Book an Easy Date with breeding success

The pedigree of Australia’s latest Group 1-winning 2YO Miracles of Life (Not A Single Doubt-Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) offers further evidence that line-breeding to quality female ancestors can produce an above-average ratio of black type performers.

Pictured: Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Miracles of Life & jockey Lauren Stojalovic make the Blue Diamond dream come true. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

As Arrowfield’s pedigree analyst Peter Jenkins writes, it’s already clear that the duplication of the outstanding broodmare Easy Date found in Miracles of Life’s pedigree can be highly effective in matings with Not A Single Doubt (by Redoute’s Choice from Easy Date’s daughter Singles Bar). His early statistics for named foals with a duplication of Easy Date are:

27 Named Foals, 21 Runners, 11 Winners, 3 Stakes Horses (2 stakeswinners & 1 stakes-placed) – that is, 14.3% Stakes Performers/Runners and 9.5% Stakeswinners/Runners.

Drilling down a little further, the pedigrees of three of the 27 foals show a duplication of Easy Date exclusive of her son Snippets (in other words, they are from mares who are daughters or grand-daughters of Easy Date herself). The only colt in this trio is yet to race, but the two fillies are the full sisters Pink Power and Spontaneity who are both winners.

Of the remaining 24 named foals, 11 are from mares whose dams are by Snippets, while the balance of 13 are from mares by Snippets himself.

The 11 foals from mares whose dams were by Snippets have far out-performed foals in the second group. They include all 3 stakes performers: Group 1 2YO winner Miracles of Life and 2YO stakeswinner Single Style plus the stakes-placed colt Dominant. In fact, 5 of these 11 foals are already winners, compared with only 4 winners from the 13 foals out of mares by Snippets himself.

To summarise, the statistics for Not A Single Doubt progeny whose dams were daughters of Snippets mares are:

27.3% Stakes Horses/Runners and 18.2% Stakeswinners/Runners.

Although it’s a small sample, the ?trending? message here is to send Not A Single Doubt mares whose dams are by Snippets, in preference to Snippets mares themselves. This conforms to the general observation that 3 x 4 duplications produce better outcomes than 3 x 3 patterns.

On a slightly different tack, the presence of Snippets in mares mated with Not A Single Doubt is significant, not just for the duplication of Easy Date, but also for the sex-balanced duplication of Lunchtime, the sire of Snippets and damsire of Canny Lad, who appears in Not A Single Doubt’s pedigree via Redoute’s Choice.

The closest female line-breeding in Lunchtime’s dam, Great Occasion, is to Lady Josephine through a son of Fair Trial and the less common factor of a female line of Nasrullah.

In the matings that produced Snippets and Canny Lad’s dam Jesmond Lass, their respective dams Easy Date and Beautiful Dreamer both possessed pedigrees particularly strong in lines of Lady Josephine.

Easy Date was 4 x 3 to Nasrullah and 5 x 4 to Mahmoud (3/4 blood brother to Nasrullah?s dam Mumtaz Begum). Beautiful Dreamer was inbred 3 x 3 to Nasrullah?s half-sister Dodoma, while her sire Coeur Volant II is a tail-male descendant of Fair Trial.

The consequence of this is that Jesmond Lass and Snippets are considered intricate genetic relatives, being by the same sire (Lunchtime), with similar line-breeding patterns in their respective dams.

A successful combination of Jesmond Lass and Snippets can be seen in the 2010 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily (Stratum-Crystal Snip, by Snippets) and our own Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass, by Snippets). Group 3 winner That?s The One (by Snippetson out of a Redoute?s Choice mare) shows the nick in reverse.

This is notwithstanding the excellent lines of the Lady Josephine family supplied by More Than Ready in the pedigree of Miracles of Life: a double cross of Royal Charger (Nasrullah?s ? blood brother), a double cross of Mahmoud?s daughter Almahmoud, and no fewer than 4 lines of Nasrullah, including a female strain.

More Than Ready is also an excellent foil for any Redoute?s Choice stallion due to his four lines of La Troienne – another positive pedigree factor for Redoute’s Choice and his sons.

Finally, let’s take a look at Not A Single Doubt’s other brilliant 2YO daughter, dual stakeswinner Villa Verde. In light of the pattern described above, it’s interesting to see in her pedigree a 4 x 3 duplication of the Queen Mary Stakes winner Rory?s Rocket.

Roan Rocket, the sire of Rory?s Rocket, is closely line-bred, 4 x 4, to Mah Mahal, through her sons Pherozshah and Mahmoud. Mah Mahal is a half-sister to Mumtaz Begum, the dam of Nasrullah, so Roan Rocket offers yet another concentration of Lady Josephine’s genetics likely to interact with the line of Canny Lad in Redoute’s Choice and his sons, and with Easy Date (4 x 3 to Nasrullah).

Furthermore, Villa Verde’s dam Young and Free is by Kenmare, whose sire Kalamoun is inbred 3 x 3 to the full siblings Nasrullah and Rivaz (both by Nearco from Mumtaz Begum) and carries a line of Fair Trial through Kalamoun?s 2nd damsire Palestine.

Kenmare?s dam adds further ?grist to the mill? by introducing Badruddin (Blandford-Mumtaz Mahal) and an additional line of Nasrullah. It won’t surprise pedigree students if Villa Verde proves to be the best of Not A Single Doubt’s gifted juveniles!

A Blue Diamond Miracle on a milestone day

Ninety minutes after champion sire Redoute’s Choice reached his century of stakeswinners, his very first stakeswinner Not A Single Doubt made history when his 2YO daughter Miracles of Life brilliantly won the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. 1200m G1.

Pictured: Miracles of Life makes several fairytales come true in today’s $1 million Blue Diamond S. G1 at Caulfield. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

It was a fairytale come true for the filly’s trainer Daniel Clarken and jockey Lauren Stojakovic who displayed fine professionalism to withstand the pre-race pressures and achieve their first Group 1 successes.

It was a fairytale re-lived for Miracles of Life’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen and his bloodstock manager Iris O’Farrell who first visited the Blue Diamond winner’s circle 14 years ago, when Redoute’s Choice sensationally won the 1999 race at his second start.

It was Arrowfield’s long-held faith in Not A Single Doubt as a Group 1 sire prospect justified in the most emphatic fashion, in one of Australia’s major juvenile contests. He had previously sired the domestic Singapore Group 1 winner Always Certain, but Miracles of Life is the first of his 12 stakeswinners to succeed in a race with full international Group 1 status.

Not A Single Doubt is among six sons of Redoute’s Choice that have sired Group 1 winners, the others being, Snitzel, Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck, Duelled & Fast ‘N’ Famous.

He is also the fourth of Arrowfield’s resident stallions to sire a Blue Diamond winner in the past nine years, after Redoute’s Choice (Undoubtedly, 2005; Nadeem, 2006); Starcraft (Star Witness, 2010); and the retired Flying Spur (Sleek Chassis, 2007). Former Arrowfield sire Hussonet, now based at Cornerstone Stud, sired the 2008 winner Reaan (with first season sire All American second).

The Blue Diamond result was the cause of jubilant celebration at Arrowfield’s sister farm, Bellerive Stud where Miracles of Life, described in stud records as “”a very nice first foal with good bone and cover””, was born on 2 September 2010.

Bellerive’s Operations Manager Jo Monehan remembers, “”She was a very correct filly, always small, but full of fun, with lots of get-up-and-go. She was always the first to do everything – just as she was at Caulfield today!””

Her dam Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready) remains at Bellerive where she is due to foal again to Not A Single Doubt this coming spring.

Miracles of Life settled perfectly just off the speed after jumping from barrier one, cornered sweetly and powered to a commanding lead which she maintained to the line, winning by 1.5 lengths from Fast’n’Rocking with a half-head back to Godiva Rock (by Stratum), in a time of 1.09.76.

Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 12 stakeswinners, six of them successful as juveniles, including Villa Verde, an early favourite for Australia’s other major 2YO race, the ATC Golden Slipper G1.

Miracles of Life has now earned $730,100 and is unbeaten in four starts. Her $615,000 Blue Diamond prizemoney moves Not A Single Doubt into second position of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with season earnings of just over $1 million.

There are 13 Not A Single Doubt yearlings on offer at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, including a colt in the Arrowfield draft, and two fillies in the Bellerive draft – here .

Redoute's Choice joins supersires with 100th stakeswinner

Arrowfield’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice has today joined an elite group of Australasian supersires with his 100th stakeswinner.

That honour was achieved by 4YO mare She’s Clean with a determined victory in the $100,000 ATC Triscay S. 1200m LR at Warwick Farm. It was also her trainer Chris Waller‘s 100 metropolitan success this season.

Pictured: Redoute’s Choice, the two-time champion sire of Australia and sire of 100 stakeswinners including 21 at Group 1 level. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Bred by the joint venture of Arrowfield Stud and long-time client and friend John Leaver, She’s Clean was purchased for $300,000 by Ingham Racing from the Arrowfield draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.

Her dam, Feather Duster (by End Sweep) is a stakes-placed half-sister to Kinshasa No Kiseki, Japan’s Champion Sprinter-Miler in 2010, from the family of French Group 1 winners Groom Dancer, Plumania & Falco.

Feather Duster has a yearling filly by Flying Spur that will be offered by Arrowfield at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, and a 2012 filly by Not A Single Doubt.

She’s Clean, now the winner of six of her 14 starts and $307,870, is Redoute’s Choice’s 9th Australian stakeswinner, and 14th worldwide, this season.

Arrowfield will offer a filly bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/End Sweep cross at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale – she’s Lot 58, from the Group 1 winner Clean Sweep.

Redoute’s Choice joins his own sire, the great Danehill (176 SW) and the father-and-son pair of Sir Tristram (129) & Zabeel (143) as the only four stallions in history to sire 100 or more worldwide stakeswinners from Australasian-conceived foals. Together, they have dominated Australasian racing and breeding for the past three decades.

The milestone comes 3,494 days into Redoute’s Choice’s stud career – only 63 days longer than it took Danehill to achieve the same mark in 2002. Also like his sire, Redoute’s Choice has reached 100 stakeswinners at the age of 16.

Sir Tristram’s 100th stakeswinner came up in July 2003 when he was 17 years-old, while Zabeel reached his century at the age of 19, in April 2006.

Arrowfield’s chairman John Messara, who watched She’s Clean’s victory with great excitement at Caulfield, says, “”I am so proud of Redoute’s Choice, it is a magnificent achievement to reach his century of stakeswinners and to join such an exclusive group of champion stallions.

“”I congratulate the Ingham family, Chris Waller and Jim Cassidy on creating this piece of history with She’s Clean and thank everyone who has been part of Redoute’s Choice’s success over the past decade.

“”In particular, I acknowledge the loyal support of Muzaffar Yaseen, the breeder and majority owner of Redoute’s Choice, and everyone who has bred, bought and trained his progeny.

“”I also thank Arrowfield’s past and present staff who have done such an outstanding job of caring for and managing every aspect of his stud career, especially our Operations Manager Sam Fairgray, who arrived at Arrowfield only a few months before Redoute’s Choice in 2000.

Mr Messara adds, “”This is a wonderful milestone to celebrate, but the future for Redoute’s Choice is even more exciting as he enters a new phase of his career, standing his first season in Europe.””

Redoute’s Choice has just begun serving a superlative book of mares at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

Fresh stakeswinners for Flying Spur

His last foals are on the ground and he’s enjoying a pampered retirement in the beautiful surroundings of Arrowfield Stud, but champion sire Flying Spur hasn’t left the stage yet.

In fact, he’s taken his share of the limelight over the past fortnight, thanks to his latest pair of new stakeswinners, 3YO filly Green Roller and 4YO gelding Mushreq.

Pictured: Green Roller wins the $100,000 TRC Strutt S. LR for owner-breeder Jonathan Munz and trainer David Hayes. (PHOTO: TasRacing)

Mushreq (ex Alharir by Jeune) posted his fourth and most valuable career win last night in the Meydan Al Fahidi Fort S. 1600m G2. Bred by Shadwell Stud from a grand-daughter of the wonderful broodmare Easy Date, Mushreq is trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Hamdan, and may be seen next in the Dubai Duty Free G1 on World Cup night, 30 March.

Easy Date is also the ancestress of Group 1 winners Forensics, Snippets & Rewaaya and Arrowfield’s leading young sire Not A Single Doubt.

Green Roller (ex Given by Canny Lad) is also a home-bred, this time for Jonathan Munz’ GSA Bloodstock, and her black type success came in the TRC Strutt S. 2100m LR on 10 February. Trained by David Hayes, Green Roller scored at Pakenham in January after a second placing at Moonee Valley before Christmas.

Given, herself a winner of five races including a Listed Race in Melbourne, foaled a Starcraft colt last spring.

