Redoute's Choice packs 82 SW, OK!

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice notched up his 82nd lifetime stakeswinner today when Packing Ok saw off a late challenge from Pure Champion to claim the HKJC Centenary Vase 1800m HK-3 at Sha Tin.

Pictured: Packing Ok wins the HKJC Centenary Vase HK-3, becoming the first Hong Kong stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Hong Kong Jockey Club)

It was the fifth win for the 5YO gelding who is trained by John Moore for owner Raymond Lee Man Chun and was ridden by Darren Beadman. Flying Spur ‘s 6YO son Sapelli, already a Hong Kong G3 winner, finished third.

Beadman said of Packing Ok, “He’s always shown a lot of promise; from the first day he arrived here, he always gave the feeling that he’d be a Group horse.”

Moore indicated he would confer with the Lee family about Packing Ok’s immediate campaign, but the Hong Kong Gold Cup HK-1 over 2000 metres on 26 February is a likely target.

Packing Ok has more than a genetic connection to Redoute’s Choice: he was also bred by his sire’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, from the multiple stakeswinner Abbadena. Packing Ok was purchased for $480,000 by Magus Equine from the Widden Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Packing Ok is the 10th stakeswinner worldwide for Redoute’s Choice in 2011/12, after Melbourne Spring Carnival Group winners King’s Rose, Rekindled Interest, Sister Madly & Galah, Dubai Group winner Musir, Sydney Group winner Master of Design, Adelaide stakeswinner War Ends, New Zealand colt Burgundy and exciting 2YO Mama’s Choice.

Abbadena, a daughter of Runyon (by Sadler’s Wells), also has a 3YO full sister to Packing Ok, named Flame of Lanka, a winner in Adelaide this season for Mr Yaseen.

Five yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, among them fillies from Bianca (NZ) and Tango Fire in the Bellerive Stud draft. .

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