Dundeel leads first season sires at Magic Millions

Dundeel can now add Leading First Season Sire at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to the string of titles he earned as a racehorse.

In a buoyant, but highly selective marketplace, all six of his weanlings have sold for an average price of $143,333 – more than five times his service fee, which remains at $27,500 inc. GST this year.

Top price of $240,000 was paid for a colt described by buyer Tim Stewart, acting on behalf of Musk Creek Farm as “a must-have.” Offered by the Hodges family’s Riversdale Farm, he’s the third foal of Group-placed city winner Cerberus Gal (by General Nediym), from the family of Golden Slipper winner and former Arrowfield resident Danzero.

Agent Sheamus Mills was the successful bidder at $180,000 for Bell View Park’s three-quarter brother to current season Group 3 winner Tivaci, out of Breccia (by Fastnet Rock). Breccia is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Allez Wonder (by Redoute’s Choice).

Marc & Sarah Devcich cared for Dundeel at their lovely Henley Park property in New Zealand when he spelled between Australian campaigns, so it’s not too surprising they would want their own “baby Dundeel” to prepare for re-sale next year.

They joined fellow Kiwis, the van Dyk family of Prima Park, to purchase the $150,000 colt out of the Fasliyev mare Sunset Boulevard, already dam of Group 2 winner Meliora.  The colt was offered by Robyn Wise on behalf of Mary Lee & Richard Trivett’s Banchory Thoroughbreds.

Another New Zealand buyer, agent Paul Willetts, paid $140,000 for Lyndhurst Stud’s Dundeel colt from Joyful Moments (by Viking Ruler), a grand-daughter of the celebrated matron Denise’s Joy.

Dundeel’s consignment was completed by Newgate Farm’s Johan’s Toy colt ($110,000 to Ocean Warhorse, NZ) and the Arrowfield-offered filly out of smart Melbourne mare Sussuro ($40,000 to Queensland buyer Andrew McDonald).

The two-day Sale grossed more than $17 million and achieved an average price of $60,138, both figures breaking last year’s record figures. Importantly, the clearance rate also rose from last year’s 79 to 86 per cent.

Dundeel’s only entry in the Inglis Weanling Sale earlier this month, the filly out of Valda Merceda (by Hennessy), was sold by Holbrook Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to Inglis as agent.

Tulloch Lodge & Arrowfield = 2YO winners

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse declared herself “tickled pink” when 2YO Snitzel colt Orleans defied all challengers and a protest to score on debut at Newcastle last Saturday for Kate Waterhouse and long-time stable owners Frank and Barbara Kennedy.

Watch Orleans win at Newcastle.

Waterhouse is already looking ahead to Spring’s major racing with the muscular son of city winner Take Charge (by Dehere), who is also nominated for the J.J. Atkins G1 at Eagle Farm on 11 June.  

She writes, “It is a long way from Beaumont to Flemington, but this colt has gears. He has plenty of scope for improvement and the sky really is the limit. He is flying!”

Orleans was a $260,000 Inglis Easter buy for Waterhouse & Julian Blaxland from Newhaven Park. He is the latest of 15 juvenile winners sent out from Tulloch Lodge this season – and the eighth by an Arrowfield stallion.

The list is headed by Group winners Scarlet Rain (by Manhattan Rain), Thyme For Roses (by Redoute’s Choice) & El Divino (by Snitzel) and completed by Hussterical & Prompt Response (both by Beneteau) and Wilcannia & Vienna Waltz (both by Snitzel). Scarlet Rain & Hussterical are Arrowfield graduates, purchased by Darby Racing at Magic Millions sales.

Collectively, these eight Arrowfield-sired, Waterhouse-trained 2YOs have won 12 of their 23 starts this season for prizemoney of $764,435.

Past & present Arrowfield stallions dominate the 2015/16 Australian 2YO Sires’ list with five entries inside the top dozen: Not A Single Doubt (2nd), Snitzel (3rd), All American (4th), Redoute’s Choice (9th) & Beneteau (11th). 

Add Manhattan Rain & Charge Forward and they have notched up 45 Australian 2YO winners, including 12 stakeswinners, of more than $7.5 million this term.

