29th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice…

Almost a dozen years after his first Group 1 winner, Redoute’s Choice continues to unfurl talent of the first order.

Over the past three weeks he’s compiled the racing equivalent of a royal flush at Morphettville, beginning with Listed and Group 3 victories by 3YO colt Howard Be Thy Name on 16 and 30 April.

The pair of Group wins needed to perfect the sequence came last Saturday courtesy of superb performances by 4YO mare Into The Mist and unbeaten 3YO filly Abbey Marie.

Arrowfield graduate Abbey Marie became the 29th Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice when she overcame a rocky run to sweep past the favourite Silent Sedition & C’Est Beau la Vie in the $400,000 SAJC Australasian Oaks 2000m G1.

Watch Abbey Marie’s SAJC Australasian Oaks G1 win.

It was a remarkable performance from a filly that made her debut less than two months ago and was stepping up to Group 1 company at only her third start. 

In fact, she’s the first filly and the first 3YO by Redoute’s Choice to win a Group 1 race at her third start. The same feat was achieved by 2YO colts Undoubtedly (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Musir (Greyville Golden Horseshoe S. G1). Redoute’s Choice himself famously won the Blue Diamond at only his second appearance, a week after his stakes-winning debut.

It was also the 36th Group 1 success for Abbey Marie’s jockey Luke Nolen who suffered serious injuries in the next race, the Robert Sangster Classic G1, when he fell from his mount Miss Promiscuity and was hit by another horse.  Nolen’s wife Alicia later reported that, thankfully, he is faring well and has suffered no head or spinal injuries, but he faces a long recovery for which he has the best wishes of everyone in the industry.

Trainer Mick Kent, who prepares Abbey Marie for his fellow owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick, Greg Fagan & Craig Williams (not the jockey), was confident before the race despite the filly’s inexperience.

“She’d had a good grounding going into it, even though it was only her third start….I wasn’t worried about the distance it was just if she was savvy enough.”

“She’s straight to the paddock and we will bring her back for the spring, the Myer Classic will be the race for her.”

Kent also trained Abbey Marie’s Australian Oaks-winning full sister Absolutely, but believes that Abbey Marie’s aptitude is closer to that of Redoute’s Choice, whose four Group 1 wins were achieved from 1200 to 1600 metres.

“She’s a bit more brilliant than Absolutely, genetically they are set to run these trips and no amount of training can change that.”

Like her sister, Abbey Marie was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets from Catshaan (by Catrail), a winning half-sister to Champion Japanese Sprinter-Miler Kinshasa No Kiseki.

Offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, Abbey Marie was purchased for $300,000 by agent Dermot Farrington, who signed for Absolutely at the same sale five years earlier. He also bought Group 2 winner Moonovermanhattan from Arrowfield’s 2013 Easter draft for the Anastasiou/Biddick partnership – read more here.

Catshaan herself was a $160,000 buy for Rosemont Stud from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal under the Arrowfield banner at Magic Millions and it was Rosemont that sold the Manhattan Rain colt she was carrying for $150,000 at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.  Catshaan now has a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice and is in foal to Zoustar.

Less than 90 minutes after Abbey Marie’s Oaks win, Into The Mist sealed the day for Redoute’s Choice with her first stakes victory in the Queen of the South S. G2 – read the story here.

First stakeswinner for Manhattan Rain

Moonovermanhattan became the first stakeswinner for Arrowfield’s first season sire Manhattan Rain when he won on debut in Saturday’s $115,000 SAJC National S. 1200m G3.

The 2YO Mick Price-trained colt jumped well for jockey Damien Oliver, who was happy to lead on him, but the pair faced a stiff challenge from the filly Not A Happy Camper (by Not A Single Doubt) on the home turn. Both horses responded generously under pressure, but Moonovermanhattan had a half-head advantage at the post. Sweet and Speedy was three lengths way in third place, and Tender (by All American) was fourth.

Oliver said, “I thought they would go quicker but my bloke bounced out so I was happy to lead. I rode him in a gallop last Tuesday so I knew he was fit enough and he found for me when I went for him, it was a good tough win.

“He should improve a fair bit on that and he’s got a good future for sure.”

Mick Price’s plans for Moonovermanhattan indicate his opinion of the strongly made grey colt. “I will send him out for a spell now. Then he can come back for the Caulfield Guineas.”

Manhattan Rain, a half-brother by Encosta de Lago to champion sire Redoute’s Choice, won the AJC Sires’ Produce S. G1 at two and trained on to place at three in the 2009 Caulfield Guineas & Cox Plate. His first runners include two other stakes performers, Chengdu in Perth, and Light Up Manhattan, stakes-placed in Melbourne & Adelaide.

Manhattan Rain’s first crop yearlings sold for up to $260,000, a figure that was exceeded by two Inglis Easter fillies this year, one sold to Hawkes Racing for $275,000, the other to John Foote for $270,000.

Moonovermanhattan was bred by Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones from the Flying Spur mare Lunaspur, herself a two-time stakeswinner at two, and also the dam of Group 2 winner Colorado Claire and stakes-placed juvenile winner Moonlight Hussey, both by Hussonet. Lunaspur has a weanling colt by More Than Ready and is in foal to Charge Forward.

Moonovermanhattan’s second dam is the Caerleon mare Lunaliona, imported from France by Arrowfield in 1997. Lunaliona, who died in 2010, was a half-sister to HH The Aga Khan’s champion sire Linamix.

Well-known international agent Dermot Farrington purchased Moonovermanhattan for $100,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Arrowfield’s yearling “Class of 2013” is proving highly successful with seven stakeswinners already emerging from it.

Manhattan Rain’s 2014 fee is $16,500 inc. GST.