Australia’s King of Sires Redoute’s Choice dies at Arrowfield

World-class stallion, sale-ring sensation, dominant sire of sires & broodmares and major industry influence Redoute’s Choice has died at Arrowfield Stud…

Arrowfield Stud announces with great sorrow that the Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice died this morning at the farm, near Scone in the Hunter Valley.

The rising 23 year-old son of Danehill and Shantha’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
 
Arrowfield’s John Messara said, “Redoute’s Choice is such a big part of all our lives, and right now it’s hard to imagine Arrowfield without him.

“He has given us so much, Arrowfield has been built on his back and he’s allowed all of us and many, many other people to fulfil our dreams and ambitions.

“I thank Muzaffar Yaseen for allowing us to buy into Redoute’s Choice almost two decades ago. Our partnership has always been amicable and it has achieved all that we could hope for, and more.

“I’m grateful to all my team, past and present, who are part of his story, especially those who have cared for and worked with Redoute’s Choice every day, and have ensured that he’s had the long and wonderful life he deserved. There are many tears being shed at Arrowfield today.

“I also thank everyone who helped us launch his stud career, his shareholders, and those who bred to him, and bought, raced, trained and rode his progeny. He has blessed us all.”

REDOUTE'S CHOICE
Champion. Hero. Friend.
1996 - 2019
Redoute's Choice wins the 1999 Blue Diamond S. G1 at his second start.
Redoute's Choice defeats Testa Rossa in the dramatic 1999 Caulfield Guineas G1.
Champion 2YO Miss Finland wins the 2006 Golden Slipper G1.
World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee
John & Paul Messara with Redoute's Choice at Arrowfield in 2014.
Redoute's Choice with Stallion Manager Joe Hickey, August 2018.
The magnificent Tanya Bartlett statue of Redoute's Choice greets visitors to Arrowfield.
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Redoute’s Choice was the rarest of thoroughbred horses, who exceeded even the lofty expectations of his glorious physique, powerful pedigree and brilliant racing career, to become a world-class stallion, a sale-ring sensation, a dominant sire of sires & broodmares and a major influence for years to come. 

His death comes in a season of fresh recognition and achievement, including his 34th Group 1 winner Galaxy Star, a trio of million-dollar colts at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and a spectacular 3YO campaign by his best racing son, The Autumn Sun, who won his fifth Group 1 race, the Rosehill Guineas, last Saturday.

The Autumn Sun’s place on the Arrowfield roster is already reserved, alongside four other Redoute’s Choice sons: record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel, leading sire Not A Single Doubt, Scissor Kick, whose first yearlings are being offered at 2019 sales, and Pariah, who served his first book in 2018.  

Almost 13 years after he won the first of his three General Sires’ Premierships, Redoute’s Choice remains a top 5 sire and is likely to secure his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title this season with earnings of $15.2 million and 15 stakeswinners to date, among them Group 1 winners Extra Brut, Amphitrite and Arcadia Queen.

Redoute’s Choice was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen, foaled on 15 August 1996 and retained to race in the now-famous yellow, red, lime & orange Teeley Assets colours. Mr Yaseen sent him to Melbourne trainer Rick Hore-Lacy who prepared the strikingly handsome colt throughout his 10-start, 5-win, $1.6 million racing career.

He made headlines and history immediately, after winning a Listed Race at his 2YO debut on 20 February 1999 and lining up a mere seven days later in the Blue Diamond S. G1, which he won by two lengths from his great rival Testa Rossa.

His Spring 3YO campaign began with a 1200-metre weight-for-age victory in the Manikato S. G1 and peaked in the heroic, one-for-the-ages battle with Testa Rossa for the Caulfield Guineas G1, won by Redoute’s Choice only in the final metres.

Redoute’s Choice returned in the Autumn to add a fourth Group 1 success, defeating Miss Pennymoney and Intergaze in the C.F. Orr S. G1, and retired to Arrowfield as Australia’s Champion 3YO Miler.

