No Looking Back for Redoute's Choice
Forward is the only direction that champion sire Redoute’s Choice faces as he enters a new year and approaches his century of stakeswinners.
Pictured: No Looking Back (black & white checked hood) drives between Zaratone & Skytrain to claim her first stakes victory today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)
There could be no better bearer of that message than 3YO filly No Looking Back who today became his 97th stakeswinner (and 11th this season) in the $100,000 ATC Carrington S. 1100m LR at Rosehill.
At her first start since the 2012 Golden Slipper, No Looking Back seemed likely to be overwhlemed between a pair of tough older geldings Zaratone & Skytrain in the straight, but Gai Waterhouse does not send out first-up runners unready for their task.
The filly, aided by the confidence of her jockey Tommy Berry, persisted with her run, and finally prevailed by a short half-head in 1.03.37, the last 600 in 33.84.
It was No Looking Back’s second win in five starts and confirmed the class she had displayed in two fine juvenile second placings, in Samaready’s MRC Blue Diamond S. G1, and the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR where she was first past the post and subsequently relegated. She will now head to the $1 million Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR on 12 January.
Bred by Strawberry Hill Stud from the Dehere mare Mirror Mirror, No Looking Back was a $500,000 Waterhouse purchase from the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and is raced by a group of owners including Nick Vass and David & Luke Henderson. Mirror Mirror has a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice and is safely in foal to him again.
Eleven yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including three colts and a fily in the Arrowfield draft .