Redoute's Choice bats 90 not out

Last season Redoute’s Choice opened his Australian stakes-winning account on 27 August when King’s Rose claimed the MRC Memsie S. G2. The 4YO mare was the first of a remarkable 17 worldwide stakeswinners for Arrowfield’s champion sire in 2011/12.

Pictured: Albrecht becomes the the season’s first stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice in today’s ATC Up and Coming S. G3 – a race also won by the brilliant colt, and now sensational young sire Snitzel in 2005. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Redoute’s Choice has bettered that quick start this season by posting not one, but two stakeswinners in Sydney today. Darley‘s 3YO colt Albrecht (ex O’Giselle by Octagonal) powered home down the middle of the track at Warwick Farm to win the $125,000 ATC Up and Coming S. 1300m G3 and become his sire’s 90th individual stakeswinner. Albrecht won by a half-length from Toydini, with Hussonet’s son Tatra a neck away third.

The season’s first Group 1 race, the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. over 1400 metres at Rosehill on 10 September will now be considered as a serious option for Albrecht, whose dam is an unraced sister to champion racehorse & sire Lonhro.

Albrecht, cleverly named for Giselle’s lover in the famous ballet, is the first stakeswinner from only five runners so far bred by matching Redoute’s Choice with a mare by a son of Zabeel. It’s a combination that will surely be pursued by breeders, given the outstanding success of the direct Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross, responsible for 11 stakes performers (20.7%) from 53 runners, including champion filly Samantha Miss and Group winners Dolmabache, Burgundy, Red Lord & Fast ‘N’ Famous.

Redoute’s Choice’s 6YO daughter Dystopia (ex Bourgeois by Luskin Star) is a very different style of horse from her Golden Slipper-winning brother Stratum, and has needed time to show her best. Her best has been worth waiting for though, and today her owners the Ingham family, breeder Reavill Farm and trainer Chris Waller enjoyed her second stakes win, in the $100,000 ATC Toy Show Quality 1300m LR.

It was a particularly good effort by Dystopia’s jockey Hugh Bowman, because the saddle slipped just as the mare was making her run in the straight. Bowman’s superb horsemanship got Dystopia home by a nose from Starcraft ‘s determined daughter Crafty Irna, with Irish Dream a length back in third position.

Dystopia has now won or placed in 15 of her 23 starts for earnings of $385,230.

John Singleton‘s home-bred 4YO Strawberry Boy (ex Strawberry Girl (USA) by Strawberry Road) completed a treble for Redoute’s Choice at Warwick Farm with a strong win over 1300 metres in class record time of 1:16.12. His trainer Gai Waterhouse afterwards described the gelding as “the most exciting horse; he could do anything, go anywhere.” The Epsom, the Metropolitan and the Caulfield Cup are among the races being considered as spring targets for Strawberry Boy.

Redoute’s Choice stands in 2012 at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Redoute's Choice will shuttle to France in 2013

The Aga Khan Studs announced today that the champion sire Redoute’s Choice will shuttle to France and stand at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season.

Pictured: Redoute’s Choice at Arrowfield, 2011. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Redoute’s Choice is the leading sire son of international champion sire Danehill and has established himself as the dominant Australian sire since retiring to Arrowfield Stud in 2000. He has twice been the Champion Sire of Australia, as well as the Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds and the Champion First Season Sire, with a total of 89 stakes winners to date (11% of his runners), including 21 individual Group 1 winners.

In the season just ended, Redoute’s Choice was represented by 17 individual stakes winners worldwide including 3 in Europe from just 12 runners with total earnings in excess of A$12 million. His career earnings exceed A$82million. He is also proving to be a major sire of sires with 10 sons having already produced stakes winners. Six of those stakes-producing sons, including Snitzel , Stratum and Not A Single Doubt , have left Group 1 winners.

Redoute’s Choice is one of the world’s most influential sires at the sales as well as the racetrack. His 658 yearlings sold to date have averaged A$444,700 (?379,400) and 60 of them have sold for A$1 Million (?840,000) or more. The great Danehill, sire of Redoute’s Choice, has left a lasting legacy around the world and is now frequently found alongside Sadler’s Wells in the pedigrees of superior performers. Current examples include the mighty Frankel, The Fugue, Teofilo, Peeping Fawn and Redoute’s Choice’s own champion daughter Miss Finland. Redoute’s Choice is from one of the all time great Australian broodmares, Shantha’s Choice who descends from the great American foundation mare Best In Show, also ancestress of Try My Best, El Gran Senor, Spinning World and Rags To Riches.

Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France said, “We are very excited to have Redoute’s Choice on our stallion roster for 2013 and we will be sending at least 15 of our own mares to him. In recent years Royal Ascot has proven that the Australian sprinting thoroughbred is comparable with the best in the world.

“Redoute’s Choice is the dominant stallion in Australia and he has already, from limited exposure, sired major winners from mares by European stallions such as Kingmambo, Caerleon, Last Tycoon, Rainbow Quest and Nureyev. This is a wonderful opportunity to send Northern Hemisphere mares to one of the best stallions in the world today, and he will undoubtedly have a strong and lasting impact on the European bloodstock industry.

Furthermore, he will be a very significant addition to the stallion ranks in France which will give an enormous boost to the French breeding industry.”