He served 134 mares in 2000 at a fee of $30,000 which did not increase until his fifth season, in 2004. That was after the appearance of his first stakeswinners Not A Single Doubt and Tahni Girl, the 2003/04 Champion First Season Sire title and his first million-dollar yearling.

It was in the 2004/05 racing season that Redoute’s Choice, with 137 runners from two crops of racing age, emerged as a potential champion stallion and the inheritor of Danehill’s crown. He unleashed a staggering 15 stakeswinners, four at Group 1 level: 3YO filly Lotteria and 2YOs Fashions Afield, Stratum and Undoubtedly. Only Danehill and Zabeel headed him on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his 2005 Inglis Easter Sale results included the Tugela colt, sold for a then all-time Australian record price of $2.5 million.

He served a full book of 196 mares in 2005 and continued to serve at least 100 mares each year until the last two seasons when his book was restricted to 74 and 45 mares.

Redoute’s Choice claimed his first General Sires’ Premiership with three crops racing in 2005/06, the season of six Group 1 winners: Champion 2YO Miss Finland, Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate), God’s Own (Caulfield Guineas), Nadeem (Blue Diamond S.), Fashions Afield (Flight S.) and Lotteria (Myer Classic).

His second Premiership came in 2009/10, the year of diversely gifted  fillies, the dual Group 1 winning-sprinter Melito, Queensland Derby winner Dariana and Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder.

That season also marked the arrival of his statistically most notable crop, eventually the source of 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – a remarkable strike rate of 19.6%.  Flag-bearer for that 2009 cohort was World Champion Sprinter, Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee who helped propel Redoute’s Choice to his third and final Premiership, in 2013/14.

Snitzel’s second-place finish in 2014 resulted in a father-&-son Premiership quinella unprecedented in Australian thoroughbred history and signalled the passing of the baton to the next generation of the Danehill dynasty at Arrowfield.

Redoute’s Choice now has 22 stakes-siring sons, 10 of them also Group 1 sires. They are responsible for 279 stakeswinners, while his daughters have left 86 stakeswinners, including 13 at Group 1 level.

International recognition of Redoute’s Choice’s contribution to the Australian thoroughbred industry has grown steadily in recent years. Only last month leading bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim announced that his APEX A Runner index of 3.82 earned him the No. 1 spot among Australasian sires, ahead of Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Savabeel and Fastnet Rock.

John Messara said, “It is a great consolation to me that Redoute’s Choice leaves us at the top of his game, having sustained his greatness as a sire from start to finish, across the full span of his career.

“His legacy to Australian breeding and racing is immense, through his sire sons, his broodmare daughters, his final crops still to come and all the people he touched over the past two decades.

“Thank you Redoute’s, for everything.”

Manhattan Rain colt scores by a Street

Manhattan Rain added the 7th stakeswinner to his CV when Manhattan Street won Saturday’s $50,000 Levin RC Ryder S. 1200m LR by 6.5 lengths from Cortado and Impulsive Habit.

The 2YO colt was recording his third win in 3 starts, following his debut success at Otaki last month, and again at Awapuni on 9 July.  It was also Manhattan Rain’s second stakeswinner this month, after Wild Rain’s success in the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 on 16 July.

Trainer Lisa Latta, who prepares Manhattan Street for Lincoln Farms, Neville McAlister and Wellfield Lodge, said, “He had a really quiet early two-year-old preparation so we’ll continue to press forward and he will head to the Wanganui Guineas.”

That race also carries Listed status and will be run over 1340 metres on 3 September.

The steady hands of jockey Jonathan Riddell were an asset to Manhattan Street on the extremely testing ground. He said,  “He’s a lovely horse and a pleasure to ride.”

Manhattan Street was bred by Teeley Assets from Charming Estelle (by Redoute’s Choice), a full sister to 2014 World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. Offered as a weanling in the Teeley Reduction presented by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, Manhattan Street was bought for $130,000 by the RMB Trust.