Snitzel holds a comfortable lead on the table by individual winners with a total of 18, giving him a shot at matching Not A Single Doubt’s record of 25 winners, the best tally of the past 15 years, set in 2013/14.

Ryan close to a Snitzel century

Leading Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan has three Saturday runners (Spill The Beans & Dances On Stars at Eagle Farm, and Argie Bargie at Kembla Grange) capable of delivering his 100th win with the progeny of his former stable star Snitzel.

It’s a big milestone for Gerald, who has trained plenty of notable winners by other stallions (including Group 1 winners Melito, Mrs Onassis & Peggy Jean), but is widely known as Mr Snitzel, thanks to his 43 winners of 99 races and $8.3 million prizemoney by the sensational son of Redoute’s Choice.  

Nine of those winners are among Snitzel’s 38 stakeswinners and all of them, except Dances On Stars & Fireworks, were bred & sold by Arrowfield:

  • Snitzerland (VRC Lightning S. G1) for Neil Werrett & Steve McCann
  • Darby Racing’s dual Group 2 winner Time For War
  • Triple Crown Syndications’ Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel & Hot Snitzel (who later won the BTC Cup G1 for Peter & Paul Snowden)
  • Perignon (ATC Light Fingers S. G2) for Camilla Flower & Sylvana Surace
  • Group 3 winner Dances On Stars for Brian Mullins, Donna Keegan and Anne & Richard Glenister
  • Fairway Thoroughbreds’ home-bred 2YO stakeswinner Fireworks
  • Arrowfield’s dual Group 3-winning colt Spill The Beans
  • and Listed winner Ygritte for Carl Holt.

Gerald and owner Damion Flower bought Snitzel himself for $260,000 from Yarraman Park Stud & breeder Francois Naude at the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Gerald then prepared Snitzel throughout his 15-start, seven-win, $1 million career, including the 2006 MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, beating Virage de Fortune & Takeover Target.

He says, “Damion and I said before we bought him as a yearling, if this horse can gallop he will make a stallion, so to see what he’s doing is very pleasing. I’m very proud of him.”

Gerald nominates toughness, durability and speed as Snitzel’s best racing qualities. In fact, he was so sound and healthy when he retired that his vet record was almost blank.  

“He doesn’t stamp his progeny as types, but most of them are really athletic and, like him, they don’t go shinsore.  They have pretty good temperaments too, and if they’re feisty, they improve with each prep.

“I train the Snitzels similar to how I trained him. When he galloped, he went fast, but I kept him sharp.”

Group 1 winner Snitzerland is an easy choice for the best Snitzel progeny Gerald has trained, but he has several favourites.

“Snitzerland went through from her breaker’s prep to run second at her first start in a Listed Race on Melbourne Cup Day.  She was so tough, and always did everything you wanted her to do.

“I also have a soft spot for Intertidal, Snitzel’s first winner. I raced and trained his mum Miss Rainmaker, as well as her sire Hurricane Sky.”

Second-crop filly Schiffer was special too. “She was so tough and so arrogant. I bought her So You Think daughter last year and she’s the same.” Yet to race, the 2YO filly is named Schifty Thinker.

“And my staff cried when Hot Snitzel left the stable!”

Gerald has bought and advised on the purchase of Snitzel’s yearlings since the first crop went through the ring in 2009, and this year he joined Damion Flower’s Jadeskye Racing to buy the $1.6 million Magic Millions Sale-topping colt out of Mirror Mirror. However, his stable of Snitzels continues to draw from various sources, at a range of prices.

2YO colt Sahara Emaar (ex Lady of the Desert by Desert Prince) was a $50,000 David Raphael buy from Milburn Creek’s Inglis Melbourne Premier draft. “A nice, big colt”, he was a good third to Prized Icon and Attention in his first trial and returned to work this week.

Another 2YO, Corumbene Stud’s home-bred filly Samantha (ex Icedginger by Tale Of The Cat) trials next week. Gerald says, “Based on what she’s shown me, she could be my best filly since Snitzerland.”

As for the 2016 yearlings, the Mirror Mirror and Maid For Me colts, and the Perfect Truth filly have all “broken in sensationally.”

The odds on Gerald Ryan’s second Snitzel century are already shortening.