These two successes have brought Flying Spur’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 88 – and with 82 2YOs, 114 yearlings and more than 60 foals, that figure is certain to increase in coming seasons.

Flying Spur has 17 yearlings on offer at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which begins on 3 March. Five of them, two fillies and three colts, are part of the Arrowfield draft – here .

Charge is Almighty in Pierro colours

The royal blue and red colours made famous by champion 2YO Pierro were carried with some courage yesterday at Wyong by Charge Forward’s progressive 3YO son Almighty Charge.

Piloted by Tommy Berry under topweight of 59 kg, the gelding took an early lead and kicked clear in the straight with enough zest to hold off the fast-finishing Hoybell by a long head. His time for the last 600 metres of the 1350-metre journey was a very smart 33.28.

Pictured: The Manhattan Rain half-brother to Almighty Charge, in the Arrowfield draft at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

Bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with Planette Thoroughbred & Belford Productions, Almighty Charge is another example of Charge Forward’s liking for Redoute’s Choice mares, a combination that has produced this season’s 2YO stakes performers Assail, Direct Charge & Moroccan Rose, and Hong Kong Group 1-placed 4YO Best Eleven.

His dam Redoute’s Fever is a product of the Arrowfield alliance with Gainsborough Stud that produced champion filly Miss Finland and Group 1 winner Alverta. In fact, Redoute’s Fever is from a Sadler’s Wells daughter of Champion US 2YO & 3YO filly It’s in the Air whose other grand-daughters include Grilse (dam of Alverta) and Sandrella (dam of Group 1 winner Glencadam Gold).

Almighty Charge was purchased by his trainer Gai Waterhouse for $240,000 from Arrowfield’s 2011 Inglis Australian Easter draft and is raced by Pierro’s owners Greg and Donna Kolivos, with three other owners, including Kiama physiotherapist Mark Burns. He has now won twice, and placed five times in 10 starts.

Charge Forward’s success with his 2YOs this season is well-known – he’s third on that Australian sires’ list – but he’s also making an impact with his 3YOs. Eighteen of them have won in Australia this season, including G3 Cavalry Rose and Listed stakeswinner Urban Groove – and their earnings exceed $750,000.

Charge Forward’s position on both tables may improve after Saturday’s racing: he has 2YO colt Crack A Roadie in the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and 3YO filly Balaclava Lady in the $220,000 MRC Angus Armanasco S. G2.

Arrowfield will present another good-looking son of Redoute’s Fever as Lot 17 at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He is from the first crop of Group 1 winner Manhattan Rain, half-brother to Redoute’s Choice – which gives the colt a 2 x 3 double-up of the great broodmare Shantha’s Choice. Redoute’s Fever foaled a filly by Charge Forward last spring.

View the Arrowfield & Bellerive yearling drafts for the Melbourne Sale here .

Global Balance makes 99 not out for Redoute's Choice

Global Balance is a particularly apt name for the 3YO filly that has brought up a lifetime tally of 99 stakeswinners for the currently French-based champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice .

Global Balance won this evening’s $100,000 TTC Tasmanian Oaks 2100m LR for her owner-breeder Jonathan Munz, also responsible for earlier Redoute’s Choice stakeswinners Sharkbite (No. 37), Rekindled Interest (No. 67) and Mama’s Choice (No. 81).

Pictured: Global Balance with her dam, the beautifully bred Balance of Nature, at Bellerive Stud in the spring of 2009. (PHOTO: Bellerive Stud)

Apt too, that this latest stakeswinner is trained by David Hayes, whose marvellous success with the champion sire’s progeny began with Group 1 winners Miss Finland, Anamato and Nadeem, and has continued this season thanks to 3YOs Alzora, Rawnaq, Maraatib & Rose Pattern and now the dark brown daughter of Balance of Nature.

Global Balance was well-positioned at Mowbray, where she settled nicely on the fence, just behind the leaders in a slowly run race. She was driven into space by jockey Stephen Baster on the home turn to join battle with the resolute First Bloom. The pair prevailed in a high-pressure finish to score by a half-head, and then had to survive a protest before the result was confirmed.

The Tasmanian Oaks is Global Balance’s second win from five starts, following her maiden win last month and a solid fifth in the TRC Strutt S. LR won by Flying Spur’s daughter Green Roller 10 days ago. Green Roller is also a Munz home-bred trained by David Hayes.

