Selenia scores in the Scarborough

Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt have perfected their tag-team act this Spring, with one or other producing at least one stakeswinner every weekend but one since 1 August. 

After Don’t Doubt Mamma at Flemington on 10 September and Secret Agenda at Caulfield on 17 September, Not A Single Doubt needed only a Group winner at Moonee Valley to complete a three-week, three-course sweep of Melbourne Group races.

He had only one runner in the only stakes race on Moonee Valley’s Friday night card on 24 September but that was enough. His 3YO daughter Selenia defied her double-figure odds to nail the $150,000 MVRC Scarborough S. 1200m G3, her second win and second stakes win from seven starts.

Watch Selenia win the MVRC Scarborough S. G3

Selenia was a $30,000 Inglis Easter buy from Middlebrook Valley Lodge by trainer Robbie Griffiths who tweeted after the race, “She’s a ripper. Gee, I love Not A Single Doubt. He’s a star.”

Bred by Jacob Park Thoroughbreds, Selenia is out of Lunar Lady (by Hussonet), an unraced sibling of Group 2 winners Colorado Claire (also by Hussonet) and Moonovermanhattan (by Manhattan Rain).

Colorado Claire is the dam of Not A Single Doubt’s top-priced yearling colt, knocked down for $850,000 to James Harron at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale. Named Gunnison, he will race from the stable of Peter & Paul Snowden.

Selenia’s second dam is the Arrowfield mare Lunaspur, herself a stakeswinner at two and three. She has a yearling colt from the first crop of six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel and visits him again this season.

Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Redoute’s Choice have each cracked the million-dollar mark in Australia since 1 August, and together they’ve compiled 11 stakeswinners in the season’s first eight weeks.

31st stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

The Not A Single Doubt train kept rolling at Flemington on Saturday when 2YO filly Selenia scored a stylish victory in the $120,000 VRC Festival of Racing S. 1000m LR.

The placegetters completed a happy result for Arowfield which owns Response (dam of Alter Call, 2nd) and Comearoundsundown (half-sister to Creativity, 3rd).

Watch Selenia win the Festival of Racing S. LR.

Selenia is the 31st stakeswinner for the outstanding son of Redoute’s Choice, his 12th 2YO stakeswinners and one of eight stakeswinners that have rocketed him to the top of three Australian Sires’ lists this season.

Her solid fourth placings in both the Blue Diamond Preview & Prelude weren’t enough for a start in the Blue Diamond itself, but as trainer Robbie Griffiths said, it was probably a blessing in disguise.

It worked out well for Not A Single Doubt too, as his son Extreme Choice won the Group 1 feature and Griffiths lined up Selenia a week later, to add  $73,200 to her sire’s account.

There’s an even closer link between Extreme Choice and Selenia: they are both out of mares by Hussonet who now has 49 stakeswinners as a broodmare sire. 

The combination of Redoute’s Choice and his sons with Hussonet mares is fulfilling hopes for its effectiveness, with 7 stakeswinners – five of them Group winners – from 33 runners.

Selenia was bred by Jacob Park Thoroughbreds from Lunar Lady, an unraced sibling to Group 2 winners Colorado Claire (also by Hussonet) and Moonovermanhattan (by Manhattan Rain). The second dam is the Arrowfield mare Lunaspur, who has a yearling colt by Charge Forward and a weanling colt by Dundeel. 

Selenia has a close relative in the Arrowfield draft at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale. That’s Lot 240, the Not A Single Doubt colt from Colorado Claire.

Beneteau adds two new winners

A pair of juveniles on opposite sides of the country have taken Beneteau’s first season total of winners to a round dozen, one behind table leader Rothesay, with three racedays left before the season ends.

Last Wednesday Bob & Sandra Peters’ gelding Universal Law won his debut at Belmont in Perth with a brilliant late finish, scoring by a half-length from Detente, who finished a length in front of Sporting Image.

A son of the city-winning Scenic mare Simply Wicked, Universal Law is a half-brother to the Peters’ sensational filly Delicacy, who made history this season as the winner of the Derby & Oaks races in Adelaide and Perth. (In fact, the siblings are little more closely related, because Delicacy is by Al Maher who, like Beneteau’s sire Redoute’s Choice, is by Danehill from a daughter of Dancing Show.)

Beneteau’s next winner came at Pakenham’s synthetic track in Victoria on Tuesday when the delightfully named Geoff overcame his evident inexperience to win on debut by two lengths from Poet’s Choice, with bigger margins back to the favourite Rothstein and fourth-placed Palaios, the half-brother to champion So You Think.

Geoff was a $10,000 purchase by his trainer Robbie Griffiths from the Three Bridges draft at the 2014 Inglis Classic Summer Sale. He’s the fourth winner from the stakes-placed juvenile Granma Gertey (by Danzero), a half-sister to Group winner De Lago Mist, from the family of Wanted and Shrapnel.

Vale Burnstone

Anyone who wonders why owners celebrate their wins as thoroughly as many of them do, needed only to be at Cranbourne on Wednesday morning.

Trainer and part-owner Robbie Griffiths was watching his latest star Burnstone canter slowly in trackwork, when the 2YO colt suddenly faltered, collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack or internal haemorrhage.

