Redoute's Choice makes it look easy as 1-2-3

On the day of a Caulfield race named for him, champion sire Redoute’s Choice gave an emphatic demonstration of the class that has earned him that honour.

Pictured: Wales & Dominant quinella the race named for their respective sire and grand-sire, Redoute’s Choice, at Caulfield today. (PHOTO: courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News)

The race itself, the $100,000 MRC National Jockeys Trust Redoute’s Choice S. 1200m LR, produced the most fitting of quinellas, being won by the champion sire’s son Wales from his grandson Dominant ( Not A Single Doubt -Melania by Montjeu), both of them first-starters. The Makybe-bred Wales is from Valkyrie Diva, a Jade Robbery half-sister to champion mare Makybe Diva, and was a $310,000 Rogerson Bloodstock purchase from the 2011 Easter Sale for Lloyd Williams and family. He is the 27th 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice.

Twenty minutes later at Te Rapa in New Zealand 4YO mare Dolmabache (ex Our Echezeaux by Zabeel) steamed home to victory in the Cambridge JC Travis S. 2000m G2. Bred and raced by Peter & Phillip Vela, Dolmabache is a sister-in-blood to 3YO colt Burgundy (ex Grand Echezeaux by Zabeel) who scored his third stakes win in the Cambridge Breeders’ S. 1200m G3 earlier on the same card.

The day’s results take Redoute’s Choice’s number of stakeswinners to 88 lifetime (more than 11% of his runners), and 16 during a sparkling season that has also produced his 21st Group 1 winner, Master of Design in the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 two weeks ago. That total of 16 stakeswinners equals Redoute’s Choice’s worldwide total for the whole of last season.

Burgundy and Dolmabache are the sixth stakeswinners bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross, and the third this season following yet another Vela home-bred, Papilio, successful at Listed Stakes level last month in New Zealand.

Redoute’s Choice stands the 2012 season at $137,500 inc. GST.

Starcraft posts 12th stakeswinner

Already a Group 1 sire, Starcraft has steadily extended his record this season with three Australian stakeswinners, and most recently his 12th lifetime stakeswinner, this time from his single northern hemisphere crop.

The 83 foals conceived during Starcraft’s solitary English season at Cheveley Park Stud are now five-year-olds and include five stakes performers, among them the Cheveley-bred colt Baschar who broke through for his first stakes victory in last Sunday’s Preis von Dahlwitz 2000m LR in Germany. It was the entire’s third win in a 12-start career that also features Group 2 and Listed placings at three.

Baschar is the fourth stakeswinner from Belle et Deluree (by The Minstrel), also the grand-dam of the 2010 Champion European 2YO Filly, Hooray.

Pictured: Hallowell Belle running a bold race for third to Master of Design & Rain Affair in the T.J. Smith S. G1 on 14 April. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Starcraft’s Australian daughter 3YO Hallowell Belle continued her sterling work today with a third placing in the ATC James H.B. Carr S. LR – her tenth black type performance in 12 starts this season. Second to Sepoy in last year’s Blue Diamond S. G1, Hallowell Belle notched up her first stakes victory in the ATC Darby Munro S. LR last month, and has been third in all her three starts since then, including the ATC T.J. Smith S. G1.

Her efforts, and those of stakeswinners Celebrity Girl and Perfect Punch have put Starcraft among the season’s top ten Australian 3YO Sires with earnings of almost $1.4 million.

Starcraft’s current 2YOs – there are only 23 of them – have been quietly getting on with business, with three winners from four to race, most recently the filly Stella Lante (ex Villa Lante by Filante), successful at Morphettville on 14 April.

Starcraft stands the 2012 season at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

Rich seam of success for Redoute's Choice & sons

It’s apt that the 86th stakeswinner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice should be named Metallurgical – and part-owned by mining magnate Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm.

Thoroughbred horse breeding’s endless quest for quality has something in common with the search for mineral riches, buried deep in the earth’s vastness.

Pictured: Redoute’s Choice’s grand-daughters Streama (blue, red & white colours) and Aliyana Tilde complete a one-two finish in today’s Australian Oaks G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

Just as there are miners who find those riches more often than others, so there are stallions whose success rate consistently exceeds the average by a significant margin.

In the case of Redoute’s Choice, his 11% stakeswinners-to-runners ratio puts him in a class of his own, and today 5YO Metallurgical (ex Lady Capel by Last Tycoon) contributed to that record with a brave win in the $80,000 QTC Hinkler H. 1200m LR. He is Redoute’s Choice’s 14th stakeswinner worldwide this season, and the eighth bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross.