Grateful acknowledgement to Racing & Sports: www.racingandsports.com.au for the data on Gerald Ryan’s record with Snitzel’s progeny.

Doomben Group double for Redoute's Choice

Big race doubles are a feature of the Redoute’s Choice story, but Arrowfield’s champion sire has outdone himself this month with two same-track, same-day Group doubles in a fortnight.

Abbey Marie (Australasian Oaks G1) & Into The Mist (Queen of the South S. G2) obliged at Morphettville on 7 May, and on Saturday 3YOs Kebede & Counterattack added the first Doomben Group race double to Redoute’s Choice’s record.

Kebede completed the first part of a long-term plan for trainer Matthew Dunn and his fellow owners when she strode to victory in the $175,000 BRC The Roses 2000m G2, defeating Sebring Sally and the favourite Imposing Lass.

Dunn said, “She’s done an amazing job and we’ve earmarked this race and the Oaks from the time we bought her. I thought any races she won on the way through to the Oaks would be a bonus.”

Kebede came into the race with solid form, including two Gold Coast wins and a Listed third over increasing distances, but was neglected by punters who let her start at $19. She is now listed as a $12 chance for the $500,000 Queensland Oaks G1 on 4 June.

The 3YO filly is the 133rd stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and the 15th stakeswinner to represent him worldwide this season.

Bred by Brent & Judy Hudson and bought by Neil Jenkinson for $80,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, Kebede is out of Champion Chilean 2YO Filly Desert Fight (by Hussonet), making her a full sister of Arrowfield’s freshman sire Panzer Division. Now part of the Arrowfield broodmare band, Desert Fight has a weanling filly by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Snitzel.

The Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is proving sensational, throwing four Group winners (dual Group 1 winner Majmu, Kebede, Panzer Division & Honesty Prevails) and Group-placed Regatta Rebel from only eight named foals.

Like Kebede, Counterattack has an accomplished sibling and a Group 1 target at Eagle Farm in June. The half-brother of dual Goup 1 winner Red Tracer booked a berth in the $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 11 June when he overcame a wide trip to win the $125,000 BRC Fred Best Classic 1350m G3.

Jockey James MacDonald likes his chances. “He was strong through the line at the end of 1350 metres today and he’s right on track for the Stradbroke.

“You need a horse with plenty of strength to win that race and he’s exactly the right type especially with the big weight drop in his favour.”

Counterattack’s super-consistent record this season for owner-breeders Geoff & Mary Grimish and trainer Chris Waller also includes two Listed wins in Sydney and a third in the Coolmore Stud S. G1 last Spring.

Jericho earns black type at Doomben

Jericho joined Smart Missile’s growing list of stakes performers when he rocketed home for second in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Hampden S. 1200m LR.

It was a big run from the Triple Crown Syndications colt, who drew 9 and ended up at the back of the field, but stormed home when space opened up for him in the straight. Victory was momentarily in his grasp, but inexperience cost him the critical final metre, and he conceded the win to the Godolphin colt Archives, who proved resolute on the rail.  Spendthrift Australia’s promising Redoute’s Choice colt Redouble finished third.

The $250,000 Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the $600,000 J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are both on Jericho’s horizon. Given that he’s progressed from city maiden winner to Carnival stakes performer in two starts, they look within his capability.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Jericho is the fifth stakes performer from Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs, after Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, Group 3 placegetters Smart Amelia & Smart Manoeuvre, and stakes-placed Fromparis Withlove.

Jericho, the second foal of the Red Ransom mare Advance To Go, was bred by Jonathan Andrews, Louis Le Metayer & partners and initially sold under the Willow Park banner at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to agent Sheamus Mills for $75,000. Re-offered by Rosemont Stud at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, he was knocked down to Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward for $180,000.

Smart Missile is third in a tightly packed bunch at the top of an Australian First Season Sires’ list that will be fascinating to watch over the next two months. With six Group & Listed Races for 2YOs worth more than $1.2 million scheduled between 28 May and 9 July, this is one Premiership that remains very much undecided.

Macarthur charges into Singapore 2YO Series

Back in August – it seems so long ago! – Gai Waterhouse was among the trainers interviewed by ANZ Bloodstock News about the stable’s most likely prospects for the new season.

