Strong start for Redoute's Choice in Europe

A quick-fire sequence of four 3YO winners in three weeks has given champion sire Redoute’s Choice a strong start to the 2017 season in Europe.

Al Shaqab Racing’s filly Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is the latest of the quartet to salute, when she returned on Sundayto Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, where she won on debut over 1600 metres last September, to score again over the same distance. Settled in second place by jockey Greogry Benoist, Wajnah made her run round the turn and sustained a solid effort up the straight to defeat La Sardane and Silver Storm.

Wajnah is a half-sister to Listed winners Bassamba and Baine (also runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas G1) from the family of champion sprinter and leading sire Anabaa. Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair, she was bought for €260,000 at the 2015 Arqana October Sale by agent Nicolas de Watrigant. Along with several other Redoute’s Choice fillies, including last season’s winners Astronomy’s Choice, Gold Luck & Deep Inside, Wajnah is nominated for the French 1000 Guineas G1 at Deauville on 13 May.

Close relatives Eyes On Asha and Spotify supplied wins within 24 hours of each other last week. Eyes On Asha won by 2.5 lengths over 6 furlongs at her Newcastle UK debut on Friday, an eye-catching effort after missing the kick and racing near the back of the field.

Watch Eyes On Asha win at Newcastle

The Kevin Ryan-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice fetched a near-record €775,000 after a fast breeze-up at last year’s Arqana May 2YO Sale. She is out of the Italian stakeswinner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand) and shares her grand-dam with Spotify, who saluted at Chantilly last Thursday.

A home-bred for the Wertheimers, Spotify (ex Gwenseb by Green Tune) also kept his unbeaten record when he won powered home in fine style to win a 1900-metre event by three lengths at Chantilly last Thursday. A half-brother to Group winners Attendu and Impassable, Spotify is prepared by Christophe Ferland.

Watch Spotify win at Chantilly – video replay courtesy of TDN and Fasig-Tipton

It was also at Chantilly that the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude gave Redoute’s Choice his first European winner of 2017 when she won a 1900-metre event on 14 February.

Fourth at her debut last November, Golden Attitude is among the first European runners for American owner-breeders Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth whose horses campaign under the name of  LNJ Foxwoods. They bought her dam Gold Round (by Caerleon) in 2012, sent her to Redoute’s Choice at Haras de Bonneval and then to the United States where she foaled Golden Attitude in 2014.

Gold Round’s major claim to fame is that she’s a half-sister to champion Goldikova, but she was a Group 3 winner herself and has done a wonderful job at stud, leaving three stakeswinners among 10 winners, most recently the filly Golden Valentine, who won last year’s Deauville Prix Minerve G3 for the Roths.

Like her older half-sister and Goldikova, Golden Attitude is trained by Freddie Head. Head also prepares the Wertheimer filly Gold Luck, Goldikova’s 3YO half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, who won her debut last September and was then stakes-placed at Deauville.
 
Watch replays of these races at France-Galop:
Wajnah – 5 March, Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, Prix de la Societe d’Encouragement de Bordeaux
Golden Attitude – 14 February, Chantilly, Prix de la Croix Vaillant

Champion 2YO Shalaa to stand at Arrowfield in 2017

Al Shaqab’s Champion 2YO Shalaa (IRE) will shuttle to Arrowfield Stud in Australia from 2017.

Shalaa (Invincible Spirit-Ghurra by War Chant) made his mark on the 2015 European season with five consecutive 1200-metre victories, culminating in Group 1 success in Europe’s premier 2YO sprinting tests, powering clear of his rivals in the Deauville Prix Morny G1 and making all in the Newmarket Middle Park S. G1.

Those performances ultimately cemented Shalaa’s status as Champion 2YO Colt in Great Britain and France.

Jockey Frankie Dettori said after Shalaa’s Middle Park win, “He’s got tremendous speed and he is the fastest two-year-old I’ve ridden. I haven’t met a horse fast enough to lead him.”

His champion trainer John Gosden echoed Dettori’s assessment. “He’s very, very fast – the fastest two-year-old I’ve trained.

