Wylie Hall crowns Classic week for Redoute's Choice

3YO colt Wylie Hall has crowned a Classic week for champion sire Redoute’s Choice with victory in Saturday’s R1.5 million South African Derby 2450m G1 at Turffontein.

Pictured: Wylie Hall produced a resolute finish wide out on the track to win the rich South African Derby G1. (PHOTO: JC Photos)

Wylie Hall is the 23rd individual Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice, his 12th 3YO Classic winner and among his 19 worldwide stakeswinners this season.

Watch the video of the SA Derby here .

Eight days ago Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Royal Descent won the ATC Australian Oaks G1 in brilliant fashion by 10 lengths at Randwick. Yesterday at Morphettville Arrowfield graduate Grand Daughter was a gallant runner-up in the SAJC Australasian Oaks G1.

Trained by Weiho Marwing for owner Michael Leaf, Wylie Hall earned serious Derby consideration when he swept home late to win the Nijinsky Derby Trial 2000m LR at Turffontein on 6 April. He prevailed in the Derby by a half-length from his stablemate Gothic, with the Derby Trial runner-up Wild One 1.25 lengths back in third place.

Success in the Derby takes Wylie Hall’s record to 3 wins and 3 placings from 6 starts, all since the beginning of December.

Wylie Hall was bred by John Kelly at the Kelly family’s celebrated farm Newhaven Park which offered him at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. The purchaser at $205,000 was South African agent Andy Williams’ World Wide Bloodstock.

Wylie Hall is a half-brother to champion Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, from an outstanding family that has also produced G1 Anamato and G3 Mearas to Redoute’s Choice, as well as G1 Dealer Principal (by Flying Spur) and multiple Group 1 winner Grand Armee.

Newhaven Park sold Beauty Belle’s colt by Encosta de Lago for $120,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale to well-known Hong Kong buyer Apollo Ng. Beauty Belle foaled a colt by Redoute’s Choice’s half-brother Manhattan Rain last spring.

Wylie Hall is the second Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice from a mare by a grandson of Star Kingdom, after the 2005 Golden Slipper winner and leading young sire Stratum.

Redoute’s Choice is currently serving a first-class book of mares at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France and will return to Arrowfield for the 2013 Australian breeding season, standing at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Grand Group 1 day for Arrowfield graduates

Arrowfield graduates Aliyana Tilde and Grand Daughter added valuable Group 1 placings to their records with staunch efforts in Sydney and Adelaide this afternoon.

4YO mare Aliyana Tilde (Snitzel-Patronella by Mister C), twice Group 1-placed at three and a Group 3 winner two starts ago, showed plenty of grit to run third to Mourayan and Norsqui in the $500,000 ATC Sydney Cup 3200m G1. That takes her prizemoney beyond $360,000 – a handsome return on the $50,000 paid for her by trainer and part-owner Kerry Parker at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield Stud.

Patronella has been a grand broodmare with 9 winners from 12 runners to date, including Group 3 winner Smytzer’s Trish (dam of SW Swish Trish) and dual stakeswinner Stella Artois (dam of G2 Freestyle), as well as Aliyana Tilde. Patronella’s 2011 colt by All American was a $30,000 Magic Millions weanling purchase from Bellerive Stud last year, and the mare is due to foal to Beneteau in the spring.

Aliyana Tilde is one of 5 Group 1 performers by Snitzel, alongside Sizzling, Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel & Sweet Idea.

Grand Daughter (Redoute’s Choice-Sunday Valentine by Sunday Silence) prefaced her second placing in today’s $400,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks 2000m G1 with wins at Sale and Moonee Valley, then an unplaced run in last month’s MVRC Alexandra S. LR where she was unbalanced by a heavy bump at the start.

A full sister to Group 2 winner El Daana, and half-sister to the good Hong Kong performer Familists, Grand Daughter was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, and bought by trainer Peter Moody for $350,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale. She races for Eric Koundouris in the royal blue and white colours worn to double Group 1 success by Star Witness.

Grand Daughter is one of 22 (20.5%) Group & Listed stakes performers that have already emerged from the 107 named foals in the 2009 crop of her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, available to Australasian breeders this spring at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

A 10% share remains on offer in Grand Daughter’s yearling brother, bought two weeks ago by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Contact Julian Blaxland for more information.

Grand Group 1 day for Arrowfield graduates

Arrowfield graduates Aliyana Tilde and Grand Daughter added valuable Group 1 placings to their records with staunch efforts in Sydney and Adelaide this afternoon.

Pictured: Eric Koundouris’ 3YO Redoute’s Choice filly Grand Daughter winning at Moonee Valley in January 2013. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

4YO mare Aliyana Tilde (Snitzel-Patronella by Mister C), twice Group 1-placed at three and a Group 3 winner two starts ago, showed plenty of grit to run third to Mourayan and Norsqui in the $500,000 ATC Sydney Cup 3200m G1. That takes her prizemoney beyond $360,000 – a handsome return on the $50,000 paid for her by trainer and part-owner Kerry Parker at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was offered by Arrowfield Stud.

Patronella has been a grand broodmare with 9 winners from 12 runners to date, including Group 3 winner Smytzer’s Trish (dam of SW Swish Trish) and dual stakeswinner Stella Artois (dam of G2 Freestyle), as well as Aliyana Tilde. Patronella’s 2011 colt by All American was a $30,000 Magic Millions weanling purchase from Bellerive Stud last year, and the mare is due to foal to Beneteau in the spring.

Aliyana Tilde is one of 5 Group 1 performers by Snitzel, alongside Sizzling, Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel & Sweet Idea.

Grand Daughter (Redoute’s Choice-Sunday Valentine by Sunday Silence) prefaced her second placing in today’s $400,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks 2000m G1 with wins at Sale and Moonee Valley, then an unplaced run in last month’s MVRC Alexandra S. LR where she was unbalanced by a heavy bump at the start.

A full sister to Group 2 winner El Daana, and half-sister to the good Hong Kong performer Familists, Grand Daughter was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones, and bought by trainer Peter Moody for $350,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale. She races for Eric Koundouris in the royal blue and white colours worn to double Group 1 success by Star Witness.

Grand Daughter is one of 22 (20.5%) Group & Listed stakes performers that have already emerged from the 107 named foals in the 2009 crop of her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, available to Australasian breeders this spring at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

A 10% share remains on offer in Grand Daughter’s yearling brother, bought two weeks ago by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Contact Julian Blaxland for more information.

Invitation to the 2013 Arrowfield Stallion Open House

Arrowfield warmly invites you to our 2013 Stallion Open House, to be held at the Stud, Gundy Road, Scone, around Scone Cup Weekend, 16-19 May.

Pictured: Guests enjoyed spending relaxed time inspecting the Arrowfield stallions at our Open House in August 2012. (PHOTO: Arrowfield Stud)

2013 ARROWFIELD STALLION OPEN HOUSE – Dates & Times:

Thursday 16 May: 9.30am-12 noon, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Friday 17 May: 9.30am-12 noon

Saturday 18 May: 9.30am-12 noon

Sunday 19 May: 9.30am-12 noon, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Each Open House session will begin with a full parade at 9.30am, followed by opportunities for informal inspection of our stallions and discussion of your 2013 bookings with Arrowfield staff.

Stallions parading will be: Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, All American, Manhattan Rain, Charge Forward, Smart Missile & Starcraft.

Tours of Paul Messara Racing at the Arrowfield Training Centre will also be available.

Click here for Driving Directions to the Stud from Sydney.

Champion Zarkava is in foal to Redoute's Choice

Unbeaten champion mare Zarkava has been confirmed in foal to Redoute’s Choice at Haras de Bonneval in France.

Bred and raced by HH The Aga Khan, Zarkava (Zamindar-Zarkasha by Kahyasi) won all seven of her starts at two and three, culminating in the 2008 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe G1, where she swept through the field from an unpromising position to score by two lengths. She was the first filly since Urban Sea in 1993 to win the Arc.

After that performance, the final run of Zarkava’s career, the Aga Khan said, “”My family has been breeding racehorses for five generations. Two generations in India and three in Europe, and I believe this moment is the apogee of that effort.””

