Redoute’s Choice mare wins Lancashire Oaks

Although he did not live to see the season's end, the great Redoute's Choice has left his mark all over 2018/19. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Sheikh Hamdan has enjoyed notable success with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice since Shadwell Stud’s 2005 purchase of Blue Diamond G1 winner Nadeem. He was followed by Majmu, Mustaaqeem & Rafeef in South Africa, and El Daana & Shaaheq among others in Australia.

The statuesque Irish-bred mare Enbihaar added another major win to the list with a stoic defeat of Dramatic Queen in Saturday’s Haydock Park Lancashire Oaks 2400m G2. 

It was the Irish-bred mare’s third win from six starts, her second stakes win and first Group victory after she became Redoute’s Choice’s 166th stakeswinner at Goodwood in May. It was also a record eighth Lancashire Oaks win for her trainer John Gosden, who was at Sandown, supervising champion Enable’s triumphant return in the Coral Eclipse S. G1. 

Jockey O’Neill said of Enbihaar, “She’s a tough, tough filly…a smashing, gorgeous-looking filly.

“I wouldn’t say her job is done (yet) – I’m sure we can get better out of her.”

Sheikh Hamdan’s Lancashire Oaks G2 winner Enbihaar as a yearling at Haras du Mezeray. (PHOTO: Arqana)

Bred by Charles-Henri de Moussac’s Haras du Mezeray, Enbihaar is the 4th foal of Chanterelle (by Trempelino), a half-sister to Mezeray’s French Group 1 winner Amonita from a branch of the family that produced Secretariat.

That wasn’t the only pleasing European news for Redoute’s Choice at the weekend. Another Group winner from his second & final French-conceived crop, Danceteria produced a slashing run for fourth in Enable’s Coral-Eclipse, delighting his new co-owners at Australian Bloodstock who plan a Cox Plate campaign for him. 

Enbihaar and Danceteria are among the 13 stakeswinners from 129 Northern Hemisphere-born runners by Redoute’s Choice. That includes Japanese Group 3 winner Fluky, Japanese Listed winner Clianthus and European stakeswinners Shaqira & Tazahum, all conceived in Australia between 2007 and 2009. 

Redoute’s Choice shuttled to HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for the 2013 and 2014 Northern Hemisphere seasons.

In the season of his death, Redoute’s Choice has posted 11 winners of 22 Group & Listed Races worldwide, headed by his best racing son The Autumn Sun and his 34th Group 1 winner Galaxy Star. He is set to finish among the top 10 sires on the main Australian Premiership, is among the top 5 on the 3YO Sires’ list and is holding off old rival Encosta de Lago and his old barn-mate Flying Spur to claim his first Broodmare Sires’ title.  

Galaxy Star has retired to the broodmare paddock and The Autumn Sun has  joined Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Scissor Kick & Pariah to complete a mighty quintet of Redoute’s Choice sons standing at Arrowfield. 

However, with Danceteria & Enbihaar racing on, exciting talent still developing in Australia and three small final crops to come, plenty more headlines, tweets and posts featuring Redoute’s Choice can be predicted with confidence. 

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