One of the 2YOs Gai mentioned was a “nice colt” by Charge Forward from the Redoute’s Choice mare Mozambique. His name was Tribal and he duly appeared twice at Randwick in September, running second in a three-horse trial and then, at the Official 2YO Trials on 21 September, finishing 5th in his heat with subsequent Group 1 winner Prized Icon behind him.

Shinsoreness then held up his preparation for Queensland breeders Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud, who put him in training after he failed to meet his reserve at last year’s Magic Millions Sale.

Highgrove is a shareholder in Charge Forward and, as Ron says, “I’ve bred to Charge Forward every year since he went to stud, I know what a good Charge Forward looks like and Tribal was one. He was very athletic, an absolute tradesman, and I loved him.”

However, racing horses is a secondary activity for Ron. “Breeding is my passion, we’re busy and we live too far from major racetracks to get to the races very often, so most horses we race are for sale.”

That’s how a phone call from Steve Levar, the Australian-born, Singapore-based owner & CEO of iRaceMedia, led to Tribal’s sale in December 2015 to the Stars & Stripes Stable, established by the partnership of Levar & his wife Christine with US businessman Adam Levinson and his wife Brittany.

Levar, who draws on 30 years’ industry experience to manage the Stable’s six horses, had also bought Group-placed Melbourne winner Bugatty from a partnerhip including Deb Gilbert earlier in 2015. Re-named Vanderbilt in Singapore, he won his Kranji debut in September, a month after the partnership’s first runner, Risky Rockefeller, saluted the judge.

Tribal, now named Macarthur in keeping with the Stable’s American icon theme, extended this terrific run of success with an eye-catching maiden win at Kranji on Sunday.

The handsome, dark brown gelding had already begun his career on a promising note, with a third to Jupiter Gold in the Kranji Nursery Stakes on 10 April and trainer Steven Burridge was tempted to look at a leg of the 2YO Series for his next  start.

Levar suggested the 1200-metre War Affair Stakes, a restricted maiden, as a better option for the still immature Macarthur, and so it proved. Allotted 49 kg against his 3YO rivals, Macarthur shot out of gate 6, quickly crossed the field and settled comfortably in front with the other favoured runner Lim’s Dashing in close attendance.

At the top of the straight Lim’s Dashing kicked strongly, but once Macarthur balanced up, he responded with verve to hold him off by almost a length, with 4.3 lengths back to third-placed Nova Legend.

Watch Macarthur’s maiden win at Kranji.

Macarthur’s jockey A’Isisuhairi Kasim said, “I rode him in trackwork and he gave me a good feel. He’s got ability and is a real racehorse, but he’s still very green and still doesn’t know what he’s doing.

“In the straight, I didn’t pull the whip and waited for the other horse [Lim’s Dashing] to come up. That was when he responded and gave a very nice turn of foot in the last 200 metres.”

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is now firmly on Macarthur’s radar, and he will be seen in the next leg on turf, the IRT Juvenile Stakes on 10 June. The Gilberts will naturally follow his progress with keen interest, but unfortunately without any further foals from Mozambique, who suffered laminitis and died two years ago.

Smart Missile's month of metro winners

First season sire Smart Missile is on a mission in May and it’s all about winning – so far he’s added three new city-class winners to his CV in a fortnight.

The latest landed at Randwick on Wednesday when Bob & Fiona Guth’s home-bred colt Cadogan sprinted brilliantly in the straight to down the favourite Flow by 1.8 lengths over 1400 metres.

Watch 2YO colt Cadogan win at Randwick.

The good-looking colt first attracted attention with a trial win last October. He was fifth on debut in April and then third to another Smart Missile colt, Jericho, at Warwick Farm on 4 May.

Between Jericho and Cadogan, first-starter Blazing Steel contributed a smart debut win to Smart Missile’s May mission when he defeated older rivals at Scone’s Cup meeting last Friday. Bearing the same name as a very good 1990s sprinter, and prepared by Kris Lees for Ron & Judy Wanless, Blazing Steel is out of Beebop (by Success Express), a half-sister to Sydney stakeswinner More Than Great.

Watch 2YO gelding Blazing Steel win on debut at Scone.