Global Balance’s pedigree is a case study in breeding back to the female family of a dominant stallion. Her dam Balance of Nature, a Storm Cat half-sister to champion miler & leading sire Spinning World, was imported from Great Britain by Jonathan Munz’ GSA Bloodstock in 2008 and has produced two fillies to Redoute’s Choice: Global Balance and a 2012 foal.

Balance of Nature and Redoute’s Choice share their fourth dam, champion US broodmare Best In Show, through her two Sir Ivor daughters Minnie Hauk (foaled in 1975) and Show Lady (1976). A similar pattern can be seen in the pedigree of Rekindled Interest and his Group 2-placed brother Rekindled Alliance, showing tail-female descent from Best In Show’s half-sister Stolen Date.

Redoute’s Choice now has 13 stakeswinners worldwide this season, and Global Balance is the 10th stakeswinner from his 2009 crop.

Next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale includes two colts by Redoute’s Choice and one of them, from the Zabeel mare Quibble, is offered by Bellerive Stud which foaled and reared Global Balance. View the Arrowfield & Bellerive drafts for Melbourne here .

A stunning consignment of 34 Redoute’s Choice yearlings will be offered at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale in April, among them a three-quarter brother to Rekindled Interest in the Bellerive draft, and Gilgai Farm’s much-awaited half-brother to world champion sprinter Black Caviar, in the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Tasmanian breeders succeed with Arrowfield sires

Last week’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale produced good results for the local vendors of the only two Arrowfield-sired yearlings in the catalogue.

Both farms will also offer yearlings by an Arrowfield sire at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale early next month.

Pictured: Aceland Stud’s All American-Whitemore Dynasty colt made $45,000, third-equal highest price at last week’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. (PHOTO: Magic Millions & Aceland Stud)

Leading Tasmanian farm Armidale Stud, as agent for Rob & Liz Dixon’s Reibey Lodge, sold the Snitzel filly from Butzie for the sale’s top price of $55,000. The successful buyer was former Tasmanian trainer John Blacker, now based in Victoria. He trained Butzie, by Delago Brom and descended from New Zealand Group 1 winner Our Cure, to win six races and place in the Tasmanian Oaks LR.

Blacker said, “”She’s a nice filly and she is by Snitzel and they have sold for plenty at sales around the country in recent times. Her mum won over a mile and placed past 2000 metres and with the Snitzel coming through I think it will make her into a nice filly.””

Alwyn and Judy Shaw’s Aceland Stud achieved their best-ever yearling sale result when the colt by first season sire All American from Whitemore Dynasty (by Belong To Me) was knocked down for $45,000 to Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds. The colt had already made news before the Sale when the Shaws and Magic Millions generously agreed to donate half of his sale proceeds to the Salvation Army Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal.

Tasmanian-born Martin is a regular visitor to the Sale and has enjoyed recent success with another Arrowfield-sired graduate Arenzano, a daughter of Not A Single Doubt and winner of four races in Tasmania.

Armidale and Aceland will each offer an All American yearling at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale which starts on Sunday 3 March. Armidale’s four-lot draft includes the colt from Feerique, a stakes-placed daughter of Al Maher and stakeswinner All The Rave, while the Aceland consignment includes a son of the Stravinsky mare Aceland, from the family of Group 1 winners Keeper & Metal Bender.

The other 7 All American yearlings in the Melbourne catalogue will be offered by Arrowfield Stud – view the draft here Flinders Park Stud, Musk Creek Farm & Phoenix Broodmare Farm.

She's still Special

When world champion sprinter Black Caviar set a new course record of 55.42 seconds for 1000 metres in Saturday’s VRC Lightning S. G1, a shaft of spotlight also fell on the previous record-holder.

She is the daughter of Habituate and Sal II, presciently named Special, and still alive and well at Arrowfield Stud.

Pictured: The brilliant racemare Special, now 29, seen at left with her latest group of weanling charges at Arrowfield Stud. At right is the half-brother to US Graded Stakes winners Winding Way and Kauai Katie, by champion US sire Tapit. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

Special’s record time of 55.50 was also set in the Lightning Stakes, where she defeated the outstanding sprinters Snippets and Redelva.

