Australia’s King of Sires Redoute’s Choice dies at Arrowfield

World-class stallion, sale-ring sensation, dominant sire of sires & broodmares and major industry influence Redoute’s Choice has died at Arrowfield Stud…

Arrowfield Stud announces with great sorrow that the Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice died this morning at the farm, near Scone in the Hunter Valley.

The rising 23 year-old son of Danehill and Shantha’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
 
Arrowfield’s John Messara said, “Redoute’s Choice is such a big part of all our lives, and right now it’s hard to imagine Arrowfield without him.

“He has given us so much, Arrowfield has been built on his back and he’s allowed all of us and many, many other people to fulfil our dreams and ambitions.

“I thank Muzaffar Yaseen for allowing us to buy into Redoute’s Choice almost two decades ago. Our partnership has always been amicable and it has achieved all that we could hope for, and more.

“I’m grateful to all my team, past and present, who are part of his story, especially those who have cared for and worked with Redoute’s Choice every day, and have ensured that he’s had the long and wonderful life he deserved. There are many tears being shed at Arrowfield today.

“I also thank everyone who helped us launch his stud career, his shareholders, and those who bred to him, and bought, raced, trained and rode his progeny. He has blessed us all.”

REDOUTE'S CHOICE
Champion. Hero. Friend.
1996 - 2019
Redoute's Choice wins the 1999 Blue Diamond S. G1 at his second start.
Redoute's Choice defeats Testa Rossa in the dramatic 1999 Caulfield Guineas G1.
Champion 2YO Miss Finland wins the 2006 Golden Slipper G1.
World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee
John & Paul Messara with Redoute's Choice at Arrowfield in 2014.
Redoute's Choice with Stallion Manager Joe Hickey, August 2018.
The magnificent Tanya Bartlett statue of Redoute's Choice greets visitors to Arrowfield.
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PHOTOS:  Bronwen Healy; Martin King 

Redoute’s Choice was the rarest of thoroughbred horses, who exceeded even the lofty expectations of his glorious physique, powerful pedigree and brilliant racing career, to become a world-class stallion, a sale-ring sensation, a dominant sire of sires & broodmares and a major influence for years to come. 

His death comes in a season of fresh recognition and achievement, including his 34th Group 1 winner Galaxy Star, a trio of million-dollar colts at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and a spectacular 3YO campaign by his best racing son, The Autumn Sun, who won his fifth Group 1 race, the Rosehill Guineas, last Saturday.

The Autumn Sun’s place on the Arrowfield roster is already reserved, alongside four other Redoute’s Choice sons: record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel, leading sire Not A Single Doubt, Scissor Kick, whose first yearlings are being offered at 2019 sales, and Pariah, who served his first book in 2018.  

Almost 13 years after he won the first of his three General Sires’ Premierships, Redoute’s Choice remains a top 5 sire and is likely to secure his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title this season with earnings of $15.2 million and 15 stakeswinners to date, among them Group 1 winners Extra Brut, Amphitrite and Arcadia Queen.

Redoute’s Choice was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen, foaled on 15 August 1996 and retained to race in the now-famous yellow, red, lime & orange Teeley Assets colours. Mr Yaseen sent him to Melbourne trainer Rick Hore-Lacy who prepared the strikingly handsome colt throughout his 10-start, 5-win, $1.6 million racing career.

He made headlines and history immediately, after winning a Listed Race at his 2YO debut on 20 February 1999 and lining up a mere seven days later in the Blue Diamond S. G1, which he won by two lengths from his great rival Testa Rossa.

His Spring 3YO campaign began with a 1200-metre weight-for-age victory in the Manikato S. G1 and peaked in the heroic, one-for-the-ages battle with Testa Rossa for the Caulfield Guineas G1, won by Redoute’s Choice only in the final metres.

Redoute’s Choice returned in the Autumn to add a fourth Group 1 success, defeating Miss Pennymoney and Intergaze in the C.F. Orr S. G1, and retired to Arrowfield as Australia’s Champion 3YO Miler.

He served 134 mares in 2000 at a fee of $30,000 which did not increase until his fifth season, in 2004. That was after the appearance of his first stakeswinners Not A Single Doubt and Tahni Girl, the 2003/04 Champion First Season Sire title and his first million-dollar yearling.