Bred by Gerry Harvey and offered under his Baramul Stud banner at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Metallurgical was purchased by Patinack Farm for $2.2 million, the equal highest price of the sale. He is a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Casino Prince (by Flying Spur ), currently Australia’s leading First Season Sire.

Metallurgical has now won six of his 26 starts, and had previously posted three stakes placings and a fourth in last spring’s VRC Salinger S. G2.

Four sire sons of Redoute’s Choice made a good day even better with a Group 1 double at Randwick, and three new stakeswinners.

The 2011 running of the Australian Oaks 2400m G1 was won by the Redoute’s Choice filly Absolutely. Today the $550,000 Patinack Farm-sponsored renewal was quinella-ed by Redoute’s Choice’s paternal grand-daughters, Streama (by Stratum) and Aliyana Tilde (by Snitzel ). It was Streama’s second Group 1 victory, and the second Group 1 placing for Aliyana Tilde, bred and sold by Arrowfield at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Earlier in the day at Randwick, Not A Single Doubt notched up his 9th stakeswinner , 2YO filly Single Style.

And in Adelaide, Snitzel gained his 26th stakes performer when talented 4YO Sheila’s Star finished a very close second in the $80,000 SAJC City of Adelaide H. 1400m LR.

The day’s final highlight was God’s Own becoming the 10th stakes-siring son of Redoute’s Choice, with a two-state double by Utah Saints at Caulfield and Balzeus at Morphettville.

Redoute’s Choice, the Leading Sire by average since 2005 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, stands the 2012 season at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Stakeswinner No. 9 for Not A Single Doubt

Leading young sire Not A Single Doubt posted his ninth stakeswinner at Randwick this afternoon when his 2YO daughter Single Style won the $100,000 ATC Keith Mackay Quality 1200m LR.

Pictured: Single Style bounds to her first stakes victory at Randwick this afternoon, taking her three-start career prizemoney close to $90,000. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Jockey James McDonald positioned Single Style just behind the leader Driefontein during the running and launched a challenge just after the turn. Driefontein fought gamely under her topweight of 60.5 kg, but Single Style’s persistence paid off with a last-stride victory by a head, with Meidung a half-length back in third place.

Single Style was bred by Queenslander John Lynch from the Spartacus mare Furla, and is a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt’s Group 3-winning son Doubtful Jack. It’s an admirable family descending from the wonderful racemare Chicquita that has made good use of its recent opportunities: Group 1-placed stakeswinner Curtana is another talented relative.

Furla is also the dam of stakes-placed winner Fab Fevola, and Single Style’s brother Pixiu (four wins), and is once again in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Trainer Gary Portelli, who purchased Single Style for $150,000 from the Esker Lodge draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, was full of enthusiasm for the filly after today’s win, her second from three starts.

“I put my reputation on her. I would not like to say that a horse is a black type horse before they go in, but I almost guaranteed this one and I don’t do that too often.

“I thought at the weights we had a show against Driefontein, particularly if it was dry, but when it was wet, I thought, well, I know she goes through it, but she doesn’t really like it. So for her to win under these conditions today, means there is plenty of upside to her.”

Single Style is Not A Single Doubt’s sixth stakeswinner worldwide in 2011/12, and his fourth 2YO stakeswinner after Karuta Queen, Single Spice & Cheyenne Warrior. The efforts of his eight juvenile winners this season have put him in 6th position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, just behind his own champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Arrowfield’s other brilliant source of early speed, Snitzel .

Not A Single Doubt stands the 2012 season at a fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

Vale Shantha's Choice

Arrowfield has two very special reasons to mourn the death on 19 April of 19-year-old Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad-Dancing Show (USA) by Nijinsky II).

Pictured: Shantha’s Choice, dam of five stakeswinners, including three Group 1-winning colts. (PHOTO: Katrina Partridge)

However, beyond our gratitude to Shantha’s Choice and her owner Mr Muzaffar Yaseen for producing Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice and young stallion Manhattan Rain , we share the Australian thoroughbred industry’s appreciation of the lifetime achievement of a truly extraordinary broodmare.

Bred in 1992 by the Evening Star Breeding Venture, Shantha’s Choice was purchased by Mr Yaseen for $220,000 at the 1994 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, in the wake of her two Group 1-winning half-brothers Umatilla & Hurricane Sky. It was an investment Shantha’s Choice was to repay many times over, although she won only the first of her two raceday starts, and none of her progeny was offered for sale at public auction.

Sent to champion sire Danehill in the spring of 1995, she foaled a strapping bay colt on 15 August 1996. The 102 foals by Danehill born that year also included Group 1 winners Blackfriars, Catbird & Emerald Dream and Group 3 winners Commands & Cullen, but Redoute’s Choice was unquestionably the star of the crop, winning the Blue Diamond S. G1 at his second start, an epic Caulfield Guineas G1 and two other Group 1 races in a stellar racing career.

