Don't Blink, she's quick as a wink

Redoute’s Choice Australia’s two-time champion sire of 2YOs, unveiled his second debut juvenile winner in eight days when Don’t Blink cruised to victory at Canterbury today.

Pictured: Christian Reith steers Don’t Blinkto a comfortable one-length victory in Sydney this afternoon. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trainer John O’Shea will now send the daughter of Snip Snip (by Snippets) for a break, so she can return in time for the early autumn feature races.

He said, “I think the Widden and Silver Slipper will be races where she will be very competitive. Depending on her performance, we will then give her one more run into the Golden Slipper.”

Raced by her breeder Ron Finemore in partnership with John Leaver, Don’t Blink is a half-sister to Maribyrnong Plate G3 winner Husson Lightning (Hussonet) and Sydney winner Not a Snip A Doubt (Not a Single Doubt).

Don’t Blink’s win followed a similar debut performance by No Looking Back (Redoute’s Choice – Mirror Mirror by Dehere) who will target the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR after an eye-catching victory over stablemate Blazing Snitzel (Snitzel) at Warwick Farm on 19 November.

Redoute’s Choice’s outstanding stud record includes seven 2YO Group 1 winners: Fashions Afield, Miss Finland, Musir, Nadeem, Samantha Miss, Stratum and Undoubtedly.

Arrowfield graduate gives Joy to Members

Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Members Joy fulfilled the promise of her name with a smart debut win at Sandown today.

Pictured: Members Joy as a yearling at Arrowfield. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

The daughter of Hussonet and Rosa’s Spur (by Flying Spur ) was bred by Michael Pitt and sold from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The successful bidder at $85,000 was Adam Sangster who subsequently leased the grey filly to the MRC Members Horse Club Syndicate, and whose Swettenham Stud also sponsored the race she won today.

The Club’s 9,000 members make a formidable cheer squad and will be kept busy if Members Joy heads to next month’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic, as her trainer Robert Smerdon suggests.

“It is something worth considering because she does have that constitution,” Smerdon said.

“She just copes. She is certainly not at the end of it. She is enjoying life at the moment and it might be an idea.”

Members Joy is the first foal of Rosa’s Spur, winner of six races including the QTC Dane Ripper Plate G3. Her dam Rosa’s Joy (by Rory’s Jester) was a 2YO stakes-winning daughter of New Zealand-bred mare Rosa Linda, by champion sire Three Legs, the source of Members Joy’s colouring. This is a branch of the family responsible for 1988 Melbourne Cup G1 winner Empire Rose, and 1961 New Zealand Cup winner Quite Able.

Rosa’s Spur has a yearling filly by Charge Forward entered for the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale and a filly foal by Manhattan Rain .

Purchased from Chile by Arrowfield in 2003 and now standing at Cornerstone Stud, South Australia, champion sire Hussonet is attracting fresh attention this season. There are two reasons for that: the appearance of Members Joy, Sheikh Mohammed’s progressive colt Tatra and 3YO Colorado Claire, from the crops conceived in the wake of Hussonet’s champion son Weekend Hussler; and the early success of his sire sons Husson and Husson Lightning.

It seems that new chapters are already being written to extend Hussonet’s outstanding story of 28 Group 1 winners among 75 stakeswinners.

North & South success for Redoute's Choice 2YOs

Sheikh Mohammed‘s northern time filly Galician (GB) completed a dual hemisphere 2YO double for champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she scored over six furlongs in England yesterday.

Redoute’s Choice’s southern time daughter No Looking Back (ex Mirror Mirror by Dehere) won nicely on debut over 1000 metres at Warwick Farm and stamped herself as a live prospect for the 2012 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR on 14 January. Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Blazing Snitzel ( Snitzel -Trois Couleurs by Carnegie), completed a quinella for the Waterhouse stable.

Pictured: No Looking Back and Blazing Snitzel finish 1-2 at Warwick Farm on 19 November. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

No Looking Back was a $500,000 purchase by Gai Waterhouse from the Strawberry Hill Stud draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Her dam won the 2006 Magic Millions 2YO Classic and is from the excellent “Tennessee” family that has most recently produced G1 winner Aloha.

Galician was conceived in Australia, foaled in England and lined up at Kempton as favourite yesterday at her third start from the Mark Johnston stable. She tracked the leader in the early part of the race, took the lead more than a furlong out and comfortably held out her opposition to win by a length.

Redoute’s Choice has 13 lots in the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including Arrowfield’s colt from Hustle Bustle. .

One champion meets another

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice met a champion of another kind yesterday when 2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans visited Arrowfield with stud client David Paradice.

