Rich seam of success for Redoute’s Choice & sons

It’s apt that the 86th stakeswinner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice should be named Metallurgical – and part-owned by mining magnate Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm.

Thoroughbred horse breeding’s endless quest for quality has something in common with the search for mineral riches, buried deep in the earth’s vastness.

Pictured: Redoute’s Choice’s grand-daughters Streama (blue, red & white colours) and Aliyana Tilde complete a one-two finish in today’s Australian Oaks G1. (PHOTO: Sportpix).

Just as there are miners who find those riches more often than others, so there are stallions whose success rate consistently exceeds the average by a significant margin.

In the case of Redoute’s Choice, his 11% stakeswinners-to-runners ratio puts him in a class of his own, and today 5YO Metallurgical (ex Lady Capel by Last Tycoon) contributed to that record with a brave win in the $80,000 QTC Hinkler H. 1200m LR. He is Redoute’s Choice’s 14th stakeswinner worldwide this season, and the eighth bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross.

Bred by Gerry Harvey and offered under his Baramul Stud banner at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Metallurgical was purchased by Patinack Farm for $2.2 million, the equal highest price of the sale. He is a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Casino Prince (by Flying Spur ), currently Australia’s leading First Season Sire.

Metallurgical has now won six of his 26 starts, and had previously posted three stakes placings and a fourth in last spring’s VRC Salinger S. G2.

Four sire sons of Redoute’s Choice made a good day even better with a Group 1 double at Randwick, and three new stakeswinners.

The 2011 running of the Australian Oaks 2400m G1 was won by the Redoute’s Choice filly Absolutely. Today the $550,000 Patinack Farm-sponsored renewal was quinella-ed by Redoute’s Choice’s paternal grand-daughters, Streama (by Stratum) and Aliyana Tilde (by Snitzel ). It was Streama’s second Group 1 victory, and the second Group 1 placing for Aliyana Tilde, bred and sold by Arrowfield at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Earlier in the day at Randwick, Not A Single Doubt notched up his 9th stakeswinner , 2YO filly Single Style.

And in Adelaide, Snitzel gained his 26th stakes performer when talented 4YO Sheila’s Star finished a very close second in the $80,000 SAJC City of Adelaide H. 1400m LR.

The day’s final highlight was God’s Own becoming the 10th stakes-siring son of Redoute’s Choice, with a two-state double by Utah Saints at Caulfield and Balzeus at Morphettville.

Redoute’s Choice, the Leading Sire by average since 2005 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, stands the 2012 season at a fee of $137,500 inc. GST.

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