Group double for dynamic dynasty

Redoute’s Choice and his Arrowfield barnmate sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have barely missed a beat this Spring. 

The dynamic trio have posted stakes victories in all but two of the 16 weekends since 1 August. That’s a total of 33 Group & Listed victories in Australia, France & New Zealand.

The latest additions to that imposing record came at Sandown last Saturday courtesy of a Group race double by Payroll (by Not A Single Doubt) and Long Time Ago (by Redoute’s Choice).

Payroll has progressed every season since her debut 2YO win, and earned stakes-winning status in Brisbane during the winter. The 5YO mare went one better at Sandown, producing a resolute finish to snatch the $150,000 MRC Eclipse S. 1800m G3 from Kidmenever and Jacquinot Bay.

She has now earned almost $450,000, a handy return on the $80,000 that trainer Richard Laming paid breeder & vendor MacQuarie Stud for her at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Watch Payroll win the MRC Eclipse S. G3.

It’s been a wonderful Spring for Payroll’s dam Workhard, whose 4YO son Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) rounded off a strong winter campaign with success in the Hawkesbury Rowley Mile LR. A daughter of Red Ransom from the family of Group 1 winner Bawalaksana and Group 3 winner Shaaheq (by Redoute’s Choice), Workhard is foaling this Spring to Scissor Kick.

Payroll is one of Not A Single Doubt’s six stakeswinners this season, a group headed by Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss. Not A Single Doubt holds fifth spot on the General Sires’ list with close to $5 million.

A Doomben double by 2YO Singular Sensation & 3YO Winter Bride rounded out Not A Single Doubt’s day, while back in Sydney, his 3YO daughter Pretty Fast scored her third straight win at Rosehill for Sheikh Khalifa and the Snowden stable.

Not A Single Doubt finished a rewarding weekend with his first stakeswinner as a broodmare sire, when Seasons Bloom (by Captain Sonador) won the HKJC Jockey Club Mile G2.

Completing the Sandown Group double in the final race on the card, the $150,000 MRC Summoned S. 1500m G3, was John Singleton’s home-bred 4YO mare Long Time Ago, the first foal of Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg). 

She capped a tremendous fortnight in Melbourne for her trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, in the Group & Listed winner’s circle five times during Cup Week at Flemington, including after the VRC Oaks G1.

Waterhouse said of Long Time Ago, “We aimed her at this race all along and she’s been down here in Melbourne for a month getting ready so we’re delighted.”

Watch Long Time Ago win the MRC Summoned S. G3.

Long Time Ago is stakeswinner No. 152 and the 100th Group winner for Redoute’s Choice, represented in Australia this season by two other Group 3 winners, star colt Pariah and 5YO mare Ravi. A winning double at Rosehill on Saturday highlighted a pair of 4YOs, Redouble & Glenall, with a good chance of joining them. 

Success for Redoute's Choice daughters of Oaks winners

A couple of Sunday results highlighted the strong breeder support Redoute’s Choice continues to attract, and  a pair of likely 3YO fillies to follow through to Autumn Classic engagements.

First-up at Te Rapa in New Zealand was Fashionably, the first foal of 2011 Queensland Oaks G1 winner Scarlett Lady (by Savabeel), who went on to Group 1 weight-for-age success in the 2012 ARC New Zealand S.G1.

Fashionably, a $240,000 Inglis Easter buy for Te Akau Racing, started favourite in the1600-metre 3YO maiden and won well after being restrained early by Opie Bosson, then sweeping quickly around the field at the 800-metre mark to score by 1.5 lengths.

Watch Fashionably win at Te Rapa.

It was the filly’s third start for Garry Chittick & Waikato Stud, which also co-bred her dam, now owned by Australian breeders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett. Scarlett Lady has a 2YO filly Oh Miss Scarlett (by All Too Hard), a yearling colt by Snitzel, a colt foal by Fastnet Rock and is in foal again to Snitzel.

Fashionably is trained Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and holds a nomination for the New Zealand Oaks G1 on 18 March.

Just over two hours later at Wyong, the Waterhouse & Bott stable lined up Strawberry Hill Stud’s home-bred filly Long Time Ago, the first foal of 2010 Australian Oaks G1 winner Once Were Wild (by Johannesburg).

Like Fashionably, Long Time Ago was sent out favourite, but contested a 1200-metre Fillies & Mares maiden. She jumped well from gate eight, was forced to sit four wide, wobbled slightly round the bend and impressed by picking up strongly in the straight to prevail quite comfortably.

Watch Long Time Ago win at Wyong.

She may well get her chance to emulate her mother in this year’s $1 million Australian Oaks G1 on 8 April and join the 7 Oaks winners already on the record of her champion sire: Absolutely & Royal Descent (Australian Oaks), Anamato, Abbey Marie & Gallica (Australasian Oaks) and Miss Finland & Samantha Miss (VRC Oaks).

The Strawberry season continues

He’s performed well from 1300m to 2400m but Strawberry Boy’s pet distance is undoubtedly the metric mile over which he scored his second black type win this season, at Doomben on Saturday.

While this victory wasn’t as dominant as his Lord Mayor’s Cup G3 win a fortnight earlier,  it was an equally admirable effort.

