Redoute's Choice filly wins for Shadwell

Impressive 3YO winners are the early season theme for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and No. 7 appeared today when Shadwell Stud‘s filly Ijaaza won over 1200 metres on debut at Ballarat. She travelled easily on the fence from an inside barrier before letting down with a powerful sprint to win by three lengths.

Pictured: Ijaaza as a yearling at Reavill Farm which bred and sold her. (PHOTO: Reavill Farm/Inglis)

Representing the resurgent David Hayes stable, Ijaaza was a $500,000 purchase from the draft of John & Sheenagh Rippon’s Reavill Farm at the 2010 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. She is from a family that has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stallions. Her dam, the Marauding mare Volte, is a half-sister to SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 winner Anamato (by Redoute’s Choice), and has already left Group 1 winner Dealer Principal to Flying Spur . Eldarin, another half-sister to Volte, produced Group 3 winner Mearas to Redoute’s Choice.

Other family members include outstanding 7-time Group 1 winner Grand Armee and Drum (VATC Oakleigh Plate G1), while further removes of the Ijaaza’s pedigree show that she belongs to New Zealand’s famous ‘Belle’ family. Volte returned to Redoute’s Choice in 2010 and is due to foal any day now.

Reavill Farm bred Dealer Principal, as well as two of Redoute’s Choice’s 20 Group 1 winners: Melito and Stratum.

Ijaaza is the 7th 3YO winner by Redoute’s Choice in Australia this season and the fifth to win on debut after four colts: Just the Tonic (ex Platonic by Nassipour), Niconoise (ex Nicola Lass by Scenic), Cross of Gold (ex They Say by Thirty Six Red) and Rekindled Alliance (ex Rekindled Affair by Rainbow Quest). The other two winning Redoute’s Choice 3YOs in 2011/12 are Offer (ex Media by Gilded Time) and Hurriyet (ex Millyet by Zabeel).

Already closing on his first million dollars of prizemoney for the new season, Redoute’s Choice stands at a 2011 fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

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King's Rose takes Redoute's Choice to the top

Last season’s New Zealand Filly of the Year King’s Rose became the first Australian stakeswinner in 2011/12 for

Redoute’s Choice when she sustained a powerful finish to claim yesterday’s $200,000 MRC Memsie S. 1400m G2 at Caulfield.

Pictured: King’s Rose defeats Heart of Dreams in the Memsie S. G2 (PHOTO: Colin Bull/Sportpix)

Bred and raced by Dr Gene Tsoi from the Nureyev mare Nureyev’s Girl, the 4YO mare is now trained by Peter Moody after winning six of her 12 New Zealand starts, including last spring’s CJC NZ 1000 Guineas G1.

She headed a sparkling day for Redoute’s Choice whose season earnings already exceed $700,000 – enough to take him to the top of the Australian General Sires’ table after 27 days of racing in 2010/11.

The Memsie runs of Rekindled Interest (4th) and Absolutely (5th) were encouraging, while 3YO colt Cross of Gold (ex They Say by Thirty Six Red) flashed home for second behind Golden Archer in the MRC H.D.F. McNeil S. 1200m G3. Another 3YO, Hurriyet, the full sister to champion filly Samantha Miss, also produced a strong finish for third over 1400 metres at Caulfield; and 4YO Altius was a close second over 1500 metres at Rosehill.

At Rosehill progressive 3YO colts Just The Tonic and Rekindled Alliance delivered the quinella in a 3YO Benchmark 75 event over 1400 metres. Trainer Gai Waterhouse has not ruled out a start in the ATC Golden Rose S. G1 on 10 September for Just The Tonic, while Paul Messara said that Rekindled Alliance is beginning to look more like a Spring Champion Stakes horse.

The day’s racing concluded with Redoute’s Choice’s third black type performer in England this year, the 3YO filly Rakasa (ex Danse Arabe by Seeking the Gold), who was just pipped by Regal Realm in the 7-furlong Goodwood Prestige S. G3. That effort follows Listed Race victories by Elzaam and Tazahum in May, Elzaam’s eye-catching fourth in the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee S. G1 and Tazahum’s second in the York Strensall S. G3 earlier this month. These horses are among the 20 named foals in Redoute’s Choice’s northern time-conceived 2008 crop.

Redoute’s Choice, with 20 Group 1 winners on the board and 10.7% SW/runners, stands at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST in 2011.

Satin Shoes strikes early for Flying Spur

Satin Shoes became the first stakeswinner of the new season for champion sire Flying Spur with a game victory in today’s $100,000 MRC Quezette S. 1100m LR at Caulfield.

