A troop of Redoute's Choice colts

The gap left on the Arrowfield roster by Beneteau begs to be filled by another son of Redoute’s Choice.

The Stud’s 2015 stallion brochure tags gifted colt Scissor Kick as “Coming Soon”, so his spot is assured, but less than a month into the new season, a couple of other Redoute’s Choice colts raced by Arrowfield have put up their hooves for the same imprimatur.

3YO King’s Troop, a three-quarter brother to Snitzel, made his bid on 15 August with a heady run for second in the ATC San Domenico S. 1100m G3, beaten only a half-length by the very talented gelding Japonisme in near-race record time of 1:02.57.

That performance was a significant step up for King’s Troop who attracted attention with a big trial win before his debut second on a heavy track to Japonisme at Rosehill on 18 July. Eighteen days later he broke his maiden with a 3.8 length win at Warwick Farm, before tackling Group company at his third start.

Trainer Gerald Ryan had already recommended that King’s Troop needs time to grow and strengthen with the aim of preparing for a major Autumn campaign. He went straight to the paddock after the San Domenico while owners Arrowfield and Alan Jones imagine his future.

The following Wednesday 19 August it was the turn of Raphael’s Cat to step up. He showed impressive acceleration at the end of 1200 metres at Canterbury, winning by 2.5 lengths from Tap This and Secret Trail.

He won his 2YO debut back in February for Gai Waterhouse and a group of owners headed by Ricky Surace, Matt Cloros & Arrowfield and spelled after an unplaced run in the ATC Pago Pago S. G2. He will now head to Melbourne for the $200,000 VRC Danehill S. G2 on 12 September.

Waiting in the wings for Arrowfield and Paul Messara are Panzer Division and Scissor Kick, both among last season’s best 3YO colts and set to return later in the Spring, while Rekindled Power (Group 2-placed at three) is not far away from his season debut.

King's Troop marches in at Warwick Farm

Only five days into the new season and Redoute’s Choice has unveiled a potential star in the shape of Snitzel’s three-quarter brother King’s Troop.

Watch King’s Troop’s Warwick Farm win here.

His 7-length trial win at Rosehill a month ago attracted plenty of attention and, after a debut second to Japonisme at Rosehill on 18 July, King’s Troop started the hottest of favourites in a competitive colts & geldings handicap field at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

He jumped well and took up the running with Quantrill, Art of Excellence and Aspen Star in close attendance. Rounding the turn, King’s Troop held a narrow lead and began to extend. At the 150-metre mark Jockey Brenton Avdulla switched his whip to his left hand, and one strike was all the colt needed to hit top gear and stride away for an easy 3.8 length win.

The colt’s winning time of 1:03.98 under topweight of 59kg was more than half a second faster than Kangarilla Joy posted for the equivalent fillies’ race on the same card.

The Racing & Sports review of the race noted, “Showing improvement off his debut run, King’s Troop returned a Timeform figure of 97p, and on what he has shown to date he looks at least Group 3 standard with plenty more improvement to come.”

King’s Troop is the second foal of Royal Snippets (by Royal Academy), a city-winning half-sister to the sensational Snitzel & Group 3 winner Viennese (both by Redoute’s Choice), Champion First Season Sire Hinchinbrook and Wiener, dam of Group-placed Redoutable Heart (also by Redoute’s Choice).

Arrowfield has retained King’s Troop’s 2YO full sister and Royal Snippets is due to foal again to the champion sire this Spring. 

The $125,000 ATC San Domenico S. G3 on 15 August is the likely immediate target for King’s Troop, but his trainer Gerald Ryan – who also prepared Snitzel for Group 1 success at three – notes that the very best of him may not be seen until the Autumn.