Andersons celebrate Bonaria's Group 1 victory

“We’re over the moon to breed and race a Group 1 winner, it’s one of the most prized races for mares in Australia and it’s made her a very valuable broodmare. Fantastic!”

That’s how Robert Anderson sums up the experience of winning Saturday’s $500,000 VRC Myer Classic G1 with Bonaria, the 26th Group 1 winner – and the third this season – by champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Robert adds, “I’ve been a great fan of Redoute’s Choice for years, and he’ll be a great broodmare sire too.”

Bonaria is the first Group 1 winner for Robert and his wife Deb as owners and her victory is the result of a Spring campaign focussed on one race.

Robert explains, “We’ve been planning this for months, the mile at Flemington suits her perfectly.

“I was a little concerned about jumping from barrier 13, because it’s very hard from the outside, but it’s better for her than drawing one.

“She has a big, long run and needs a lot of pace. Once she gets her momentum going, she doesn’t want to be interrupted, and she’s very determined.”

A discussion with trainer Pat Hyland will decide Bonaria’s programme, but she will most likely go the spelling paddock and return in the Autumn for the Coolmore Classic and Queen of the Turf Stakes in Sydney.

Robert has a successful professional life as director of GWA Group Ltd and active investor in several other businesses, but breeding and racing thoroughbreds has been his enthusiastically pursued hobby for around 30 years.

“I always loved horses as a kid, played polo cross and studied breeding around the world. I started with tried horses, then bought cheap yearlings and won a few races with them.

“Later I was able to buy into better families and I now keep about 25 mares, buying a couple of yearlings and a couple of mares each year, sometimes in partnership with Widden Stud.”

Their latest purchase from the 2013 Tattersalls Broodmare Sale is Transfix (by Pivotal), a half-sister to Hooray, the 2010 champion 2YO filly in Europe.

Robert and Deb also have two mares based at Brent & Cherry Taylor’s Trelawney Stud in New Zealand.

Robert’s advice about broodmares is straightforward. “Every year you have to cull, you can’t fall in love with your mares. If they can’t leave good types and good performers you have to move them on.”

Decidity, also the dam of Group winners Time Out and Legally Bay, has a 2YO Stratum filly named Splendido retained by the Andersons, has recently foaled a Stratum colt and visits Sebring. 

The Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross which produced Bonaria has an impressive strike rate. So far the combination is responsible for 10 stakeswinners, including two other Group 1 winners, Dariana and Master of Design, from only 41 named foals.

Group 1 quinella for Redoute's Choice & Snitzel

Redoute’s Choice and his son Snitzel have matched their one-two finish on last season’s Australian Sires’ Premiership with a Group 1 quinella on Derby Day at Flemington.

Robert & Deborah Anderson’s home-bred mare Bonaria stormed to victory in the $500,000 VRC Myer Classic 1600m G1, winning by a length from the endlessly courageous Sweet Idea, who finished a half-head in front of an equally game Catkins.

Bonaria, by Redoute’s Choice from Decidity (by Last Tycoon), has won in each of her five seasons of racing from the Pat Hyland stable to compile a record of eight wins, nine placings and prizemoney of $907,569. Her performance has improved each season, from juvenile success at two and two city wins at three, to her first Group win as a 4YO and dual Group 3 success last season.

Bonaria’s jockey Michael Rodd said, “She was great. The race panned out for us and she really deserved that win.”

For Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) it was the fourth Group 1 placing in an outstanding 18-start career that has returned $2.1 million on the $240,000 that Gai Waterhouse & James Harron Bloodstock paid Arrowfield for her at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. She has won at Group 2 level in each of her three racing seasons, including the ATC Missile Stakes and MRC Tristarc Stakes this Spring.

Jockey Tommy Berry was full of admiration for the 4YO mare’s effort in the race registered as the Empire Rose Stakes. “She gives you her all. She looked beaten at the top of the straight and then was in front again at the 100. That shows how honest and tough she is.”

Another Arrowfield graduate, the brilliant South African filly Majmu (ex Spontaneous by Hussonet) completed a Group race double for Redoute’s Choice when she won the Turffontein Starling S. 1400m G3.

Bonaria is the 26th Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice and his third this season, after champion sprinter Lankan Rupee (MVRC Manikato S. G1) and 3YO colt Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S. G1).

Bonaria is also Redoute’s Choice’s second winner of the Myer Classic (registered as the Empire Rose Stakes), after his first-crop daughter Lotteria, who won the race in 2005.

With six Australian stakeswinners, $3.4 million prizemoney and three sons (Stratum, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt) among the top 25 sires, Redoute’s Choice is already odds-on to play a major role in the race for the 2014/15 Sires’ Premiership.