Arrowfield’s John Messara stated, “We are particularly delighted with this arrangement not only because His Highness the Aga Khan and some of the world’s most influential breeders will support Redoute’s Choice, but also because we already have the comfort of a strong working relationship with the Aga Khan Studs through our mare ventures.

“We think this expanded alliance will give Redoute’s Choice the opportunity to create a truly global legacy.”

Redoute’s Choice joins Sea The Stars, Dalakhani, Azamour, Sinndar and juvenile Group 1 winner Siyouni on the Aga Khan Studs stallion roster for 2013. Redoute’s Choice will stand at a fee of ?70,000 on 1st October conditions.

Applications for the 2013 Northern Hemisphere breeding season to Redoute’s Choice should be sent to:

Georges Rimaud

Haras de Bonneval

14270 Le-Mesnil-Mauger

France Email: Georges Rimaud

Tel: +33 2 31 48 18 60

Fax : +33 2 31 63 53 29

New season, new stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Last spring it was Flying Spur who posted the season’s first Arrowfield-sired stakeswinner, courtesy of the speedy filly Satin Shoes.

First out of the gates this year is Not A Single Doubt who added a 10th individual stakeswinner to his record when Cavallo Pazzo was successful in yesterday’s $80,000 WATC Belmont Newmarket H. 1200m LR.

The 5YO gelding exemplifies the competitiveness and consistency that have made Not A Single Doubt one of Australia’s most popular sires with breeders & buyers in the past two seasons.

Contrary to his name – Italian for “crazy horse” – Cavallo Pazzo has proved to be a thoroughly reliable performer, compiling seven wins, 11 placings and almost $340,000 from 25 starts.

Today he stormed home to defeat Gum Nut Guru by one and a quarter lengths with Our Ol’ Fella a half-length back in third.

“He’s been a good horse to us and to win a race like this is a real good thrill,” said his trainer Ted Martinovich.

“Every time he has had a bit of a break and come back he’s actually improved a bit and that’s what they’ve got to do to go to this level and fortunately that’s what he’s done today.”

Cavallo Pazzo’s next appearance will be in the 1300-metre Goodwood Sprint LR at Belmont on 25 August.

From the Euclase mare Annuity, a city-winning half-sister to G1 Aragen, Cavallo Pazzo was purchased for $22,000 by Commercial Bloodstock from his breeder Warrick Duthy at the 2009 Adelaide Magic Millions Sale.

He is the fourth winner, and second stakes performer from only four named foals by Not A Single Doubt out of mares by sons of Century.

Not A Single Doubt, represented in 2011/12 by six stakeswinners worldwide, already has nine winners and more than $220,000 prizemoney in Australia after 12 days of the new season. He stands at a 2012 fee of $24,750 inc. GST.

First foal by Beneteau arrives at Arrowfield

There is an unmistakeable look of her handsome sire about this perky bay/brown filly born at Arrowfield on 3 August.

Pictured: This attractive filly’s sire and dam were sometime stablemates at Paul Messara Racing. (Click the image to enlarge it)

She is Arrowfield’s first foal by the high-class Group 1 2YO performer Beneteau , himself born at the Stud almost five years ago.

The filly’s dam is Overblik (Elvstroem-Survey by Geiger Counter), a winning relative of multiple Group winner Tickle My.

Both sire and dam were trained by Paul Messara, with Beneteau proving one of the best 2YO colts of his generation. He progressed rapidly from his sparkling debut victory at Randwick in January 2010, to Group 3 success at Caulfield before a splendid third behind Star Witness and Shaaheq in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1.

Those performances earned Beneteau a Timeform rating of 121, and put him among the top three colts on the 2009/10 Australasian 2YO Classification.

From a stakes-placed, winning sister to champion filly Alinghi, Beneteau is perfectly poised to follow the flight path already taken by ten stakes-siring sons of Redoute’s Choice . They include his barn-mates Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel , with 9 stakeswinners apiece, among them last season’s Group 1-winning 2YO Sizzling.

Beneteau stands in 2012 at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST, and owners & breeders are warmly invited to inspect him at Arrowfield’s 2012 Stallion Open House, 23-26 August

Richly-bred crop set to fly for Spur

Four days after signing off on a splendid $4.1 million Australian season, champion sire Flying Spur has opened his 2012/13 account in stylish fashion, courtesy of Congo who scored at Doomben this afternoon.

The 3YO gelding relished both the firm footing and his first attempt at 1600 metres to win the $50,000 maiden event by more than two lengths.

Congo is from the Group 2-winning Centaine mare Fleur de Chine, who is due to foal again to Flying Spur this spring for Congo’s Queensland-based breeders and part-owners Mark & Cherilyn Lowe.

Congo is a half-brother to G1 Tully Thunder and SW Sufficient, from the distinguished family of US Grade 1 winner Black Mamba, G1 Roman Emperor, G2 Rios & G1-placed stakeswinner Spurcent (also by Flying Spur).

Another member of Flying Spur’s richly-bred 2009 crop was an impressive trial winner at Randwick last Monday. John O’Shea presented the strapping filly Spurs And Sashes (ex Royal Sash by Royal Academy) for her owner Segenhoe Thoroughbreds and she ran home in a manner suggesting quality talent.

Flying Spur attracted an outstanding group of mares in 2008 and with around two-thirds of the resulting foals yet to race, there’s every reason to be confident of the crop’s ability to add to his 86-stakeswinner lifetime record.

Flying Spur, represented by 8 stakeswinners last season, is available to breeders in 2012 at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST.