Vive la France in Inglis Guineas

Just as the first French-conceived 3YOs by Redoute’s Choice start to appear in French Group 1 fields, his 147th stakeswinner turns up close to home, and his name happens to be…France.

If it’s an omen, it is surely a very good one because France’s performance to win the $400,000 Scone RC Inglis Guineas 1400m (R) LR was outstanding, after jumping from barrier 13 and settling well back off the pace.

Sent wide around the turn, France began to sprint home and was then pushed even wider by Calanda at the 200-metre mark. Tye Angland quickly re-balanced the colt who picked himself up in time to nab dual Group 1 winner Prized Icon on the line, with Spright third.

Watch France win the Scone RC Inglis Guineas (R) LR.

France will now be sent to Queensland for the Winter Carnival, according to part-owner Henry Field of Newgate Farm.

“There’s an abundance of options for him up there. He’s come from the back and run past a Victoria Derby winner today, so there’s no doubting he’s a very talented colt.”

France, a full brother to Group 1 winner Peeping, from two-time Group winner Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), was bred by John Kelly and bought from the Newhaven Park draft for $475,000 by China Horse Club and Michael Wallace Bloodstock at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. He is the 7th stakeswinner from 49 foals bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, who also prepared Redzel to win the Doomben 10,000 G1 90 minutes later, France has now earned almost $300,000 in his two-win, six-start career.

France and Doomben 10,000 runner-up Counterattack were the major contributors to a very rewarding day for Redoute’s Choice, who moved back into the top 10 on the General Sires’ premiership dominated by his sons Snitzel (1st), Not A Single Doubt (5th) and Stratum (8th).

France is the sixth member of his champion sire’s 2013 Australian crop to score in stakes company this season, after Group winners Hardham, Royal Star, Swear & Table Bay and Listed winner Very Tempting. Redoute’s Choice has also registered the first stakeswinner from his 2014 French crop, Gold Luck, winner of the Prix Vanteaux G3 at Chantilly last month.

Russian Revolution overthrows Rose & Slipper winners

The Redoute’s Choice & Sons tag team put Russian Revolution in the ring for Saturday’s $300,000 ATC Roman Consul S. 1200m G2 and he proceeded to knock out Golden Rose winner Astern & Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

The 3YO son of Snitzel jumped best and rolled along easily in front. Tackled in the straight by both Group 1-winning colts, he responded with real zest to score by a neck from Astern, with a further 1.25 lengths back to his stablemate Capitalist.

Watch Russian Revolution win the ATC Roman Consul S. G2.

Russian Revolution’s four-start, four-win record also includes August’s MRC Vain S. G3 and he’s already returned the $320,000 paid for him by Michael Wallace & China Horse Club at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.

He is raced by his breeder John Stuart Investments with China Horse Club, Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom & DW Wallace – most of whom are also celebrating Extreme Choice’s stunning Group 1 victory at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden are building a strong record with Snitzel’s progeny, having prepared Redzel & Detective for stakes success this term, and Hot Snitzel before his 2015 BTC Cup G1 victory. 

Russian Revolution is the fourth foal and fourth winner out of Ballet D’Amour, who shares her descent from blue hen mare Fanfreluche with champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago. Ballet D’Amour has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Arrowfield’s own perfect record with sons of Redoute’s Choice – Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau – is set to be maintained by Group 1-performed colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick, new to the Stud’s roster this season.

Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt & Redoute’s Choice have hardly missed a beat in the first two months of the 2016/17 season.  The Arrowfield triumvirate has posted 12 winners of 14 Australian Group & Listed Races since 1 August, and Snitzel heads the General Sires’ list with 39 winners and $1.9 million.

He doesn’t have to look far to see his closest rival: it’s Not A Single Doubt, with 36 winners and almost $1.7 million prizemoney.