New stars rise for Redoute’s Choice

Glenall, seen here at Randwick in 2017, is the 157th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

He has three Champion Sire awards in the Arrowfield trophy cabinet, he’s just posted his 76th million-dollar yearling, he appears on the 2018 Arrowfield roster for the 19th year,  and his sire sons make headlines every week.

And still, Redoute’s Choice can reel out new stakeswinners at a rate most of his rivals cannot match.

He’s done it again this week, starting in France with 4YO colt Time’s Arrow, successful in the Maisons-Laffitte Prix Servanne 1200m LR on Wednesday.

Prix de l’Abbaye G1 winner Gilt Edge Girl (by Danehill Dancer’s son Monsieur Bond) was carrying Time’s Arrow when she was bought for €550,000 by Flaxman Stables Ireland at the 2013 Goffs Breeding Stock Sale.

Prepared by Philippe Sogorb, Time’s Arrow had won four of his previous 13 starts, but this was his first try at six furlongs and he won by two lengths, with recent Listed winner Cheikeljack’s third franking the quality of the performance.

Two days later in England 3YO colt Sevenna Star pressed his Classic aspirations with a fighting win in Sandown Classic Trial 2000m G3 for owner-breeder Gestut Ammerland and trainer John Gosden.

Gosden said: “He is a big horse, as you can see, and he is still learning. He didn’t really see anyone around Windsor last time. He did a nice piece of work around there.

“It was a good race. The second, third and fourth are good horses. It was a quality trial.”

Sevenna Star was placed twice at three, but his progress over the winter was evident in his 14-length maiden win at Windsor on 16 April. 

He is the fourth stakeswinner out of Group 3 winner Sevenna (by Galileo) from a German family that has also produced Sydney 2YO Group winner Replicator and Hong Kong stakeswinner Green Treasure.

Stakeswinner Number 3 for the week appeared in Australia on Saturday at the Hawkesbury standalone meeting when Stuart Ramsey’s home-bred 4YO colt Glenall won the $125,000 Hawkesbury Gold Rush 1100m LR. Spending To Win (by Snitzel) and multiple Listed winner Kuro filled the placings.

Watch Glenall win the Hawkesbury Gold Rush LR.

Glenall’s potential has been evident since his classy debut win in August 2016 and jockey Brenton Avdulla can now confirm it. “He’s got good Group class ability. He’s a very talented horse.”

Glenall is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for owner-breeder Stuart Ramsey and is a half-brother to multiple Listed winner Panipique, out of Group 3 winner Our Quivira (by Spinning World).

Time’s Arrow, Sevenna Star and Glenall take Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime record to 157 stakeswinners, a figure that maintains his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.

The week’s racing also revealed a likely future addition to that record in the shape of 2YO colt The Autumn Sun, who could not have been more impressive in his debut at Randwick on Anzac Day. After settling near the rear of the field, he emerged at the top of the straight to round up his rivals and score by 1.5 lengths in class record time of 1:08.61 for the 1200 metres.

The Autumn Sun was bred by Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs and purchased for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.  

His promise is more than matched by his pedigree. He is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/Galileo cross as Sevenna Star, and his dam Azmiyna is a half-sister to European Champion Azamour.

The stunning  Snitzel-Azmiyna yearling filly will soon be a stablemate of The Autumn Sun after being knocked down for $1.3 million to Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster at this year’s edition of Inglis Easter.
 

First French stakes performer for Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice posted his first stakes performer in France on Thursday when the Wertheimers’ home-bred filly Gold Luck was second in the Prix Isonomy LR at Deauville.

A debut winner at Maisons-Laffitte last month, Gold Luck’s effort to pick up from the rear of a strong field and finish within two lengths of the promising colt Al Wukair was full of merit. Sheikh Hamdan’s filly Hebah, the eight-length winner of her previous start, was three-quarters of a length away in third place.  

The result was a distant echo of the 2011 Prix de la Foret where Al Wukair’s sire Dream Ahead beat Gold Luck’s champion half-sister Goldikova.

It has been a good week in Europe for Redoute’s Choice, also represented by the colt Pivoine, a winner at Kempton on Wednesday at his second start. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute for owner-breeder Ballymacoll Stud, Pivoine is the first foal of Fleur de Cactus (by Montjeu) from a wonderful family the Stud has nurtured for almost 80 years. Pivoine’s fourth dam is the outstanding broodmare Hellenic, dam of Group 1 winners Islington, Mountain High & Greek Dance and grand-dam of Champion Australian Stayer Fiorente.

