Stakes treble for Redoute's Choice & Sons

The booming success of Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield-based sons continued on Saturday with geographically diverse stakes victories by Abidewithme, Prompt Response & Scales Of Justice.

Not A Single Doubt’s imposing 4YO son Scales of Justice produced an outstanding performance to win the $150,000 WATC R.J. Peters S. 1500m G3 at Ascot in Perth. Backing up from a strong win a fortnight earlier, the gelding jumped well and sat just behind the speed before taking the lead at the top of the straight  and showing his customary determination to score by a length from Bass Strait and Ideal Image. Trainer Lindsey Smith said afterwards that he will back Scales of Justice up next Saturday in the $1 million WATC Railway S. G1, won last year by another son of Not A Single Doubt, Good Project.

Watch Scales Of Justice win the WATC R.J. Peters S. G3

Bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice is the sixth and final foal of the unraced mare Beymatilla (by Umatilla) and was a $180,000 purchase by Boomer Bloodstock from Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He has won or placed in all of his 12 starts for owners Chris Wells & Bill Andrews and is Not A Single Doubt’s 35th stakeswinner.

Beneteau also posted a new stakeswinner when 3YO filly Prompt Response won the $120,000 MRC Twilight Glow S. 1400m LR for breeder Ron Hamer and co-owner Mark Sowerby, who also race her Group 3-winning older brother Prompt Return. The pair are out of Prompt (by Exceed and Excel), a daughter of the five-time winner and multiple Group placegetter Amnesia, and have each earned almost $300,000. Prompt Response is prepared by the Waterhouse-Bott partnership.

Watch Prompt Response win the MRC Twilight Glow S. LR 

Beneteau’s two crops have already ensured he will be remembered as a successful sire whose premature death in 2013 was a real blow for Australian thoroughbred breeding. VRC Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit heads his list of nine stakeswinners among 16 stakes performers – that’s an impressive 18.8% per cent of his runners. He is currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ table, behind another young Arrowfield-sired stallion, Star Witness (by Starcraft), who defeated Beneteau in a notable running of the Blue Diamond S. G1. 

Redoute’s Choice himself chimed in thanks to an eye-catching performance by his daughter Abidewithme who stormed home from the back of the field to win the $100,000 Tauranga S. 1600m G2. 

Watch Abidewithme win the Tauranga S. G2

 Co-trainer Jamie Richards said, “That was a great performance, she’s a mare who’s in great form at the moment. She’s the biggest and strongest we’ve ever seen her.

“She was served by Tavistock this Spring, and she’s tested positive in foal. So we’ve only got a limited amount of time left with her, but I think we could have a lot of fun in that time we’ve got left.”

Abidewithme was bred by her owners Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel) and now has two Group 2 wins and a pair of Listed victories on her nine-win, $400,000 record. Crimson, also the dam of Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti and grand-dam of multiple stakeswinner Destiny’s Kiss, has a 2YO filly by Redoute’s Choice’s son Burgundy, whose first runner, Hard Merchandize won well on debut at Otaki on 1 November. 

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau have already put up 21 stakeswinners and collective progeny earnings of $11.5 million this season.

Abidewithme scores at Caulfield

The 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice is one of his very best, with 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – an exceptional strike rate of 19.6%.

They are not short of quality either: 13 of them have won in Group company and three of those, champion sprinter Lankan Rupee, South African star Wylie Hall and Oaks winner Royal Descent, are Group 1 winners.

Nor is their record complete. A week after Royal Descent returned this season to claim the ATC Warwick S. G2 on 22 August, Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s homebred mare Abidewithme has won her season debut at Caulfield.

Watch Abidewithme’s win at Caulfield.

Already the winner of eight races in New Zealand, including last season’s Waikato RC Travis S. G2, Abidewithme was making her first raceday appearance since being transferred to the Melbourne stable of Peter Moody. 

The Mares Handicap over 1400 metres also attracted last season’s VRC Oaks G1 winner Set Square who settled just ahead of Abidewithme at the rear, while Danestroem and Kansas Sunflower made the pace up front.