“He has so much speed and has that sprinter’s build, so he reminds us all of Oasis Dream…He’s of that mould.”

Timeform was similarly impressed, rating Shalaa at 123+ in July 2015, and declaring him the best two-year-old in the world at that time.

Shalaa is now about to start serving his first mares in France at owner Al Shaqab’s Haras de Bouquetot, among them World Champion and dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve.

Shalaa is a son of the remarkable success story Invincible Spirit, who now commands a €120,000 fee at The Irish National Stud.  His 98 stakeswinners include European Horse of the Year Kingman, Champion European Sprinter Moonlight Cloud and successful young Australian sire I Am Invincible, who currently leads the Australian General Sires’ premiership, following Houtzen’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic victory.

Benoit Jeffroy, Manager of the Al Shaqab breeding operation, comments, “Shalaa is a standout individual, well balanced, correct and he is a great mover. As a son of Invincible Spirit he should undoubtedly prove as popular with Australian breeders as he has been in Europe.”

Khalifa Al Attiya, Al Shaqab Racing ‘s General Manager, says, “We are delighted that Shalaa will be shuttling to Arrowfield Stud in Australia. After his tremendous racing career we have all the hopes he will become a top sire, and we’ve entrusted him with some of our own top quality mares including dual Arc winner Treve.”

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We’re excited to stand Europe’s dominant sprinting two-year-old Shalaa at Arrowfield in association with Al Shaqab, alongside their Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory.

“Shalaa displayed the high quality, early-maturing speed that Australian breeders demand and offers a fresh take on the Danzig sire-line that is clearly working here.”

Messara adds, “I have inspected him personally and he is a great physical type, ideally suited to the Australian market. Arrowfield will support him strongly with a significant number of our quality mares.”

Shalaa will stand his first Australian season in 2017 at a fee of $33,000 inc. GST.

French debut double for Redoute's Choice 2YOs

The day after his daughter Gold Luck won on debut at Maisons-Laffitte, Redoute’s Choice posted a double at Bordeaux, courtesy of the filly Wajnah and the colt Spotify, both having their first starts.

Al Shaqab’s Wajnah claimed the 1600-metre Prix Didier Vezia narrowly but well from Silver Storm and the fast-finishing Maelia (Redoute’s Choice-Mantilla by Gone West).

Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut & Haras de Saint Pair, Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is a half-sister to Listed winners Baine & Bassamba, from the family of Group 1 winner and leading sire Anabaa. She was purchased by Al Shaqab at last year’s Arqana October Sale for €260,000.

Three races later, Spotify took out the Prix du Four a Chaux, also over 1600 metres, from the Al Shaqab-owned pair Ajjlan and Ekftaa.

Like Gold Luck, the Christophe Ferland-trained Spotify is a Wertheimer home-bred. His stakes-winning dam Gwenseb has already left Group winners Impassable and Attendu, and Listed winner Foreign Tune.

These latest three European 2YO winners for Redoute’s Choice take his crop tally to eight – one more than his first Australian crop produced back in 2003/04.

Olympic Glory stars at Arrowfield parade

European sprinting star Olympic Glory paraded for the first time at Arrowfield’s Stallion Open House last weekend and was warmly received by visiting breeders, agents & trainers.

The four-time Group 1 winner paraded in tremendous order, after serving his first first Northern Hemisphere book of more than 160 mares and less than two weeks after leaving quarantine.

He paraded on Saturday morning between Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel, and his resemblance to those outstanding sons of Redoute’s Choice was impossible to miss.

Trainer James Cummings said, “He’s a beautiful horse, not unlike some of the the other horses we have seen here at Arrowfield, particularly Snitzel. He’s going to fit in well with the type of horses we look for as yearlings.”

Ross Daisley, the breeder of Olympic Glory’s game-changing sire Choisir, said, “He’s got a lot of his father in him. A really lovely horse and the record is on the board – four Group Ones. I need to find a mare for him.”

Clint Donovan from Magic Millions said, “Brilliant horse, very athletic, great muscle definition and a lot of quality. You would think he was Snitzel or Not A Single Doubt by the way he gets around. Very pleasantly surprised by him.”

