Redoute's Choice filly wins French Classic trial

One of the most valuable mares to visit Redoute’s Choice at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2013 was the Wertheimers’ marvellous matron 22-year-old Born Gold (by Blushing Groom).

Born Gold achieved international fame as the dam of the 2010 European Horse of the Year Goldikova (by Anabaa) whose 17 wins included fourteen at Group 1 level.

But Goldikova is only the brightest of Born Gold’s stars. As at 2013 her dozen winning progeny also included Group 1-winning filly Galikova (by Galileo) and Group 3 winners Gold Round (also a very successful broodmare), Gold Sound and Goldikova’s full brother Anodin – a stunning record for any mare.

On Sunday the result of Born Gold’s mating with Redoute’s Choice, 3YO filly Gold Luck joined that wonderful list when she prevailed in a highly competitive battle for the  Prix Vanteaux 1800m G3 at Chantilly. The Freddy Head-trained filly worked hard for her short head victory, but found enough under pressure to defeat last-start winner Monroe Bay and Hebah.

Watch Gold Luck win the Chantilly Prix Vanteaux G3.

The form-line is strong: Gold Luck split the Al Shaqab colt Al Wukair and Hebah in last October’s Deauville Prix Isonomy LR, and Al Wukair, who is 2000 Guineas-bound, extended his unbeaten record on Sunday in the Mainsons -Laffitte Prix Djebel G3.

Gold Luck’s win was more than usually special, as the Wertheimer brothers’ racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau explained.

“As breeders it is an immense joy for us because Born Gold was 22 years old when covered by Redoute’s Choice. It was a difficult gestation so to have the mare still with us, and enjoying a happy retirement on the farm, is already a win. And now for this filly to have already won at Group level, it is a dream.

“She fought hard there today to come out on top of what looked a decent group of fillies. The Prix Saint-Alary is a logical next step and in theory the extra distance should be no problem to her.”

Gold Luck is the first Group or Listed winner among 14 winners from the first European crop of Redoute’s Choice. Another exciting 3YO prospect is Gold Luck’s stablemate and close relation, the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude (ex Gold Round by Caerleon) who won at Chantilly in February and was third over 2100 metres at Saint-Cloud on 2 April.

Gold Luck’s milestone win concluded an outstanding week for the great son of Danehill who dominated the Inglis Easter sale-ring along with his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt.

The father-and-sons dynasty claimed all of the Sale’s major stallion honours: Top Price ($2.5 million Redoute’s Choice-Secluded colt), Highest Aggregate (Snitzel, 38 lots sold for a total $20,425,000) and Highest Average (Not A Single Doubt, 3 lots sold for an average price of $750,000).

The trio sired eight of the Sale’s 17 $1 million-plus yearlings, including four of the top five lots, an achievement both explained and supported by their collective 47 winners of 57 Group & Listed Races in five countries since 1 August 2016.

Strong start for Redoute's Choice in Europe

A quick-fire sequence of four 3YO winners in three weeks has given champion sire Redoute’s Choice a strong start to the 2017 season in Europe.

Al Shaqab Racing’s filly Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is the latest of the quartet to salute, when she returned on Sundayto Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, where she won on debut over 1600 metres last September, to score again over the same distance. Settled in second place by jockey Greogry Benoist, Wajnah made her run round the turn and sustained a solid effort up the straight to defeat La Sardane and Silver Storm.

Wajnah is a half-sister to Listed winners Bassamba and Baine (also runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas G1) from the family of champion sprinter and leading sire Anabaa. Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair, she was bought for €260,000 at the 2015 Arqana October Sale by agent Nicolas de Watrigant. Along with several other Redoute’s Choice fillies, including last season’s winners Astronomy’s Choice, Gold Luck & Deep Inside, Wajnah is nominated for the French 1000 Guineas G1 at Deauville on 13 May.

Close relatives Eyes On Asha and Spotify supplied wins within 24 hours of each other last week. Eyes On Asha won by 2.5 lengths over 6 furlongs at her Newcastle UK debut on Friday, an eye-catching effort after missing the kick and racing near the back of the field.

