Stakeswinner No. 179 for Redoute’s Choice

Redoute's Choice's daughter Mokulua carried the famous Strawberry Hill silks to victory in the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic G2. (PHOTO: Darren Tindale)

More than two years after his death, the many-splendoured legacy of Redoute’s Choice radiates across Australian breeding and racing.

On Saturday at The Valley he appeared as the paternal grandsire of new Group winner Generation, and the damsire of valiant Cox Plate G1 runner-up Anamoe.

And by co-incidence, his 179th stakeswinner turned up in the race won by Anamoe’s dam Anamato in 2007, the $300,000 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic 1600m G2.   

This year’s winner Mokulua, out of the outstanding racemare Dear Demi, fanned the Classic hopes of her trainer Clarry Conners with a decisive maiden victory at her sixth start this Spring.

There’s plenty of sentiment driving Mokulua’s campaign as Conners, who prepared her high-class dam Dear Demi (by Dehere) to win the 2012 VRC Oaks G1, explained earlier this month. “Half the reason in taking her to Melbourne is to see if she can do what her mother’s done.

“As I get older, I get more sentimental I think, it’d give me a great bit of satisfaction, a really good feeling in the heart.”

A home-bred for John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, Mokulua is also a grand-daughter of Champion 2YO Merlene, a relative of brilliant 2YO Burnstone (by Redoute’s Choice) & Champion 2YO Colt Capitalist, and a full sister of Ma And Pa who has won all three of his starts this Spring.

With only 63 foals in his final two crops, the last act of Redoute’s Choice’s exceptional stud career is not far away. However, his domestic season earnings have passed $1 million for the 18th consecutive year and 3YOs like Mokulua, Group-placed Military Expert and progressive winners Frontman & Nadaraja promise to end their great sire’s story on a high note.  

Furthermore, Anamoe’s $2.2 million prizemoney has put Redoute’s Choice on course for his third Broodmare Sires’ title, while his Champion Sire son Snitzel and grandson Shamus Award are currently third & second on the main Sires’ Premiership. 

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