Pictured: Arrowfield Operations Manager Sam Fairgray shows Cadel Evans & David Paradice how much Redoute’s Choice likes having his tongue pulled! (PHOTO; Jacalyn McIntosh)

Cadel beagn his cycling career as a mountain biker, winning the 1998 & 1999 World Cups in that discpline. He has been a full-time road cyclist since 2000 and finished second in the 2007 & 2008 Tours de France before his memorable victory this year, riding for the BMC Racing Team. He’s also the first Australian to win the UCI Pro Tour (in 2007) and the UCI Road World Championships (2009).

Meet Miss Helsinki

How time flies: the first foal of champion filly Miss Finland is now a strapping 2YO in training with Paul Messara.

Pictured: The Arrowfield team inspects Miss Helsinki at Paul Messara Racing yesterday. Click on the image to enlarge it. (PHOTO: Susan Archer)

As the photograph shows, the daughter of champion sire Hussonet has inherited plenty of her mother’s physical substance.

Miss Finland ( Redoute’s Choice -Forest Pearl by Woodman) won 11 of her 26 starts at two, three and four, including five Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne: the Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, One Thousand Guineas, Australian Guineas & Arrowfield Stud Stakes. Ranked the champion 2YO, and champion 3YO filly of her generation, Miss Finland is not the only outstanding performer in her immediate pedigree. Her grand-dam Moonshell (by Sadler’s Wells) won The Oaks G1 and is a sister to champion European older horse Doyen and Group 2 winner Hatha Anna.

Miss Finland also has a yearling colt by Hussonet, a 2011 filly by Street Cry and has returned to Street Cry.

Paul Messara achieved his second Group 1 success on Saturday evening when 6YO mare Ortensia, owned by Alister Fraser, Emma Ridley and Annie Fraser, won the $500,000 WATC Winterbottom S. 1200m G1 at Ascot in Perth.

Redoute's Choice 3YOs keep winning

Barbados became the 25th Australian-based 3YO winner this season for champion sire Redoute’s Choice this season with an on-pace victory over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday. The tally increases to 27 with the addition of two New Zealand winners, stakeswinner Burgundy and Joy’s Choice.

Pictured: Grey like his first three dams, Barbados wins at his 2nd start. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

“He’s still learning,” jockey Kerrin McEvoy said. “He set a nice tempo in front and kept going right to the line.”

Barbados (ex Virage De Fortune by Anabaa), is trained by Peter Snowden for Sheikh Mohammed and is the first foal of the outstanding Virage de Fortune, trained by the late Bruce McLachlan.

Virage De Fortune’s eight wins included two at Group 1 level and upon retirement, a record $3.40 million was required to buy her. She and her multiple Group 3-winning sister Avenue are from a daughter of early Arrowfield shuttler Kenmare. Barbados’ third dam is the champion mare Emancipation whose daughters and grand-daughters have kept her in the news well beyond the 16 years of her lifetime.

Very few Anabaa mares have visited Redoute’s Choice but the combination has already left dual stakeswinner Come Hither.

With 25 winners Redoute’s Choice holds a commanding lead in that category of the Australian 3YO sires’ premiership, ahead of his own son Stratum (19) and Elusive Quality (18). The 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue includes 13 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice, among them Arrowfield’s colt from Hustle Bustle .

Not A Single Doubt 2YO sold for $300,000

A 2YO by Not A Single Doubt has sold for $NZ300,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale at Karaka. This is the highest face-value figure bid at auction for a Not Single Doubt, surpassing the $A260,000 paid for the On the Loose colt at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The bay gelding was bred by Western Australian Michael McDermott and was sold at Karaka from the draft of Anna Scott Racing Stables to World Wide Bloodstock.

His dam Hiavanna (by Mister C) is a non-winning sibling of eleven winners, among them the Group 3-winning sprinter-miler Headstrong. Hiavanna has already left three winners including Sydney stakeswinner Havana Wind, and is foaling again to Not A Single Doubt this spring.

Not A Single Doubt is the sire of six stakeswinners, five of them at Group level including this season’s Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain and the brilliant 3YO filly Karuta Queen. He has 15 yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them Arrowfield’s colt from Sybarite , a half-sister to South African champion Laisserfaire and stakeswinners Foreplay and Time Thief.

Singapore double for Arrowfield graduates

A pair of Arrowfield-bred 3YOs gave trainer Michael Freedman a double this evening in Singapore.

Flying Spur ‘s son Super Spur also gave the now-retired mare What A Party (by Bluebird) her fourth winner from six foals to race when he broke his maiden in the 1600m Generosity Stakes.

Pictured: Super Spur rallies on the inside to win over 1600 metres at Kranji this evening. (PHOTO: Singapore Turf Club)

Super Spur was settled well off the speed in the running and began to make ground coming to the turn. When his jockey Joao Moreira pulled him out three wide into clear air, he quickly joined the leaders but ran greenly, allowing Darcistar to challenge him. Moreira straightened Super Spur who fought back gamely to win by a nose.