Watch Eyes On Asha win at Newcastle

The Kevin Ryan-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice fetched a near-record €775,000 after a fast breeze-up at last year’s Arqana May 2YO Sale. She is out of the Italian stakeswinner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand) and shares her grand-dam with Spotify, who saluted at Chantilly last Thursday.

A home-bred for the Wertheimers, Spotify (ex Gwenseb by Green Tune) also kept his unbeaten record when he won powered home in fine style to win a 1900-metre event by three lengths at Chantilly last Thursday. A half-brother to Group winners Attendu and Impassable, Spotify is prepared by Christophe Ferland.

Watch Spotify win at Chantilly – video replay courtesy of TDN and Fasig-Tipton

It was also at Chantilly that the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude gave Redoute’s Choice his first European winner of 2017 when she won a 1900-metre event on 14 February.

Fourth at her debut last November, Golden Attitude is among the first European runners for American owner-breeders Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth whose horses campaign under the name of  LNJ Foxwoods. They bought her dam Gold Round (by Caerleon) in 2012, sent her to Redoute’s Choice at Haras de Bonneval and then to the United States where she foaled Golden Attitude in 2014.

Gold Round’s major claim to fame is that she’s a half-sister to champion Goldikova, but she was a Group 3 winner herself and has done a wonderful job at stud, leaving three stakeswinners among 10 winners, most recently the filly Golden Valentine, who won last year’s Deauville Prix Minerve G3 for the Roths.

Like her older half-sister and Goldikova, Golden Attitude is trained by Freddie Head. Head also prepares the Wertheimer filly Gold Luck, Goldikova’s 3YO half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, who won her debut last September and was then stakes-placed at Deauville.
 
Watch replays of these races at France-Galop:
Wajnah – 5 March, Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, Prix de la Societe d’Encouragement de Bordeaux
Golden Attitude – 14 February, Chantilly, Prix de la Croix Vaillant

Redoute's Choice story

It was the second impressive performance this week by the champion sire’s first French-conceived juveniles. On Monday, the colt Colibri ran away from his rivals in a seven-furlong maiden at Brighton to win by 12 lengths easing down.

Watch Colibri’s maiden win on 5 September.

Trained by Hugo Palmer for owner-breeder Al Asayl Bloodstock, Colibri is out of High Days (by Hennessy), from the family of Fantastic Light, as well as Australian Group 1 winner Your Song & last season’s Group-winning 2YO Tarquin.

Redoute's Choice warmly received at Tattersalls

Five lots from the first European crop of Redoute’s Choice sold for an average of 321,000 guineas (~$715,000) at the Book 1 session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, which concluded on Thursday UK time.

That placed him among the Sale’s top 10 sires by average, and the 725,000 guineas paid by M.V. Magnier for his daughter out of Yummy Mummy was the 7th-highest price achieved by a filly.

Charlie Gordon-Watson signed for two Redoute’s Choice yearlings. His first purchase was Watership Down’s My Branch filly, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tante Rose, at 400,000 guineas (~$890,000) and seven lots later he joined Al Shaqab Racing to buy Tally-Ho Stud’s colt from Nitya for 240,000 guineas (~$534,000).

Jamie McCalmont paid 135,000 guineas for the daughter of champion German 2YO filly Monami consigned by Gestut Etzean, and Stroud Coleman Bloodstock bought the colt from So Squally, a sister to Group 1 winner Shirocco, for 105,000 guineas.

Three-time Champion Sire of Australia, Redoute’s Choice stood the 2013 & 2014 northern hemisphere seasons at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.  His first European-conceived 2YOs will race in 2016.

725,000 guineas for Redoute's Choice filly

The first European-bred yearling by champion sire Redoute’s Choice to be offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale has sold for 725,000 guineas (~$1.6 million).

The filly from Yummy Mummy is a three-quarter sister to this year’s outstanding 3YO filly Legatissimo (by Danehill Dancer), winner of The One Thousand Guineas G1 and two other Group 1 races, and runner-up in The Oaks G1.

Yummy Mummy (by Montjeu) is a winning sister to Champion European Stayer Fame And Glory, from the family of dual Group 1 winner Farhh.

The attractive, loose-walking bay filly was consigned as Lot 24 by her breeder Newsells Park Stud and purchased by Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier, son of John and Susan, who race Legatissimo with Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith. The underbidder was the China Horse Club.

M.V. Magnier said, “We were lucky enough to buy Legatissimo at this sale two years ago and if this filly is half as good as her, we’ll be happy. This family has been very lucky for us – you have Fame And Glory under the second dam – and this is a lovely filly.”

Julian Dollar, General Manager of Newsells Park Stud, said, “You’ve got to be happy with that [the price]. She made her value. She’s going to a great home – they know how to train daughters out of that mare! It’s bittersweet as we’d have loved to have kept her but selling is our modus operandi and everyone knows that.”

The filly is the 67th Redoute’s Choice yearling to sell for seven figures or the equivalent in Australian dollars. She is also his top-priced yearling worldwide in 2015, heading off the €950,000 (~$1.4 million) Vadawina colt sold by Haras d’Etreham to John Ferguson at the Arqana August Sale, and Arrowfield’s $1.1 million Weekend Beauty filly bought by Takaya Shimakawa at Inglis Easter. 

Another two fillies and three colts by Australia’s three-time champion sire will be offered from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale over the next two days, with the filly from Arabescatta catalogued in Book 2.

Redoute’s Choice shuttled to HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France for the 2013 & 2014 northern hemisphere seasons.

He is second on the current season Australian General Sires’ table with $1.8 million prizemoney and four stakeswinners (Royal Descent, Peeping, She’s Clean & Counterattack) and posted his 125th lifetime stakeswinner in Japan last weekend.

Acknowledgement to Nancy Sexton’s live blog from the Tattersalls October Sale for the Racing Post.

Redoute's Choice colt makes $1.4 million at Arqana

The first European yearlings by Redoute’s Choice made a big impact on the opening two days of the Arqana August Sale, averaging almost $600,000 and including the 66th seven-figure yearling of his stellar sale-ring career.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson bought three colts by the champion sire including the son of Group 1 winner Vadawina (by Unfuwain), offered by Haras d’Etreham and knocked down for  €950,000 (~$1.4 million). That makes him the top-priced Redoute’s Choice yearling sold worldwide in 2015.

Ferguson struck early on the first day, bidding €450,000 (~$670,000) for the colt from Copernica presented by Richard Powell’s Haras du Lieu des Champs.

He said after that purchase, “Redoute’s Choice has been a superb stallion in Australia, and there’s no reason why he won’t repeat his success in the Northern Hemisphere.
“This is a Redoute’s Choice out of a Galileo mare going back to a great family, including High Chaparral, and he was a very athletic horse and we’re delighted to have him.”

That sale was a great result for Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud who bought the colt as a foal for 175,000gns at Tattersalls December last year.

Foley said, “He was an outstanding foal with a stallion’s pedigree and I’m a great believer in Redoute’s Choice, as I stand his son Elzaam, whose first foals head to the sales later this year. Everybody had looked at him and Richard filled me with confidence that he would sell well. Best of luck to Godolphin.”

Haras des Capucines was the vendor of John Ferguson’s third Redoute’s Choice colt, out of Sandy Girl (by Footstepsinthesand), a winning half-sister to six-time Group 1 winner Stacelita. He was secured for €660,000 (~$990,000).

Asked to compare Redoute’s Choice’s European and Australian progeny, Ferguson said,  “I’ve been looking at them in Australia for many years, so I’d say they’re fairly similar to those in Australia. There’s not a huge difference. Some horses with different mares can produce different types, but he’s such a pre-eminent and dominant stallion; Redoute’s Choices look like Redoute’s Choices.”

Ferguson’s past Australian purchases by the great son of Danehill include Group 1 winner Master of Design and Group 1-placed stakeswinners Estee & Time Thief.