Owner-breeder celebrates a Choice weekend

Melbourne breeder Robert Anderson had a big say in Redoute’s Choice’s outstanding weekend, thanks to a Group winner at Flemington and a juvenile stakeswinner in South Africa.

Robert and his wife Deborah bred & race Bonaria (Redoute’s Choice-Decidity by Last Tycoon), who carried topweight of 58.5kg to victory in Saturday’s $150,000 VRC Matron S. 1600m G3, a race she also won last year. Bonaria’s record now reads 7 wins, 9 placings and $579,109 from 32 starts over four seasons.

Some hours later in South Africa, 2YO More Than Ready colt Banaadeer, bred by Robert from the Redoute’s Choice mare Provence, won the Turffontein Storm Bird S. LR by more than three lengths. A $700,000 purchase by Shadwell Australia from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, he’s unbeaten in two starts from the Mike de Kock stable.

Robert recalls, “I bought Provence as a yearling from Arrowfield, I love a great walker and I thought she was the best walker in your draft that year.”

That assessment proved accurate. Provence, a daughter of Arrowfield gem La Bamba (like Decidity, by Last Tycoon) won four including a Listed Race at Flemington, and has left top Hong Kong performer Admiration & Banaadeer from only four foals to race.

However, Robert has no doubt about his best moments in racing. They are what 5YO Bonaria has given him, especially in the past three weeks when she has won two Group races in Melbourne.

Robert says, “She’s all heart, she puts her head down and she just goes. When you breed a horse, watch her grow and then win Group races…it’s pretty satisfying.”

All going well, Bonaria’s trainer Pat Hyland will now prepare her for a pair of Group 1 tests during the Sydney Autumn Carnival, the $600,000 Coolmore Classic on 22 March and the $1 million Queen of the Turf S. on 19 April.

Robert remembers Bonaria’s beginnings. “I bought Decidity from Ron Gilbert, a great mate of mine, at Highrove Stud, and sent her to Redoute’s Choice in 2007.

“She was a lighter-framed filly, and I was unsure whether to keep or sell her, but I’ve always liked the smaller Redoute’s Choice fillies and Decidity was getting older, so luckily I kept her. And she’s grown, got better and stronger each year.”

Robert has a busy and successful professional life as director of GWA Group Ltd and active investor in several other businesses, but breeding and racing thoroughbreds has been his enthusiastically pursued hobby for around 30 years.

“I always loved horses as a kid, played polo cross and studied breeding around the world. I started with tried horses, then bought cheap yearlings and won a few races with them.

“Later I was able to buy into better families and I now keep about 25 mares, buying a couple of yearlings and a couple of US mares each year, sometimes in partnership with Widden Stud.”

Decidity, also the dam of Group winners Time Out and Legally Bay, has a yearling filly by Stratum which Robert retains, and is in foal again to the Golden Slipper-winning son of Redoute’s Choice.

The Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross which produced both Bonaria and Provence has an impressive strike rate. So far the combination is responsible for 10 stakeswinners, including Group 1 winners Dariana and Master of Design, from only 40 named foals.

There is just one yearling bred on the same cross in next month’s Inglis Easter Sale. That’s Lot 389, the full sister to Group 3 winner Shaaheq, in the Arrowfield draft.

Australia's new sprinting star, by Redoute's Choice

Lankan Rupee shrugged his high-class rivals aside at Flemington on Saturday to become the first horse since Weekend Hussler in 2008 to complete the difficult Group 1 Oakleigh Plate-Newmarket Handicap double.

Like Weekend Hussler, the Teeley Assets home-bred 4YO was foaled and raised at Arrowfield. He is also the 7th multiple Group 1 winner among 24 winners by Redoute’s Choice at that level.

Jockey Chad Schofield’s comment after the Newmarket matched what on-course and television spectators witnessed. “Towed me along. He was just waiting for me to give him the go and when I did he just put them away.”

Lankan Rupee is among several outstanding contenders for the Australian Racehorse of the Year title, and trainer Mick Price will now prepare him for the race that may decide it, the $2.5 million ATC T.J. Smith S. G1 on 12 April, the first day of The Championships.

“I think with five weeks between runs, I get a chance to send him back to mother nature for seven to 10 days in a green grassy paddock and refuel him.

“Assuming he gets around the reverse way he will be hard to beat as he kicked up a gear and beat them pretty well.

“He was supercharged today. It’s in his pedigree, it’s in the horse. I think it’s a great job the horse has done to go from the Oakleigh Plate and keep going up and up and up.”

Lankan Rupee’s dam, the Group 3 winner Estelle Collection (Stravinsky-Ana Zeel by Zabeel), is among the mares that will be offered for sale in the Teeley Dispersal, under the Arrowfield banner, at the Magic Millions National Sale, 26 May-5 June. She is carrying a full sibling to Lankan Rupee.