Zarkava won four other Group 1 races, including the French Triple Crown for fillies, and was named the 2008 European Horse of the Year. She was the highest-rated filly or mare on the 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings with a figure of 128.

Zarkava’s first four foals are a 3YO filly by Dalakhani named Zerkaza; a 2YO colt by Sea the Stars; a yearling colt by Galileo; and a colt foal by Dubawi born last month.

Magnificent new Group 1 Classic winner for Redoute's Choice

“”You don’t see Oaks won like that.””

So said one commentator after Royal Descent defeated a quality field of 3YO fillies in yesterday’s $550,000 ATC Australian Oaks to become the 22nd Group 1 winner, and the 11th 3YO Classic winner for her super sire Redoute’s Choice.

Pictured: Royal Descent is the third consecutive Australian Oaks winner by Redoute’s Choice or one of his sons, after Absolutely (2011) and Streama (by Stratum, 2012). Royal Descent also won last weekend’s Adrian Knox S. G3. PHOTO: Bronwen Healy.

Defeat is too light a word for what Royal Descent inflicted upon the VRC Oaks, New Zealand Oaks & New Zealand Derby winners, and six other rivals, after Nash Rawiller sent her forward 500 metres from home. The strapping dark brown filly responded magnificently, leading at the 400-metre mark, and then powering on to a 10-length victory – the biggest winning margin in a Randwick Group 1 race since Might And Power’s 1998 Queen Elizabeth Stakes win.

It was Royal Descent’s fourth success in a 7-start career that began only four months ago, and took her earnings close to $560,000 – well past the $350,000 her breeder Gerry Harvey had asked for her at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Passed in at $340,000, she has not only justified his assessment of her worth, but also rewarded one of her sire’s most consistent supporters with a remarkable Group 1 ownership success.

Mr Harvey’s royal blue and white colours have also been worn this season by Redoute’s Choice’s son Sheer Talent, winner of the VRC C.S. Hayes S. G3 and third in the Australian Guineas G1, and by the Group-placed winners Chateau Margaux and Rose Pattern, while the Harvey-bred Cantonese has been successful at Listed level.

Royal Descent is the seventh and best foal of the very good Group 2-winning mare Mulan Princess (Kaapstad-Madam Valeta), a three-quarter sister to dual Group 1 winner Golden Sword. Group 3 winner Madam Valeta is also the dam of the top-class sprinter Falkirk, now at stud in New Zealand, and the Listed stakeswinner Luscilla whose recent foals include a 2012 colt by Snitzel.

Royal Descent has an unraced, year-younger sister named Chateau Lafaite, and a weanling half-brother by Big Brown.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice with mares by sons of the great Sir Tristram has now produced 17 stakeswinners from 98 runners, four of them Group 1 winners (Samantha Miss, Melito, Allez Wonder and Royal Descent). Interestingly, the Oaks winner is one of only 7 named foals bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Kaapstad cross.

Royal Descent was the opening half of a very special double for trainer Chris Waller who also prepares the Doncaster Handicap G1 winner Sacred Falls – son of the Redoute’s Choice mare Iguazu’s Girl.

Redoute’s Choice leads the Australian 3YO Sires’ list by stakeswinners with a tally of nine, and is the youngest sire among the top 10 on the Broodmare Sires’ table. His lifetime tally of stakeswinners stands at 105, 19 of them successful in five countries this season.

Currently serving a stellar book of mares at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France, Redoute’s Choice will be available to Australasian breeders this spring at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

Arrowfield announces 2013 Service Fees

Arrowfield Stud has announced the service fees for the ten stallions on its 2013 roster.

The fee for new acquisition Animal Kingdom (USA), the outstanding winner of last month’s Dubai World Cup G1 and the 2011 Kentucky Derby G1, has been set at $38,500 inc. GST.

Pictured: Animal Kingdom wins the Dubai World Cup G1 at Meydan on 30 March. (PHOTO: Jon Siegel)

The fees for Arrowfield’s two brilliant sons of Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt ($33,000 inc. GST) and Snitzel ($49,500 inc. GST) have both been increased this year. Between them they have 16 stakeswinners this season, and are among Australia’s top 5 sires of 2YOs, with Snitzel joining Redoute’s Choice in the top 10 on the General list.

