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.

Not A Single Doubt leads on 2YO winners

Six days out from the season’s end, two new winners have taken Not A Single Doubt to the head of the Australian 2YO Sires’ list, with 22 individual winners – only three short of his 14-year record set in 2013/14. 

However, it remains a tight race. Snitzel has 21 winners and both he and Not A Single Doubt have debut juveniles accepted for races in the next few days. I Am Invincible is hot on their heels with 20 2YO winners.

Let’s Make It Rain struck first when he defeated Tatoosh (by Beneteau) over 1250 metres at Canterbury. Placed in two of his three previous starts, including Odyssey Moon’s Inglis Nursery (R) LR last December, Let’s Make It Rain also anchored his trainer Ron Quinton’s first metropolitan double

A $170,000 Quinton purchase from Broadwater Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Let’s Make It Rain is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Red Alert, a half-sister to VATC One Thousand Guineas G1 winner Lady Of The Pines. He is among the dozen Not A Single Doubt 2YOs that have been successful in city class this season.

An hour later Ice Cream Lady won a 1000-metre maiden at Gilgandra for her owner-breeders Bruce Reid Racing & the Ferguson family of Bell River Thoroughbreds and trainer Brett Thompson. The sister to city winners Conroy’s Gap and Crown Choice took an early lead and strode home in good style to score by two lengths.

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.

Smart city wins by Duibio, Ondina & Peeping

A trio of Arrowfield-sired 3YOs all posted smart wins in city company on Wednesday that indicated their readiness for sterner tests during the Autumn.

Peeping (by Redoute’s Choice), at her first start since October, was full of running from barrier rise, but allowed Sam Clipperton to take hold of her and drop her in one off the rail behind the leaders. She accelerated at the 200-metre mark to come away for a comfortable 2.5 lengths win, with Lifesaver Lady second and Painted Gold third.

Clipperton said, “It was a nice win, the team has always had a high opinion of her.

“She won her first start impressively on a wet track on Hawkesbury then she went to Warwick Farm and ran third. She’s had a nice spell and come back in and looks to have a good preparation ahead of her.”

Peeping’s dam, dual Group winner Miss Marielle, is by Encosta de Lago whose daughters have already left Group 1 winner Musir, Group 3 winner & leading young sire Beneteau, stakeswinner Essington & recent 2YO stakeswinner Burnstone from only 18 runners by Redoute’s Choice.

Peeping is raced by her breeder Tom Kelly, whose family-owned Newhaven Park Stud will offer a full brother to Peeping at the Inglis Easter Sale in April.

Twenty minutes later over 1400 metres at Sandown, Not A Single Doubt’s son Duibio stepped up to strengthen trainer Ciaron Maher’s carnival hand. Winner of his previous start at Geelong, Duibio settled midfield, slipped into the firing line around the bend and rocketed home in the final 200 metres to defeat Lola Lu by 1.5 lengths with the favourite Distraught third.

Duibio, raced by Garry & Marianne Towzell, is from the Star Way mare Dazzling, a winning daughter of Brisbane Cup winner Limitless and a relative of Group 1 winners Veyron & Boundless.

Maher said, “His work last week at Caulfield on the course proper was the best work he’d done for us and he’s come on from his maiden win.

“If he can keep stretching out in trip, I think he’ll make a nice horse.”

Soon after Duibio crossed the line in Melbourne, Ondina (by Manhattan Rain) fought staunchly for an all-the-way victory over 1600 metres at Randwick. Ziggy Willie was a short neck away second and the favourite Rock Mylady finished third.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Ondina (ex Mermaid Island by Mujadil) was a $40,000 Star Thoroughbreds purchase from the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale and is raced by David & Rhonda Henderson, Jan Henderson, Gaye Smith, Gary Greedy, Leon Laskey, Maureen & David Mcleish, Phillip Vanny, John Menzies, N B C Racing (Manager: Caroline Bayot) & Wayne Cook.

Ondina and Peeping are both nominated for the Australian Oaks G1 on 11 April.

The Arrowfield draft for next week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale includes two colts and a filly by Redoute’s Choice, and one of each sex by Manhattan Rain and Not A Single Doubt.

Salsa spices it up for owner-breeders

All Salsa’s super win at Canterbury last week was noteworthy for more than obvious reasons.

It was certainly notable for jockey Sam Clipperton who out-rode his apprentice claim in the race, always a special achievement for a young rider. That he did it on a horse trained by his master, former champion jockey and now successful Randwick trainer Ron Quinton was icing on the cake.

The cherry on top was provided by All Salsa’s owner-breeders, the family of the late Phillip Esplin who bred the 3YO filly’s sire Charge Forward.

All Salsa is very much a legacy of Phillip’s enthusiasm for breeding and racing, as his son Hamish explains. “Dad loved the Tattersall’s Broodmare Sale, he always picked a few out of the catalogue and in 2007 he picked out Ashmal, a Shadwell filly off the track.

“She was by Machiavellian from a daughter of Salsabil, and Dad bought her for 28,000 guineas. Noel Mayfield-Smith trained her to win a race in Australia and she then had two Charge Forward fillies and a Duporth colt, but she died from complications after foaling in 2011.”

All Salsa is the mare’s second Charge Forward filly and Hamish sees a strong resemblance to her sire. “She’s very neat, very athletic, well put together and very like Charge Forward when he was racing.”

Last week’s win was All Salsa’s second success in two starts this campaign, after two placings and two fourths from the John O’Shea stable in the early summer before John’s move to Darley.

Hamish says, “We’ll take her to Saturday grade, then see whether she’s up to the next step. She should cope with 1400 metres and we’re hopeful she’ll get a mile.

“We’re very happy with what Ron has done with All Salsa, he’s a very uncomplicated trainer. He doesn’t have set ideas, he looks at a horse and treats it the way the horse wants to be treated.”

All Salsa is one of two horses that Hamish, his mother Michele, his brother Patrick and sister Elise have placed in the Quinton stable. The other is Loulinda, a winning 3YO War Pass half-sister to Group 3 winner Fast ‘N’ Famous.

Among the other dozen or so Esplin horses in training are last Spring’s Flemington Group winner Plucky Belle, and recent Melbourne stakeswinner Office Bearer, both with Peter Moody; 2YO filly Something Secret (Charge Forward-Secret Land) with Gai Waterhouse; and 2YO colt Aglet (Redoute’s Choice-Astinella), also joining the Moody stable.

The Esplins are busy developing a a 210-acre farm near Kulnura, little more than an hour north of Sydney, which will be home to their 30 or so broodmares and young stock.

Among those mares are Sydney’s Quest, a half-sister to Charge Forward (in foal to Smart Missile); Office Bearer’s dam Street ‘Em Sheila (in foal to Not A Single Doubt); and Pay My Bail, dam of stakeswinner White Sage (in foal to Animal Kingdom).

Hamish explains, “We all love to breed and race horses, and it was always Dad’s goal to produce the best progeny by the stallions we’ve bred. We haven’t done it yet with Charge Forward but maybe All Salsa can do it for us!”

Charge Forward, whose three new stakeswinners this season are headed by his 5th Group-winning 2YO London Lolly, will be available for inspection at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House, 21-24 August – click here for more information.