As the field swung round the turn, Patrick Moloney took Abidewithme wide, while Michael Dee directed Set Square towards the rail.  The pair were more-or-less level at the 200-metre mark, but the 3kg Abidewithme received from Set Square began to tell and she forged to a narrow lead she held over the closing stages of the race.

It was a fine effort by both mares and Abidewithme’s winning time of 1:23.02 was faster than the other three 1400-metre races on the Caulfield card, including Boban’s Memsie Stakes G1.

Abidewithme and her stakes-winning half-sister Miss Scarlatti are the best of six winners from the dual Group winner Crimson (by Zabeel), a three-quarter sister to 1987 Victoria Derby winner Omnicorp, from the family of Singpore Group 1 winner Always Certain (by Not A Single Doubt). Crimson is now retired after foaling a 2014 filly to Group 3 winner Burgundy (by Redoute’s Choice).

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan celebrate Group 2 win

April 2015 has been a month of remarkable career milestones for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and Abidewithme brought up another one at Te Rapa in New Zealand on Saturday.

Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s 5YO homebred mare proved too staunch for her rivals in the $100,000 Cambridge JC Travis S. 2000m G2, her first Group victory after two wins at shorter distances in Listed stakes company at three and four.

The victory was more than usually significant for Sir Patrick, a past president & Life Member of the Cambridge Jockey Club.

He said, “I don’t think I’ve had a horse that deserves a big one as much as her. To get it in this race on my own club’s big day is very special.”

Trained by Jason Bridgeman, Abidewithme was ridden by Michael McNab who was full of praise for the mare. “I can’t speak highly enough of her…she gives 120 per cent…she’s got the best attitude and just wants to win.”

Abidewithme is the 75th indivdual Group winner, among 123 lifetime stakeswinners, for Redoute’s Choice, and her success was followed about 10 hours later by the champion sire’s fourth Group 1 quinella, when Wylie Hall and Majmu ran 1-2 in the President’s Champions Challenge G1 in South Africa.

Like the Melbourne stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti, Abidewithme is from the Group 2-winning Zabeel mare Crimson, and has now won seven of her 22 starts, for career earnings of almost $250,000.

The combination of Zabeel mares with sons of Danehill is responsible for 39 stakeswinners, eight of them by Redoute’s Choice, including three-time Group 1 winner Samantha Miss.

Sons of Redoute’s Choice like Zabeel mares too, with Group 1 winner Shootoff (by Duelled) and Group 2 winners Time For War (by Snitzel) & Gypsy Diamond (by Not A Single Doubt) among the results.

Second stakes win for Redoute's Choice mare

Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan’s homebred mare Abidewithme signed off a memorable week for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice with stakes success in New Zealand this afternoon.

The 4YO mare added a second Listed Race to her record when she finished over the top of a talented field to claim today’s WRC Anniversary H. 1600m LR.

Arietta, winner of her previous four starts, was the runner-up, a long head away, and Roc de Chine was almost a length back in third place.

Abidewithme had previously won at Listed level as a 3YO, but has returned in even better form this season, winning at all three of her appearances.

One of eight stakeswinners bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Zabeel cross, Abidewithme is a half-sister to VRC Oaks-placed stakeswinner Miss Scarlatti, from Group 2 winner Crimson. This is also the family of Victoria Derby G1 winner Omnicorp and Group winners Wildly, Suavity and the fine Singapore performer Always Certain (by Not A Single Doubt).

Abidewithme has now won six of her 9 starts and is an exciting prospect for further black type honours.

Her win at Trentham rounded out a big week for Redoute’s Choice, who topped the Magic Millions sire averages for the ninth year and promptly left for France where he is standing his second season at Haras de Bonneval. Just as he arrived, the births of his first French-conceived foals were being announced.

Then, on Wednesday, the Arrowfield-bred filly All Cerise became Redoute’s Choice’s 700th individual winner when she won in style at Canterbury for the Kepitis family and trainer Chris Waller.

Ten yearlings from the 2012 crop of Redoute’s Choice will be offered at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March including 3 colts & 3 fillies in the Arrowfield draft – click here for more information.