International stakes double for Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice posted his first Group race double of the season on Saturday, thanks to his splendid daughter Vavasour in New Zealand, and his son Fluky in Japan. 

Vavasour added the $100,000 Waikato Cup 2400m G3 to her Counties Cup G3 success three weeks ago and did it with the sustained pace and grit she has displayed throughout her 15-start, five-win, $252,000 career.  Her 1.5 length defeat of The Tidy Express & Decorah was all the more impressive because she carried 59 kg – 6kg more than she carried in the Counties Cup.

Watch Vavasour’s Waikato Cup G3 win.

Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich and Haunui Farm, Vavasour is the second foal of the Group-winning filly Valpolicella (by Red Ransom), also the dam of dual Group winner Vilanova.

Vavasour was purchased for $425,000 from the New Zealand Premier Sale by Ger Beemsterboer and Sarah Green whose joint racing interests are conducted under the name of Barneswood Farm. The 4YO mare is trained by Peter & Dawn Williams who indicated that, while she will continue racing in New Zealand for a while, a trip to Australia is on the horizon.

On the same day in Japan, 5YO gelding Fluky became the 80th individual Group winner for Redoute’s Choice when he landed the ~$A1 million Hanshin Challenge Cup 1800m G3. Fluky was third in last year’s running of the race, won by Tosen Stardom who subsequently chased Contributer home in the ATC Ranvet S. G1.

It was Fluky’s 7th win, and second black type success this year from 17 starts for leading Japanese owner Makoto Kaneko, whose colours were also carried by champion racehorse & sire Deep Impact, King Kamehameha & Kurofune.

Watch Fluky’s Hanshin Challenge Cup G3 win. (He is No. 11.)

Fluky is the best of four winners out of Sunday Smile (by Sunday Silence from European Group winner Sensation), a $75,000 buy for Northern Farm at the 2009 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale. She was immediately served northern time by Redoute’s Choice and sent five months later to Japan where she delivered Fluky in March 2010.

With eight stakeswinners of 11 Group & Listed Races since 1 August, Redoute’s Choice continues to give buyers plenty of reasons to bid up on his yearlings. He has 21 lots on offer at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and the New Zealand Premier Sale catalogue includes a filly and two colts by the champion sire.

New Redoute's Choice stakeswinner no Fluke

It’s been an excellent week for Arrowfield in Asia with stud graduates winning domestic Group races in Hong Kong & Singapore, and now a new stakeswinner in Japan for Redoute’s Choice.

5YO entire Fluky scored a handsome 1.25 length victory in Sunday’s Hanshin Port Island S. 1600m LR, his sixth win in a 15-start, ~$1.5 million career.  Prevously Group 3-placed, and a good sixth in the Kyoto Kikuka Sho G1 as a 3YO, he is now his champion sire’s 125th lifetime stakeswinner.

Watch Fluky win the Hanshin Port Island S. LRhe is No. 3.

Conceived in Australia to northern time and foaled in Japan, Fluky was bred by Northern Farm from the dual European Group winner Sunday Smile, a daughter of Sunday Silence & dual European Group winner Sensation, and grand-daughter of Outstandingly (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies S. G1 & Hollywood Starlet S. G1).

Fluky was sold for ¥30 million (~$354,000) at the Yearling Session of the 2011 JRHA Select Sale to owner Makoto Kaneko whose blue, yellow & black silks were made famous by the champion Deep Impact.

Fluky is one of eleven Redoute’s Choice stakeswinners outside Australasia, a figure that his two French-conceived crops are sure to increase. Three colts and three fillies from the first of those crops will be offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale this coming week.