The Redoute’s Choice influence endures

Already in the first weeks since the death of the great Redoute’s Choice, global stakes results show the enduring power of his influence as a sire, sire of sires and broodmare sire…

Legendary Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice departed this Earth 40 days ago, but his influence is far from gone.

Since his death on 26 March, his record has increased by three stakeswinners: Dark Choice (WA Oaks G3 for Bob & Sandra Peters), Danceteria (a Listed win in France for Clive Washbourn) & on Saturday, the Haras du Mezeray-bred Enbihaar won the Goodwood Daisy Warwick Fillies S. LR for Sheikh Hamdan. 

A day later, 9YO marvel Rock Magic has returned after a 12-month break necessitated by injury to claim his 9th stakes victory in the $150,000 Northam S. 1100m G3 in Western Australia.

Already one of Redoute’s Choice’s 17 million-dollar earners, Rock Magic overcame a wide run to defeat Electric Light and stablemate Durendal to take his earnings close to $1.4 million. His record now stands at 16 wins, 12 placings and three fourths in Melbourne Group 1 sprints from 49 starts across 7 seasons. 

Bred by the Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred partnership – like Saturday’s 2YO stakeswinner Stronger – Rock Magic is the second of only three foals left by New Zealand Group 1 winner Rockabubble (now happily retired as a nanny mare at Arrowfield) and was passed in at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. 

Rock Magic carried the Arrowfield silks for his first four wins including this one at Canterbury in March 2013. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by Paul Messara to win four of his first 11 starts in NSW city & country company, Rock Magic was sold as a late 4YO to Gangemi Thoroughbreds which races him with a large group of stable clients. 

A post on Gangemi Racing’s Facebook page described the thrill of Rock Magic’s triumphant return to racing:

What a special day for all!!! #therockstar #thedream

Redoute’s Choice now has 11 winners of 17 stakes races worldwide for the 2018/19 season, most notably, of course, his spectacular 3YO son The Autumn Sun. A 5-time Group 1 winner at two & three, The Autumn Sun has retired with prizemoney of $3.4 million and joins the Arrowfield roster for the upcoming breeding season.

Sire sons such as The Autumn Sun, his illustrious barn-mates Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt and young guns Scissor Kick & Pariah will ensure that Redoute’s Choice continues to figure in stakes-winning pedigrees for many years yet. 

Ditto his daughters whose progeny, among them Arrowfield graduates San Fermin & Everyday Lady, have added 8 Group & Listed wins to his record as a damsire  since 26 March. Although pressed by his old rival Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice has a strong chance of winning his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title with 19 stakeswinners and $18.1 million prizemoney enough to hold the No. 1 spot so far.

Breeders have a number of opportunities to purchase Redoute’s Choice mares and progeny from his 2017 and 2018 crops at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, NZB Karaka May Sale and the Magic Millions National Weanling & Yearling Sale. 

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.

19th Group double for Redoute's Choice

Arrowfield graduate Rock Magic in Perth and the Raffles Dancers-bred Table Bay in South Africa gave champion sire Redoute’s Choice his 19th same-day Group race double on Saturday.

Jockey Anton Marcus said, “He is a smashing horse to ride and Joey wanted me to rev him up a bit today and give him a good hard race. As it turned out, it would have not been the end of the world if we had led.

Trainer Joey Ramsden Table Bay was a ‘lovely laid back horse’ to train.

“My thanks to Drakenstein for the sponsorship and also to Markus (Jooste) for putting up the investment and to Derek (Brugman) for always waking me up. It is lovely to be able to go out and buy these smashing horses,” he said modestly.

Magic rocks on in the West

Perth trainer Chris Gangemi has done well with his purchases from Arrowfield’s racing team, but the stable star is undoubtedly Rock Magic.

The 7YO son of Redoute’s Choice scored his fourth stakes victory with a stylish performance in Wednesday’s $100,000 WATC Idyllic Prince S. 1300m LR at Belmont Park.

It was Rock Magic’s seventh career success from the 20 starts he’s had since transferring to Perth two years ago, after four wins, two in Sydney, when in Paul Messara’s care. He won the Farnley S. LR in his first Perth campaign and last season added the Colonel Reeves S. G3 and Beaufine S. LR, despite interruptions caused by a hoof abscess and then a pricked hoof.

Chris Gangemi believes the talented sprinter is in career-best form and has mapped out a four-race campaign for him at the Ascot Summer Carnival, beginning with the Prince of Wales S. G3 on 29 October. All going well, he’ll then tackle the Colonel Reeves S. G3, the Winterbottom S. G1 and the Scahill S. on 10 December.

Rock Magic has now earned a total of $591,000, most of it for his large group of Perth owners headed by Gangemi Thoroughbreds. 

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and John Leaver, he is the second foal of Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow) whose six wins included the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1.