That was 25 years ago, and until Saturday, Special’s time was the second-oldest course record at Flemington. Special, Snippets and Redelva were all triple Group 1 winners, but 1988 was Special’s year of glory at Headquarters.

Watch TVN’s feature on Special, on Thoroughbreds with Caroline Searcy & Tara Madgwick, tonight at 7.30 pm.

She triumphed in the Lightning and the Newmarket, then returned as a 5YO in the spring to defeat Prismatic Star and multiple Group 1 winner Our Westminster in the Gadsden S. G1, now registered as the Victoria Racing Club Handicap.

That was the final success in Special’s exceptional 10-win, million-dollar career for the famous partnership of trainer Colin Hayes and owner Robert Sangster. She subsequently ran third in the 1989 MVRC William Reid S. G1 behind Zeditave and Vo Rogue (11 Group 1 wins between them), and split Zeditave and Oakleigh Plate G1 winner Clay Hero in her third Lightning Stakes.

Special’s transition to motherhood was almost seamless. She was in foal during her last two campaigns and delivered a colt by Bluebird (USA) in August 1989.

Named Strong, he was the first of Special’s nine winners, which included the stakeswinners Specialize (also by Bluebird) & Stavka (by Xaar), as well as Lady Special (dam of G1 winner Bomber Bill and two other stakeswinners). Another daughter, Special Sal left the G3 winner Demographic.

In 18 years at stud, twelve of them in Arrowfield’s ownership, Special missed only three times, and her final foaling in 2007 at the age of 24 was straightforward. That foal, Dashing Dunlop (by Not A Single Doubt), is a three-time winner still racing in Queensland.

Though her racing and breeding days are over, Special is still living up to her name. At the grand age of 29 she is a enjoying a third career as a cherished nanny mare at Arrowfield, where she has just taken charge of a new group of weanlings.

Sam Fairgray, Arrowfield’s Operations Manager, says “”During the season she was mum to three nurse mare foals that were reared on the bucket. She is now in with a group of 10 weanlings that were separated from their mothers last week.

“”She’s the kindest natured horse you can find, but she doesn’t take any bad behaviour from her kids, she keeps them in line and is a great nanny mare. She is Special by name and nature.””

A quarter-century after her performance at Flemington, with only the rarest of champions able to break her record, it’s clear how special she really was.

Flemington Group double for Redoute's Choice

A pair of 3YOs, including his 98th lifetime stakeswinner, gave Redoute’s Choice a Group 3 double at Flemington today.

They have plenty in common apart from their champion sire. Both were sold at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, both feature Sadler’s Wells on the distaff side of their pedigrees, both are heading towards Group One classics and their winning times were almost exactly the same.

Pictured: Sheer Talent becomes the 98th stakeswinner – and 12th worldwide this season – for Redoute’s Choice in today’s VRC C.S. Hayes S. G3. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

The marginally faster time of 1.22.59 was recorded by the filly Alzora who claimed the $150,000 VRC Vanity S. 1400m G3 for her owners Rob & Yvonne Crabtree. It was Alzora’s second win following her Listed Race success at Caulfield last spring, and her first start since running fifth in Dear Demi’s VRC Oaks G1 on 8 November.

It was a nicely timed success for Alzora’s trainer David Hayes, marking what would have been the 89th birthday of his famous father Colin. He said, ?It is a juggling act with a stayer in a sprint. We had her fresh and maybe too fresh.””

?I thought her run might have ended at the 50 metres but to her credit she was tough and hung in there and picked up a bit more valuable black type.

?She has always worked really well, it took her a long time to break maiden status but she did it in a stakes race. I am hoping she can develop into an Australasian Oaks filly.?

Alzora was purchased from her breeder Emirates Park for $115,000 by Mark Pilkington at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Her dam Bruce Canyon (by Gulch), is out of of the Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Bineyah, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells from the family of Seattle Slew and Lomond.

One race later the Redoute’s Choice colt Sheer Talent put himself on the Australian Guineas radar with victory in the $150,000 VRC C.S. Hayes S. 1400m G3.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh said, “”I’ve just kept a close watch on him, I’ve never done too much with him. The moment he looks like he’s had enough, I’ll put him away and that’s how I’ve trained him.

“”And if you look at him closely, there’s a little bit more improvement to come, in fact, he just keeps improving every time he goes out.””

