Champion sires defy labels

One of the characteristics of champion sires is their ability to defy labels and confound expectations.

So, just as the description “dominant sire of sires” settles on Redoute’s Choice , his daughters leave a string of stakeswinners -ten in total and six of them this season, including 2YOs Hussousa, Luke’s Luck and Affable.

Pictured: Flying Spur’s strapping 2YO paternal grandson All Too Hard wins the Talindert S. LR at Flemington. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Similarly, Flying Spur ‘s reputation as an outstanding broodmare sire – of 30 stakeswinners, most recently Gai’s Choice at Ipswich last Saturday – now demands amendment to include his sire sons.

Casino Prince heads the Australian 1st Season Sires’ list thanks to Black Caviar’s Group-winning half-brother All Too Hard, six other winners and the stakes placegetters Strength and Trophies.

Magnus has also made a good start to his career with a New Zealand stakeswinner Platinum Kingdom, and three stakes performers, How Swede It Is, Imprimis and Magnus Reign in Australia. Ditto Shaft, sire of Group 1-placed New Zealand stakeswinner Magic Shaft and three other winners this season.

And let’s not forget Flying Spur’s third-crop sire son Jet Spur, represented by a trio of progressive 2YO winners in Queensland at the weekend: Caldetes, Shamrock Slipper and Parsnips.

It is not surprising that Flying Spur and Redoute’s Choice are exerting their powerful genetic influence through both sons and daughters, because their own records are remarkably gender-balanced.

Redoute’s Choice has 44 stakes-winning colts, and 45 stakes-winning fillies, with his 21 Group 1 winners split 12-nine in favour of the girls’ team. Flying Spur’s 86 stakeswinners comprise 41 colts and 45 fillies, and seven of his 12 Group 1 winners are male. This season alone they have recorded 25 stakeswinners between them: 13 colts & geldings, 12 fillies & mares.

Flying Spur stands in 2012 at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST; Redoute’s Choice’s fee is $137,500 inc. GST.

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