In the Ballymacoll tradition, Pivoine has been thoughtfully named in honour of the famous French botanical artist Pierre-Joesph Redoute: “pivoine” is the French word for “peony”.

Pivoine is the 7th European winner in the past month for Redoute’s Choice, following Celestial Spheres (Goodwood, 21 September), Gold Luck (Maisons-Laffitte, 26 September), Wajnah & Spotify (Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, 27 September), Astronomy’s Choice (Newmarket, 7 October) & Normandie (Maisons-Laffitte, 14 October). In all he has now compiled eleven 2YO winners from the first of his two European crops.

Earlier in the week, a filly from the champion sire’s second French crop sold for €150,000 at the Arqana October Yearling Sale. A daughter of Border Bloom (by Selkirk), she was consigned by Ecurie des Monceaux and bought by Blandford Bloodstock and new Chinese investor Zhiqiang An whose horses race under the name Golden East Horse.

Black type beckons for French filly

Stakes company beckons for 2YO Redoute’s Choice filly Normandie, an easy winner of the Prix Banshee on Friday’s card at Maisons-Laffitte.

She took out the 1600-metre contest by 2.5 lengths from another filly from the champion sire’s first French-conceived crop, Pink Paint (ex Peinture Rose by Storm Cat).

Normandie was bred in Germany by Gestut Wittekindshof and sold to agent Ghislain Bozo’s Meridian International from the Haras d’Etreham draft for €130,000 at the 2015 Argana August Sale. The filly is trained by Pia Brandt for leading French businessman Laurent Dassault.

Normandie is the first foal of Ninas Rainbow (by Rainbow Quest), a winning daughter of Group 1 winner Next Gina, and relative of German Derby winner Next Desert. Stemming from a half-sister to Nearco’s dam Nogara, this family has been active in Germany for almost a century.

Arrowfield’s new sire son of Redoute’s Choice – and 2017 shuttler to Haras d’Etreham – Scissor Kick is bred on a similar cross, being out of Back Pass, by Rainbow Quest’s Derby-winning son Quest For Fame.

Redoute’s Choice, making an encore appearance on 2016 First Season Sires’ lists in Europe, has now had five winners in France, while his exciting Irish-based son Elzaam has made an impact on the British table with 12 winners.

Gold Luck wins on debut in France

When a great champion’s half-sister by a multiple champion sire makes her debut, expectations are naturally high.

2YO filly Gold Luck proved up to the task of meeting them when she won the Prix Tenebreuse over 1600 metres at Maisons-Laffitte in France on Monday.

Watch Gold Luck win at Maisons-Laffitte (courtesy of Thoroughbred Daily News).

It was a tidy performance by Gold Luck who is trained by Freddy Head for her breeders, Alain & Gerard Wertheimer.

Maxime Guyon settled the filly in third position, where she raced comfortably until asked to to extend in the final stages. She respnded generously to catch Ifiandra in the final 50 metres and score by a head, with Orerry 2.5 lengths back in third.

Head said, “I’m very happy with her. She wasn’t fully tuned-up today and I think she can make plenty of progress from this.

“Next year will be for her and we’ll leave her through the winter now in the hope she turns into a good filly. She handled herself very well and it looked a nice race. The runner-up pushed her hard at the end and overall they looked a nice bunch.”

Gold Luck is the 13th winner out of the remarkable broodmare Born Gold (by Blushing Groom), celebrated as the dam of five Group winners, chief among them Goldikova whose 17 wins included 14 at Group 1 level, notably three Breeders’ Cup Mile victories.

Redoute’s Choice has now notched up six winners from the first of two crops conceived during his stint at HH the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval. His other successful 2YOs in Europe this season are the colts Celestial Spheres and Colibri, and the fillies Deep Inside, Greshnitsia & Kazaroza.

Meanwhile, as the new season gains pace in Australia, the champion sire and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have already compiled 11 stakeswinners and almost $4 million prizemoney. Snitzel heads the current General Sires’ list with Redoute’s Choice 7th and Not A Single Doubt eighth.