Bred and co-owned by Gerry Harvey, Sheer Talent was a $350,000 yearling purchase from St Katherine, by Sadler’s Wells’ son Barathea and descended from Great Klaire, a half-sister to the champion broodmare Eight Carat.

St Katherine has done a fine job at stud too: her three runners to date also include Group 3 winners Kittens (by Redoute’s Choice) and Saint Encosta (by Encosta de Lago). Yet to race is Limehouse, a 2YO sister to Kittens and Sheer Talent, in training with Patrick Webster at Randwick.

That wasn’t the end of Redoute’s Choice’s impact on Lightning Stakes day at Flemington. His 4YO son Niconoise, a stablemate of Alzora, scored his fourth win in the last race on the card, the 1700-metre VRC Swisse Wellness Trophy.

Niconoise is a three-quarter brother of multiple Group 1 winner Niconero, and half-brother of Nicconi, whose two Group 1 successes included the the 2010 Lightning Stakes. Their dam is yet another outstanding broodmare, Nicola Lass, by another son of Sadler’s Wells, this time Scenic.

That wasn’t quite the end of the day’s Redoute’s Choice/Sadler’s Wells theme. The Hayes stable also prepares 2YO colt Great Esteem who ran a good fifth on debut in the 1100-metre VRC Talindert S. LR. His dam Park Esteem, a close relative of Group 1 winners Central Park and Moon Ballad, is by Sadler’s Wells’ grandson Singspiel. As the stable tweeted after the race, Great Esteem “”got home well when the race was over. Looking for further.””

Redoute’s Choice has just begun serving his 2013 northern hemisphere book at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

Young Professionals in Racing join partnership in Group 1 prospect Vadashan

Group 1 hopeful Vadashan will race in new colours from his next start with an exciting new partnership announced today.

Young Professionals in Racing (YPR), a group intended to develop the next generation of racing enthusiasts, have secured a share in ownership of the three-year-old son of Australia?s dual champion sire Redoute?s Choice .

Pictured: Vadashan after his victory at Warwick Farm last Saturday. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Vadashan will now be raced in partnership by Arrowfield Stud, Saeed Naser Al Romaithi, Renata Coleman & Young Professionals in Racing and will wear the YPR silks of white jacket with YPR logo, pink sleeves and teal cap.

Young Professionals in Racing chair Kathryn Thomson said the opportunity to race a horse of this calibre was an incredibly exciting prospect for YPR members, who would now have their own horse to follow through the Autumn.

?This is a fantastic opportunity for young people on the fringe of racing who may be considering racehorse ownership in the future. YPR?s involvement with Vadashan provides a social and educational alternative to the sometimes daunting responsibilities associated with racehorse ownership, yet enables members to experience all the excitement of racing a horse they feel connected to,? Ms Thomson said.

?We are truly grateful to Arrowfield and their partners in Vadashan for their support of this initiative and look forward to working together to achieve a strong future for the thoroughbred industry, through increasing awareness and participation in racing. ?It?s also very fitting that Vadashan is by Redoute?s Choice, given that YPR has recently joined forces with the Redoute?s Choice Club.?

Already off to a promising start with convincing wins at Kembla Grange last month, and at Warwick Farm last Saturday, Vadashan is indeed an exhilarating prospect for all his owners.

Trainer Paul Messara is pleased with how Vadashan has come through last Saturday?s race and is busy mapping out his Autumn campaign. ?I?ve always thought a lot of him, as a classic prospect with a turn of foot. He has been given plenty of time to mature, and it?s very pleasing to begin his career with two wins.?

This ?social racing? initiative is structured on a zero-equity basis for members of YPR, who pay no costs and receive no prizemoney, but will be regularly updated on Vadashan?s progress and are welcome to attend the colt?s trackwork. Ballots will also be held to select a group of members who will enjoy ownership privileges on days when he is racing.

Vadashan was bred by H.H. The Aga Khan and Arrowfield Stud, from the French stakes-winning mare Vadsalina, a half-sister to Vadawina (Longchamp Prix Saint-Alary G1) and dual Group 3 winner Vadapolina, from the family of Group 1 winners Valixir and Val Royal.

YPR provides opportunities for members to generate a new network of like-minded racing enthusiasts, enjoy unique industry experiences such as attending bloodstock sales, trackwork, stud tours, fashion events and punting previews all in connection with some of the biggest names in the business. The group invites anyone keen to learn more about the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries to get involved – visit www.ypr.com.au