The combination of Manhattan Rain with daughters of his champion half-brother has so far produced five winners from 10 runners, including this season’s good Sydney 3YO Man of Choice, three times placed in Group company, including a third in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Charming Estelle, now owned by Arrowfield & GSA Bloodstock, has a rising 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain, purchased for $90,000 by Hong Kong buyer F. Li from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft.  She is due to foal to champion Japanese sire Deep Impact in early August.

Manhattan Street is the third stakeswinner, after Scarlet Rain & Wild Rain, and one of nine stakes performers for Manhattan Rain this season. With 40 winners and earnings of $2.4 million he ends 2015-16 among the top five third-crop sires based in Australia.

Fifth Group 1 victory for Lankan Rupee

The most eloquent verdicts on Lankan Rupee’s magnificent VRC Lightning S. G1 victory at Flemington on Saturday were delivered by the jockeys who rode his nearest challengers, Coolmore Stud S. G1 winner Brazen Beau and the previously unbeaten Deep Field.

Craig Williams, who rode Brazen Beau into second place, said, “Excellent. That level of performance would see him winning at Royal Ascot – provided the winner isn’t there!”

Third-placed Deep Field’s jockey James Winks said, “I was very happy in the run, he worked with me and quickened when I asked him, but the next thing Lankan Rupee went past me as if I was standing still.”

While the final time of 56.29 for the 1000 metres was 0.87 shy of Black Caviar’s 2013 race and course record, Lankan Rupee’s performance was no less dominant than the great mare’s win two years ago. His winning margin was almost 3 lengths and he posted a sub-32 second sectional for the last 600 metres.

Jockey Craig Newitt’s summary was succinct. “Outstanding. That was as good as he’s gone for me, when I went for him he was electric.”

Trainer Mick Price and his team have added a new dimension to Lankan Rupee’s racing style after his Spring campaign by encouraging him to relax behind the speed and produce his top speed only in the final stages of the race. The result was the 5YO gelding’s fifth Group 1 victory in 21 starts for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, and the first Lightning Stakes winner for his sire Redoute’s Choice. 

Lankan Rupee was born and raised at Arrowfield where his dam Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky) was based until her $1.4 million sale to Coolmore at last year’s Teeley Dispersal. She has since foaled a full brother to the champion sprinter.

The $300,000 winner’s cheque boosted Lankan Rupee’s career prizemoney to $3.9 million and takes Redoute’s Choice’s season earnings in Australia to $5.5 million. That puts the three-time champion sire well within striking distance of the top spot on the current General Sires’ table. 

Lankan Rupee’s next opportunity to contribute to that particular battle will come in the $1 million VRC Newmarket Handicap G1 on 14 March.

Dundeel & Lankan Rupee among world's best in 2014

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings released last week have confirmed the ratings of Dundeel and Lankan Rupee among the leading global performers in 2014.

Dundeel, who signed off on a stellar racing career with a spectacular victory in the ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1 at The Championships in April, was rated 122, the best figure achieved by any Australasian performer in the Intermediate (1900m-2100m) category. It places him among the world’s best nine horses on turf at that distance, a group headed by Juddmonte International Stakes winner Australia (127).

Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel) was named New Zealand Horse of the Year and retired to stud at Arrowfield last Spring with six Group 1 victories from 1600m to 2400m on his record. He served a quality book of 132 mares including Arrowfield’s champion Miss Finland and Group winners Aliyana Tilde & Sharnee Rose, as well as proven producers Ain’t Seen Nothin’, Johan’s Toy, Joy Ride, Lady of Choice and Lunaspur,

In a history-making year for champion sire Redoute’s Choice, his son Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) supplied many highlights, including three scintillating Group 1 victories and the Australian Horse of the Year title.

The 5YO Teeley Assets homebred ended 2014 alongside Terravista at the head of the Sprint (1000m-1300m) category with a rating of 123. Australia completed its domination of the year’s short-course racing with Chautauqua third on 122.

Other Australian-breds rated among the leading sprinters were Arrowfield graduate Not Listenin’tome and Flying Spur’s Singapore champion  Zac Spirit (both awarded a figure of 115).

