New European stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice

Eight days after posting his 33rd lifetime Group 1 winner, The Autumn Sun in Australia, the mighty Redoute’s Choice has added a new stakeswinner from the first of his two European-conceived crops. 

That’s Al Shaqab Racing’s 4YO mare Wajnah who landed her third and most valuable win in Sunday’s Prix Urban Sea 2000m LR at Le Lion-d’Angers in Western France.

Trained by her co-breeder Francois Rohaut, Wajnah had shown enough ability earlier in her career to be sent to the French 1000 Guineas G1, where she finished a decent fourth before unplaced finishes over longer distances in Group 3 company.

Wajnah resumed in April with a second and then a fourth over 1600 metres, and in this contest settled near back of the field before being asked to pick up round the turn. She wound up steadily to sweep past Baltic Duchess in the final 50 metres,  with Illaunmore third. 

Wajnah was bred by Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair which offered her at the 2015 Arqana October Sale where she was sold for €260,000 to Mandore International acting for Al Shaqab. 

She is the third stakeswinner out of three-time winner Benzolina (by Second Empire), from the family of Group 1 winners Balbonella and her brilliant son Anabaa. Benzolina has a 2YO filly by Siyouni and a yearling filly by Olympic Glory.

Wajnah is the latest of 10 stakeswinners by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by Fairy King sons, a combination well-known in Australia where Encosta de Lago mares have left Group 1 winners Musir & Peeping and leading sire Beneteau to the three-time Champion Sire. 

Haras de Saint Pair also played a part in the history of Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Lady Athena, who put up a fine effort for sixth in Sunday’s €1 million Chantilly Prix de Diane (French Oaks) 2100m G1. 

Lady Athena settled near the rear of the field and struggled for a clear run at the top of the straight, but stayed on well in the final 200 metres to finish just ahead of the favourite Shahnaza. 

Haras de Saint Pair sold Lady Athena’s dam, Listed winner Monblue (by Monsun), for €400,000 at the 2013 Arqana December Sale. The buyer was Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock acting for Australian owner & breeder John Hutchins and his family, who  sent Monblue to Redoute’s Choice at HH Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2014.

Lady Athena has won two of her four starts including an impressive win over the Prix de Diane course last month. She looks capable of joining the 7 stakeswinners that have so far emerged from Redoute’s Choice’s two French-conceived crops: Group 3 winners Gold Luck (also Group 1-placed), Ibiza & Sevenna Star, and Listed winners Spotify, Time’s Arrow, Lilac Fairy & Wajnah. 

Worldwide during the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere season, Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 14 stakeswinners of 15 Group & Listed Races. His career tally now stands at 159 stakeswinners, or just over 12 per cent of all his runners.

The Magic continues for Redoute's Choice

A new Classic prospect in France and a senior sprint star in Australia have added the latest flourishes to the remarkable record of champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

On Saturday star Western Australian sprinter Rock Magic  became the first horse in 25 years to win consecutive runnings of the $150,000 Roma Cup 1200m  G3. Rock Magic’s stablemates Battle Hero and Durendal completed the trifecta. 

The race is extra-special for trainer Chris Gangemi and his brother Michael because their grandfather Michele helped to introduce the Roma Cup in 1966. 

Chris said, “The trifecta’s an unbelievable result. To get the job done I’m sure nonno, dad and the whole family would be proud.”

“Rocky looks like he’s getting better as he’s getting older which is ridiculous.”

Rock Magic and Battle Hero will meet again on 2 June in the Belmont Sprint G3 – also won by Rock Magic in 2017.

Bred by Arrowfield’s partnership with John Leaver, Rock Magic began his career with Paul Messara who prepared him to win four races before his sale as a late 4YO to the Gangemi stable. Now rising nine, he has rewarded his large group of Perth owners with 10 wins, eight of them Group or Listed Races.

He’s also won enough prizemoney to join the elite group of 15 million-dollar earners by Redoute’s Choice, a group headed by 2006 Champion 2YO Miss Finland & 2014 Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. 

Rock Magic is one of only three living foals out of Group 1 winner Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow) who continues to live in happy retirement at Arrowfield. 

On Friday Redoute’s Choice’s French-bred daughter Lady Athena, a debut 2YO winner last season, showed a lovely turn of foot to score over 2100m at Chantilly, inspiring a tweeted comment from her trainer Yan Durepaire, “The French Oaks has always been on our mind, hopefully that will be next run!”

The French Oaks (Prix de Diane) is held at Chantilly on 17 June. 

Although she was foaled in France by the stakes-winning Monsun mare Monblue, Lady Athena has connections with Australia beyond Redoute’s Choice. She is a home-bred for John Hutchins of the Queensland farm Element Hill, also responsible for 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. 

Monblue was a €400,000 purchase from the 2013 Arqana Breeding Stock Sale by Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock for Element Hill. She  delivered a colt by Soldier Hollow in 2014 and then visited Redoute’s Choice  during his second and final season at Haras de Bonneval. 

Another exciting Redoute’s Choice 3YO in Europe is the John Gosden-trained colt Sevenna Star, winner of the Sandown Classic Trial G3 on 27 April and heading to the King Edward S. G2 at next month’s Royal Ascot meeting.  

So far in 2017/18, Redoute’s Choice has compiled 12 winners of 13 stakes races in Australia & Europe, with Time’s Arrow (France), Sevenna Star, Glenall (New South Wales) and Rock Magic all successful within the past month. 

