Viktor Timoshenko’s home-bred filly Ibiza went into Sunday’s €80,000 Chantilly Prix Chloe 1800m G3 as a stakes-placed winner. She came out of the race as the second Group winner from the first of Redoute’s Choice’s two European crops, and the 149th stakeswinner on his specacular lifetime record.
Ibiza jumped smartly to settle third on the fence as Monroe Bay took up the lead, then responded positively when asked to challenge 400 metres out. Both fillies had plenty to give, but Ibiza was sharper in the final stages and prevailed by three-quarters of a length, with Monroe Bay securing the runner-up spot by a half-length from Dallas Affair.
Another Redoute’s Choice 3YO filly Gold Luck, already winner of the Chantilly Prix Vanteaux G3 this season, finished third in the Prix Jean Prat G1 on the same card.
Watch Ibiza win the Chantilly Prix Chloe G3 – courtesy of TDN.
Ibiza’s trainer Nicolas Clement said, “She’s an improving filly…there is probably room for more improvement and I imagine I will bring her back for the Prix de la Nonette.” That Group 2 race is at Deauville on 19 August.
Raced by her breeder Viktor Timoshenko with Andriy Milovanov, Ibiza is out of Kingmambo’s winning daughter Olga Prekrasa, also dam of last year’s Prix Jean Prat G1 winner Zelzal (by Sea The Stars) and herself a grand-daughter of Lancashire Oaks G3 winner State Crystal. This is the family of dual Sydney Group winner Libran, Crystal Music (Ascot Fillies Mile G1) and, further back, the 1967 Epsom Derby G1 winner Royal Palace.
Ibiza is one of 17 stakeswinners from 128 runners by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by sons of Mr. Prospector, and it’s a quality list, headed by champion fillies Miss Finland & Majmu, dual Group 1 winner Gallica (also from a Kingmambo mare), this season’s star juvenile Pariah and young Arrowfield sire Panzer Division.
Redoute’s Choice’s marvellous sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have justifiably attracted much of the limelight in 2016/17, but his 18 stakeswinners worldwide is the second-highest season tally of his own stellar career, surpassed only by the 20 stakeswinners he compiled in 2012/13. And 31 July is still three weeks away…