Other successful bidders included Jehan Malherbe’s Form Bloodstock, which has already enjoyed success with Group 2-winning Redoute’s Choice filly Honorine in South Africa, and UK trainer Roger Varian.

In all, nine of the first 11 Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice sold for an average of  €386,000 (~$580,000), well above the to-date average of  €245,791 (~$370,000) and placing him fourth on the Sale’s leading sires list.

Georges Rimaud, Manager of the Aga Khan’s French Studs, says, “At the time we brought Redoute’s Choice over from Arrowfield Stud there was concern that there weren’t enough good stallions in France. He was probably way above the standard of what people expected but they supported him and the rewards are coming now.”

Arrowfield’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer says, “We’re delighted with these results and acknowledge the wonderful support Redoute’s Choice has received in Europe from breeders, vendors & buyers. We’re also very grateful to the Aga Khan, Georges Rimaud and the team at Haras de Bonneval for giving Redoute’s Choice the best opportunity to make his mark in Europe.”

Haras des Capucines & La Motteraye Consignment will present the final two Arqana yearlings by Redoute’s Choice at the Sale’s closing session which begins at 9.00 pm on Monday evening (AEST).

To Redoute's Choice & Zarkava, a colt

Champion unbeaten mare Zarkava safely foaled a colt by champion sire Redoute’s Choice on Monday morning  at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

The colt is described by Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France as “a very elegant foal that is correct and strong.”

Zarkava (Zamindar-Zarkasha by Kahyasi) whose seven victories included five at Group 1 level, will now visit the unbeaten champion Frankel.

Redoute’s Choice is covering a second high-class book of mares at Haras de Bonneval, among them 18 Aga Khan mares. They include the dams of Group  winner Valyra & Bayrir, a sister to Classic sire Azamour, and the Group 1 winners Rosanara, Shalanaya, Daryakana & Mandesha.

Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a splendid season in Australia with progeny earnings of almost $6 million and seven stakeswinners headed by the sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee, winner of the Oakleigh Plate G1 & last Saturday’s Newmarket H. G1.

Thirty-four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them 6 colts & 3 fillies in the Arrowfield draft.

European breeders welcome Redoute's Choice foals

Redoute’s Choice has arrived safely in Europe, just as breeders announced the arrival of his first foals conceived in the Northern Hemisphere, during his inaugural 2013 season at His Highness The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval.

The Aga Khan Studs report that in Ireland, Ballymacoll Stud’s first foal of 2014 was a bay colt by Redoute’s Choice from Fleur de Cactus, a winning Montjeu mare and half-sister to Desert Bloom, the dam of the Ballymacoll-bred 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

Stud principal Peter Reynolds said of him, “The foal is a good strong sort and an excellent first foal and we are very pleased with him.” 

 At Haras de Bonneval, the first foal for Redoute’s Choice was a filly out of stakes-winning sprinter Kerasona (Oasis Dream). 

Other Aga Khan mares due to foal to Redoute’s Choice include Champion Zarkava (Zamindar), dual Group 1 winner Shareta (Sinndar), Ashalanda (Linamix), Sagawara (Shamardal) and Tanoura (Dalakhani).

 Also in France, the Wertheimer Brothers’ Haras de Saint-Leonard welcomed a filly foal out of maiden mare Monst (Monsun). 

Stud manager Pierre-Yves Bureau commented, “This filly is full of quality and well -proportioned; she is a nice first foal. This augurs well for the future, as we have sent several mares to Redoute’s Choice, including Goldikova’s dam.”

Brookdale Farm welcomed a bay filly late last week in Kentucky, a first foal for the Niarchos-bred Visual Mind (Kingmambo), a half-sister to juvenile Group 1 winner Pathfork, who beat Casamento and Zoffany in the National Stakes.

Redoute’s Choice is due to arrive today at Haras de Bonneval where he will once again acclimatise before resuming stud duties at the start of the northern hemisphere breeding season next month. His 2014 fee in France is €60,000.

Redoute’s Choice topped last week’s Magic Millions Sale sire averages for ninth consecutive year with an average of $286,500 and a A$1 million top price paid for Newhaven Park’s colt out of Hades.