The three-time Champion Sire ended the weekend with a pedigree update from Japan, where Silk Racing’s outstanding filly Almond Eye raced away with the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) G1 in near-record time. Like Redoute’s Choice, Almond Eye (by Lord Kanaloa) is descended from 1982 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Best In Show.

Redoute's Choice filly wins Prix Chloe G3

Viktor Timoshenko’s home-bred filly Ibiza went into Sunday’s €80,000 Chantilly Prix Chloe 1800m G3 as a stakes-placed winner. She came out of the race as the second Group winner from the first of Redoute’s Choice’s two European crops, and the 149th stakeswinner on his specacular lifetime record.

Ibiza jumped smartly to settle third on the fence as Monroe Bay took up the lead, then responded positively when asked to challenge 400 metres out. Both fillies had plenty to give, but Ibiza was sharper in the final stages and prevailed by three-quarters of a length, with Monroe Bay securing the runner-up spot by a half-length from Dallas Affair.

Another Redoute’s Choice 3YO filly Gold Luck, already winner of the Chantilly Prix Vanteaux G3 this season, finished third in the Prix Jean Prat G1 on the same card.

Watch Ibiza win the Chantilly Prix Chloe G3 – courtesy of TDN.

Ibiza’s trainer Nicolas Clement said, “She’s an improving filly…there is probably room for more improvement and I imagine I will bring her back for the Prix de la Nonette.” That Group 2 race is at Deauville on 19 August.

Raced by her breeder Viktor Timoshenko with Andriy Milovanov, Ibiza is out of Kingmambo’s winning daughter Olga Prekrasa, also dam of last year’s Prix Jean Prat G1 winner Zelzal (by Sea The Stars) and herself a grand-daughter of Lancashire Oaks G3 winner State Crystal. This is the family of dual Sydney Group winner Libran, Crystal Music (Ascot Fillies Mile G1) and, further back, the 1967 Epsom Derby G1 winner Royal Palace.

Ibiza is one of 17 stakeswinners from 128 runners by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by sons of Mr. Prospector, and it’s a quality list, headed by champion fillies Miss Finland & Majmu, dual Group 1 winner Gallica (also from a Kingmambo mare), this season’s star juvenile Pariah and young Arrowfield sire Panzer Division.

Redoute’s Choice’s marvellous sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have justifiably attracted much of the limelight in 2016/17, but his 18 stakeswinners worldwide is the second-highest season tally of his own stellar career, surpassed only by the 20 stakeswinners he compiled in 2012/13. And 31 July is still three weeks away…

Redoute's Choice filly wins French Classic trial

One of the most valuable mares to visit Redoute’s Choice at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2013 was the Wertheimers’ marvellous matron 22-year-old Born Gold (by Blushing Groom).

Born Gold achieved international fame as the dam of the 2010 European Horse of the Year Goldikova (by Anabaa) whose 17 wins included fourteen at Group 1 level.

But Goldikova is only the brightest of Born Gold’s stars. As at 2013 her dozen winning progeny also included Group 1-winning filly Galikova (by Galileo) and Group 3 winners Gold Round (also a very successful broodmare), Gold Sound and Goldikova’s full brother Anodin – a stunning record for any mare.

On Sunday the result of Born Gold’s mating with Redoute’s Choice, 3YO filly Gold Luck joined that wonderful list when she prevailed in a highly competitive battle for the  Prix Vanteaux 1800m G3 at Chantilly. The Freddy Head-trained filly worked hard for her short head victory, but found enough under pressure to defeat last-start winner Monroe Bay and Hebah.

Watch Gold Luck win the Chantilly Prix Vanteaux G3.

The form-line is strong: Gold Luck split the Al Shaqab colt Al Wukair and Hebah in last October’s Deauville Prix Isonomy LR, and Al Wukair, who is 2000 Guineas-bound, extended his unbeaten record on Sunday in the Mainsons -Laffitte Prix Djebel G3.

Gold Luck’s win was more than usually special, as the Wertheimer brothers’ racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau explained.

“As breeders it is an immense joy for us because Born Gold was 22 years old when covered by Redoute’s Choice. It was a difficult gestation so to have the mare still with us, and enjoying a happy retirement on the farm, is already a win. And now for this filly to have already won at Group level, it is a dream.

“She fought hard there today to come out on top of what looked a decent group of fillies. The Prix Saint-Alary is a logical next step and in theory the extra distance should be no problem to her.”

Gold Luck is the first Group or Listed winner among 14 winners from the first European crop of Redoute’s Choice. Another exciting 3YO prospect is Gold Luck’s stablemate and close relation, the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude (ex Gold Round by Caerleon) who won at Chantilly in February and was third over 2100 metres at Saint-Cloud on 2 April.

Gold Luck’s milestone win concluded an outstanding week for the great son of Danehill who dominated the Inglis Easter sale-ring along with his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.

The father-and-sons dynasty claimed all of the Sale’s major stallion honours: Top Price ($2.5 million Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt), Highest Aggregate (Snitzel, 38 lots sold for a total $20,425,000) and Highest Average (Not A Single Doubt, 3 lots sold for an average price of $750,000).

The trio sired eight of the Sale’s 17 $1 million-plus yearlings, including four of the top five lots, an achievement both explained and supported by their collective 47 winners of 57 Group & Listed Races in five countries since 1 August 2016.

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