36th Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice & Trelawney

Trelawney Stud's Cherry Taylor leads in NZ 1000 Guineas G1 winner Loire. (PHOTO: Race Images)

Trelawney Stud’s Brent & Cherry Taylor supported Redoute’s Choice several times during his 19-year stud career and it says much about their faith in him, and his enduring class that their best result, as owners as well as breeders, arrived in his 16th crop.

Their home-bred filly Loire prevailed in a high-pressure finish to win Saturday’s $300,000 CJC NZ One Thousand Guineas 1600m G1 at Riccarton Park, from Jennifer Eccles and the favourite Travelling Light.

Loire takes charge of the NZ 1000 Guineas G1, chased by Jennifer Eccles (green & white cap) & 4th-placed Bavella (gold & black checked cap). (PHOTO: Race Images)

It was only the sixth start and the maiden stakes win for Loire, who is the fifth foal of Syrah (by Traditionally), the 36th Group 1 winner for her champion sire and, as Cherry Taylor notes, the 36th Group 1 winner from Trelawney in the Taylors’ ownership.

Cherry explains the thinking behind the mating. “We loved Redoute’s Choice and thought he would make a super broodmare sire so tried to buy and breed as many as we could afford.

“We sent Syrah because we thought he was the best stallion in the Southern Hemisphere and wanted to breed to him, and she deserved to go to him being a half-sister to Group 1 Vouvray and the dam of Group 1 winner A Touch of Ruby.”

Trelawney also bred Redoute’s Choice’s 16th Group 1 winner Allez Wonder (2009 MRC Toorak H. G1), bred & raced his 154th stakeswinner, Richie McHorse  and, with Brent’s mother Faith, currently race multiple city winner Special Light. 

Trained by Tony Pike, and raced by the Taylors in partnership with Kate Plaw, Loire was ridden by Michael McNab who was also on board for Loire’s maiden win as a 2YO last May. Placings in Spring 3YO Listed and Group 3 company followed before an unplaced run in Travelling Light’s ARC Soliloquy S. G3.

The filly recovered completely from the subsequently diagnosed heart fibrillation and it was left to her joyful owners to withstand the cardiac stresses of a Group 1 victory.

Eight months after the death of Redoute’s Choice, it’s clear that neither his record nor his story is finished. Loire is his 4th Group 1 winner in three countries over the past 12 months (after Galaxy Star in Perth, Champion 3YO Colt The Autumn Sun in Sydney and Danceteria in Europe).

Furthermore, she is Redoute’s Choice’s 17th individual Group 1 Classic winner, his 2nd NZ 1000 Guineas winner (after King’s Rose in 2010) and takes his progeny’s tally of 2019 stakes wins to 21.

Saturday was also a productive day for Redoute’s Choice the Champion Broodmare Sire, and he leads the 2019/20 Australian premiership in that category with $11.1 million. His daughters figure as the dams of Sandown Group 3 winners Jamaican Rain and Teleplay, and at Newcastle, the Max Lees 2YO Classic winner Tilia Rose and inaugural $1 million The Hunter winner Savatiano. Arrowfield graduate Game of Thorns (2nd, Newcastle JC Spring S. G3) and Palurien (2nd, MRC Twilight Glow S. LR) are also out of mares by the legendary sire.

Owners & trainers can only be grateful that some breeders are prepared to offer yearlings from Redoute’s Choice’s penultimate 40-foal crop. They include 9 lots catalogued for the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, in the drafts of Arrowfield (4), Baramul (2), Bhima, Rosemont & Sledmere.

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