Redoute's Choice reaches new milestone

Memo from Redoute’s Choice: “Don’t sign off on the news out of a day’s racing while I have a couple of stakes runners still to come.”

The champion sire sent that message on Saturday evening, after the celebrations of Winx’s three-peat Cox Plate victory, and after Snitzel’s fourth big-track stakes double of the season.

As if to remind his champion son who still occupies the No. 1 box at Arrowfield’s stallion quarters, Redoute’s Choice summoned 3YO Perth filly Perfect Jewel and 2YO French filly Lilac Fairy into action. 

Both daughters duly delivered, winning in the style of fillies likely to progress further this year.

Perfect Jewel became the 150th individual stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice when she won the $100,000 WATC Belgravia S. 1200m LR, her third consecutive win for owner-breeders Bob & Sandra Peters and trainers Grant & Alana Williams. 

She is the third stakeswinner from the Peters’ wonderful broodmare Star Encounter (by Jeune), herself a Listed winner and also dam of Perth Cup G2 winner Star Exhibit and stakeswinner Royal Star, a year-older full sister to Perfect Jewel. 

Richer prizes at Perth’s upcoming Summer Carnival now beckon Perfect Jewel, nominated for the WA Guineas G2, and Royal Star, entered for the Railway Stakes G1. Both fillies are also among the nominations for the Kingston Town Classic G1 on 9 December.

Three hours after Perfect Jewel’s win, around 10.30 pm Sydney time, Lilac Fairy lined up in the Prix des Sablonnets LR over 1600 metres at the picturesque course of Nantes in France. 

Built very much on the mould of her famous sire, Lilac Fairy became stakeswinner No. 151 in good style, winning by a half-length from Mon Amie Chop & Shenoya, and fulfilling the promise she had shown in two runner-up finishes last month. 

Bred by Guy Heald, Lilac Fairy is out of Border Bloom (by Selkirk) from the family of stakeswinner Dubai Rose and her Group 2-winning daughter The Juliet Rose.

She is the 37th juvenile stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and the third stakeswinner, after Gold Luck & Ibiza, conceived during his two-season stint at the Aga Khan ‘s Haras de Bonneval. 

Lilac Fairy was offered at the 2016 Arqana October Sale by Ecurie Monceaux and bought for €150,000 by Blandford Bloodstock and owner Golden East Horse. She is prepared by Francis-Henri Graffard, a graduate of the Darley Flying Start programme now making an impact as a trainer in France. 

This same-day stakes double is the first for Redoute’s Choice this season, but it’s been a common feature of his career. In fact, he has recorded similar doubles in all but two seasons, 2003/04 (with one crop racing), and 2007/08. 

His record includes two same-track Group 1 doubles, more than a decade apart: Nadeem (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Snitzel (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1) at Caulfield on 25 February 2006, and the full brothers Mustaaqeem (South African Nursery G1) & Rafeef (Computaform Sprint G1) at Turffontein on 6 May 2017. 

Nadeem was also represented by a stakeswinner on Saturday, 2YO colt Sir Nate in the WRC Wellesley S. LR, while Burgundy, yet another son of Redoute’s Choice, is the sire of ARC Soliloquy S. LR winner Dijon Bleu. 

€775,000 for Redoute's Choice filly at Arqana

Soon after Howard Be Thy Name became the 30th Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice, a 2YO Irish-bred daughter of the champion sire very nearly topped Saturday’s Arqana Breeze Up Sale in France.

The filly, out of Listed winner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand), was a pin-hooking triumph for UK-based Oaks Farm Stables, which sold her for €775,000. That’s more than ten times her weanling price in the same ring last October, and a record price for a 2YO by Redoute’s Choice.

She was bought for Tengku Abdal Rahman by agent Stephen Hillen who said, “She’s by a champion sire out of a stakes winning mare and she did, from what I could see, the fastest breeze.”

View the filly’s pedigree & breeze up video.

Hillen had earlier been the under-bidder on the sale-topping Frankel filly, knocked down for €800,000 to Mandore Agency on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing.

Redoute’s Choice was based for the 2013 and 2014 Northern Hemisphere seasons at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France. 

His first 2YO runner is yet to appear, but in the meantime, his first season sire son Elzaam has made a big impression with a trio of winners, King Electric, Clem Fandango and Berkshire Boy, from his first seven runners. 

Elzaam (out of Mambo In Freeport by Kingmambo), and bred to northern time in Australia by Kia Ora Stud, won at Listed level for his owner Sheikh Hamdan, but his best performances were at Royal Ascot. He was a thrilling second in the Coventry S. G2 at two, and was the first 3YO home when fourth in Society Rock’s Golden Jubilee S. G1. An injury ended his 4YO campaign before it began and he retired to Joe Foley’s Ballyhane Stud in 2012.

Mambo In Freeport has subsequently produced Rajamani and Ravi, full sisters to Elzaam and both city winners. Sadly, Rajamani has died, but 3YO filly Ravi remains in training with Peter & Paul Snowden for Kia Ora and is down to run at Randwick on Wednesday.