Redoute’s Choice has maintained that alpha status at stud, as the exceptional champion sire of 86 stakeswinners (21 Group 1 winners), with an ambitious bunch of sire sons and broodmare daughters rapidly building his own dynasty.

Shantha’s Choice went on to deliver another 12 foals in the following 14 years, among them two more Group 1 winners Platinum Scissors (by Danehill) and Manhattan Rain (by Encosta de Lago), Group 3 winner Sliding Cube (by Rock of Gibraltar) and stakeswinner Echoes of Heaven (by Encosta de Lago). Another two foals, Superior Sateen & Monsoon Wedding were stakes performers, while Choice Song was a three-time winner.

In perfect broodmare fashion, Shantha’s Choice’s first four foals were colts, and her last three are fillies: 3YO Ten Carat Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar), the yearling Taste of Heaven (by Encosta de Lago), and 2YO The Broken Shore (by Hussonet), placed in three of her four starts this season. This trio, as well as Shantha’s Choice’s earlier daughters Monsoon Wedding, Sliding Cube and Unspoken Choice have all been retained by Mr Yaseen’s Teeley Assets Ltd.

The likely sources of Shantha’s Choice’s prepotency are not hard to find. She was by a wonderful great-grandson of Star Kingdom out of a Nijinsky mare that left two Group 1-winning and -siring sons, Umatilla (33 SW) & Hurricane Sky (19 SW), and several other fine broodmare daughters.

Shantha’s Choice was also a tail-female descendant of Best in Show, the 1982 US Broodmare of the Year described as one of the most important thoroughbreds of the past half-century. The role of Shantha’s Choice as a key link between her illustrious great-granddam and the family’s success in the next half-century is already assured.

Arrowfield announces 2012 Service Fees

Arrowfield Stud has announced its service fees for 2012, with the fee for Redoute’s Choice , the two-time Champion Sire of 21 individual Group 1 winners, unchanged at $137,500 including GST.

Pictured: US champion Gio Ponti (USA), one of two new stallions standing at Arrowfield in 2012.

Arrowfield’s John Messara says, “We understand the challenges faced by breeders operating in the current marketplace, and have made only one small fee increase this year, for our brilliant young sire Snitzel .”

“However, as a result of recent developments in NSW and Australian racing we look forward to increased participation in our sport by a wider audience.”

The six Arrowfield stallions with runners continue to produce formidable results on the track with 31 stakes winners to date this season, including a Group-winning trio on Derby Day at Randwick: Master of Design (the 21st Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice), Full of Spirit ( Flying Spur ‘s 85th stakes winner) and Dances on Stars (Snitzel’s 7th stakes winner and eighth 2YO stakes performer in 2011/12).

The balance of Arrowfield’s roster comprises Group 1 winners All American and Manhattan Rain (first yearlings to be offered in 2013), the highly talented Group-winning 2YO Beneteau (first foals due this coming spring) and two outstanding newcomers: the sensational 2YO & 3YO colt Smart Missile and Gio Ponti (USA) (3-time Eclipse Award winner & 7-time Grade 1 winner).

The service fees of the eleven stallions on the 2012 Arrowfield roster are:

ALL AMERICAN $16,500 inc. GST

BENETEAU $11,000 inc. GST

CHARGE FORWARD $24,750 inc. GST

FLYING SPUR $33,000 inc. GST

GIO PONTI (USA) $22,000 inc. GST

MANHATTAN RAIN $33,000 inc. GST

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT $24,750 inc. GST

REDOUTE’S CHOICE $137,500 inc. GST

SMART MISSILE $22,000 inc. GST

SNITZEL $33,000 inc. GST

STARCRAFT (NZ) $27,500 inc. GST

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Flying Spur's 85th stakeswinner is Full of Spirit

The impression made by Flying Spur ‘s grand-looking 3YO daughter Full of Spirit (ex Imposingly by Zabeel) in the mounting yard matched both trainer Roger James’ high opinion of her, and her subsequent performance in today $125,000 ATC Adrian Knox S. 2000m G3.

She is the 85th stakeswinner for Flying Spur, and his sixth stakeswinner this season, after fellow 3YO fillies Bliss Street, Gliding and Satin Shoes, Group 2 winner Vintedge and multiple Singapore Group winner Flying Fulton.

