengths from the winner Hollowlea and and a short half-head in front of Censor.

Altius whose name comes from the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger), is the second black type performer for Redoute’s Choice in Australia so far this season, after 4YO mare Sister Madly (ex Jade Tiara by Bureaucracy) ran 3rd in last weekend’s STC Sheraco S. LR.

Bred and raced by Frank & Sally Tagg, Garry & Leone Moffitt and Frank & Marie Meduri, Altius is a three-quarter brother to champion Elvstroem and G1-placed filly Hveger, and half-brother to three-time G1 winner Haradasun – all from the 1995 AJC Oaks G1 winner and magnificent broodmare Circles of Gold. Altius is trained by Tony Vasil, who also trained Haradasun and Elvstroem.

He is one of four early season winners from Redoute’s Choice’s 2007 crop who are clearly on target for black type assignments this spring. The others are:

Light Brigade (colt ex Winning Belle by Zabeel) – 1st, 1200m, Wyong, 3 September; trained by Gai Waterhouse

Maraaseem (filly ex Warm Smytzer by Zabeel) – 1st, 1300m, Bendigo, 19 August; David Hayes

Achievements (colt ex Rubitoff by Rubiton) – 1st, 1200m, Sandown, 4 August; and 5th, VRC Henry Bucks S. LR today; Peter Moody

A fifth 3YO, the gelding Rekindled Interest (ex Rekindled Affair by Rainbow Quest; trained by Jim Conlan) finished strongly for fifth in today’s VRC Danehill S. 1200m G2, following a similar performance for fourth in Listed company two weeks ago. Both runs indicated he will be suited by longer races.

The reigning champion sire of Australia, Redoute’s Choice stands at a 2010 fee of $176,000 (inc. GST).