It was in the 2004/05 racing season that Redoute’s Choice, with 137 runners from two crops of racing age, emerged as a potential champion stallion and the inheritor of Danehill’s crown. He unleashed a staggering 15 stakeswinners, four at Group 1 level: 3YO filly Lotteria and 2YOs Fashions Afield, Stratum and Undoubtedly. Only Danehill and Zabeel headed him on the Australian General Sires’ Premiership and his 2005 Inglis Easter Sale results included the Tugela colt, sold for a then all-time Australian record price of $2.5 million.

He served a full book of 196 mares in 2005 and continued to serve at least 100 mares each year until the last two seasons when his book was restricted to 74 and 45 mares.

Redoute’s Choice claimed his first General Sires’ Premiership with three crops racing in 2005/06, the season of six Group 1 winners: Champion 2YO Miss Finland, Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate), God’s Own (Caulfield Guineas), Nadeem (Blue Diamond S.), Fashions Afield (Flight S.) and Lotteria (Myer Classic).

His second Premiership came in 2009/10, the year of diversely gifted  fillies, the dual Group 1 winning-sprinter Melito, Queensland Derby winner Dariana and Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder.

That season also marked the arrival of his statistically most notable crop, eventually the source of 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – a remarkable strike rate of 19.6%.  Flag-bearer for that 2009 cohort was World Champion Sprinter, Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee who helped propel Redoute’s Choice to his third and final Premiership, in 2013/14.

Snitzel’s second-place finish in 2014 resulted in a father-&-son Premiership quinella unprecedented in Australian thoroughbred history and signalled the passing of the baton to the next generation of the Danehill dynasty at Arrowfield.

Redoute’s Choice now has 22 stakes-siring sons, 10 of them also Group 1 sires. They are responsible for 279 stakeswinners, while his daughters have left 86 stakeswinners, including 13 at Group 1 level.

International recognition of Redoute’s Choice’s contribution to the Australian thoroughbred industry has grown steadily in recent years. Only last month leading bloodstock analyst Bill Oppenheim announced that his APEX A Runner index of 3.82 earned him the No. 1 spot among Australasian sires, ahead of Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Savabeel and Fastnet Rock.

John Messara said, “It is a great consolation to me that Redoute’s Choice leaves us at the top of his game, having sustained his greatness as a sire from start to finish, across the full span of his career.

“His legacy to Australian breeding and racing is immense, through his sire sons, his broodmare daughters, his final crops still to come and all the people he touched over the past two decades.

“Thank you Redoute’s, for everything.”

Top-class mares join Arrowfield breeding ventures

Almost five months after topping the Vendor list at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale for the third consecutive year,  Arrowfield was back in action at Magic Millions, but this time as a buyer on the very strong opening day of the National Broodmare Sale. 

The Stud’s Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer explains, “We have to re-invest in the best quality bloodstock we can find, so we can keep on breeding and selling top-class racehorses – it’s as simple as that.”

Jon joined agent Dean Hawthorne, who manages the racing & breeding interests of Jonathan Munz, to purchase Group 1 winner Abbey Marie (by Redoute’s Choice), pictured, (PHOTO: Sportpix), for $1.4 million and Group 2 winner Omei Sword (by High Chaparral) for $1.7 million. 

Both mares will be sent to Japan to visit supersire Deep Impact whose son Saxon Warrior is hot favourite for the Epsom Derby G1 this Saturday.

Abbey Marie’s purchase closes a circle of sorts, as she was offered by Arrowfield on behalf of breeder Teeley Assets at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale where she was bought for $300,000 by Dermot Farrington.

Trained by Mick Kent for her owners Peter Anastasiou, Ken Biddick & partners, she emulated her Australian Oaks-winning full sister Absolutely with a dominant performance in the 2016 SAJC Australasian Oaks G1. 

Jon Freyer says, “Abbey Marie is a beautiful, quality filly, very typical of Redoute’s Choice and a glorious mover.

“Her race record could easily have been even better, she had no luck this season in the Orr, the Caulfield Cup and the Queen of the Turf but still managed a top six finish in all of them.”