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with DHK Investments Pty Ltd, Super Spur was offered by Lyndhurst Farm at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale where he was purchased for $220,000 by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds. He is raced in Singapore by the Joy ‘N’ Happiness Stable, which enjoyed Group 2 success at Kranji on Friday evening with another Blue Sky purchase, Super Easy.

Michael Freedman said of Super Spur, “”He’s still maturing but he’s got the makings of being a nice stayer and he gives the impression he should get further once he knows what racing is about…We’ll send him for a bit of a break now and bring him back in the New Year and see where he goes to from there.”

Three races later Freedman and Moreira were back in the winner’s circle, this time with the Mummify Stable, owner of Charge Foward ‘s 3YO son Rush (ex Flidais by Timber Country).

Rush worked home strongly in the 1400-metre Charity Stakes Graduation to beat off a spirited challenge from Dreamcatcher to score by three parts of a length, and register his third win from five starts. Like Super Spur, he is now likely to spell and may be tried over ground next time in.

Another talented 3YO son of Charge Forward, Sabrage has won at 2000 metres this season, and Rush’s female family brings a fair measure of stamina to the genetic table. Flidais won at 1850 metres, and was placed in the 2000-metre AJC Adrian Knox S. G3, while her dam Electronic was a double Group 1 winner up to 2600 metres.

Bred by Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred Trading Pty Ltd, Rush was sold for $75,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, with Magic Millions the buyer as agent. Flidais foaled a sister to Rush last month and Arrowfield will offer her yearling filly by Snitzel at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Flidais has been served again by Snitzel.

Snitzel recorded a win at Kranji on Friday evening, courtesy of his Steven Burridge-trained son Gold Pyramid (ex Encarta by Westminster), who scored by a neck at his first start.

Eight Till Late makes 6 for Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice added a sixth stakeswinner to his record as a broodmare sire when 3YO filly Eight Till Late claimed yesterday’s WATC Champion Fillies S. 1600m G3.

The daughter of Lonhro appeared to have lost all chance when she stumbled out of the gates and tailed the field, but produced a tremendous turn of foot to get up and win by a long head.

Bred by Hamilton Stud (NZ) Ltd & Woodlawn Park, Eight Till Late is from Future Choice, an unraced second-crop daughter of Redoute’s Choice. She is a half-sister to stakeswinners Suavity and Akarana (dam of Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain, by Not A Single Doubt ), from the family of Group winners Crimson, Pharostan, Wildly and Victoria Derby G1 winner Omnicorp – all descended from the fine New Zealand-bred broodmare Bourbon Lassie (by Mellay).

Eight Till Late is the third stakeswinner this season from a Redoute’s Choice mare, after 3YO Chase The Rainbow (MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2) and 2YO Hussousa (ATC Gimcrack S. LR). Interestingly, four of the six stakeswinners so far from Redoute’s Choice mares are by Mr Prospector-line stallions (Dash for Cash, E Dubai, Husson and Fusaichi Pegasus).

Vettel motors home on debut

The 2008 crop of Redoute’s Choice produced its 26th 3YO winner when Vettel scored nicely over 1212 metres at Geelong today for the partnership of Arrowfield and the Blue Sky Thoroughbreds Stallion Fund No. 3 Syndicate.

Pictured: Vettel as a yearling. (PHOTO: Kulani Park/Inglis)

The Danny O’Brien-trained colt settled fourth on the fence, slipped through to the lead soon after the turn and responded kindly when clicked up to score by the best part of a length.

Vettel is the first Australian-born foal of the imported mare Dancing (by Spectrum), a Group 2 winner in the United States whose family has already proved successful here, thanks to her half-sister Miss Vita, dam of the dual Group 1-winning stayer Zavite. This is also the family of champion European colt Suave Dancer whose three Group 1 wins included the 1991 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

There is some poignancy in Vettel’s win, because Dancing was owned by Phillip Esplin, who died last month. Mr Esplin was a founding director of the Arrowfield Group and the highly respected breeder of many outstanding horses including Charge Forward, Reset and Merlene.

Vettel was bred by Twin Palms Stud and sold as weanling for $300,000, then re-offered by Kulani Park at the 2010 Inglis Australian Yearling Sale, where Blue Sky Thoroughbreds purchased him for $550,000.

Redoute’s Choice heads the Australian 3YO sires’ list by winners with a tally of 24, including Group 3 winner Galah (who did his reputation no harm with a fighting third in yesterday’s MRC Sandown Guineas G2), and Group-placed trio Rekindled Alliance, Cross of Gold & Florentina. Across the Tasman, the stakeswinner Burgundy has fully recovered from the ‘thumps’ episode he suffered during last weekend’s NZ 2000 Guineas G1 and is now spelling.

Vettel’s win today helped to push his sire’s season earnings in Australia past the $4 million mark, ahead of Nicobar (sire of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden) and Fastnet Rock.