Lankan Rupee matches his sire's Group 1 record

Lankan Rupee’s sensational fourth Group 1 victory, in the MVRC Manikato S. G1 on Friday evening, equals the Group 1 race record of his champion sire Redoute’s Choice, whose famous silks he carries for Teeley Assets.

It also leaves only one of the four Group 1 races won by Redoute’s Choice still to be claimed by one of his progeny.

Redoute’s Choice won the 1999 Manikato Stakes at his 3YO debut, after winning the Veuve Clicquot S. LR and the Blue Diamond S. G1 at two.

His sons Undoubtedly and Nadeem won the Blue Diamond in 2005 & 2006, and another son, Not A Single Doubt has already produced his own winner of the race, Miracles of Life in 2013.

At his sixth start Redoute’s Choice won an epic battle with Testa Rossa for the 1999 Caulfield Guineas G1. Six years later his son God’s Own claimed the race.

That leaves the C.F. Orr Stakes as the only Group 1 race won by Redoute’s Choice which has not yet appeared on the list of 36 Group 1 successes by his top 13 fillies and best dozen sons.

He has had just two runners in the Orr Stakes to date: Not A Single Doubt, 6th as a 3YO in 2005, when Elvstroem won the race; and Miss Finland, 4th in 2007 when it was won by El Segundo.

Lankan Rupee’s share of the $1 million Manikato Stakes purse takes Redoute’s Choice’s season earnings close to $3 million, a figure that upcoming Group 1 runners such as Hampton Court (Victoria Derby) and Scissor Kick (Coolmore Stud Stakes) give him every chance of boosting significantly.

Lankan Rupee magnificent in dramatic Manikato win

Lankan Rupee refreshed his world champion title in no uncertain terms on Friday evening with a breath-taking display of powerhouse pace to win the $1 million MVRC Manikato S. 1200m G1.

It is the fourth Group 1 success for Teeley Assets’ home-bred son of champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and easily the most dramatic as Lankan Rupee held off a rolling tide of Australia’s best sprinting talent by a short head, a nose and four short half-heads. In fact, only 0.04 second separated the first seven horses.

Lankan Rupee then had to survive protests by the runner-up Angelic Light and third placegetter Famous Seamus, whose jockeys alleged interference 100 metres after the start. The protest was dismissed by the stewards after about 45 minutes of questioning and deliberation.

The 5YO gelding’s jockey Craig Newitt said, “He’s just a rocket this horse out of the machine. He got the bit between his teeth and I sent him to the front. He was there to be run down but his class shone through.”

The efforts behind Lankan Rupee measured the class of his performance. The riders of Angelic Light, Famous Seamus, Rebel Dane, Terravista, Temple of Boom and Buffering all expressed admiration for their courageous finishes, covered as they were by a very small blanket.

 Lankan Rupee now ranks only behind Miss Finland (five Group 1 victories) among the 25 Group 1 winners by Redoute’s Choice, also represented this Spring by Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S. G1), Scissor Kick (ATC Up and Coming S. G3), Panzer Division (ATC Ming Dynasty H. G3) and Perth stakeswinner Rock Magic. Scissor Kick, runner-up in last month’s Golden Rose, confirmed a start in next Saturday’s VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1 with a sparkling jumpout at Flemington on Friday morning.

The second foal of Group 3 winner Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky), Lankan Rupee was foaled and reared at Arrowfield for Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets. Trained by Mick Price to win ten of his 19 starts and $2.9 million, he now aims to extend his Group 1 record in the $1 million VRC Darley Classic at Flemington on 8 November.

Estelle Collection has an unraced 3YO filly by Redoute’s Choice, named Timeless Choice; a yearling filly by Manhattan Rain; and foaled a full brother to Lankan Rupee for Coolmore earlier this month.

Lankan Rupee’s year-older sister Charming Estelle has three colts by Manhattan Rain, the latest born at Arrowfield on 28 September.