Omei Sword, a daughter of MRC 1000 Guineas G1 winner Irish Lights, was bought by Guy Mulcaster for $675,000 from the Coolmore draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. A Group-placed winner at two, she progressed to win the ATC Silver Shadow S. G2 and place in the Golden Rose G1 at three.

Jon Freyer says, “Omei Sword is just a queen, a big, strong, imposing filly from the great taproot family of Fall Aspen. We consider her a Group 1 quality mare, she was a good two-year-old and unlucky to be beaten in a very strong Golden Rose, beating Group 1 colts Impending and Divine Prophet.”

The Arrowfield-Munz partnership has already struck gold at Magic Millions, buying The Broken Shore in foal to Fastnet Rock for $1.9 million from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal. The resulting foal is brilliant 3YO filly Shoals, winner of three Group 1 races this season for the partnership and one of the most valuable racemares in Australia.

Sent back to Fastnet Rock, The Broken Shore, a Hussonet half-sister to Redoute’s Choice, left this year’s $2.3 million colt, the top-priced lot at Inglis Easter. 

Arrowfield was also busy later in today’s session, bidding on behalf of eminent Japanese owner-breeder Katsumi Yoshida to buy Lot 784, Group 1-winning sprinter Silent Sedition (War Chant-Fiorentina) for $1.5 million.  As Jon Freyer explains, Arrowfield is familiar with her pedigree on a couple of counts.

“We know War Chant as the damsire of our young sire Shalaa, and we’ve also had good success with another mare from her family, Road to Damascus. 

“Katsumi loved Silent Sedition’s page and she competed very consistently in top company, beating Hellbent and Star Turn in the William Reid and winning four other Group races.”

Silent Sedition will join Northern Farm’s highly successful  breeding venture with Arrowfield, responsible for, among others, Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Group 1 winners Sweet Idea, Hot Snitzel & Reaan and Group-winning colts Dracarys & Showtime. In his own right, Mr Yoshida is also the breeder of this year’s Golden Slipper winner Estijaab.  

Silent Sedition will visit champion sire Snitzel this coming Spring. 

Redoute's Choice dynasty's cup runneth over

Saturday 14 October 2017 is a date that followers of the fortunes of the Redoute’s Choice dynasty and in particular, his spectacular sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, will remember for a long, long time. 

By the end of it, Snitzel had cracked $10 million on the Australian General Sires’ premiership and Not A Single Doubt’s four new stakeswinners, emulating Snitzel’s feat on 13 May 2017, and including his 8th Group 1 winner, had taken him to second spot with $3.5 million. 

Here’s how the day unfolded across four extraordinary hours:

Caulfield, 12.20 pm – Sheikh Hamdan’s 2YO filly Qafila (Not A Single Doubt-Zighy Bay by Tapit) pounced late to claim the $120,000 MRC Inglis Debutant S. 1000m LR. from Sacred Sword and Encryption.

Watch Qafila win the MRC Inglis Debutant S. LR.

She’s trained by the Hayes & Dabernig team that turned out Snitzel’s 2YO daughter Nomathaj to win last Saturday’s VRC Maibyrong Trial S LR, carrying the same, famous blue and white silks.

Qafila is Woodpark Stud’s first stakeswinner as a breeder and was purchased from Attunga Stud at the Magic Millions Sale for $450,000, making her Not A Single Doubt’s second top-priced yearling filly this year. Qafila is now his 17th juvenile stakeswinner.

The Gerald Ryan-trained colt Legend Of Condor (ex Rhodamine by Success Express), gritty debut winner of  the  $100,000 Victory Vein Plate at Randwick 20 minutes after Qafila’s win, may well be Number 18.


Royal Randwick, 1.15 pm – 3YO filly Torvill (Not A Single Doubt-Bolero Queen by Iglesia) put up the best performance of her eight-start career to land the  $125,000 ATC Reginald Allen Quality 1400m LR, with Yulong Xingsheng and Workdrinks filling the placings.  

Torvill’s winning time of 1:22 flat was a new race record and trainer Clarry Conners indicated a race in Melbourne is now a possibility  for her.

Watch Torvill win the ATC Reginald Allen Quality LR.

From the family of Queensland Derby G1 winner Ruthven and multiple Group winner Cangronde, Torvill is raced by her breeders Barry Garforth and Max Kowalczuk.



