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

Final Salute seals double for Doubt

Not A Single Doubt completed a two-state stakes double on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Final Salute took out the $100,000 WATC J.C. Roberts S. 1800m LR, after Single Bullet’s Group 3 win in Sydney.

Final Salute enjoyed an untroubled run at Ascot, sitting fourth on the rail until William Pike peeled him out on the turn and sent him forward, with the result soon settled by a half-length margin. Gatting and Friaresque filled the placings and the favourite Gangbuster was fourth.

Watch Final Salute win the WATC J.C. Roberts S. LR.

Final Salute had won his maiden at Northam last October and was a good fourth in the WA Guineas G2 in November before a brief spell followed by a fifth and then a Listed placing at Ascot last month.

He is Not A Single Doubt’s 39th stakeswinner and the second of two winners out of New Zealand Listed winner Sophia Babe (by Iglesia), from the famous “Heights” family. That makes him a relative of Champion 3YO Sky Heights, Classic-winning fillies Mapperley Heights & Royal Heights and the 1970s champion Battle Heights whose 23 wins included the 1974 Cox Plate.

Sophia Babe has a 2YO colt So Great (by Pierro) in training alongside Final Salute, a yearling filly by Pierro and she is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

This was Not A Single Doubt’s second stakes double in 2016/17, following his memorable night at Moonee Valley on 30 September, when Extreme Choice won the Moir S. G1 and Don’t Doubt Mamma was successful in the Stocks S. G2.

Last month the Not A Single Doubt-Sambar colt topped the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale when he was knocked down to trainer Chris Gangemi for $325,000.

The son of Redoute’s Choice lies fifth on the Australian General Sires’ premiership with $6.8 million, a figure that his likely Slipper runners Gunnison and Single Bullet can now boost substantially.