Redoute's Choice colt makes $1.4 million at Arqana

The first European yearlings by Redoute’s Choice made a big impact on the opening two days of the Arqana August Sale, averaging almost $600,000 and including the 66th seven-figure yearling of his stellar sale-ring career.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson bought three colts by the champion sire including the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina (by Unfuwain), offered by Haras d’Etreham and knocked down for  €950,000 (~$1.4 million). That makes him the top-priced Redoute’s Choice yearling sold worldwide in 2015.

Ferguson struck early on the first day, bidding €450,000 (~$670,000) for the colt from Copernica presented by Richard Powell’s Haras du Lieu des Champs.

He said after that purchase, “Redoute’s Choice has been a superb stallion in Australia, and there’s no reason why he won’t repeat his success in the Northern Hemisphere.
“This is a Redoute’s Choice out of a Galileo mare going back to a great family, including High Chaparral, and he was a very athletic horse and we’re delighted to have him.”

That sale was a great result for Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud who bought the colt as a foal for 175,000gns at Tattersalls December last year.

Foley said, “He was an outstanding foal with a stallion’s pedigree and I’m a great believer in Redoute’s Choice, as I stand his son Elzaam, whose first foals head to the sales later this year. Everybody had looked at him and Richard filled me with confidence that he would sell well. Best of luck to Godolphin.”

Haras des Capucines was the vendor of John Ferguson’s third Redoute’s Choice colt, out of Sandy Girl (by Footstepsinthesand), a winning half-sister to six-time Group 1 winner Stacelita. He was secured for €660,000 (~$990,000).

Asked to compare Redoute’s Choice’s European and Australian progeny, Ferguson said,  “I’ve been looking at them in Australia for many years, so I’d say they’re fairly similar to those in Australia. There’s not a huge difference. Some horses with different mares can produce different types, but he’s such a pre-eminent and dominant stallion; Redoute’s Choices look like Redoute’s Choices.”

Ferguson’s past Australian purchases by the great son of Danehill include Group 1 winner Master of Design and Group 1-placed stakeswinners Estee & Time Thief.

Other successful bidders included Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock, which has already enjoyed success with Group 2-winning Redoute’s Choice filly Honorine in South Africa, and UK trainer Roger Varian.

In all, nine of the first 11 Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice sold for an average of  €386,000 (~$580,000), well above the to-date average of  €245,791 (~$370,000) and placing him fourth on the Sale’s leading sires list.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of the Aga Khan’s French Studs, says, “At the time we brought Redoute’s Choice over from Arrowfield Stud there was concern that there weren’t enough good stallions in France. He was probably way above the standard of what people expected but they supported him and the rewards are coming now.”

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “We’re delighted with these results and acknowledge the wonderful support Redoute’s Choice has received in Europe from breeders, vendors & buyers. We’re also very grateful to the Aga Khan, Georges Rimaud and the team at Haras de Bonneval for giving Redoute’s Choice the best opportunity to make his mark in Europe.”

Haras des Capucines & La Motteraye Consignment will present the final two Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice at the Sale’s closing session which begins at 9.00 pm on Monday evening (AEST).

Arqana opens new chapter for Redoute's Choice

Fifteen yearlings at the Arqana August Sale in Deauville will open a new chapter in the already spectacular story of Redoute’s Choice.

View the Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice here.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval, home to Redoute’s Choice during the 2013 and 2014 northern hemisphere seasons, has inspected most of the champion sire’s first European crop.

He says, “I am very pleased with what I have seen, they are well developed with very good frames, good bone, lots of scope and generally correct with lots of presence. I think they are a very good representation of what their sire can produce.

“The two European crops by Redoute’s Choice offer a great opportunity to access Danehill’s blood close up in the pedigree. He will bring scope and speed to most European families and we have seen that specifically with the Aga Khan families. He is bringing exactly what we wanted. The frame and bone are there, and I am sure speed will show on the racecourse.”

Georges adds, “Redoute’s Choice is also turning out to be a fantastic broodmare sire, so his fillies should be very attractive to breeders looking to diversify their bloodlines.”

Henri Bozo is the Manager of the Ecurie des Monceaux,  leading vendor at Arqana August Sale for the last three years. He says, “We have three yearlings and two foals by Redoute’s Choice, and all of them have great power with a lot of substance. We have an impressive yearling filly from a classic pedigree. It will be very interesting to see them run over here.”

The Monceaux filly is out of Astronomy Domine, a Galileo half-sister to Group 3 winner Pacifique, and to the dam of Irish Oaks G1 winner Chicquita, from the family of dual Oaks winner Alexandrova.

She is one of three Redoute’s Choice yearlings at Arqana out of mares by Galileo, whose sire Sadler’s Wells is second damsire of Redoute’s Choice’s champion daughter Miss Finland.

Lot 82, the filly from Katyusha and Lot 173, the colt from Thislillightofmine boast the Redoute’s Choice/Kingmambo combination responsible for dual Group 1 winner Gallica and English stakeswinner Elzaam, also fourth in the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee S. G1. In all, mares by sons of Mr. Prospector have left 13 stakeswinners to Redoute’s Choice, among them Miss Finland and champion South African filly Majmu.

A pair of fillies from the Mezeray and Etreham consignments are bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Rainbow Quest cross, already seen in dual Group 2 winner and Cox Plate third Rekindled Interest.

The Arqana Sale, which last year averaged 147,864 Euros (~$217,000), with a top price of 1.2 million Euros (~$1.76 million), will be held from 15-17 August.