Rock Magic is the second stakeswinner this week for three-time champion sire Redoute’s Choice, also represented by MRC Heatherlie S. LR winner Great Esteem – his 135th lifetime stakeswinner – last Saturday.

Redoute's Choice leads on stakes wins

With just over two weeks left of 2014/15, Redoute’s Choice is Australia’s leading sire by Southern Hemisphere stakes wins for the season.

5YO gelding Rock Magic took the champion sire’s current season tally of stakes wins to 25 with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s WATC Beaufine S. 1000m LR for a large group of owners including John, Michael & trainer Chris Gangemi.

It was Rock Magic’s ninth success and second Listed stakes win this term in a 21-start, $356,000 career that began two years ago with Paul Messara, who trained him for his breeders Arrowfield & John Leaver.

Paul says, “It’s great to see Chris, his family & fellow owners achieving success with Rock Magic who always showed ability and won his first three starts for us, including two in Sydney. He’s thrived in Perth and has boosted the record of his Group 1-winning dam who’s booked to Olympic Glory this Spring.”

Rock Magic is the second foal of Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow), winner of six races including the Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1.

Redoute’s Choice has been represented this season by 15 individual stakeswinners (9 colts & geldings, 6 fillies & mares) from his 2008-2012 crops. Ten of them have succeeded in Group company, with five (Lankan Rupee, Majmu, Bonaria, Hampton Court and Wylie Hall) winning 7 Group 1 races. That makes it his best Group 1 season since 2006/07 when five of his progeny won 8 races at that level.

Bonaria, Hampton Court & Wylie Hall have retired to stud, but champion sprinter Lankan Rupee and talented Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick remain in training and there’s plenty of serious new talent ready to light up the new season. 

Thewizardofoz has already lit up Hong Kong racing and won the Champion Griffin title after three dominant wins in May and June. His progression through the ratings is comparable to two-time Horse of the Year Silent Witness at the same stage.

Among Redoute’s Choice’s rising 3YOs, King’s Troop, a three-quarter brother to Snitzel, could not have been more impressive when winning a trial at Rosehill by 7 lengths last week. Sydney winners Counterattack & Raphael’s Cat and the fillies Reemah & Regatta Rebel (in Australia) and Shaama & Zappy Choice (in South Africa) also look capable of making their mark next season.

Two new stakeswinners for Redoute's Choice

It’s only five weeks since he claimed his third Sires’ Premiership, and already Redoute’s Choice has stamped his authority on the new season.

Saturday’s racing supplied the champion sire’s 117th and 118th stakeswinners, as well as hard-fought Group 2 placings by Lankan Rupee (MVRC Ian McEwen Stakes) and Royal Descent (ATC Chelmsford Stakes).

3YO colt Panzer Division played second fiddle to his stablemate Scissor Kick (also by Redoute’s Choice) in the ATC Up and Coming S. G3 on 23 August, but the lead role was his alone in Saturday’s  $125,000 ATC Ming Dynasty Quality H. 1400m G3.

Jockey Tye Angland took Panzer Division forward early from barrier 9 and the colt rolled along with Valentia in close attendance until the 250-metre mark. At that point Panzer Division lengthened stride and drove well clear of Valentia to score by 1.3 lengths from Shooting To Win, who made ground late, with the same margin back to Lady Sharapova in third position.

It was Panzer Division’s second win from only three starts, and gives trainer Paul Messara the option of starting him alongside Scissor Kick in next Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

Messara says, “It’s a hard carrot not to take, but we’ll have a look at him before making any definite decision.

“He’s a lovely horse that’ll be even better when he gets over further and there’s plenty of races for him this spring.”

Raced by Arrowfield and Wayne Cadman, Panzer Division was bred by Brent & Judy Hudson from the Hussonet mare Desert Fight, a dual Group 1 winner and Champion 2YO Filly in Chile, and he was purchased for $120,000 by Paul Messara at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Desert Fight has a 2YO sister to Panzer Division and returns to Redoute’s Choice this Spring.

The Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross has also produced last season’s Champion South African 2YO filly Majmu.

A few hours later at Belmont in Perth, 4YO Rock Magic became the 21st stakeswinner from Redoute’s Choice’s remarkable 2009 crop when he won the $100,000 WATC Farnley S. 1400m LR.

It was Rock Magic’s fourth straight win for trainer Chris Gangemi and takes his career record to 8 wins, three placings & $265,965 from 16 starts.

Rock Magic, from New Zealand Group 1 winner Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow), was initially trained by Paul Messara to win four races for his breeders Arrowfield and Planette Thoroughbred after he failed to reach his reserve at the 2011 Inglis Easter Sale.  He was transferred to the Gangemi stable two months ago and subsequently sold to a large group of enthusiastic stable clients.

Rockabubble is due to foal to Animal Kingdom next month. 

As for Redoute’s Choice, only his son Snitzel heads him, by a mere $9,977, on the current Australian General Sires’ table.