Group 1 triumph for Peters & Redoute’s Choice

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his extraordinary legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth…

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth.

The 6YO mare is the great sire’s 34th individual Group 1 winner and she earned that status the hard way, drifting back towards the rear soon after the start to end up in a seemingly impossible position as the field rounded the turn. 

However, Perth’s champion jockey William Pike kept his cool and deftly claimed the space that opened around Galaxy Star at the 250-metre mark. The mare did the rest, sprinting swiftly to the lead and powering clear to score by 1.75 lengths from Gatting and Material Man in 1:34.08.

Watch Galaxy Star win the WATC Railway S. G1.

Less than an hour earlier, the same players – the Peters, trainers Grant & Alana Williams, William Pike and Redoute’s Choice – also figured in Arcadia Queen’s WA Guineas G2 victory. The Pierro filly is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare and helps to consolidate his newly acquired position at the head of the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $8.8 million prizemoney and 11 stakeswinners including Victoria Derby G1 winner Extra Brut. 

Galaxy Star is the second of only two foals left by city winner Galaxy Queen (by Jeune) before her premature death in January 2013. 

Galaxy Queen’s stakes-winning half-sister Star Encounter has been even more successful at stud, leaving three stakeswinners for Bob & Sandra Peters, including Galaxy Star’s close relatives Perfect Jewel & Royal Star, both by Redoute’s Choice. 

Peters Investments has been a consistent supporter of Redoute’s Choice, as breeder & buyer, since the early days of his stud career and has been rewarded with six valuable fillies that have won nine Group & Listed Races.  All are home-breds except for Very Tempting, a $420,000 Magic Millions yearling bought by Belmont Bloodstock from Vinery Stud and the only one not out of a mare by either Jeune or Metal Storm, both from the Grey Sovereign sire-line.

Below is Arrowfield’s tally of Bob & Sandra Peters’ contribution to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary lifetime record of 161 stakeswinners & 321 stakes victories. Galaxy Star,with ten wins from 13 starts and prizemoney only $19,000 short of $1 million, will have her next chance to extend it in the $1 million Kingston Town Classic G1 on 8 December.

STAKESWINNERDAM, DAMSIRE (SIRE-LINE)
STAKES WINTRAINER
ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2014 WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L. , 1200mGrant Williams
ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2012 WATC Burgess Queen S., L. , 1400m.Grant Williams
BROADWAY BELLE (AUS) 2005Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2009 WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L. , 1400m.Graeme Ballantyne 
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Railway S., Gr.1, 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Asian Beau S., Gr.3 , 1400mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Belgravia S., L ., 1200mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC WA Guineas, Gr.2 , 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
ROYAL STAR (AUS) (2013)Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Natasha S., L. , 2200mGrant & Alana Williams
VERY TEMPTING (AUS) 2013Fit And Ready by More Than Ready (Halo)2017 WATC WA Oaks, Gr.3 , 2400mGrant & Alana Williams

Thanks largely to sensational colt The Autumn Sun, Galaxy Star and a second Perth stakeswinner Super Maxi, Redoute’s Choice has moved up into sixth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership with earnings of $3.9 million. 

A big name in the sale-ring since his first million-dollar yearling in 2004, Redoute’s Choice has 21 lots catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, including 5 fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield

Derby Day success for Redoute’s Choice as sire & damsire

Adding a new Group 1 winner to his burgeoning record as a broodmare sire wasn’t enough for Redoute’s Choice on Saturday. Soon after Extra Brut raced away with the $2 million VRC Victoria Derby G1, the Champion Sire posted his 161st lifetime stakeswinner…

Adding a new Group 1 winner to his burgeoning record as a broodmare sire wasn’t enough for Redoute’s Choice on Saturday. 

A little over three hours after Extra Brut (out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Dom Perion) raced away with the $2 million VRC Victoria Derby 2500m G1,  the Champion Sire posted his 161st lifetime stakeswinner. 

That was the Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred mare Galaxy Star, whose easy 2.5 length victory in the $150,000 WATC Asian Beau S. 1400m G3 suggested it would not be her last black-type success. 

The 6YO mare has now booked a start in the Railway S. G1 over 1600 metres on 24 November, the first of Perth Racing’s three $1 million races billed as The Masters at Ascot.

Trained by Grant & Alana Williams, Galaxy Star is the second of only two foals bred by Peters Investments from city winner Galaxy Queen (by Jeune) before her premature death in January 2013. 

Galaxy Queen’s stakes-winning half-sister Star Encounter has been even more successful at stud, leaving three stakeswinners including Galaxy Star’s close relatives Perfect Jewel & Royal Star, both by Redoute’s Choice. 

The mighty son of Danehill is currently among the top ten sires on both the Australian General Sires’ premiership (where he’s 8th with earnings of just over $3 million), and the Broodmare Sires’ list where he’s chasing Redzel’s damsire Rubiton in clear second position, with more than $7 million prizemoney. 

Extra Brut (by Domesday) is Redoute’s Choice’s 12th Group 1 winner as a damsire, and the second Victoria Derby winner out of a Redoute’s Choice daughter, after Ace High last year.

He can also claim a role in the Coolmore Stud S. G1 trifecta by Sunlight, Zousain & Lean Mean Machine. They are all from the first crop of Zoustar whose dam Zouzou is a first-crop daughter of Redoute’s Choice.