Group 1 triumph for Peters & Redoute’s Choice

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his extraordinary legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth…

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth.

The 6YO mare is the great sire’s 34th individual Group 1 winner and she earned that status the hard way, drifting back towards the rear soon after the start to end up in a seemingly impossible position as the field rounded the turn. 

However, Perth’s champion jockey William Pike kept his cool and deftly claimed the space that opened around Galaxy Star at the 250-metre mark. The mare did the rest, sprinting swiftly to the lead and powering clear to score by 1.75 lengths from Gatting and Material Man in 1:34.08.

Watch Galaxy Star win the WATC Railway S. G1.

Less than an hour earlier, the same players – the Peters, trainers Grant & Alana Williams, William Pike and Redoute’s Choice – also figured in Arcadia Queen’s WA Guineas G2 victory. The Pierro filly is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare and helps to consolidate his newly acquired position at the head of the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $8.8 million prizemoney and 11 stakeswinners including Victoria Derby G1 winner Extra Brut. 

Galaxy Star is the second of only two foals left by city winner Galaxy Queen (by Jeune) before her premature death in January 2013. 

Galaxy Queen’s stakes-winning half-sister Star Encounter has been even more successful at stud, leaving three stakeswinners for Bob & Sandra Peters, including Galaxy Star’s close relatives Perfect Jewel & Royal Star, both by Redoute’s Choice. 

Peters Investments has been a consistent supporter of Redoute’s Choice, as breeder & buyer, since the early days of his stud career and has been rewarded with six valuable fillies that have won nine Group & Listed Races.  All are home-breds except for Very Tempting, a $420,000 Magic Millions yearling bought by Belmont Bloodstock from Vinery Stud and the only one not out of a mare by either Jeune or Metal Storm, both from the Grey Sovereign sire-line.

Below is Arrowfield’s tally of Bob & Sandra Peters’ contribution to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary lifetime record of 161 stakeswinners & 321 stakes victories. Galaxy Star,with ten wins from 13 starts and prizemoney only $19,000 short of $1 million, will have her next chance to extend it in the $1 million Kingston Town Classic G1 on 8 December.

STAKESWINNERDAM, DAMSIRE (SIRE-LINE)
STAKES WINTRAINER
ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2014 WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L. , 1200mGrant Williams
ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2012 WATC Burgess Queen S., L. , 1400m.Grant Williams
BROADWAY BELLE (AUS) 2005Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2009 WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L. , 1400m.Graeme Ballantyne 
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Railway S., Gr.1, 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Asian Beau S., Gr.3 , 1400mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Belgravia S., L ., 1200mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC WA Guineas, Gr.2 , 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
ROYAL STAR (AUS) (2013)Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Natasha S., L. , 2200mGrant & Alana Williams
VERY TEMPTING (AUS) 2013Fit And Ready by More Than Ready (Halo)2017 WATC WA Oaks, Gr.3 , 2400mGrant & Alana Williams

Thanks largely to sensational colt The Autumn Sun, Galaxy Star and a second Perth stakeswinner Super Maxi, Redoute’s Choice has moved up into sixth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership with earnings of $3.9 million. 

A big name in the sale-ring since his first million-dollar yearling in 2004, Redoute’s Choice has 21 lots catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, including 5 fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield

Derby Day success for Redoute’s Choice as sire & damsire

Adding a new Group 1 winner to his burgeoning record as a broodmare sire wasn’t enough for Redoute’s Choice on Saturday. Soon after Extra Brut raced away with the $2 million VRC Victoria Derby G1, the Champion Sire posted his 161st lifetime stakeswinner…

Adding a new Group 1 winner to his burgeoning record as a broodmare sire wasn’t enough for Redoute’s Choice on Saturday. 

A little over three hours after Extra Brut (out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dom Perion) raced away with the $2 million VRC Victoria Derby 2500m G1,  the Champion Sire posted his 161st lifetime stakeswinner. 

That was the Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred mare Galaxy Star, whose easy 2.5 length victory in the $150,000 WATC Asian Beau S. 1400m G3 suggested it would not be her last black-type success. 

The 6YO mare has now booked a start in the Railway S. G1 over 1600 metres on 24 November, the first of Perth Racing’s three $1 million races billed as The Masters at Ascot.

Trained by Grant & Alana Williams, Galaxy Star is the second of only two foals bred by Peters Investments from city winner Galaxy Queen (by Jeune) before her premature death in January 2013. 

Galaxy Queen’s stakes-winning half-sister Star Encounter has been even more successful at stud, leaving three stakeswinners including Galaxy Star’s close relatives Perfect Jewel & Royal Star, both by Redoute’s Choice. 