Once again the 6YO son of Redoute’s Choice quickly strode to the front, with Any Day Will Do and Kurtley attempting to lower his comfort level. Strawberry Boy sturdily maintained his lead into the straight and, despite showing signs of fatigue in the final 100 metres, his strength and high cruise speed were enough to hold out his imported stablemate Flamingo Star by a half-neck with Epic third, a half-length further back.  

Strawberry Boy (ex Strawberry Girl by Strawberry Road) has now won nine of his 24 starts, including three black type races this season, and $621,950 for owner-breeder John Singleton and trainer Chris Waller. 

Strawberry Girl, also the dam of Group 2 winner Danroad and Listed winners Newtown Jet and Tippitaka, died last Spring after foaling a colt by Not A Single Doubt. Her daughter Bondi Blonde (by Red Ransom) is in foal to Snitzel.

Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a spectacular season with 15 winners of 24 Group & Listed Races worldwide, among them five Group 1 winners: Lankan Rupee, Majmu, Bonaria, Hampton Court and Wylie Hall. 

As Redoute’s Choice continues to build his own record, his sons and daughters at stud are making sure his legacy will endure. His sons Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Stratum sit alongside him among Australia’s top 15 sires, and he is the nation’s leading active broodmare sire, with nine stakeswinners in 2014/15, including Group 1 winners Sacred Falls and Pasadena Girl.

Stakes double for Redoute's Choice

Strawberry Boy and La Amistad put up equally dominant performances over very different distances on Saturday to give their champion sire Redoute’s Choice his fifth same-day stakes double this season.

Strawberry Boy claimed his first Group win in the $125,000 BRC Lord Mayor’s Cup 1600m G3 at Doomben with a strong front-running performance piloted by Zac Purton.

The 6YO gelding took an early lead, settled into a lovely rhythm and repelled the challenge of Estonian Princess before drawing away in the straight for a stylish 2.5 length victory. Lucky Lago and I’m Imposing filled the placings.

Trained by Chris Waller for owner and breeder John Singleton, Strawberry Boy earned black capital status in the Ladies Day Cup LR at Hawkesbury last November. He has now won eight of his 23 starts for prizemoney of more than $550,000. 

Strawberry Boy is from the fine broodmare Strawberry Girl (by Strawberry Road) whose eight earlier winners include Group 2 winner Danroad and stakeswinners Newtown Jet & Tippitaka. Sadly, their dam died last year, soon after foaling a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

A couple of hours later at Flemington La Amistad brought back memories of her famous big sister, three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, with a decisive victory in Flemington’s “other 3200-metre race”, the Andrew Ramsden S. LR.

Damien Oliver was happy to settle La Amistad at the back of the field and found that the further they went, the stronger she felt. By the home turn, she was ready to chase down the leader Lucciola and then hold off the fast-finishing Sonntag and Zabeelionaire to score by two lengths in 3:22.79.

The 5YO mare’s evident progress since her McKell Cup LR win at Randwick a year ago makes a 2015 Melbourne Cup campaign a realistic possibility for trainers Hawkes Racing and her owners Tony & Deslee Santic, Greg Ingham and Michael Sullivan.

La Amistad is from another first-class broodmare Tugela (by Riverman), who also died last Spring after delivered her 11th foal, a filly by All Too Hard. Makybe Diva, La Amistad’s Group 2-winning brother Musket and Group 3 winner Valkyrie Diva established Tugela’s worth some time ago.

It’s been a bountiful season for Redoute’s Choice, with 15 winners of 23 Group & Listed races in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, including five winners of 7 Group 1 races: Lankan Rupee, Majmu, Bonaria, Hampton Court & Wylie Hall. 

His four other stakes doubles since 1 August were achieved by Panzer Division (Sydney) & Rock Magic (Perth) on 6 September; Bonaria (Melbourne) & Majmu (South Africa) on 1 November; Scissor Kick (Sydney) & Vavasour (New Zealand) on 7 February; and Wylie Hall (South Africa) & Abidewithme (New Zealand) on 25 April. 

120th stakeswinner for Redoute's Choice

Strawberry Boy gave leading owner-breeder John Singleton and champion sire Redoute’s Choice a new stakeswinner with Thursday’s victory in the $100,000 Hawkesbury RC Ladies Day Cup 1400m LR.

In the 6YO gelding’s first start for trainer Chris Waller he sat on the pace outside early leader Havana, then took control before the field straightened. Placegetters Monton and Heart Testa launched their claims soon after, but Strawberry Boy held them out to score by almost a length in 1:22.94.

Strawberry Boy is the third stakeswinner out of US-bred Strawberry Girl (by Strawberry Road), after Danroad and Newtown Jet. Strawberry Girl died last month, soon after foaling a colt by Not A Single Doubt.

Strawberry Boy’s record now reads 7 wins, five placings (four in Group company) and more than $380,000 prizemoney from only 17 starts.

It’s been a tremendous week for Redoute’s Choice, represented on Saturday by the splendid mare Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic G1) and brilliant 3YO filly Majmu (Turffontein Starling S. G3).

The champion sire has a tally of eight stakeswinners this season, including Group 1 winners Hampton Court, Lankan Rupee & Bonaria, and Group 2 winners Majmu (in South Africa), Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.