Cadogan and Jericho may meet again in Queensland where the Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are live targets for both colts.

Trainer Bjorn Baker said after Cadogan’s win, “Winning Rupert and this fellow are the two clear leaders of my two-year-olds.

“It’s nice to see him [Cadogan] put his hand up. Winning Rupert is off for a spell and this one will go up to Queensland for the Sires’ Produce on Saturday week.

“The way he handled the 1400 metres today shows he should be suited in the Sires’.”

Cadogan is the result of an exercise that began for the Guths when bloodstock agent Vin Cox bought the Malibu Moon filly Cadazzle for $US115,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale. Imported to Australia the following year, she was trained by Grahame Begg to win at Wyong, but was retired to her new home at Newhaven Park in August 2012 and served the following month by Smart Missile.

Bob & Fiona decided to race Cadogan themselves after his sale as a yearling fell through, but have continued to give Cadazzle good opportunities, resulting in a 2013 Pierro colt and 2014 Smart Missile filly. The mare is currently in foal to Snitzel.

Smart Missile has now had five winners, including Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, and the stakes performers Smart Amelia (Sydney), Smart Manoeuvre (Adelaide) & Fromparis With Love (Melbourne).

Clearly Innocent gets the verdict

The category for the Most Progressive Horse by Not A Single Doubt this season is rather crowded.

Leading contenders include the Group 1-winning pair Good Project & Single Gaze, and Fell Swoop, so nearly a Group 1 winner in Melbourne & Sydney, before his Group 2 success in Brisbane.

Then there’s the sensational 2YO colt Extreme Choice, who sailed through Listed & Group 3 company before a dominant Blue Diamond S. G1 victory in February.

And surely Don’t Doubt Mamma deserves several votes. She began the season with one juvenile win and barely $30,000 prizemoney, and has banked another $360,000 from four wins since September, two Listed wins and a Group 3 victory.

But if the award recognises a horse whose potential exceeds even his extraordinary rise this season, then Clearly Innocent gets the nod.

His hometown victory for owner-breeder Bruce Neill in Saturday’s $140,000 Scone RC Luskin Star S. 1300m LR was his 7th win from his nine career starts, all of them this season.

It was a stiff test for the 4YO gelding, caught wide in sixth position as Randwick Group 3 winner Music Magnate hauled the field along in front and showed no sign of weakening in the straight. He was challenged first by Cradle Me, but Samantha Clenton pressed the button on Clearly Innocent soon afterwards and the result was quickly settled, with Music Magnate a gallant second and Cradle Me third.

Watch Clearly Innocent win the Scone RC Luskin Star S. LR.

Clearly Innocent’s career began with two winning appearances at Scone last August, a sixth and a second in Sydney during December, followed by five consecutive wins, most notably his 2.5 length romp in the $500,000 ATC Country Championship Final on 2 April. 

That win, despite a stone bruise and the disadvantage of bar plates, crowned a stressful week in Sydney for trainer Greg Bennett. Back at his home track on Saturday, Bennett enjoyed the glow of a very popular local victory, but immediately ruled out a Queensland campaign. Clearly Innocent will now spell and prepare for next season’s Spring & Autumn Carnivals.

Clearly Innocent is the latest star from a family’s that’s full of them. He descends from the fine Chequers Stud broodmare Mary Poppins, whose daughters left multiple Group 1 winners Veloso, (Our) Westminster and dual Oaks winner Domino, dam in her turn of sprinter-miler Hero, whose 15 wins included two at Group 1 level, and Group 2-winning juvenile Super Natural.

Clearly Innocent’s corner of the family has already thrown up Sale of Century (Rosehill Guineas G1), Affleck (Champion Singapore 2YO & 3YO) and Sydney stakeswinner Gimmick. However, he is the first winner out of his city-winning dam No Penalty (by Zabeel), purchased in 2013 by Yarradale Stud in Western Australia.

The combination of Not A Single Doubt with Zabeel mares has a predictably good strike rate: 16 winners from 18 named foals, including Group 2 winner Gypsy Diamond, Listed winner Every Faith and three stakes-placed horses, as well as Clearly Innocent.