The mighty son of Danehill is currently among the top ten sires on both the Australian General Sires’ premiership (where he’s 8th with earnings of just over $3 million), and the Broodmare Sires’ list where he’s chasing Redzel’s damsire Rubiton in clear second position, with more than $7 million prizemoney. 

Extra Brut (by Domesday) is Redoute’s Choice’s 12th Group 1 winner as a damsire, and the second Victoria Derby winner out of a Redoute’s Choice daughter, after Ace High last year.

He can also claim a role in the Coolmore Stud S. G1 trifecta by Sunlight, Zousain & Lean Mean Machine. They are all from the first crop of Zoustar whose dam Zouzou is a first-crop daughter of Redoute’s Choice.

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. 

Final Salute seals double for Doubt

Not A Single Doubt completed a two-state stakes double on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Final Salute took out the $100,000 WATC J.C. Roberts S. 1800m LR, after Single Bullet’s Group 3 win in Sydney.

Final Salute enjoyed an untroubled run at Ascot, sitting fourth on the rail until William Pike peeled him out on the turn and sent him forward, with the result soon settled by a half-length margin. Gatting and Friaresque filled the placings and the favourite Gangbuster was fourth.

Watch Final Salute win the WATC J.C. Roberts S. LR.

Final Salute had won his maiden at Northam last October and was a good fourth in the WA Guineas G2 in November before a brief spell followed by a fifth and then a Listed placing at Ascot last month.

He is Not A Single Doubt’s 39th stakeswinner and the second of two winners out of New Zealand Listed winner Sophia Babe (by Iglesia), from the famous “Heights” family. That makes him a relative of Champion 3YO Sky Heights, Classic-winning fillies Mapperley Heights & Royal Heights and the 1970s champion Battle Heights whose 23 wins included the 1974 Cox Plate.

Sophia Babe has a 2YO colt So Great (by Pierro) in training alongside Final Salute, a yearling filly by Pierro and she is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

This was Not A Single Doubt’s second stakes double in 2016/17, following his memorable night at Moonee Valley on 30 September, when Extreme Choice won the Moir S. G1 and Don’t Doubt Mamma was successful in the Stocks S. G2.

Last month the Not A Single Doubt-Sambar colt topped the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale when he was knocked down to trainer Chris Gangemi for $325,000.

The son of Redoute’s Choice lies fifth on the Australian General Sires’ premiership with $6.8 million, a figure that his likely Slipper runners Gunnison and Single Bullet can now boost substantially.

Arrowfield graduates rock it everywhere

It’s that time of year when the breeding season is almost done, the first yearling sale catalogues – for Magic Millions, Inglis Classic & Karaka – are out and buyers start tweeting photos from farms throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Right on cue, a bunch of weekend performances in three states and two countries turn the lights up on the success that Arrowfield graduates accumulate all year round.

The highlight came at Ascot in Perth where Rock Magic (Redoute’s Choice-Rockabubble by Bubble Gum Fellow) stormed home for third in the $1 million WATC Winterbottom S. 1200m G1.

Watch Rock Magic’s 3rd in the WATC Winterbottom S. G1.

There was plenty of drama behind Rock Magic’s career-best effort, because he’d sliced his near-fore hoof in the days leading up to the race. Trainer Chris Gangemi, his staff, farrier and vets were determined not to repeat the gelding’s 2015 scratching from the race and called on stable mentor, leading Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes, for advice.

Rock Magic passed the official RWWA veterinary examination on Friday morning and, with the addition of bar plates, took his place in the field. However, his troubles weren’t over, because the 7YO gelding ended up being shuffled backwards before the turn and when a gap finally appeared, he was bumped on the way through it. To make third, less than a length from the winner Takedown, was outstanding. 

As described on the Gangemi stable website, “There were a lot of tears and hugs with the realisation among the group of what Rocky had just done…No matter what Rocky does from here, he has provided his group of owners some of the greatest moments in their life.”

Bred by Arrowfield & John Leaver’s Planette Thoroughbred, Rock Magic didn’t find a buyer at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale, so began his career for his breeders from the Paul Messara stable. He won three of his first four starts as an Autumn 3YO and added a fourth success a year later before his sale as a rising 5YO to a large group of owners led by Gangemi Thoroughbreds. Since then he’s earned more than $700,000 from eight wins (five at Group 3 and Listed level) and nine placings from 24 starts in the West.

In South Africa, 3YO Snitzel colt Heavenly Blue continued his progress with a second placing in the Turffontein Dingaans H. 1600m G2, won by another promising colt, Singapore Sling.

