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Stakeswinner No. 172 for Redoute’s Choice

The Aga Khan-bred Dabiyr is the ninth new stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice since the great sire's death in March 2019...


Visitors to Arrowfield are greeted by the magnificent Tanya Bartlett statue of Arrowfield’s legendary & very much-missed sire Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Stakeswinner No. 172 for Redoute’s Choice

Thirteen winners of 20 stakes races in less than 12 months is a notable record for any stallion, but for Redoute’s Choice it’s business as usual, even after his death in March 2019. Remarkably, those figures are his actual per-season averages over the past 17 years. 

His latest headliner, a week after his 37th Group 1 winner Alabama Express, is the Irish-bred Dabiyr. He was the narrow but decisive winner of Friday evening’s  $150,000 MVRC Torney Night Cup 2500m LR for Chris Waller and a large group of owners managed by Victorian syndicator Brad Spicer.  

A 2018 private purchase by agent Justin Bahen, the then-3YO gelding had won a maiden race in Ireland at his second start for his owner-breeder HH the Aga Khan whose French stud Haras de Bonneval was home to Redoute’s Choice for two Northern Hemisphere seasons, in 2013 & 2014. 

Dabiyr has blossomed in Australia, winning four of his 10 starts since last June and more than $300,000 prizemoney. The lead-up to his Moonee Valley success included a win last month over 1800 metres at Randwick, where he is likely to be seen again, this time in the $2 million Sydney Cup G1 on 11 April.

Dabiyr is the 172nd stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice and the 10th to emerge from the Champion Sire’s two French-conceived crops. (PHOTO: Darryl Sherer)

Dabiyr (ex Dabista by Highest Honor) is descended from a half-sister to Champion Sire and Broodmare Sire Darshaan, as well as Group 1 winner & outstanding broodmare Darara. The Aga Khan’s current broodmare band includes two young mares from this family: Dabiyr’s half-sister Dabulena (by Siyouni) and Diylawa (by Mastercraftsman).

The results from the two crops Redoute’s Choice sired at Haras de Bonneval now read 65 winners & 10 stakeswinners (six of them Group winners including Group 1 winner Danceteria, also now racing in Australia) from 104 runners. 

Nine yearlings from the second-last crop of Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the 2020 Inglis Easter Sale, including three fillies and a colt in Arrowfield’s consignment. 

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