Clearly Innocent is the 34th lifetime stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt whose season earnings in Australia now approach $11 million. The son of Redoute’s Choice is also the year’s leading sire of Australian stakeswinners, with a total of 12, alongside his sire and Street Cry, and is either first or second on the General, 3YO & 2YO Sires’ prizemoney tables.

€775,000 for Redoute's Choice filly at Arqana

Soon after Howard Be Thy Name became the 30th Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice, a 2YO Irish-bred daughter of the champion sire very nearly topped Saturday’s Arqana Breeze Up Sale in France.

The filly, out of Listed winner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand), was a pin-hooking triumph for UK-based Oaks Farm Stables, which sold her for €775,000. That’s more than ten times her weanling price in the same ring last October, and a record price for a 2YO by Redoute’s Choice.

She was bought for Tengku Abdal Rahman by agent Stephen Hillen who said, “She’s by a champion sire out of a stakes winning mare and she did, from what I could see, the fastest breeze.”

View the filly’s pedigree & breeze up video.

Hillen had earlier been the under-bidder on the sale-topping Frankel filly, knocked down for €800,000 to Mandore Agency on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

Redoute’s Choice was based for the 2013 and 2014 Northern Hemisphere seasons at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France. 

His first 2YO runner is yet to appear, but in the meantime, his first season sire son Elzaam has made a big impression with a trio of winners, King Electric, Clem Fandango and Berkshire Boy, from his first seven runners. 

Elzaam (out of Mambo In Freeport by Kingmambo), and bred to northern time in Australia by Kia Ora Stud, won at Listed level for his owner Sheikh Hamdan, but his best performances were at Royal Ascot. He was a thrilling second in the Coventry S. G2 at two, and was the first 3YO home when fourth in Society Rock’s Golden Jubilee S. G1. An injury ended his 4YO campaign before it began and he retired to Joe Foley’s Ballyhane Stud in 2012.

Mambo In Freeport has subsequently produced Rajamani and Ravi, full sisters to Elzaam and both city winners. Sadly, Rajamani has died, but 3YO filly Ravi remains in training with Peter & Paul Snowden for Kia Ora and is down to run at Randwick on Wednesday.

30th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

Howard Be Thy Name completed an historic Oaks-Derby double for Redoute’s Choice & Arrowfield when he outstayed his rivals in Saturday’s $500,000 SAJC South Australian Derby 2500m G1.

It was a polished performance by the imposing 3YO colt who came into the race after four consecutive wins, including Listed & Group 3 successes at Morphettville. Coolly directed by jockey John Allen, Howard Be Thy Name settled midfield off the fence, and coped easily when Arcadia Dream lifted the pace around 1200 metres from home.

He swept unimpeded around the home turn and joined a determined Etymology to fight out the finish, eventually forging clear to score by a half-length with Cool Chap 2.3 lengths away in third place.

Watch Howard Be Thy Name win the South Australian Derby G1.

A week earlier the champion sire’s daughter Abbey Marie won the Australasian Oaks G1 at Morphettville. It’s the first time since 1983, when the Oaks was granted Group 1 status, that the same sire has been responsible for individual winners of both races in the same year. ( Two fillies have also completed the Oaks-Derby double: Delicacy in 2015 and Zarita in 2008).

But it gets better. Howard Be Thy Name and Abbey Marie were both offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, where they entered the ring as Lots 339 & 362.

Abbey Marie found a buyer, well-known bloodstock agent Dermot Farrington, at $300,000, but Howard Be Thy Name was passed in, and so is raced by his breeder Eric Watson, Howard & Lisa Aldridge and his trainer Darren Weir.

Never out of the first three in his 11-start career, and with more than $520,000 in the bank, Howard Be Thy Name will now head to the $600,000 Queensland Derby G1 on 11 June. That race is already on Redoute’s Choice’s stud record, thanks to Empires Choice (2007) and Dariana (2010).

In all, the great son of Danehill has sired the winners of 7 Oaks, six Guineas and five Derbys; and, according to Arion Pedigrees, he is the leading active Australasian-based sire of individual Group 1 winners with a total of thirty.

Howard Be Thy Name, Abbey Marie and Group 1-winning mare Peeping head Redoute’s Choice’s 14 winners of 20 Group & Listed Races this season.