Redoute's Choice & Shadwell strike again

New international investors seeking models for success in Australian need only examine the performance of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud over the past 15 years.

Key ingredients of Shadwell’s outstanding success were evident at Ballarat on Tuesday when 2YO filly Nasaayim scored a soft win over 1200 metres at her second start. 

Watch Nasaayim win at Ballarat.

Like Group 1 winners Majmu, Mustaaqeem, Rafeef and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Listed winner Zamzam, she is a daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Like all of those horses, except Nadeem and Zamzam, she was secured by Shadwell’s renowned racing manager Angus Gold from the Arrowfield barn at Inglis Easter.

And like most of Shadwell’s Australian stars, Nasaayim is trained by the Lindsay Park team, now comprising David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.

A quality sort who fills the eye, Nasaayim is a three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Dracarys (by Snitzel), out of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality). Nocturnelle is proving to be a great asset for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida, with performance matched by sale-ring returns of $1 million for Dracarys and $650,000 for Nasaayim.

Nasaayim joins this season’s 2YO stakeswinners Qafila (by Not A Single Doubt) & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and winners Futooh (by Sebring) and Enbihaar (by Magnus) to make a strong case for the Shadwell-Lindsay Park approach to identifying precocious talent. All five are nominated for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 24 March.

Other members of Shadwell’s Australian Class of 2017 include the unraced Arrowfield Easter colts Atyaab (Dundeel-Sylvaner) and Mashaheer (Snitzel-Silla Regalis).

Just as Lindsay Park is starting to roll out its juveniles ahead of Autumn’s major prizes, so Redoute’s Choice – already the sire of 37 2YO stakeswinners – is sending his babies out to play. The filly Al Naifa won her race debut on 21 January, while Redoute’s Choice colts Bold and Wild, Scepter of Power, The Autumn Sun & Tchaikovsky and fillies Brazilica, Lady Legend, In A While, Jen Rules & Premier Rose have all shown up in NSW trials. 

3YO Arrowfield graduates Ardrossan & Pariah are also poised to boost Redoute’s Choice’s record – both colts are nominated for the $1.25 million VRC Newmarket H. G1 on 10 March. 

A pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies at Inglis Melbourne, and 23 Inglis Easter yearlings, nine of them consigned by Arrowfield, are the season’s final opportunities to buy premier yearlings by the three-time Champion Sire.

Boom time for Spur & Single

They were there to make up the numbers. 

That was the message of the Caulfield Cup betting market which gave Boom Time and Single Gaze almost no chance of making the frame.

But at the business end of the $3 million race, it was the never-say-die son of Flying Spur and the bottomlessly brave daughter of Not A Single Doubt who fought out the finish. 

Watch Boom Time & Single Gaze quinella the MRC Caulfield Cup G1

Boom Time, previously a Group-placed dual Listed winner, was given a near-perfect run by Cory Parish who took advantage of gate 3 to slot the 6YO gelding in on the rail, behind the leading bunch, as Sir Isaac Newton took off in front. It took a little work to ease him into space at the top of the straight but when the break came, Boom Time sprinted to the lead.  

Single Gaze and Kathy O’Hara had a trickier task from gate 12 and took the make-your-own-luck route, spearing forward to lead the chase after Sir Isaac Newton, settling beautifully mid-race and responding heartily when the pressure came on. Boom Time just had a little more left at the end of the 2400-metre contest, and won by 1.25 lengths in 2:27.66, with Johannes Vermeer third.  

Boom Time was bred and raced with good success by Western Australian businessman Kim Loxton, until his sale earlier this year to champion trainer David Hayes, who celebrated three generations of Caulfield Cup success with his co-trainers, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig. Colin Hayes won the race with How Now in 1976, while David already had two victories on his record, with Fraar (1993) and Tawqeet (2006).

It’s not uncommon for horses to out-run their pedigrees, but in Boom Time’s case, the disconnect is more than usually significant.

Yes, Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur took his brilliance out to 1600 metres in the Australian Guineas and All Aged Stakes. Yes, Boom Time’s damsire Snippets was a top-class 2YO and sprinter who sired winners of the Doomben Cup G1 and MacKinnon Stakes G1. However, neither stallion could be called a reliable source of stayers!