A $200,000 Form Bloodstock buy from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, Heavenly Blue has won two of his four starts for trainer & part-owner Mike de Kock, who commented last week, “Heavenly Blue is your typical Classic horse. I haven’t got to bottom of him yet. I thought he ran a cracker last time. It was too short and he raced too green. He’s a big runner but if he does have a shortcoming, it’s his inexperience.”

Heavenly Blue was bred by Arrowfield & Cloros Bloodstock from the El Prado mare Simply Carina, who has a Snitzel filly entered in the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Back in Australia, Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Zinzi’s toughness prevailed in a tight battle over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm. The win at her third start confirmed co-trainer Gillian Heinrich’s good opinion of the filly who will be set for January’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (R) LR.

Watch Zinzi win at Eagle Farm.

Zinzi, out of Group 1 winner Clean Sweep (by End Sweep), was a $47,500 Magic Millions Gold Coast purchase from Arrowfield.

A fourth Arrowfield graduate, 3YO colt Canny Rocket closed out the weekend with an easy win as hot favourite over 975 metres at the Swan Hill meeting on Sunday. He’d posted three thirds in strong New South Wales company before a transfer to Darren Weir and his first Good4 track which he appeared to relish. 

Watch Canny Rocket win at Swan Hill.

Canny Rocket, the 35th winner for Australia’s current leading sophomore sire Smart Missile, is out of Cannarelle (by Canny Lad), making him a half-brother to I Am Invincible. He was bought for $150,000 by Ian MacPherson at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale.

Big day everywhere for Smart Missile

Smart Missile is back on top of the Australian Second Season Sires’ list after quality Saturday wins at Ascot & Bendigo and a valuable Group 3 placing at Caulfield.

However, the day began across the Tasman with Cha Siu Bao, who followed up his impressive maiden success at Te Rapa last month with a three-length win at Ashburton for Hermitage Thoroughbreds and the stable of Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott.

Watch Cha Siu Bao win in New Zealand.

The fixed odds for next month’s NZ Two Thousand Guineas G1 were immediately adjusted and the colt now sits on the third line of betting at $8.00.

A $425,000 purchase by Anton & Oliver Koolman from Widden’s Inglis Easter draft, Cha Siu Bao is the fourth winner out of the Frost family’s multiple Group winner and Group 1 placegetter Ballet Society (by Stravinsky), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Cent Home.

Next up was Redgum Racing’s 2YO colt Strela. He defied his double-figure starting price to make an excellent debut at Bendigo, settling quickly in front and extending his lead in the straight to out-gun Tarima & Margot. The time of 50.88 was a new race and track record for 900 metres.

Strela (ex Humma Mumma by Bel Esprit) was a $120,000 buy from Flinders Park Stud at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is prepared by John Sadler.

Watch Strela win on debut.

Rocketeer continued his excellent Spring form when second to Good Standing in the $500,000 MRC Caulfield Classic 2000m G3, and was a touch unlucky it wasn’t the other way round. Shuffled back on the turn while all-the-way leader Good Standing shot clear, he did well to cut the winner’s margin to three-quarters of a length.

The quinella was a notable result for Smart Missile’s owner & breeder Gooree Park Stud whose red & black colours are carried by Good Standing.

Watch Rocketeer’s 2nd, MRC Caulfield Classic G3.

Rocketeer is the third winner out of Some Girls Do (by More Than Ready), a winning half-sister to Sydney stakeswinner Winter King. He was a $150,000 purchase for Moody Racing from the Edinburgh Park draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The Mick Price-trained gelding’s four seconds – two in black type company – since his maiden win in August keep  him on track for the $1.5 million Victoria Derby G1 on 29 October. 

Smart Missile’s fruitful day ended at Ascot in Perth where 3YO filly Royal Missile got her second win this season, and it was a super effort.

Drawn widest of the ten runners in the 1400-metre 3YO event, Royal Missile ended up at the rear of the field, but made ground swiftly round the turn and sprinted home for a stylish victory, three-quarters of a length ahead of Samovare. 

Watch Royal Missile win at Ascot.

Royal Missile is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Turffontein, from Spirit of Grace (by Dr Grace), and was offered by Blue Gum Farm at Inglis Melbourne where she was knocked down for $240,000 to Aquanita Racing. She’s trained by Simon Miller in Perth for a partnership including loyal Aquanita clients Ray, Ben & Ryan Meadowcroft.

Rocketeer, Strela and Royal Missile added almost $150,000 to Smart Missile’s earnings – enough to take him past Foxwedge with a new total of $669,618. He comfortably heads the list by winners with 15, and has just cracked his first million dollars as a sire, thanks largely to his eight stakes performers.

The marketplace is missing none of this: Baystone Farm’s Smart Missile colt out of Asshewaqua topped the recent Inglis Ready2Race Sale, selling for $310,000.