Elite Aga Khan mares to visit Redoute's Choice
Redoute’s Choice has travelled safely from Australia and arrived in France yesterday. He was accompanied by his groom Pierre-Hugues Henry, who will remain with him for the entire season, and Arrowfield’s senior vet Wendy Perriam.
Pictured: Redoute’s Choice at Arrowfield Stud, photographed by Bronwen Healy in April 2012.
The two-time Australian Champion sire is shuttling for the first time and he will stand the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season at the Aga Khan’s French stud Haras de Bonneval.
Redoute’s Choice is due to cover a limited book of 100 top class mares. The Aga Khan Studs will send a selection of fifteen elite broodmares (see the full list below), headed by the unbeaten Arc winner Zarkava. She will be joined by last year’s Group 1 winners Shareta and Sagawara.
Other notable Aga Khan mares booked to Redoute’s Choice include the young Group 1-winning mares Rosanara and Daryakana. The dams of Group 1 winners Shalanaya and Vadawina have also been selected to visit the champion sire.
To date, Redoute’s Choice has sired 21 Group 1 winners, 97 stakeswinners and currently boasts exceptional lifetime statistics of 75.6% winners to runners and 11.5% stakeswinners to runners.
His first public appearance in France will be on Sunday 3 February, when he will parade at the Stud’s open day alongside multiple Group 1 sire Sinndar and juvenile Group 1 winner Siyouni.
The full list of Aga Khan mares visiting Redoute’s Choice is:
ZARKAVA (Zamindar-Zarkasha): Champion filly, unbeaten winner of five Group 1 races
SHARETA (Sinndar-Shawara): winner of the Yorkshire Oaks G1 and Prix Vermeille G1 in 2012; her dam is a half sister to dual Group 1 winner Shawanda (Sinndar)
SAGAWARA (Shamardal-Sagalina) : winner of the 2012 Prix Saint-Alary G1 in 2012, from a full sister to Arc winner Sagamix and closely related to leading young sire Sageburg
ROSANARA (Sinndar-Rosawa) : winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac G1 at two and 2nd in the Prix de Diane G1 at three
DARYAKANA (Selkirk-Daryaba): winner of the Hong Kong Vase G1, she is a daughter of the Group 1 Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille winner Daryaba
SHALAMANTIKA (Nashwan-Sharamana): dam of the Group 1 winner Shalanaya and Group 2 winner Shankardeh
VADAZA (Zafonic-Vadlamixa): dam of Group 1 winner Vadawina, and dual Group 3 winner Vadapolina
ASHARNA (Darshaan-Ashtarka): dam of three Group performers, including Group 1-placed Ashiyla
KATIYRA (Peintre Celebre ex Katiykha): a Group 2 winner and third in The Oaks
ASHALANDA (Linamix-Ashaninka): a dual Group 2 winner
SHAMAKIYA (Intikhab-Shamadara): a Group 2-placed half sister to Group 1 winner Shamdala
SHEMIMA (Dalakhani-Shemaka): a dual Group 3 winner, she is a daughter of Prix de Diane G1 winner Shemaka
TANOURA (Dalakhani-Takarouna): Group 2-placed, daughter of a Pretty Polly Stakes winner and sister to four stakes performers
SHARESHA (Ashkalani-Sharemata): the dam of three Group performers and a close relative to Derby winner Shahrastani
KERASONA (Oasis Dream-Kerasha): a Listed winner in 2012, she is a half sister to juvenile Group 3 winner Keratiya