Pictured: Full of Spirit becomes the second consecutive Arrowfield-sired Adrian Knox S. G3 winner at Randwick this afternoon. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Full of Spirit and jockey James McDonald bowled along in the second half of the field until the 500-metre mark when they swung wide and drove forward, reaching the lead with 300 metres to run. The result was not in doubt from that point onwards and Full of SPirit’s winning margin was a length ahead of Plumm, with Secret Liaison third.

James said afterwards, “All credit to this filly as she only arrived at 11.00pm on Wednesday night and she has not missed a beat since she has been here. She has never run further than a mile and she has won a Group 3 at the Randwick Carnival.”

James bought Full of Spirit for $275,000 from the Westbury Stud draft at the 2010 New Zealand Premier Sale, acting on behalf of owners the Chitty family’s Haunui Stud and Hilton Mackley. She is another success story for New Zealand breeder, also repsonsible for Group 1 winner Sedecrem and Group 1-placed Gold City.

McDonald said, “She is a beautiful filly and I am thankful for the owners for bringing her over and it was a great way to repay them.”

Although Full of Sirit is not nominated for next Saturday’s ATC Australian Oaks G1, a start is surely on the cards for her, with a cheque of $75,000 heading to her owners’ account after today’s win, her third from nine starts.

The Master designs his 21st Group 1 winner

Champion sire Redoute’s Choice reminded Randwick’s Derby Day crowd that class is indeed permanent when his Arrowfield-bred-&-sold son Master of Design (ex Urge to Merge by Last Tycoon) swooped late to claim the $1 million ATC T.J. Smith S. 1200m G1, from Rain Affair and Starcraft ‘s high-class 3YO daughter Hallowell Belle.

Master of Design is the 21st Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice, among 85 lifetime stakeswinners, 13 of them successful in black type company this season alone.

Pictured: Master of Design, with Craig Williams (blue, black & white silks) at his driving, balanced best, is about to claim Rain Affair and Group 1 glory. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by David Payne for a group of owners led by Luke Murrell & Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock, Master of Design has this season fulfilled the promise he showed early in his career. He won the ATC Theo Marks H. G2 in the spring, followed by a Group 1 placing in Melbourne, and indicated he was approaching his best form with a strong third in last Saturday’s ATC Sebring S. G3.

Master of Design, a $2.1 million graduate of the Arrowfield draft at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, has now joined an illustrious group of Group 1-winning relatives including his half-brother Suntagonal, Tracy’s Element, Danasinga & 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy.

Urge to Merge has a 2011 filly by Charge Forward and is in foal to Not A Single Doubt ; while Master of Design’s full sister Emanday, in foal to All American , is part of Arrowfield’s offering at the upcoming Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

Master of Design is the second Group 1 winner, after Queensland Derby winner Dariana, bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross. The combination has produced a total of seven stakeswinners from only 39 named foals.

US Champion Gio Ponti joins 2012 Arrowfield roster

Three-time Eclipse Award winner, seven-time Grade 1 winner and $US6 million earner GIO PONTI (USA) (Tale of the Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) will stand at Arrowfield Stud in 2012.

Arrowfield’s John Messara says, “Gio Ponti’s superlative record will stamp him one of the all-time great American turf horses.”

“His athleticism, good looks and Tale of the Cat’s proven compatibility with Australasian bloodlines make him a very exciting addition to our roster.”

Trained by Christophe Clement, Gio Ponti (pictured) was a stakes-winning 2YO, whose seven Grade 1wins, all in the mile to mile and a quarter range, comprised four consecutive victories in the Santa Anita Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Belmont Manhattan H., Belmont Man o’ War S., and the Arlington Million, a second Man o’ War S. and two runnings of the Keeneland Turf Mile.

In the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 it took the great Zenyatta to defeat Gio Ponti, and a year later he was runner-up to champion mare Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile G1.

Remarkably, 19 of Gio Ponti’s 29 starts were in Grade 1 races and he won or placed in 15 of them – a record that earned him three Eclipse Awards, as the Champion US Older Male of 2009, and Champion US Male Turf Horse, 2009 & 2010.

Gio Ponti is the best performed son of brilliant 3YO and now successful stallion, Tale of the Cat, sire of 74 stakeswinners, including 20 bred in the southern hemisphere, among them Group 1 winners Glamour Puss, Gathering and Tell A Tale.

Gio Ponti is currently serving his first book of mares at his owner’s Castleton Lyons Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer, who inspected Gio Ponti in November 2011, says, “He’s a beautifully made, athletic horse whose conformation is perfectly suited to Australian racing conditions. Gio Ponti’s consistent brilliance in top-class turf company at a mile and his electrifying turn of foot off a strong pace make him a very appealing option for Australian breeders and owners who place a premium on those attributes.”

Gio Ponti’s 2012 service fee at Arrowfield will be announced shortly.