Randwick Group quinella for Redoute's Choice

For the past five weekends Redoute’s Choice has been matching strides with his son Snitzel, as they’ve compiled 14 Group & Listed stakes wins between them since 8 February.

This family rivalry took a new turn on Saturday at Randwick when Not A Single Doubt’s 3YO daughter Villa Verde stepped up to the plate and defeated Group 1 winner Snitzerland (by Snitzel) in the ATC Challenge S. 1000m G2.

Redoute’s Choice responded in the very next race, when his grand 4YO daughters A Time For Julia and Lilliburlero fought out the finish of the $150,000 ATC Roy Higgins Tribute Quality 1200m G3. Retired champion sire Flying Spur made it a clean sweep for Arrowfield with his third-placed daughter Recoinage.

It was the second Group success this campaign for A Time For Julia (ex Procrastinate by Jade Hunter) who is raced by her owner-breeders John & Deborah Camilleri. John’s delight was evident in his comment on Saturday evening, after several replays of the race video: “I love this mare – I bred her and she carries my daughter’s name – for me it is just so complete!”

A Time For Julia’s record now reads four wins and a touch over $350,000 prizemoney from ten starts, and a start in next Saturday’s Coolmore Classic G1 beckons.

Trainer Peter Moody said, “It was good and pleasing for where we are going in seven days – 1500 metres around Rosehill, and you want to be winning that but the manner in which she did it was the pleasing thing.

“She came off a tempo that was not as strong as we might have liked to have seen but she closed it out well. We’ve always had this opinion of her and I’m just glad to see it.”

A Time For Julia’s jockey Blake Shinn said, “She got further back than I anticipated, but I rode her where she was comfortable and she was there for me when I asked her. A great performance.”

All the jockeys in the race wore black armbands as a mark of respect for champion jockey and sporting hero Roy Higgins, who died last Saturday.

A Time For Julia is one of 7 Australian stakeswinners this season for Redoute’s Choice, currently third on the General Sires’ Premiership with prizemoney of $6.1 million.

Redoute’s Choice has 34 yearlings in next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them three fillies and six colts consigned by Arrowfield –  view them here.

Group race double for Redoute's Choice at Caulfield

Leading Melbourne trainers Peter Moody and Mick Price produced a pair of talented 4YOs to give champion sire Redoute’s Choice a valuable Group race double at Caulfield in Melbourne today.

The Teeley Assets-bred-&-owned, Arrowfield-foaled-&-raised Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Zabeel) made it look easy in the $175,000 MRC Rubiton S. 1100m G2, bouncing out smartly from the gates to take an early lead he extended to 3.75 lengths by the winning post. Iconic took second place, followed by First Command a quarter-length away in third position.

Already a winner at Group 3 and Listed stakes level last Spring, Lankan Rupee has earned $434,260 from 6 wins and three placings, and a Group 1 campaign is now planned for him.

Trainer Mick Price said, “He’s a big strong horse, you saw what he did last prep as a gelding and I think he’s on the right path. He’s only had one jumpout coming into this, he hasn’t been screwed down to win first up but that’s the sort of horse he is.

“We’ll go to the Oakleigh Plate, then to the Newmarket and then on to the William Reid. There’s still good improvement in him, he’s just a good, sound, tough racehorse that holds his condition well.”

John and Deborah Camilleri’s home-bred mare A Time For Julia (ex Procrastinate by Jade Hunter) is also likely to target Group 1 prizes after her well-deserved victory in the $150,000 Bellmaine S. 1200m G3.

Settled just off the speed by jockey Luke Nolen, A Time For Julia unleashed a decisive turn of foot to score by a long neck from Danestroem who was a quarter-length ahead of Bonaria (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Her success completed a valuable treble for the Peter Moody stable which also turned out Moment of Change (MRC C.F. Orr S. G1) and Spirits Dance (MRC Kevin Hayes S. G3).

A Time For Julia is the 109th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice, and his fifth Group winner in Australia this season.

Her jockey Luke Nolen said, “There is probably no more deserving mare in that race to win; she has been a victim of bad luck a couple of times and I was glad to see her bring that excellent work of a morning to the races and showcase it.”

The Robert Sangster S. G1 on 26 April and The Goodwood G1 on 10 May are both likely targets for A Time For Julia, who is the fifth stakeswinner from the remarkable broodmare Procrastinate. 

Herself a Group 3 winner, Procrastinate has also left multiple South African group 1 winner Laisserfaire (by Danehill), Group 1-placed stakeswinners Time Thief (Redoute’s Choice) and Foreplay (Danehill), and the juvenile stakeswinner Personify (Galileo). 

Redoute’s Choice, about to begin his second Northern Hemisphere season at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval, has now left 16 stakeswinners from the 113 named foals in his 2009 crop, among them Group 1 winners Royal Descent & Wylie Hall.

The mighty son of Danehill has 10 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, six of them in Arrowfield’s draft.

Thirty-six lots by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at April’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including six colts & three fillies from Arrowfield.