Boom Time’s female family is almost entirely dedicated to short-course speed. His dam Bit Of A Ride won seven races up to 1400 metres, and under his third dam Love Song sit the names of Magnus (AJC The Galaxy G1), Champion 3YO Colt All Too Hard and – the very definition of unrivalled speed in 21st century Australian racing – Black Caviar. 

Boom Time is the 13th Group 1 winner for 2007 Champion Sire Flying Spur, still in good health at the age of 25 and very happily enjoying his retirement at Arrowfield, on the farm he did so much to help build.

Flying Spur’s tally of stakeswinners is 99 and with his final crop now five-year-olds, time is running out to complete his century. Boom Time will get the chance to add a much bigger prize to Flying Spur’s CV by taking his place in the field for the $6 million Melbourne Cup G1 on 7 November. 

Boom Time for Flying Spur

Champion Sire Flying Spur retired from stud duties five years ago and, now 25 years-old, he lives happily at Arrowfield Stud, which his outstanding racing, breeding and sales success helped to build. We visited him a couple of days after his son Boom Time won the $3 million MRC Caulfield Cup G1:

Arrowfield Stud: Hey Spur, how are you this morning?

Flying Spur: I’m great, just enjoying the sunshine here with my old mate Iceman – what’s up?

AS: Well, quite a lot actually – one of your sons, from your second last crop of foals, has just won the Caulfield Cup!

FS: Er, what? The Caulfield Cup? But isn’t that a 2400-metre race, and one of Australia’s Big Cups?

AS: Spot on Spur, and Boom Time won it brilliantly. Mind you, he surprised almost everyone – he started at 50/1.

FS: Well, well, you just never know, do you? Who trains him?

AS: David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom, and David owns him too, so a wonderful result for Lindsay Park. 

FS: I remember David, he trained Sleek Chassis for me too – lovely bloke, good on him. So who’s Boom Time’s mother?

AS: A nice bay mare called Bit Of A Ride, won seven races…remember her?

FS: Ah, I think I met quite a few mares like her in my time!  But good on her too, well done! 

AS: In fact, you’ve met a few members of her family and sired a couple of Boom Time’s smart relatives, Group 1 winner Magnus – he’s doing a good job at stud too – and stakeswinner Arctic Flight, both out of….

FS: ….Scandinavia, I’ve got you now. Isn’t that also the family of…

AS: Yep, Black Caviar – pretty amazing, eh?

FS: So where does Boom Time’s stamina come from? 

AS: Good question! It might even be you – you’ve sired several stakeswinners around 2000 metres, and Boom Time is your fourth stakeswinner at 2400 metres or more. He’s certainly improved the further he’s gone, and now he’s going for the Melbourne Cup.

FS: Well, that’s one trophy I know I don’t have in the cupboard. It would go nicely with Forensics’ Golden Slipper, Mentality’s Randwick Guineas, Sleek Chassis’ Blue Diamond, Magnus’ Galaxy, Alverta’s Coolmore Classic, All Time High’s Thousand Guineas and Inspiration’s Hong Kong Sprint. And all the rest!

AS: Nothing wrong with your memory, Spur! Something else to tuck away – you’re now ninth on the Australian Sires’ list with just over $2 million and only three winners this season.

FS: Gee, what are the rest of my kids doing? Gone on holiday?

AS: Hate to break it to you Spur, but your youngest kids are now five-year-olds, just a year younger than Boom Time. And you’ve been sitting on 99 stakeswinners for nearly two years now…

FS: …so time’s running out. I get the message. Still, 99 is pretty good – and how many Group 1 winners now?

AS: Thirteen, not as many as Redoute’s Choice, but still ahead of Snitzel – only just!

FS: That young whippersnapper! Where’s he on the Sires’ table?

AS: Easy old boy, he’s already won his first Premiership and is on top again this season, with Not A Single Doubt chasing him.

FS: I knew they’d go far, those boys. I never told Redoute’s Choice this, but he’s all class, the only other stallion I ever looked up to. Apart from Dad.

AS: And now, like Danehill, you’ve sired a Caulfield Cup winner. 

FS: How about that? Hey, better go now and catch up with my old mate. Thanks for the update!

AS: Good on you Spur, and maybe you’ll get that 100th stakeswinner yet!