The son of Redoute’s Choice burst into Blue Diamond calculations ten days ago, when he realised every owner’s dream with a sensational debut victory in the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

His death is a devastating loss for his large group of owners: Thomas Bruin, Barb Gallaher, Holland Racing Syndicate,  Scott Hookey, Cheryl McCarthy, Frank The Tank Racing, Andrew Reynolds, Avondale Racing, Robert Skarott, Jason Small, Mack Thompson, Ray, Anne, Marcus & Jon-Paul Wregg & Allan Young.

Bunstone was bred by Arrowfield & Klawervlei Studs and bought by Griffiths Racing for $40,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  He was the 121st stakeswinner and the 29th juvenile stakeswinner for his champion sire, with strong prospects of becoming his third Group 1 Blue Diamond winner after Undoubtedly (2005) and Nadeem (2006).

Brief as it was, Burnstone’s career has also boosted the credentials of his dam Merlene de Lago (by Encosta de Lago), a Group 2-winning daughter of champion juvenile Merlene. Merlene de Lago has a Starcraft colt in the Arrowfield draft at next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  

Burnstone fires in stakes-winning debut

On Australia Day in 2010 a dynamic new talent emerged for Redoute’s Choice when a handsome colt named Beneteau won easily on debut at Randwick.

Roll on five years and a similarly good-looking son of Redoute’s Choice lined up at the Sandown Australia Day meeting in Melbourne, this time in the $120,000 MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR.

Named Burnstone, he settled towards the back of the field but was kept close to the fence by jockey Damien Lane before joining the leaders at the top of the straight and bounding away to win by 3.5 lengths from Top Me Up and Kirabo in a time of 58.34.

Like Beneteau, Burnstone was bred and sold by Arrowfield in partnership, this time with South Africa’s Klawervlei Stud  and, again like Beneteau, he is out of an Encosta de Lago mare from a superb female family. His dam Merlene de Lago, herself a juvenile Group winner, is a daughter of champion 2YO Merlene and a half-sister to the dam of the top-class mare Dear Demi (VRC Oaks G1 and seven Group 1 placings).

Trainer Robbie Griffiths & Peter Ford Thoroughbreds bought the colt from Arrowfield for $40,000 at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale after losing his $220,000 year-older full brother in an accident.

Though not surprised by Burnstone’s win, Griffiths made it clear the colt had not been wound up for the race. “We’ve only given him one easy half-mile (800m) trial, Ivan Culliver’s done all his work and we think that the horse has plenty of improvement still to come.”

He will see how Burnstone pulls up before deciding whether to start him in the Blue Diamond Prelude G3 (won by Beneteau in 2010) on 14 February, or go straight to the $1 million Blue Diamond S. G1 a fortnight later. 

There are 16 Arrowfield-sired horses in contention for the Blue Diamond after yesterday’s third declarations, among them Group 3 Flemington winner Prompt Return (by Beneteau) and Arrowfield graduate Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt), an impressive first-up winner at Moonee Valley for the Mick Price stable in December.

Burnstone is the 29th 2YO stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice and takes his champion sire’s lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 121. Ten of them have been successful this season including Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee (MVRC Manikato Stakes), Majmu (Kenilworth Cape Fillies Guineas), Bonaria (VRC Myer Classic) and Hampton Court (ATC Spring Champion S.). 

Already the winner of two Australian 2YO Sires’ premierships, in 2005 & 2006, Redoute’s Choice now has a good opportunity to join his three sire sons, Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel & Beneteau in the top ten on the current table.

Arrowfield’s 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier draft includes Merlene de Lago’s colt by Starcraft. The mare also has a weanling filly by Animal Kingdom and is in foal to All American.

Fresh talent steps up for Redoute's Choice

The 2013/14 season is winding down, but fresh talent keeps stepping up for Redoute’s Choice, and on Wednesday it was the turn of 3YO Prix D’Or in Australia and 2YO Tabreek in South Africa.

Trainer Robbie Griffiths has kept Prix D’Or to the synthetic track at Geelong for his three starts in the past month because the gelding needs dry ground.  He’s made the most of those opportunities, winning all three starts including his strong two-length victory over 1300 metres today.

Jockey Katelyn Mallyon said of Prix D’Or, “He’s got an unbelievable turn of foot and I think the horse is going places.”

Bred and sold by Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds from Chausson Dore (by Hawk Wing), Prix D’Or was a $200,000 purchase by his trainer from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

A stakes-placed winner at two in France, Chausson Dore is a daughter of top-flight German sprinter Don’t Worry Me, winner of the Royal Ascot King’s Stand S. G2 and eight other races.  Limerick Lane has a 2013 colt by Snitzel from Chausson Dore.

Later in the day, Australian time, champion South African trainer Mike de Kock produced Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO colt Tabreek to win on debut at Scottsville.

Tabreek is the first foal of Group 2-winning filly Zarzuela, by Zabeel, whose daughters have left eight stakeswinners to Redoute’s Choice. Zarzuela is out of  New Zealand Group 1-winning sprinter Star Satire, also the dam of Satin Shoes (by Flying Spur), winner of six races in Australia, including the ATC Silver Slipper S. G2.  

Tabreek was bought by Shadwell Australia for $720,000 from the Willow Park draft at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale. Shadwell’s purchases from that Sale also include Tabreek’s stablemate, the brilliant Arrowfield-bred filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice-Spontaneous by Hussonet), already a Group 2 winner and unbeaten in her three starts this season.

Redoute’s Choice heads the Australian General Sires’ list with prizemoney of $9.9 million, around $500,000 in front of his son & Arrowfield barnmate Snitzel.