25th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek Thoroughbred Stud added a new Group 1 winner to their record and that of champion sire Redoute’s Choice when Hampton Court stormed past his rivals at the end of the record-setting $400,000 ATC Spring Champion S. G1 over 2000 metres at Randwick.

The scorching early pace and the final course record time of 2:00.30 was largely the work of the other Redoute’s Choice colt in the race, Panzer Division, sent to the front by jockey Tye Angland and asked to cover the first 1400 metres in 1:22.9. Trainer Paul Messara advised after the race that he would be aimed at shorter distances next preparation.

However, all the plaudits were justly earned by Hampton Court, who came from the tail of the field to break Dignity Dancer’s 16 year-old record and drove through the line so strongly ahead of favourite First Seal and Sweynesse that trainer Gai Waterhouse immediately confirmed his trip to Melbourne for the Victoria Derby G1. He is now the $5 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $1.5 million Flemington classic.

Jockey Josh Parr said of the colt’s finish at Randwick, “His turn of foot when he got balanced up and let rip was incredible.”

Hampton Court is the first foal of Canadian stakeswinner Roses ‘N’ Wine (by Broken Vow), from the family of champion Makybe Diva and Group 2 winner Musket (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Purchased for $500,000 by John Warren Bloodstock  from the Milburn Creek draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, he is raced by a group of owners that includes the Muirs, James Packer and Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones.

Hampton Court won his third start as a 2YO, ran fourth in Bachman’s Schweppervescence H. G3 and progressed steadily to his first black type success in last weekend’s ATC Dulcify Quality H. LR. His record now reads three wins and more than $360,000 from 9 starts.

Hampton Court is the fourth Group 1 winner bred by Milburn Creek, after Redoute’s Dancer (also by Redoute’s Choice), Sizzling (by Snitzel) and Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). The Muirs also enjoyed Group 1 success as owners of the grand mare Secret Admirer (2010 ATC Flight S. G1 & 2011 ATC Epsom H. G1).

Roses ‘N’ Wine has a yearling colt by Snitzel and is foaling again to him this Spring.

A week after he became the 119th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice, Hampton Court is the 25th Group 1 winner for the three-time champion sire, whose current season earnings now stand at $2.1 million.

Hampton Court wins Listed Dulcify Quality

The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt Hampton Court showed plenty of grit to win Saturday’s $100,000 ATC Dulcify Quality 1600m LR and become the 119th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice.

He is also the champion sire’s third 3YO colt to achieve stakes-winning status this season, after Scissor Kick (ATC Up and Coming S. G3) and Panzer Division (ATC Ming Dynasty Quality G3).

Hampton Court was ridden by visiting Hong Kong jockey Joao Moreira who admitted, “I probably didn’t give him the best of rides but he was still able to get there. When the gap came he was too strong for them.”

The colt jumped well and he settled second on the fence, but 300 metres from home he was boxed in and his race looked over. When space opened up suddenly for him he picked up bravely to overhaul his stablemate Duccio by three-quarters of a length, with Bachman (by All American) 1.25 lengths away in third.

The win confirmed a start for Hampton Court in next week’s Spring Champion S. G1 over 2000 metres at Randwick, where he will meet the Arrowfield-owned Panzer Division.

Waterhouse said of Hampton Court, “This bloke is an out and out stayer that’s only just getting warmed up. He showed today what I’ve been seeing at home, a very good horse. He’ll run next week and then we might look at the Victoria Derby.”

Hampton Court was bred by John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Thoroughbred Stud from the Canadian stakeswinner Roses ‘n’ Wine (by Broken Vow), from the family of champion Makybe Diva and Group 2 winner Musket (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Purchased for $500,000 by John Warren Bloodstock  from the Milburn Creek draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale, he is raced by a group of owners that includes his breeders and Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones.

Hampton Court won his third start as a 2YO, ran fourth in Bachman’s Schweppervescence H. G3 and progressed well through his first three starts this term, including a good third placing behind subsequent Group 3 winner Sweynesse and Group 1 winner First Seal at Rosehill on 30 August.

Hampton Court’s win and Royal Descent’s magnificent Epsom H. G1 second have boosted Redoute’s Choice’s season earnings to $1.7 million.