Snitzel was represented by his first million-dollar yearling at last week’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, and ended Session 1 with an average of $335,000 for 10 lots sold. Not a Single Doubt achieved his best-ever yearling sale price of $300,000 for Fairhill Farm’s colt from Euchre at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The fees for Redoute’s Choice ($137,500 inc. GST), All American ($16,500 inc. GST) and Smart Missile ($22,000 inc. GST) are unchanged.

Redoute’s Choice cracked a century of stakeswinners in February, and has already added another five new stakeswinners to his lifetime record. Last week he topped the Easter Sale sire averages for the 9th consecutive year. His $5 million son from Helsinge is the highest-priced yearling ever sold in Australasia, and among Redoute’s Choice’s 63 seven-figure yearlings sold since 2004.

All American‘s first crop yearlings have sold for up to $290,000 and their purchasers include John Foote, Robbie Griffiths, Bjorn Baker, Hawkes Racing, John O’Shea, George Moore Bloodstock, McEvoy Mitchell Racing, Star Thoroughbreds & Triple Crown Syndications.

Unbeaten 2YO Smart Missile was very well-supported in his first season last year and breeders have a further opportunity to tap into his raw talent at the same fee.

Group 1 sires Charge Forward and Starcraft are proving to be highly effective matches for mares by Danehill-line stallions and will both stand at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST.

Three-time US turf champion and 7-time Group 1 winner Gio Ponti will stand his second season at $16,500 inc. GST.

Manhattan Rain‘s first yearlings, purchased by Anthony Cummings, David Ellis, Dermot Farrington, Dynamic Syndications, Mark Kavanagh, Mick Price & David Redvers among others, will step out as 2YOs while he is available to breeders at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST.

 

A Royal, High & Global treble for Redoute's Choice

Three days after Redoute’s Choice topped the Inglis Easter Sale sire averages for the 9th time, a trio of stakes-winning 3YOs demonstrated why his progeny are in such demand.

Pictured: Royal Descent carries Gerry Harvey’s blue-and-white colours to Group 3 victory at Randwick today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

On Black Caviar day at Royal Randwick, Gerry Harvey‘s home-bred filly Royal Descent (ex Mulan Princess by Kaapstad) proved too strong for her rivals in the ATC Adrian Knox S. 2000m G3.

She is the third consecutive Arrowfield-sired winner of the race following Crafty Irna (by Starcraft) in 2011, and Full of Spirit (by Flying Spur) in 2012.

Redoute’s Choice also had a hand in the placegetters, Arrowfield graduate Express Power and Unimpeachable, by his sons Snitzel and Bradbury’s Luck.

Royal Descent has progressed quickly since her debut win at Canterbury on 21 December and trainer Chris Waller indicated that a start in the Australian Oaks G1 next Saturday would now be considered for her.

The striking dark brown filly is the first stakeswinner left by Group 2 winner Mulan Princess, a half-sister to multiple Group winner & sire Falkirk. This is the high quality family of dual Group 1 winner Golden Sword, developed over many years in New Zealand by the partnership of Windsor Park Stud and private breeder Alan Burnet.

At Morphettville 3YO colt High Esteem (ex Park Esteem by Singspiel) led all the way in the Port Adelaide Guineas 1800m LR, his fourth win from 9 starts. Bellerive graduate Road Trippin’ (by Charge Forward) was a length away in second place.

High Esteem is trained by Peter Moody for a partnership including his breeder Cressfield, which sold him for $850,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale, and Black Caviar’s part-owner Neil Werrett.

High Esteem’s 2YO full brother Great Esteem has shown promise with his second-start third placing in last month’s VRC Sires’ Produce S. G2. Their dam Park Esteem, a stakes-placed three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Central Park and Moon Ballad, has since foaled fillies by Fastnet Rock and Redoute’s Choice.

