The Redoute’s Choice influence endures

Already in the first weeks since the death of the great Redoute’s Choice, global stakes results show the enduring power of his influence as a sire, sire of sires and broodmare sire…

Legendary Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice departed this Earth 40 days ago, but his influence is far from gone.

Since his death on 26 March, his record has increased by three stakeswinners: Dark Choice (WA Oaks G3 for Bob & Sandra Peters), Danceteria (a Listed win in France for Clive Washbourn) & on Saturday, the Haras du Mezeray-bred Enbihaar won the Goodwood Daisy Warwick Fillies S. LR for Sheikh Hamdan. 

A day later, 9YO marvel Rock Magic has returned after a 12-month break necessitated by injury to claim his 9th stakes victory in the $150,000 Northam S. 1100m G3 in Western Australia.

Already one of Redoute’s Choice’s 17 million-dollar earners, Rock Magic overcame a wide run to defeat Electric Light and stablemate Durendal to take his earnings close to $1.4 million. His record now stands at 16 wins, 12 placings and three fourths in Melbourne Group 1 sprints from 49 starts across 7 seasons. 

Bred by the Arrowfield & Planette Thoroughbred partnership – like Saturday’s 2YO stakeswinner Stronger – Rock Magic is the second of only three foals left by New Zealand Group 1 winner Rockabubble (now happily retired as a nanny mare at Arrowfield) and was passed in at the 2011 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. 

Rock Magic carried the Arrowfield silks for his first four wins including this one at Canterbury in March 2013. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

Trained by Paul Messara to win four of his first 11 starts in NSW city & country company, Rock Magic was sold as a late 4YO to Gangemi Thoroughbreds which races him with a large group of stable clients. 

A post on Gangemi Racing’s Facebook page described the thrill of Rock Magic’s triumphant return to racing:

What a special day for all!!! #therockstar #thedream

Redoute’s Choice now has 11 winners of 17 stakes races worldwide for the 2018/19 season, most notably, of course, his spectacular 3YO son The Autumn Sun. A 5-time Group 1 winner at two & three, The Autumn Sun has retired with prizemoney of $3.4 million and joins the Arrowfield roster for the upcoming breeding season.

Sire sons such as The Autumn Sun, his illustrious barn-mates Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt and young guns Scissor Kick & Pariah will ensure that Redoute’s Choice continues to figure in stakes-winning pedigrees for many years yet. 

Ditto his daughters whose progeny, among them Arrowfield graduates San Fermin & Everyday Lady, have added 8 Group & Listed wins to his record as a damsire  since 26 March. Although pressed by his old rival Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice has a strong chance of winning his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title with 19 stakeswinners and $18.1 million prizemoney enough to hold the No. 1 spot so far.

Breeders have a number of opportunities to purchase Redoute’s Choice mares and progeny from his 2017 and 2018 crops at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, NZB Karaka May Sale and the Magic Millions National Weanling & Yearling Sale. 

Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy to Let It Slip

Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Let It Slip added Sunday’s Pinjarra RC Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy 1200m (R) LR to her very consistent record for trainer Daniel Pearce, a large group of owners and breeder Chris Gales of Gervase Park.

It was the fifth stakes win in two days for Arrowfield’s sons of supersire Redoute’s Choice, after the Saturday successes of Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt), Spill The Beans (Snitzel) and Beneteau (Twist Tops & Puritan) at Caulfield and Randwick.

Let It Slip was sent out at a generous $9 at her first start since her WATC Placid Ark S. LR win in November and subsequent Group 3 fourth. She over-powered The Cobbla & Rhi’s Rocket in the final stages to collect the winner’s cheque of almost $90,000 and push her career earnings beyond $230,000.

It was the filly’s third win from eight starts and she will now head to the WA Breeders’ Classic LR over 1400 metres at Bunbury in March. However, jockey Jarrad Noske indicated she could also win over a mile in strong company.

Sold by Gervase Park for $130,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Sale, Let It Slip is one of only two foals left by city winner Oopsy Doopsy (by General Nediym) before her death in August 2014. It’s a family established in Australia by the mares Kampeon & Melanesta, imported from England more than 30 years ago.

Let It Slip’s fourth dam Kampeon (by Bold Lad) is also third dam of Group 1 winner Hollow Bullet and juvenile stakeswinners Red Hot Mama and Mama’s Choice, while Melanesta (by Estaminet) left Group 1-winning sprinters Alishan and Grandiose, as well as the grand-dam of champion New Zealand 2YO The Heckler.

Go several generations further back in the distaff line and up pops the name of turf legend Sceptre, winner of the 1000 & 2000 Guineas, Oaks & St Leger in 1902.

2016 is shaping up as another milestone year for Not A Single Doubt, whose yearling daughter from Miss Sharapova sold for $650,000 at last month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He has 7 stakeswinners on the board already this season including Good Project (WATC Railway S. G1) and is less than $230,000 behind current General Sires’ table leader Street Cry.

Street Cry has big talent lined up for the Autumn, including Winx and Arrowfield’s own filly Stay With Me, but Blue Diamond favourite Extreme Choice heads a prolific, quality team of performers that will keep Not A Single Doubt in the race for the premiership. 

Group 1 winner caps Not A Single Doubt's day

Multiple winners in a day isn’t that unusual for Not A Single Doubt, but it’s always special to cap five wins in four states with two new stakeswinners, one of them at Group 1 level.

That’s what Not A Single Doubt did on Super Saturday in Perth where Good Project won the $1 million Railway S. 1600m G1 and 3YO filly Let It Slip took out the $100,000 Placid Ark S. 1200m LR.

Chris Waller’s inspired decision to send four-time Sydney winner Good Project to Perth and book big-time rider Craig Williams delivered a stunning all-the-way victory at the 4YO entire’s first try in Group 1 company.

Watch Good Project’s Railway S. G1 win.

Stable representative Justine Hales praised Williams’ ride, “He summed it up perfectly before the race, he said he had to jump out and get handy and we didn’t think that he would get to the lead that easily.

“He slowed them up and he waited to pinch that break coming around to the top of the straight. He is a great rider, he thinks about things so well and he knew that horse had no weight and they just had to try and catch him.”

She said of Good Project, “He is a lovely colt and he is a lovely horse to deal with. Everything he does he just takes in his stride and that is what has helped him. Going to Brisbane taught him how to travel.”

Williams’ perfect judgement of pace, and Good Project’s generous kick at the top of the straight allowed them to steal another length their rivals could not find. Messene (from a Redoute’s Choice mare) fought on well for second, two lengths away,  and Balmont Girl was a half-length further back in third place. The favourite, last season’s Champion Australian 3YO Filly Delicacy, finished in sixth position, more than three lengths from Good Project.

Bred by Richard Pietrykowski from the winning mare Euchre (by Final Card), Good Project is a half-brother to five winners including dual Singapore Group winner World Airlines (10 wins) and stakes-placed Singapore winner Alacarte (11 wins). Bred on the same cross as Magic Millions star Karuta Queen, he is Not A Single Doubt’s equal second top-priced yearling, sold from Mike & Debbie O’Donnell’s Fairhill Farm draft for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Sale.

Mike O’Donnell said after Good Project’s Group 1 victory, “He was an outstanding yearling that had great presence. He always had the right attributes to be a Group 1 horse, and he’s proven that today.”

He added, “Not A Single Doubt gives everyone a chance, broodmare, breeder, sale company, trainer and owner! We love him.”

Good Project is owned by Macau businessman C.C. Lai whose red & yellow silks have also been carried by Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshal and Group 1 winner Delectation. Good Project’s five wins and 11 placings from 21 starts have added almost $1 million to Mr Lai’s racing account.

3YO filly Let It Slip, only a month past her maiden win, added another black type success to Not A Single Doubt’s day when she prevailed in the $100,000 WATC Placid Ark S. 1200m LR.

Watch Let It Slip’s Placid Ark S. LR win.

Let It Slip was bred by Chris Gales out of the city winner Oopsy Doopsy (by General Nediym), from the family of dual Group 1 winner Hollow Bullet. Offered by Gales’ Gervase Park Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Sale, she was purchased for $130,000 by trainer and part-owner Daniel Pearce.

Good Project and Let It Slip take Not A Single Doubt’s tally of stakeswinners to 29, and with Berlutti (Ballarat), Not A Zerprise (Morphettville) and Hesitation (Doomben) gave the brilliant son of Redoute’s Choice five wins for the day.

They have also helped him leap to fourth position on the current Australian General Sires’ table, with earnings of $3.3 million.

Not A Single Doubt has 32 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including Arrowfield’s filly from Miss Sharapova – she’s a three-quarter sister to Not A Single Doubt’s Group 2-winning daughter Villa Verde.
The NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale catalogue includes three fillies and a colt by Not A Single Doubt, and three colts and two fillies are listed for February’s Inglis Classic Sale.