Arrowfield roster dominates national awards

The Arrowfield stallion roster achieved a rare dominance at the 2013/14 Australian Racehorse of the Year awards, claiming five of the nine equine titles presented in Melbourne on Thursday evening.

Redoute’s Choice received his third Champion Sire award and is the sire of Lankan Rupee, named Inglis Bloodstock Champion Sprinter of the Year and racing.com Australian Racehorse of the Year.

This is the first time since 1998/99, when Might and Power (by Zabeel) won the major award, that the Racehorse of the Year has been by the season’s Champion Sire.  

Lankan Rupee was foaled and raised at Arrowfield for his owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, also the breeder and co-owner of Redoute’s Choice. The three-time Group 1-winning sprinter is trained by Mick Price at Caulfield.

Snitzel, who joined Redoute’s Choice to complete an unprecedented father-son quinella on last season’s Australian General Sires’ premiership, was represented by Shamus Award, winner of the Herald Sun 3YO Colt of the Year title. Shamus Award was trained by Danny O’Brien for Sean Buckley & Viv Oldfield.

Dundeel, who joined the Arrowfield roster after his sensational ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1 victory in April, took out the racing.com Champion Middle Distance Horse of the Year award. Dundeel was raced last season by Arrowfield and the Trans-Tasman Syndicate, and trained throughout his career by New Zealand-based Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman.

Lankan Rupee named Australian Racehorse of the Year

Arrowfield’s superstar sire Redoute’s Choice filled one of the few gaps in his lengthy CV on Thursday evening when his 4YO son Lankan Rupee was named 2013/14 racing.com Australian Racehorse of the Year.

The Teeley Assets homebred received 145 votes, ahead of the season’s Champion Stayer Fiorente (121) and Arrowfield’s latest stallion acquisition Dundeel (41), named Champion Middle Distance Horse of the Year.

He is the first Australian Racehorse of the Year by Redoute’s Choice, previously represented by Champion 2YO award winners Fashions Afield (2005) & Miss Finland (2006) and Champion 3YO Fillies Miss Finland (2007) & Samantha Miss (2009).

Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) won $2.7 million and 7 of his eight starts last season, including three of Australia’s major sprints, the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, VRC Newmarket H. G1 and ATC T.J. Smith S. G1. The latter performance earned him an international rating of 123, still the highest figure awarded in the Sprint category on the 2014 World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Lankan Rupee, foaled & raised at Arrowfield for Teeley Assets, is the second Arrowfield-sired performer to become Racehorse of the Year. Weekend Hussler (Hussonet-Weekend Beauty), also bred by the Stud, claimed the 2007/08 title. In addition, Arrowfield stood the shuttle stallion Last Tycoon in 1993/94, the year his son Mahogany became Racehorse of the Year.

Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Staring) received 126 votes in the Middle Distance category, ahead of Boban (85) and Atlantic Jewel (43). He signed off on a magnificent racing career with prizemoney of $3.4 million and victories in the year’s two highest-rated races, the MRC Underwood S. G1 and ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1 – his fifth and sixth Group 1 wins.

Snitzel’s son Shamus Award won the Herald Sun Champion 3YO Colt of the Year title with 162 votes, from Zoustar (82) and Criterion (74) after a $2.3 million season. He made history by breaking his maiden in MVRC W.S. Cox Plate G1, defeating Happy Trails & Fiorente, and returned to cement his dominance of his generation with success in the VRC Australian Guineas G1.

Arrowfield Chairman John Messara accepted the award for Dundeel on behalf of trainer Murray Baker and the ownership group which includes breeders Murray & Jo Andersen.

John Messara also accepted the racing.com Champion Sire award for Redoute’s Choice. The mighty son of Danehill headed off his own son Snitzel and five other champion sires (Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock , Lonhro, O’Reilly and Encosta de Lago) with $10.3 million prizemoney and 10 stakeswinners in Australia, five of them from his remarkable 2009 crop.

It is the third time Redoute’s Choice has received Australia’s ultimate stallion accolade following his successes in 2006 and 2010.