Also in Adelaide, Jonathan Munz‘s homebred filly Global Balance (ex Balance of Nature by Storm Cat) added the SAJC Auraria S. 1800m G3 to her Tasmanian Oaks LR win with a determined effort that caught Maybe Discreet just before the finish-line. Global Balance, who is trained by David Hayes, has now won three of her six starts and almost $150,000 prizemoney.

Royal Descent and High Esteem take their champion sire’s lifetime record of stakeswinners to 105 – an outstanding 12% of all his runners. Nineteen of those stakeswinners have been successful this season, and 14 of them are from Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop. He is currently second on the Australian 3YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of $3.3 million.

Redoute's Choice still rules the Easter Sale-ring

The battle for the King of the Ring title at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale was decided today when champion sire Redoute’s Choice topped the final sire averages for the 9th consecutive year.

Twenty-six lots by Redoute’s Choice sold for an average price of $610,385 – a 42% increase on his 2012 figure. They include three seven-figure sales, headed by the all-time Australasian record yearling price of $5 million paid by BC3 Thoroughbreds for Gilgai Farm‘s colt from Helsinge.

Pictured: Easter Sale Lot 319, Eliza Park’s Redoute’s Choice colt from Black Caviar’s grand-dam Scandinavia, purchased by James Bester. ( PHOTO: Sportpix)

James Bester‘s bid of $1.2 million secured that colt’s close relative by Redoute’s Choice from Scandinavia, offered by Eliza Park, and John Warren paid $1 million for Cressfield‘s Redoute’s Choice-Star Satire filly.

They are among the 63 Redoute’s Choice yearlings that have sold for $1 million or more during the past decade.

Bester also bought Edinglassie Stud‘s filly from Angel in Disguise for $300,000, while Shadwell Stud Australia purchased four colts and a filly by Redoute’s Choice for a total of $2.98 million.

Today’s trading featured the $900,000 Vormista filly from the Kitchwin Hills draft, bought by James Harron who had earlier joined Gai Waterhouse in the purchase of the $600,000 Absolut Glam filly from Newgate Farm.

The contribution of Redoute’s Choice to the Easter Yearling Sale since 2003 now exceeds $214 million – more than 20% of the auction’s aggregate business in that period.

His significance as a sire of sires is highlighted this year by the appearance of his outstanding son Snitzel in third place on the Easter Sale sires’ list with 10 lots sold for an average price of $335,000 – more than 13 times his 2010 service fee. James Harron bought Snitzel’s first $1 million yearling, the colt from La Bamba, from the Arrowfield draft on Tuesday.

A $6 million day for Redoute's Choice & son

The Inglis Australian Easter Sale began today with new milestones for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his son Snitzel.

Pictured: The record-breaking $5 million Redoute’s Choice colt from Helsinge parades before the crowd in Sydney today. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Thirty lots after Black Caviar’s half-brother by Redoute’s Choice was sold for a new Australasian record yearling price of $5 million, Snitzel posted his first million-dollar yearling.

The large crowd attracted to the Newmarket sale-ring by the Redoute’s Choice-Helsinge colt was not disappointed as bidding began at $2 million and progressed steadily towards the final price, paid by BC3 Thoroughbreds, which also purchased the full sister last year for $2.6 million. The vendor was Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as agent for the colt’s breeder Gilgai Farm.

This was the 61st seven-figure yearling by Redoute’s Choice since 2004, and gave him an early lead on the Sale’s leading sires table with 8 lots sold for an average of $995,000.

Arrowfield was the vendor of the striking son of Snitzel from the wonderful broodmare La Bamba (by Last Tycoon), dam of Group 1 winner Inspiration and stakeswinners Lucky Unicorn and Provence. The $1 million bidder was agent James Harron acting on behalf of owners Dr Edmund and Belinda Bateman. La Bamba, who has a weanling colt by Flying Spur, is a half-sister to Group 1 winners Festal and Masked Party.

Snitzel’s average for the Sale’s opening day was $351,667 for six lots sold, and Arrowfield ended the session with an average of $500,000 for 6 lots.

In all, there were four seven-figure sales on a day that showed marked improvement on the first day of the 2012 Easter Sale with an average of $305,945 ($212,605 last year).

Selling continues tomorrow and Thursday – view the Arrowfield and Bellerive drafts here .