Clearly superior at Scone

“The only thing he’s guilty of – he loves Scone!” was race-caller Darren Flindell’s flourish as local hero Clearly Innocent romped away to his second consecutive victory in the $150,000 Scone RC Luskin Star S. 1300m LR.

Watch Clearly Innocent win the Scone RC Luskin Star S. LR.

The Cressfield home-bred couldn’t have been more impressive as he set out after Sweet Serendipity at the 400-metre mark and sprinted clear to score by more than two lengths from Snoopy and Gold Symphony.

The win extended Clearly Innocent’s unbeaten record at his former home track to six-from-six and delighted his new trainer Kris Lees who added the 6YO gelding to his stable after Greg Bennett’s retirement from training.

Lees said, “That was a great thrill, He’s got a great affinity with this track and he really let fly.

“He’s a lovely horse and that’s very pleasing to be able to produce him and for him to win like that today.”

The winner of last year’s Country Championship Final at Randwick has now won eight of his 14 starts and more than $600,000, and will now head to Queensland for a pair of Group 1 tests, the $700,000 Kingsford-Smith Cup on 27 May and the $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap on 10 June.

Clearly Innocent is the best performer out of No Penalty, a city-winning daughter of Zabeel from the excellent New Zealand family of Group 1 winners Domino, Hero, Sale Of Century, Linky Dink and, further back, the classy 1980s 3YO Veloso.

Not A Single Doubt has 13 stakeswinners this season, including Group 1 winners Extreme Choice, Scales Of Justice & Secret Agenda, and his Australian prizemoney of more than $9.5 million is enough to keep him in the top five sires.

Redzel heads Snitzel's record-breaking day

At the halfway mark of Saturday afternoon’s racing in Australia, premiership leader Snitzel was already having a very good day.

By then he had notched up a two-state 2YO stakes double thanks to convincing wins by Debonairly in the $150,000 Woodlands S. LR at Scone and Tangled in the $175,000 Champagne Classic G2 at Doomben.

Watch Debonairly win the Scone RC Woodlands S. LR.

Watch Tangled win the BRC Champagne Classic G2.

But the best was yet to come. Triple Crown Syndications’ 4YO gelding Redzel has been one of the country’s most progressive performers this season and he sealed his rise with a powerhouse victory in the $700,000 BRC Doomben 10,000 1200m G1. The Redoute’s Choice 4YO Counterattack finished strongly to complete a father-son quinella, with Derryn third.

Watch Redzel win the BRC Doomben 10,000 G1.

Both placegetters are likely to line up in $1.5 million Stradbroke H. G1 on 10 June, but co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed that Redzel and fourth-placed Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) will head to the paddock for a richly earned break. Between them they have won seven of their 13 starts – six of them in Group company – and added more than $1.7 million to Snitzel’s prizemoney.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubiton mare Millrich, Redzel was bought for $120,000 by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward from Marquee Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. He’s the second Group 1 winner by Snitzel to carry the syndicators’  all-red colours after Arrowfield graduate Hot Snitzel, winner of the 2015 BTC Cup G1 and four other Group races.

Around 15 minutes after Redzel crossed the line in Brisbane, Snitzel’s fourth stakeswinner for the day came from an unlikely quarter.  Vienna Miss was given little chance of winning the $150,000 SAJC Adelaide Guineas 1600m LR, but Katelyn Mallyon’s positive ride helped her silence punters with her maiden stakes victory.

Watch Vienna Miss win the SAJC Adelaide Guineas LR.

Bred by Tori Park Stud, Vienna Miss was sold for $100,000 by Eliza Park International to her trainer John Hyam at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Her dam Miss Doopsy (by Bite The Bullet) is a half-sister to the dam of Perth stakeswinners Let It Slip (by Not A Single Doubt) and Gangbuster.

Redzel, Tangled, Debonairly and Vienna Miss boosted Snitzel’s prizemoney to a new Australian premiership record total of $13.8 million, surpassing the previous record of $12.9 million set last season by Street Cry.

His lifetime, worldwide statistics now read:
62 Group & Listed stakeswinners (27 this season)
11 Group 1 winners (5 this season)
27 2YO stakeswinners (9 this season).

Seaside makes 114 stakeswinners for Redoute's Choice

The remarkable 2009 crop of Redoute’s Choice produced its 19th stakeswinner when Sheikh Mohammed’s mare Seaside won Saturday’s $200,000 Scone RC Dark Jewel Classic G3.

She is also the 14th stakeswinner that Redoute’s Choice has added to his lifetime record since he passed the century milestone in February 2013.

Seaside initially settled towards the rear of the Dark Jewel field, but Kerrin McEvoy worked her steadily forward during the first half of the race. She made ground around the turn and sprinted home strongly to score by a half-length from stablemate Aerobatics in class record time of 1:22.68.

The daughter of Group 3 winner Living Spirit (by Hennessy) has now won four of her 14 starts and more than $300,000.

World champion sprinter Lankan Rupee and Classic winners Royal Descent & Wylie Hall head the 19 stakeswinners from the 107 foals in Redoute’s Choice’s 2009 crop. That’s a strike rate of 17.7% – better even than his celebrated second crop (17 SW from 121 foals – 14%).

Seaside and Inglis 3YO Guineas placegetters Liberty’s Choice & Ryker boosted Redoute’s Choice’s season prizemoney to $9,520,553, almost $625,000 ahead of his son and barnmate Snitzel.

Redoute’s Choice is currently completing his second season at HH The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France and will stand the 2014 Australian season at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST.