Group 1 triumph for Peters & Redoute’s Choice

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his extraordinary legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth…

Redoute’s Choice added yet another notable chapter to his legend on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Galaxy Star swept to victory in the $1 million WATC Railway S. 1600m G1 at Ascot in Perth.

The 6YO mare is the great sire’s 34th individual Group 1 winner and she earned that status the hard way, drifting back towards the rear soon after the start to end up in a seemingly impossible position as the field rounded the turn. 

However, Perth’s champion jockey William Pike kept his cool and deftly claimed the space that opened around Galaxy Star at the 250-metre mark. The mare did the rest, sprinting swiftly to the lead and powering clear to score by 1.75 lengths from Gatting and Material Man in 1:34.08.

Watch Galaxy Star win the WATC Railway S. G1.

Less than an hour earlier, the same players – the Peters, trainers Grant & Alana Williams, William Pike and Redoute’s Choice – also figured in Arcadia Queen’s WA Guineas G2 victory. The Pierro filly is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare and helps to consolidate his newly acquired position at the head of the Australian Broodmare Sires’ list with $8.8 million prizemoney and 11 stakeswinners including Victoria Derby G1 winner Extra Brut. 

Galaxy Star is the second of only two foals left by city winner Galaxy Queen (by Jeune) before her premature death in January 2013. 

Galaxy Queen’s stakes-winning half-sister Star Encounter has been even more successful at stud, leaving three stakeswinners for Bob & Sandra Peters, including Galaxy Star’s close relatives Perfect Jewel & Royal Star, both by Redoute’s Choice. 

Peters Investments has been a consistent supporter of Redoute’s Choice, as breeder & buyer, since the early days of his stud career and has been rewarded with six valuable fillies that have won nine Group & Listed Races.  All are home-breds except for Very Tempting, a $420,000 Magic Millions yearling bought by Belmont Bloodstock from Vinery Stud and the only one not out of a mare by either Jeune or Metal Storm, both from the Grey Sovereign sire-line.

Below is Arrowfield’s tally of Bob & Sandra Peters’ contribution to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary lifetime record of 161 stakeswinners & 321 stakes victories. Galaxy Star,with ten wins from 13 starts and prizemoney only $19,000 short of $1 million, will have her next chance to extend it in the $1 million Kingston Town Classic G1 on 8 December.

ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2014 WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L. , 1200mGrant Williams
ANTIQUE BELLE (AUS) 2009Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2012 WATC Burgess Queen S., L. , 1400m.Grant Williams
BROADWAY BELLE (AUS) 2005Antique by Metal Storm (Grey Sovereign)2009 WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L. , 1400m.Graeme Ballantyne 
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Railway S., Gr.1, 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
GALAXY STAR (AUS) 2012Galaxy Queen by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2018 WATC Asian Beau S., Gr.3 , 1400mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Belgravia S., L ., 1200mGrant & Alana Williams
PERFECT JEWEL (AUS) 2014Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC WA Guineas, Gr.2 , 1600mGrant & Alana Williams
ROYAL STAR (AUS) (2013)Star Encounter by Jeune (Grey Sovereign)2017 WATC Natasha S., L. , 2200mGrant & Alana Williams
VERY TEMPTING (AUS) 2013Fit And Ready by More Than Ready (Halo)2017 WATC WA Oaks, Gr.3 , 2400mGrant & Alana Williams

Thanks largely to sensational colt The Autumn Sun, Galaxy Star and a second Perth stakeswinner Super Maxi, Redoute’s Choice has moved up into sixth spot on the General Sires’ Premiership with earnings of $3.9 million. 

A big name in the sale-ring since his first million-dollar yearling in 2004, Redoute’s Choice has 21 lots catalogued for the 2019 Magic Millions Sale, including 5 fillies and two colts consigned by Arrowfield

Redoute's Choice reaches new milestone

Memo from Redoute’s Choice: “Don’t sign off on the news out of a day’s racing while I have a couple of stakes runners still to come.”

The champion sire sent that message on Saturday evening, after the celebrations of Winx’s three-peat Cox Plate victory, and after Snitzel’s fourth big-track stakes double of the season.

As if to remind his champion son who still occupies the No. 1 box at Arrowfield’s stallion quarters, Redoute’s Choice summoned 3YO Perth filly Perfect Jewel and 2YO French filly Lilac Fairy into action. 

Both daughters duly delivered, winning in the style of fillies likely to progress further this year.

Perfect Jewel became the 150th individual stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice when she won the $100,000 WATC Belgravia S. 1200m LR, her third consecutive win for owner-breeders Bob & Sandra Peters and trainers Grant & Alana Williams. 

She is the third stakeswinner from the Peters’ wonderful broodmare Star Encounter (by Jeune), herself a Listed winner and also dam of Perth Cup G2 winner Star Exhibit and stakeswinner Royal Star, a year-older full sister to Perfect Jewel. 

Richer prizes at Perth’s upcoming Summer Carnival now beckon Perfect Jewel, nominated for the WA Guineas G2, and Royal Star, entered for the Railway Stakes G1. Both fillies are also among the nominations for the Kingston Town Classic G1 on 9 December.

Three hours after Perfect Jewel’s win, around 10.30 pm Sydney time, Lilac Fairy lined up in the Prix des Sablonnets LR over 1600 metres at the picturesque course of Nantes in France. 

Built very much on the mould of her famous sire, Lilac Fairy became stakeswinner No. 151 in good style, winning by a half-length from Mon Amie Chop & Shenoya, and fulfilling the promise she had shown in two runner-up finishes last month. 

Bred by Guy Heald, Lilac Fairy is out of Border Bloom (by Selkirk) from the family of stakeswinner Dubai Rose and her Group 2-winning daughter The Juliet Rose.

She is the 37th juvenile stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and the third stakeswinner, after Gold Luck & Ibiza, conceived during his two-season stint at the Aga Khan ‘s Haras de Bonneval. 

Lilac Fairy was offered at the 2016 Arqana October Sale by Ecurie Monceaux and bought for €150,000 by Blandford Bloodstock and owner Golden East Horse. She is prepared by Francis-Henri Graffard, a graduate of the Darley Flying Start programme now making an impact as a trainer in France. 

This same-day stakes double is the first for Redoute’s Choice this season, but it’s been a common feature of his career. In fact, he has recorded similar doubles in all but two seasons, 2003/04 (with one crop racing), and 2007/08. 

His record includes two same-track Group 1 doubles, more than a decade apart: Nadeem (MRC Blue Diamond S. G1) & Snitzel (MRC Oakleigh Plate G1) at Caulfield on 25 February 2006, and the full brothers Mustaaqeem (South African Nursery G1) & Rafeef (Computaform Sprint G1) at Turffontein on 6 May 2017. 

Nadeem was also represented by a stakeswinner on Saturday, 2YO colt Sir Nate in the WRC Wellesley S. LR, while Burgundy, yet another son of Redoute’s Choice, is the sire of ARC Soliloquy S. LR winner Dijon Bleu. 

Final Salute seals double for Doubt

Not A Single Doubt completed a two-state stakes double on Saturday when Bob & Sandra Peters’ home-bred Final Salute took out the $100,000 WATC J.C. Roberts S. 1800m LR, after Single Bullet’s Group 3 win in Sydney.

Final Salute enjoyed an untroubled run at Ascot, sitting fourth on the rail until William Pike peeled him out on the turn and sent him forward, with the result soon settled by a half-length margin. Gatting and Friaresque filled the placings and the favourite Gangbuster was fourth.

Watch Final Salute win the WATC J.C. Roberts S. LR.

Final Salute had won his maiden at Northam last October and was a good fourth in the WA Guineas G2 in November before a brief spell followed by a fifth and then a Listed placing at Ascot last month.

He is Not A Single Doubt’s 39th stakeswinner and the second of two winners out of New Zealand Listed winner Sophia Babe (by Iglesia), from the famous “Heights” family. That makes him a relative of Champion 3YO Sky Heights, Classic-winning fillies Mapperley Heights & Royal Heights and the 1970s champion Battle Heights whose 23 wins included the 1974 Cox Plate.

Sophia Babe has a 2YO colt So Great (by Pierro) in training alongside Final Salute, a yearling filly by Pierro and she is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

This was Not A Single Doubt’s second stakes double in 2016/17, following his memorable night at Moonee Valley on 30 September, when Extreme Choice won the Moir S. G1 and Don’t Doubt Mamma was successful in the Stocks S. G2.

Last month the Not A Single Doubt-Sambar colt topped the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale when he was knocked down to trainer Chris Gangemi for $325,000.

The son of Redoute’s Choice lies fifth on the Australian General Sires’ premiership with $6.8 million, a figure that his likely Slipper runners Gunnison and Single Bullet can now boost substantially.

19th Group double for Redoute's Choice

Arrowfield graduate Rock Magic in Perth and the Raffles Dancers-bred Table Bay in South Africa gave champion sire Redoute’s Choice his 19th same-day Group race double on Saturday.

Jockey Anton Marcus said, “He is a smashing horse to ride and Joey wanted me to rev him up a bit today and give him a good hard race. As it turned out, it would have not been the end of the world if we had led.

Trainer Joey Ramsden Table Bay was a ‘lovely laid back horse’ to train.

“My thanks to Drakenstein for the sponsorship and also to Markus (Jooste) for putting up the investment and to Derek (Brugman) for always waking me up. It is lovely to be able to go out and buy these smashing horses,” he said modestly.

Magic rocks on in the West

Perth trainer Chris Gangemi has done well with his purchases from Arrowfield’s racing team, but the stable star is undoubtedly Rock Magic.

The 7YO son of Redoute’s Choice scored his fourth stakes victory with a stylish performance in Wednesday’s $100,000 WATC Idyllic Prince S. 1300m LR at Belmont Park.

It was Rock Magic’s seventh career success from the 20 starts he’s had since transferring to Perth two years ago, after four wins, two in Sydney, when in Paul Messara’s care. He won the Farnley S. LR in his first Perth campaign and last season added the Colonel Reeves S. G3 and Beaufine S. LR, despite interruptions caused by a hoof abscess and then a pricked hoof.

Chris Gangemi believes the talented sprinter is in career-best form and has mapped out a four-race campaign for him at the Ascot Summer Carnival, beginning with the Prince of Wales S. G3 on 29 October. All going well, he’ll then tackle the Colonel Reeves S. G3, the Winterbottom S. G1 and the Scahill S. on 10 December.

Rock Magic has now earned a total of $591,000, most of it for his large group of Perth owners headed by Gangemi Thoroughbreds. 

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield and John Leaver, he is the second foal of Rockabubble (by Bubble Gum Fellow) whose six wins included the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. G1.

Rock Magic is the second stakeswinner this week for three-time champion sire Redoute’s Choice, also represented by MRC Heatherlie S. LR winner Great Esteem – his 135th lifetime stakeswinner – last Saturday.