Redoute's Choice the surest bet

As 2016 winds down and the world looks back at a turbulent 12 months, a few certainties for 2017 would be welcome, but they seem in short supply and in racing that shortage is more-or-less a permanent condition.

Occasionally, though, something emerges that can be relied upon over several years, perhaps a decade or more if we’re lucky. In Australian racing and breeding one pillar of consistently top-class performance has been, and still is, Redoute’s Choice.

An all-up bet that Redoute’s Choice would leave double-figure stakeswinners, including at least one Group 1 winner, in each of the past dozen years would have made a December 2004 punter rather rich, and his or her bookmaker increasingly unwell. And there’s no sign of the pace slackening either – in fact, over the past two years he’s averaged a stakes win every 17 days.

In 2016 the three-time Champion Sire has put up 15 individual winners of 19 Group and Listed Races, among them Group 1 winners Peeping (ATC Coolmore Classic G1), Howard Be Thy Name (South Australian Derby G1) & Abbey Marie (Australasian Oaks G1). His 30 lifetime Group 1 winners place him firmly among the world’s elite stallions.

2016 Group winners Honesty Prevails & Thyme For Roses and Listed winner Zamzam in Australia, and Table Bay in South Africa boosted Redoute’s Choice’s tally of 2YO stakeswinners to thirty-three. And don’t worry about the durability of his progeny – Rock Magic and Abidewithme from his 2009 crop both won in Group company this year.

Redoute’s Choice is already shaping future generations through 17 stakes-siring sire sons headed by Snitzel (47 SW), Not A Single Doubt (35 SW) & the deceased Stratum (31 SW).

Irish-based Elzaam and New Zealand-based Burgundy seem likely to join that group soon, after making very favourable impressions with their first runners in 2016. Scissor Kick’s arrival at Haras d’Etreham strengthens the dynasty’s foothold in Europe, as Redoute’s Choice’s own second crop of French-conceived 2YOs prepares to race in 2017.

Daughters of Redoute’s Choice are similarly proving their worth as transmitters of his class with 50 stakeswinners (14 of them in 2016 and number 50, Hong Kong Group winner Blizzard, scoring on 1 January), including Group 1 winners Sacred Falls, Zoustar, Pasadena Girl and Stay With Me.

Thirteen Redoute’s Choice yearlings will be offered at the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, among them three colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield consignment.

28th Group 1 winner for Redoute's Choice

Peeping’s Coolmore Classic victory at Rosehill on Saturday was a major milestone for everyone involved with the 4YO mare.

She is the 28th Group 1 winner, and first winner of the race for her champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and a new home-bred Group 1 winner for Tom Kelly and his family’s famous Newhaven Park Stud.

Watch Peeping win the ATC Coolmore Classic G1.

Arrowfield’s own home-bred filly Alverta (by Flying Spur) won the race in 2010 and almost four months later franked the form with a sensational third in the Newmarket July Cup G1.

Peeping also gave Sam Clipperton, her jockey throughout her 14-start, six-win career, his first success at the elite level. That was the icing on the cake for her astute and popular trainer Ron Quinton, who has mentored Clipperton for the past seven years.

It was Ron’s third Group 1 win after Easy Rocking (2000 VRC Salinger S. G1) & Bulla Borghese (2002 VRC Oaks G1), and his first Group 1 success in Sydney, where he won eight senior jockey premierships between 1970 and 1984.

Peeping’s success completed a Group race double on the day for Redoute’s Choice, whose 2YO daughter Thyme For Roses took out the VRC TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G3 at Flemington, becoming his 128th stakeswinner.

The great son of Danehill now has no fewer than 14 Group race doubles and a pair of trebles to his credit, eight of them involving a Group 1 winner.

Peeping’s talent has been evident since her debut win at Hawkesbury in September 2014. Four starts later she won the ATC Darby Munro S. LR and last Spring added the ATC Golden Pendant G2.

Her third behind the outstanding mare Solicit in the ATC Guy Walter S. G2 two weeks ago indicated that she was ready to tackle Group 1 distaff company, with the only doubt being how she might handle 1500 metres for the first time.

“With no trouble at all”, was the answer. Peeping jumped from gate 9 but Clipperton quickly found the perfect slot in clear air behind the early leaders, and timed her run perfectly, to get the better of the ever-gallant Solicit in the final 100 metres, and hold out runner-up Azkadellia, with Lucia Valentina fourth.

Peeping’s 14-start career has garnered almost $900,000 from six wins and five placings, and may now seek a second Group 1 success in the $1 million Queen of the Turf Stakes over 1600 metres on the the second day of The Championships, 9 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the very good dual Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle (by Encosta de Lago), also a half-sister to Group 2 winner Eurozone.

The Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross has produced four other stakeswinners from 27 runners, including Group 1 2YO winner Musir, and Beneteau, whose 19% Stakes Performers/Runners statistic as a sire has enlarged the gap left by his early death.

The catalogue for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale includes two yearlings bred the same way, Newhaven Park’s filly out of stakes-placed winner Fashion, and Element Hill’s colt from Fume Blanc, a three-quarter sister to Group winner One Last Dance.

In all, Redoute’s Choice has 24 Easter Sale yearlings, among them six colts and two fillies in the Arrowfield consignment.

Peeping wins the Pendant

Tom Kelly’s 4YO mare Peeping became the 78th Group winner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she scored a decisive victory in Saturday’s $400,000 $ATC Golden Pendant S. 1400m G2.

Her last-start failure due to cardiac arrythmia cast some doubts over Peeping’s chances, but she was presented in perfect order and performed accordingly. She bounced out smartly and settled back fourth, on the outside of last year’s Golden Pendant winner Arabian Gold, while Two Blue set the pace up front.

Jockey Sam Clipperton hooked Peeping out on the turn and shook her up at the 300-metre mark, with the favourite Catkins behind her. She engaged with a tenacious Two Blue and found plenty to pull away for a three-quarter-length victory in 1:23.07 with Berry Delicious a determined third, 1.25 lengths further back. 

Watch Peeping’s Golden Pendant G2 win

Peeping’s biggest win to date takes her record to five wins, including last season’s ATC Darby Munro S. LR, three placings and $473,785 from 10 starts. The ATC Angst S. G3 on 10 October is her likely next start and trainer Ron Quinton indicated she will also be around for Autumn. 

Peeping’s dual Group-winning dam Miss Marielle (by Encosta De Lago) also has a 2YO colt by Redoute’s Choice, purchased for $475,000 from the Newhaven Park draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.  Named France, he will race in the ownership of the China Horse Club, Horse Ventures, Newgate Farm & Tom Kelly.

Newhaven Park added a second new Group performer to its illustrious record when the Luke Price-trained 3YO gelding Man Of Choice (by Encosta De Lago’s son Manhattan Rain from Moonsong by Redoute’s Choice) ran home staunchly for third in Vanbrugh’s ATC Gloaming S. 1800m G3.

The Redoute’s Choice/Encosta De Lago cross was also seen in the Morphettville winner’s circle on Saturday when Peter Katelanis’ home-bred 4YO mare Into The Mist (ex De Lago Mist) scored her third win from 7 starts.

Peeping is the fourth stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice in the the first two months of the 2015/16 season, following Royal Descent (ATC Warwick S. G2), She’s Clean (Newcastle JC Tibbie S. G3) and Counterattack (ATC Heritage S. LR). He has now moved into second place on the Australian General Sires’ table, with earnings of $1.6 million.

Stakeswinner No. 123 for Redoute's Choice

Newhaven Park’s lovely homebred filly Peeping became the 123rd stakeswinner by champion sire Redoute’s Choice when she won Saturday’s $125,000 ATC Sebring S. 1200m LR, registered as the Darby Munro Stakes.

It was the 3YO filly’s third win from five starts and followed a good second placing behind Nayeli in the ATC Fireball S. LR at Randwick two weeks ago.

Peeping’s trainer Ron Quinton said, “The first time I saw her I said this is a racehorse.

“The speed was drawn inside us and Sam [Clipperton] gave her a great ride…She’s only lightly framed but she’s got plenty of guts.”

Quinton added that the $200,000 P.J. Bell S. G3 on 4 April, the first day of The Championships, is Peeping’s next target. She is also nominated for the $500,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint G2 on Day 2 of The Championship, 11 April.

Peeping is the first foal of the Group 2-winning mare Miss Marielle and is bred on the Redoute’s Choice/Encosta de Lago cross that has produced four other stakeswinners from only 20 runners, among them Group 1 winner Musir, leading young sire Beneteau and this season’s brilliant debut 2YO stakeswinner Burnstone.

 Less than three hours after Peeping’s win, Newhaven Park also figured in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 when Stud’s very good filly English finished less than a length from the winner Vancouver. Court, the dam of English, is in foal to Redoute’s Choice.

Newhaven Park will offer two colts by Redoute’s Choice at next month’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, including Peeping’s full brother as Lot 56.

Redoute’s Choice now has 12 stakeswinners worldwide this season, headed by Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee, Hampton Court, Bonaria & champion South African filly Majmu.

The three-time champion sire of Australia, still right at the top of his game, has 35 lots catalogued for the Easter Sale, including 6 fillies & 5 colts in the Arrowfield draft.