Pictured: Classy filly Satin Shoes (green & blue colours) posts her third black type win at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trainer Clarry Conners‘ decision to send Dr Edmund & Belinda Bateman‘s 3YO filly to Melbourne early in the season paid off when she settled nicely off the pace, before hitting the lead hard and holding off Metonymy by a short half-head, with a length to Mosheen, and the Redoute’s Choice filly Glissade in fourth position.

Afterwards Conners told Racing & Sports, “We came down here to take the fillies on and at first I thought it would be a pretty easy race but going into it it did look a very hard race. I wondered whether I had done the right thing.”

“But she’s won and that’s the main thing, and she’ll only improve. She’s a very gross filly and had done super here.”

The day’s racing proved extra-special for the Batemans who also own Foxwedge, winner of the ATC San Domenico S. G3 at Rosehill from Anise and Not A Single Doubt ‘s daughter Karuta Queen.

Satin Shoes won the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2 and Widden S. LR as a 2YO, and has now won four of her six career starts, for prizemoney of $405,150. The Cressfield-bred filly is a half-sister to multiple New Zealand Group winner Zarzuela, both from Group 1 winner Star Satire, who has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice and is foaling again to him this spring.

Flying Spur is a permanent fixture among Australia’s leading sires, with nine stakeswinners worldwide last season, and a lifetime record of 7.3% stakeswinners to runners. He is standing the 2011 season at a fee of $49,500 inc. GST.

Altius aims high after second city win

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice maintained his early season momentum with four winners around Australia today, including a Rosehill double by Altius and The Warrior Woman for last season’s champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

Pictured: Corey Brown pilots Altius to a two-and-a-quarter length win at Rosehill today. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Altius (ex Circles of Gold by Marscay) made it two-in-a-row when he scored handsomely over 1500 metres, taking his record to four wins from nine starts. Afterwards, Waller indicated that he’s thinking of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap in October as a possible target for the 4YO entire.

Earlier on the same programme, 5YO mare The Warrior Woman (ex Mulan Princess by Kaapstad) posted her fifth win from the Waller stable.

Like Redoute’s Choice, trainer Paul Messara has made a quick start to the 2011/12 season, and they combined successfully today when Lemieux (ex French Cut by Snippets) won at the Gold Coast – his third consecutive win. That concluded a particularly good week for his part-owner Jonathan Munz, also the breeder and co-owner of Wednesday’s impressive debut winner Rekindled Alliance.

Redoute’s Choice’s tally of winners for the first 13 days of the Australian season now stands at 15, with total prizemoney already north of $300,000. The two-time champion sire of 76 stakeswinners stands the 2011 season at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Ten days, 11 winners for Redoute's Choice

Take champion sire Redoute’s Choice and the fine broodmare Rekindled Affair; add trainer Paul Messara and owner-breeder Jonathan Munz with owners Arrowfield and Blue Sky Thoroughbreds and the result is the sparkling new talent Rekindled Alliance.

Pictured: Rekindled Alliance wins on debut in Sydney this afternoon. (PHOTO: Martin King, Sportpix)

The strapping colt raced a little greenly on debut in today’s competitive 1100-metre maiden at Canterbury, but when jockey Corey Brown sent him forward on the turn, he extended and sprinted in the manner of a horse destined for better things.

Brown said, “He travelled really well, although was still a bit green, but when I pressed the button, he really accelerated… I haven’t ridden one for a while that quickened like that.”

Rekindled Alliance was a $400,000 purchase from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. His full brother, last season’s Group 2 winner Rekindled Interest opened his spring campaign with an eye-catching second in last weekend’s VRC Aurie’s Star H. G3. Sadly, their dam Rekindled Affair died in December 2009 after foaling a filly by Redoute’s Choice.

By Rainbow Quest from Irish stakeswinner Seasonal Pickup, Rekindled Affair is the dam of seven winners from eight foals to race, including US Group 3 winner Where We Left Off and European stakeswinner Porticcio.

The partnership of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds and Arrowfield is dedicated to identifying and developing stalllion prospects, among them Beneteau , standing his first season at Arrowfield in 2011, and dual Group winner Shrapnel who remains in training with Mark Kavanagh.

Redoute’s Choice has now had eleven Australian winners in the first 10 days of the 2011/12 season, five of them progressive 3YOs: Just the Tonic (trained by Gai Waterhouse), Niconoise & Cross of Gold (David Hayes), Hurriyet (Peter Moody) and Rekindled Alliance.

Bellerive graduate wins in South Africa

Australian-breds have enjoyed marked success in South Africa lately and Starcraft ‘s 3YO son Magnum Power added to that record with a good win over 1450 metres at Turffontein yesterday.