Well-respected bloodstock agent Steve Brem commented, “He reminded me of the good speed horses we have in this part of the world. He has a fantastic record and is a very neat horse, medium sized and easy to mate. A nicely balanced horse.”

Olympic Glory arrives at Arrowfield

Al Shaqab Racing’s European sprinting star Olympic Glory arrived on Wednesday morning at Arrowfield Stud where he will serve his first Southern Hemisphere book this Spring, after parading at next week’s Arrowfield Stallion Open House.

The four-time Group 1 winner has already served a full book of mares at Haras de Bouquetot, the French base of Al Shaqab’s European breeding operation.  

Al Shaqab gave Olympic Glory strong support in France with the following mares among his 2015 court:

  • Dual Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection (by Mizzen Mast), a $US2.7 million purchase
  • Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes winner Eden’s Moon (by Malibu Moon), from the family of US champion Paradise Creek, a $US1.525 million buy
  • Listed winner Seeharn(by Pivotal), a 950,000gns buy
  • Royal Ascot Windsor Forest Stakes G2 winner Strawberrydaiquiri (by Dansili), purchased for $US1.45 million
  • Grade 1-placed Scarlet Strike (by Smart Strike) a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Visionaire, who cost $US1.3 million
  • Prix de Diane G1 third Rjwa(by Muhtathir).

Olympic Glory has been equally well-received in Australia and, like Al Shaqab, Arrowfield has allocated a high-quality group of its own mares for his first season, including Group 1 winners Covertly, Dowry, Miss Kournikova & Rockabubble.

Other Arrowfield mares visiting Olympic Glory this Spring are Class Success (dam of Group 3 winner Squamosa), Hussterics (dam of stakeswinner Lady Jivago) & Sammy’s Girl (by More than Ready from champion filly Samantha Miss).

Olympic Glory to stand at Arrowfield in 2015

Arrowfield Stud is delighted to announce that four-time European Group 1 winner Olympic Glory will join the Stud’s roster in 2015.

The decision to shuttle the high-class sprinting son of Choisir is the first move by H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani’s successful Qatari racing organisation Al Shaqab into Australian thoroughbred breeding.  Olympic Glory is currently standing his first season at Al Shaqab’s Haras de Bouquetot in France.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara says, “Olympic Glory is a first class stallion prospect and as such is a major asset for Australian breeders and also a significant first step in Australia’s relationship with H.E. Sheikh Joaan.  We look forward to launching Olympic Glory’s southern hemisphere career with a strong book of mares.”

John Warren, an advisor to Al Shaqab, says, “H.E. Sheikh Joaan is delighted that Olympic Glory will be standing at Arrowfield; John Messara’s team have a wealth of experience standing top class stallions and are committed to making Al Shaqab’s first venture into the Australian thoroughbred industry a success.”

Olympic Glory, a masculine and handsome son of Choisir from Acidanthera by Alzao won eight of his 15 starts at 1200-1600 metres and placed four times from two to four years.  He was a Group 1 winner in each of those three seasons for earnings of £1,419,773.

His career opened with four wins from five juvenile appearances. They included the Longchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1, and Group 2 successes in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. He also finished 2nd in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes which is the most prestigious 2YO race at Royal Ascot. His performances earned him the titles of Co- Champion British Two Year Old and the Champion Two Year Old in France.

Olympic Glory progressed at three to an impressive 3 ¼ length victory in the Group 1 Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S. G1 and an international rating of 125. That earned him a ranking as the World’s Co-Highest Rated Three Year Old Turf Miler.

As a 4YO Olympic Glory won the Newbury Lockinge S. G1 over a mile and, at his final start, the 1400-metre Prix de la Foret G1 at Longchamp. That performance was notable for Olympic Glory’s amazing run through the field to slam his rivals by two lengths in a track record time of 1.17.73. In doing so he defeated Gordon Lord Byron, winner at his next start of the British Champions Sprint Stakes and Karakontie, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile also at his next start.

Olympic Glory will stand the 2015 season at Arrowfield at a fee of $19,250 inc. GST and will make his first public appearance in Australia at the Stud’s Stallion Open House in August.

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