Lankan Rupee is one of 10 stakeswinners from the 59 runners whose pedigrees show the combination of Redoute’s Choice as sire, with Zabeel in either the second or third generation. The other famous example is multiple Group 1 winner Samantha Miss (ex Milliyet by Zabeel).

It was a heady day for Redoute’s Choice at Flemington, as his bonny 5YO daughter Bonaria also won her third Group 3 race, the 1600-metre MRC Matron Stakes, for her owner-breeders Robert & Deborah Anderson.

The champion sire, currently serving his second book of mares at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France, wasn’t quite finished, though. In South Africa his 2YO Mike de Kock-trained daughter Majmu (ex Spontaneous by Hussonet) made a winning debut in the Turffontein Ruffian S. 1000m LR. A $300,000 purchase by Shadwell Australia from Arrowfield’s 2013 Inglis Easter Sale draft, she is stakeswinner No. 111 for Redoute’s Choice.

Throw in a quartet of 3YO stakes performers (Lorna May & Liberty’s Choice in Canberra, Tango’s Daughter at Flemington & Honorine in South Africa) and two new stakeswinners as a damsire (Messene in Canberra & 2YO Banaadeer in South Africa) – even by his own lofty standards, it’s been a very, very good weekend for Redoute’s Choice.

Arrowfield will present nine yearlings (6 colts, 3 fillies) by Redoute’s Choice at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale – view the draft here.

Red letter day for Redoute's Choice

Lankan Rupee’s dominant victory in the $400,000 MRC Oakleigh Plate 1100m G1 at Caulfield gave Arrowfield’s supersire Redoute’s Choice his 24th Group 1 winner, and the second of three Group wins on a memorable day of high-class racing in Melbourne and Sydney.

A little earlier, at Randwick, the David Payne-trained mare Lilliburlero (ex Regimental Gal by General Nediym) won the ATC Triscay S. 1200m G3 for her owner-breeder Bruce Neill of Cressfield. She is the 110th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice, who is currently standing his second Northern Hemisphere season at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

Less than an hour after the Oakleigh Plate, Robert & Deborah Anderson’s home-bred mare Bonaria (ex Decidity by Last Tycoon) added a second Group success to her record by winning the MRC Mannersim S. 1400m G3. The 5YO mare is trained by Pat Hyland and has now won 6 races and almost $490,000 prizemoney.

As it happened, daughters of Arrowfield’s now-retired champion sire Flying Spur completed both quinellas. Recoinage chased home Lilliburlero, while Hazard was the runner-up to Bonaria.

Lankan Rupee and Lilliburlero are both members of Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop which has now produced 17 stakeswinners from only 107 named foals – the same number as his benchmark second crop, but from fewer foals.

Lankan Rupee is the third Group 1 winner from that Class of 2009, after Royal Descent (Australian Oaks G1) & Wylie Hall (South African Derby G1), and the second son of Redoute’s Choice to win the Oakleigh Plate, after Snitzel in 2006.

Caulfield in February has been a fortunate venue for Lankan Rupee’s owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, whose famous Teeley Assets colours were carried by Redoute’s Choice himself in his first Group 1 win, the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on 27 February 1999.  The same colours were in the Group 1 winner’s circle again on this Saturday at Caulfield last year, when 2YO filly Miracles of Life (by Redoute’s Choice son Not A Single Doubt) won the Blue Diamond.

Read more: How Miracles happen: the Teeley Assets story.

Lankan Rupee’s dam Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky), a Group 3 winner from the family of champion sire Lonhro, has a 2YO Redoute’s Choice filly named Timeless Choice, a weanling filly by Manhattan Rain and is once again in foal to Redoute’s Choice. Estelle Collection is based at the Arrowfield Broodmare Farm, where her foals have been born and reared.

Lankan Rupee, who won twice at Group level in Melbourne during the Spring, has now won seven of his 14 starts and prizemoney of $676,260.

Arrowfield’s two brilliant sire sons of Redoute’s Choice added gloss to the day when outstanding 3YO filly Sweet Idea (by Snitzel) led home Gypsy Diamond (by Not A Single Doubt) in the ATC Light Fingers S. 1200m G2. Snitzel continues to lead the race for the Australian General Sires’ premiership with season earnings of $6.3 million and nine stakeswinners among his 58 winners.

Redoute’s Choice has 10 yearlings in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March, and 36 lots catalogued for the Inglis Australian Easter Sale in April. Arrowfield will present three colts & three fillies from his 2012 crop in Melbourne – view them here; and six colts & three fillies in Sydney.