Arrowfield's strong hand in Horse of the Year awards

Arrowfield is represented by finalists in four of the seven award categories at the 2014 Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards.

Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country) is a finalist for the Champion 3YO Filly Award after a three-win season featuring the ATC Light Fingers S. G2 and the GCTC Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR.  She was also second in the ATC Coolmore Classic G1. Sweet Idea’s Timeform rating of 119 was the second-highest achieved by a 3YO filly in Australia last season.
Sweet Idea is trained by Gai Waterhouse for her owners Nick & Amy Vass, David & Luke Henderson, Wayne Cook, Danny Maher, Grant Scott, Campbell Brown, Beric Lynton, Mrs T.L. Vogel & Matt Allen
Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield & Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, she was purchased from the Arrowfield draft at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale by Gai Waterhouse & James Harron.

Shamus Award (Snitzel-Sunset Express by Success Express) is a finalist for the 3YO Colt/Gelding Award, and the Champion Middle Distance Horse Award, thanks to his sensational Cox Plate G1 and Australian Guineas G1 victories. Shamus Award was Timeform’s top-rated 3YO of 2013/14 with a figure of 124.
Bred by Bob Hannon, Shamus Award was a $230,000 purchase from the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, and was trained by Danny O’Brien for Sean Buckley & Viv Oldfield.

Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection by Stravinsky) is a finalist in the Champion Sprinter category. He won seven of his 8 starts last season, most notably the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1, VRC Newmarket H. G1 & ATC T.J. Smith S. G1. He is the world’s top-rated sprinter in 2014 and his Timeform rating of 132 is the highest achieved by any horse in Australia last season.
Lankan Rupee was foaled & raised at Arrowfield for his owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, and is trained by Mick Price who has already received the Fred Hoysted Medal for the most outstanding training performance on Victorian tracks last season.

Dundeel (High Chaparral-Stareel by Zabeel), the new boy on Arrowfield’s 2014 stallion roster, is among the finalists for the Champion Middle Distance Horse award. He won the season’s two highest-rated races, the MRC Underwood S. G1 and the ATC Queen Elizabeth S. G1, and has already won the titles of New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse.
Dundeel was bred by Murray & Jo Andersen and raced by them in partnership with Mike & Sharyn Craig, David & Jenny Morison, Tony & Wendy Craig, Gavin Chaplow, Tracy Andersen, Tony Muollo & Dino Focas. He was trained by Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman.

The category award winners and the Australian Racehorse of the Year will be announced on Thursday 2 October at Melbourne Museum, at an event that will also mark the official launch of the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Voted on by a national group of racing media and handicappers, the awards recognise performances on Australian tracks by horses, irrespective of origin, and internationally by Australian-trained horses from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

The five finalists in each category are the horses which have obtained the most votes, with the finalists for the overall Australian Racehorse of the Year to be announced on the night.

Lankan Rupee shines at Moonee Valley

World champion sprinter Lankan Rupee showed he is well and truly ready for his 2014 Spring debut with a powerful gallop over 800 metres at Moonee Valley on Tuesday morning.

The 5YO son of Redoute’s Choice and his stablemate Lion of Belfort were given first use of the track which had received 14mm of rain overnight.

Firmly held by raceday jockey Craig Newitt, and watched closely by trainer Mick Price, Lankan Rupee shaded Lion of Belfort throughout and ran out the 800 metres in 53.15 seconds, completing the last 400 metres in 25.1.

Lankan Rupee will open his Spring campaign with three races at Moonee Valley.  First-up is Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC McEwen S. 1000m G2, followed by the $450,000 A.J. Moir S. G1 on 26 September and the $1 million Manikato S. G1 on 24 October, and finally the $1 million Darley Classic G1 at Flemington on 8 November.

Lankan Rupee, who is raced by his breeder Muzaffar Yaseen, won all but one of his 8 starts last season, including three Group 1 races, and $2.7 million.

His dam Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky) was purchasedby Coolmore Stud for $1.4 million from the Teeley Dispersal and is due to foal a full sibling to Lankan Rupee later this month.