Pictured: Magnum Power as a strapping, attractive yearling

The chestnut gelding, bred by the Arrowfield/Jungle POcket partnership, was bought for $40,000 by Andy Williams’ World Wide Bloodstock from the Bellerive Stud draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. He is yet another example of Starcraft’s liking for Danehill mares, as his dam Ribot’s Secret is a Group-placed Irish-bred daughter of the supersire. She has also left last season’s Australian winner Youeffoh to Starcraft and is foaling to Hussonet this spring.

Starcraft, last season’s leading Australasian 2nd season sire by stakeswinners, opened his Australian 2011/12 record when his Group 1-placed second-crop daughter Hallowell Belle scored at Seymour on Sunday.

Starcaft stands at Arrowfield Stud this spring at a fee of $44,000.

Arrowfield farewells Danzero

Many goodbyes are difficult, but some are harder than others.

Danzero‘s departure on 5 August from Arrowfield to Rosemont Stud in Victoria was poignant for everyone who has worked with him at Arrowfield where he has lived since his return eleven years ago from his sole northern hemisphere season in England.

Pictured: Danzero, with Arrowfield Operations Manager Sam Fairgray and Chairman John Messara, before his departure from the farm. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

Danzero holds a special place, not only in the story of Arrowfield, but also in Australian thoroughbred history. His dam, the Kaoru Star mare Confidentially, had been raced by John Messara and Danzero was bred by the Arrowfield Group at the original Jerry’s Plains farm.

Foaled on 15 November 1991, the dark bay colt was one of the 52 foals in the first crop of Danehill, whose acquisition by Arrowfield in 1990 changed the destiny of Australian racing and breeding.

Forty-two of those first crop foals raced, ten became stakeswinners, and five won at Group 1 level. Danzero won the VRC Maribyrnong Trial S. LR at his debut on 2 October 1993, becoming Danehill’s first Australian stakeswinner. A little more than five months later, on 26 March 1994, Danzero opened his sire’s international Group 1 record when he triumphed in the STC Golden Slipper S. G1. Danehill’s final tally of Group 1 winners stands at 89, well ahead of his nearest rival Sadler’s Wells (73).

In all, Danzero won four of his nine starts and just over $1.3 million before returning to Arrowfield where he stood his first two seasons in 1995 & 1996. He then transferred to the Willis family’s Chatswood Stud in Victoria for the 1997 season.

After selling the yearling Danzero for $55,000, and buying him back two years later for $2.5 million, John Messara famously declared “We’ll go broke if we carry on like this.”

But Arrowfield’s future was in safe hands with Danzero, who once again led the way for Danehill, this time as a sire of sires, by leaving Champion 3YO Fairway and Group 1 winner Danglissa in his first crop. Danzero was crowned Australia’s Champion First Season Sire of 1998/99 and steadily built a reputation for quality performers at a wide range of distances and ages.

In 2004 he made history again when his champion son Dance Hero won the Golden Slipper, defeating Charge Forward , Alinghi and Fastnet Rock in race record time of 1.08.60. That helped Danzero to his second stallion premiership, this time for the country’s Champion Sire of 2YOs.

Danzero leaves Arrowfield as the sire of 37 stakeswinners (7 G1) among 544 winners and progeny earnings of more than $58 million. Last season’s stakeswinners Danzylum, Hidden Wonder and Zero Rock are all typical of the talented, competitive, thoroughly admirable horses Danzero leaves. He’s also making his mark as a broodmare sire, with 10 stakeswinners from his daughters, most recently the European Group 3-winning filly Dalarua, from the French-bred mare Djenanne.

The Arrowfield team’s sadness at seeing Danzero leave the farm last week is tempered by the knowledge that he will be very well cared for at Rosemont, and warmly appreciated by Victorian breeders.

Rosemont’s owner Anthony Mithen says, “The reaction to Danzero coming back to Victoria has been quite extraordinary. I have been run off my feet taking bookings since the day we announced his move to Rosemont. As a farm standing their first stallion, it has been humbling to have breeders show faith in what we can provide, but I’ve got a funny feeling the stallion chooses himself.

“With seven G1 winners, nearly 40 stakeswinners, champions produced and a $10,000 fee priced for the market we are in, it’s little wonder he’s virtually booked out and ready to cover his 85 mares this season.

“We’ve done a power of work around the farm to be ready for him including building a new stallion box. It’s not quite the dimensions of Redoute’s Choice’s salubrious surrounds, but not far off!”

Anthony adds, “Many thanks to the Arrowfield staff who have made his relocation so easy for us at Rosemont. Trust us, we will do your magnificent stallion proud.”

To which we can only add: Danzero, thank you and farewell.

Starcraft's Belle is back

One of Australia’s most precocious and exciting juveniles last season, Starcraft ‘s daughter Hallowell Belle finally broke through for her first win at Seymour this afternoon.

