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.

Snitzel's new Group performer in Japan

While Snitzel continues his rise to major sire status in Australia, his current crop of Japanese juveniles are steadily building a strong record,

Snitzel has shuttled twice to Japan’s Shadai Farm and already ten winners have emerged from the 56 named foals in his second crop, foaled in 2012. 

Best of them so far is the smart filly Leopardina who just missed becoming Snitzel’s 25th stakeswinner in the Kokura Nisai S. 1200m G3, worth more than $A600,000, on 7 September.

Leopardina earned favouritism for the race after winning her first two starts, at Hanshin in June, and Kokura last month for owner U. Carrot Farm and trainer Yasuki Takahashi.

Ridden by Yutaka Take, Leopardina jumped well and settled third in the running. She lost some ground coming round the turn, but responded generously when asked to lift, hit the front and had the race won until longshot Omi Alice landed from the clouds to claim it by a nose. Both fillies recorded a time of 1:08.4.

View the Kokura Nisai S. G3 here – Leopardina is No. 16 with the pink cap.

Leopardina was bred by Northern Farm from Biondo Pantera, a daughter of Seeking the Gold and US stakeswinner Lapuma. She is one of four stakes performers by Snitzel from mares by sons of Mr. Prospector, a group headed by Melbourne stakeswinner Zelsnitz.

Snitzel is now 8th on the Japan 2YO Sires’ list with prizemoney of ¥80.1 million (~$A820,000).