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.