Pictured: Hallowell Belle parades before the Blue Diamond Stakes G1 at Caulfield, February 2011. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

It was a fine effort on a Dead5 track, and required the chestnut filly to overcome a determined challenge by Zamorar who headed her in the straight.

Owned by Western Australian Craig Thompson and UK-based David Walpole, Hallowelle Belle made an early impact when a close second to Redoute’s Choice filly Florentina at the first Sydney 2YO trials on 20 September 2010. Twelve days later she was runner-up to Defiant Dame in the AJC Gimcrack S. LR.

Hallowell Belle re-appeared in February to run third in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (f) G3, followed by an outstanding second to eventual champion 2YO Sepoy in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

The focus now shifts to the major 3YO tests of the spring and Hallowell Belle has once again struck early to put herself in the front rank of contenders.

Starcraft, the brilliant young sire of Group 1 winners Star Witness & We Can Say It Now among his 7 stakeswinners in 2010/11, stands the 2011 season at a fee of $44,000 inc. GST.

Redoute's Choice regiment assembles for spring assault

Nine winners in 7 days have given champion sire Redoute’s Choice a quick start to the new Australian season, and they include several appealing prospects for significant spring success.

His 2011/12 campaign opened with two winners on Wednesday 3 August, Just the Tonic on debut at Canterbury, and Achievements at Eagle Farm.

Pictured: Nash Rawiller & Just the Tonic return to scale at Canterbury on Wednesday. (PHOTO: Martin King, Sportpix)

The Paul Messara stable produced Ze Choice & Leicester Square to win at Scone on Friday, while Saturday’s racing brought success for the David Hayes-trained pair Columbus and Niconoise at Morphettville, alongside Bawaardi in Cairns and Silent Predator in Newcastle.

Today Bob and Rosemary Scarborough‘s 3YO filly Hurriyet, the sister to champion filly Samantha Miss, broke her maiden at Seymour. She’s been patiently handled by her owners and trainer Peter Moody, with the autumn likely to be her time to shine.

Godspeed, another Redoute’s Choice 3YO in the Moody stable, also began his Guineas-aimed campaign at Seymour, posting his third second placing from three starts.

3YO gelding Just the Tonic, from the fine producer Platonic (by Nassipour) claimed Sydney’s first metropolitan race of 2011/12 for jockey Nash Rawiller and trainer Gai Waterhouse, who said afterwards, “We’ve always had an opinion of him and today confirmed it.”

Niconoise, the 3YO half-brother to Group 1 winners Niconero and Nicconi, won his 1200-metre debut by more than three lengths and the $1 million ATC Golden Rose on 10 September is now a possible spring target for him.

Stablemate Maraaseem followed up her valuable Rivette Series Final win on 9 July with a solid effort for second behind There’s Only One at Flemington yesterday. She looks capable of success at stakes level.

Another highlight of yesterday’s racing for Redoute’s Choice was Rekindled Interest‘s fast-finishing second to Temple of Boom in yesterday’s VRC Aurie’s Star H. 1200m G3 at Flemington. The 4YO gelding won last year’s 2040-metre MVRC AAMI Vase G2 before a brave fifth in the VRC Victoria Derby G1 and is nominated for the Caulfield Cup, among other major spring races.

Spring has traditionally been a kind season for Redoute’s Choice: nine of his 20 Group 1 winners have won at the highest level during the Sydney & Melbourne spring carnivals.

The champion sire son of Danehill stands the 2011 season at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Never Doubt Me scores valuable Randwick win

Not A Single Doubt’s first Australian winner for 2011/12 epitomises the professional competitiveness that make his progeny so popular with trainers.

Never Doubt Me (ex Anna Liffey by Dieu d’Or) took the lead early in the 1300-metre ATC Bronte Handicap for 3YO fillies and kicked clear off the rise to win by three lengths, despite giving weight to both placegetters, Shuswap and Gliding. It was the talented filly’s fifth win in nine starts, and boosted her prizemoney to $104,580, plus a valuable $20,000 BOBS bonus from today’s victory.

Pictured: Christian Reith pilots Never Doubt Me to an easy win at Randwick today. (PHOTO: Martin King, Sportpix)

As reported by Thoroughbred News, Never Doubt Me’s trainer and part-owner Neil Godbolt said, “She has been a very honest little filly for us and I did not expect to see her win like that, but it is very nice and it will make the trip home very enjoyable.

“I will take her home and see how she pulls up but there is probably a fair chance she will have a break for awhile as she has done a good job and you cannot be too greedy.”

Godbolt purchased Never Doubt Me, a half-sister to 14-time winner Silver Street, for $8,000 from the Toolooganvale draft at the 2010 Inglis June Winter Sale.

Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 100 winners, a remarkable 62% of his progeny to race, among them six stakeswinners. He stands the 2011 season at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.