Caulfield, 1.30 pm
– Former Western Australian mare Cool Passion (Not A Single Doubt-Hiavanna by Mister C) made Guineas Day memorable for her owners John & Anne McDonnell, Jane Henning & Mr D. Balian when she defeated Pedrena and Princess Of Queens in the $150,000 MRC Northwood Plume S. 1400m G3.

Watch  Cool Passion win the MRC Northwood Plume S. G3.

Bred by Michael MacDermott, Cool Passion was having her first start in Melbourne for trainer Tony McEvoy after eight wins in the West.


Royal Randwick, 4.15 pm – the inaugural running of the world’s richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest over 1200 metres ended with a perfect performance by Snitzel’s powerhouse son Redzel. The 5YO gelding jumped smartly, slotted in just behind the early leader Houtzen, took control soon after the turn and sprinted clear to score by almost a length from Vega Magic, Brave Smash and Chautauqua. Emotions over-flowed around the Randwick winner’s circle as trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, jockey Kerrin McEvoy, slot-holder James Harron and the ecstatic group of owners managed by Triple Crown Syndications’ Chris & Michael Ward began celebrations likely to last several days.

Watch Redzel win The Everest.

Bred by Lee Fleming from the Rubtion mare Millrich, Redzel was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown from the Marquee Stud draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. He has now won ten of his 20 starts, including last season’s Doomben 10,000 G1, and $7.1 million.


Caulfield, 4.30 pm – an unexpected victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1 by 100/1 shot Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion by Encosta de Lago) completed an unforgettable day.

Watch Mighty Boss win the MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.

Mighty Boss gave co-owner  Muzaffar Yaseen of Teeley Assets his second Caulfield Guineas win, 18 years after Redoute’s Choice won a magnificent battle with Testa Rossa for the 1999 race.

Bullion Mansion was bought by Coolmore for $160,000 in foal to Not A Single Doubt from the 2014 Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale. The resulting colt was offered by Curraghmore Stud at the 2016 NZ Premier Sale where he was bought for $180,000 by trainer Mick Price, who shares the colt’s ownership with Teeley Assets.

Four hours and 10 minutes, a Group 1 Classic victory, three other Group & Listed stakes wins, one Everest and more than $7.2 million prizemoney – truly an amazing day at the office for the superstar sons of Redoute’s Choice.

Caulfield Photos by Bronwen Healy; Royal Randwick Photos by Sportpix.

Rain reigns in McEwen Stakes

Manhattan Rain’s brilliant daughter Wild Rain confirmed a Group 1 campaign when she took early control of Saturday’s $200,000 MVRC McEwen S. 1000m G2 and never let go, kicking clear in the straight to win by a length from Furnaces and the favourite Heatherly.

Watch Wild Rain win the MVRC McEwen S. G2.

The keys to Wild Rain’s eight-win career are her consistent professionalism and serious pace – the kind of pace that puts early pressure on her rivals, finds a gear-change when challenged and keeps going until the job is done.  Or, as trainer Mark Kavanagh explains, “When you are able to run quick sectionals like her, it makes it hard for those chasing her.”

Given that ability and Wild Rain’s five-start, three-win record at Moonee Valley, the $500,000 Moir S. G1 on 30 September is a reasonable goal for her and that is where she is now headed.

The McEwen Stakes, which honours Moonee Valley’s visionary administrator Ian McEwen, is Wilid Rain’s fourth stakes victory and her second at Group level, after her MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 win in July.  The 5YO mare has returned five times the $150,000 Kavanagh bid for her at the 2013 Magic Millions Sale, where she was offered by Arrowfield on behalf the Stud’s long-standing partnership with John Leaver.

Wild Rain is the best of three winners left so far by North Flower (by Rory’s Jester), a 2YO-winning half-sister to the dam of champion and Horse of the Year Northerly, and a three-quarter sister of Group winners North Boy and Northern Song.  North Flower has a a 2YO daughter, Desert Flower (by Animal Kingdom), in training with Paul Messara for the Arrowfield/Leaver partnership.

The Teeley Assets-bred colt Manhattan Street almost gave Manhattan Rain a trans-Tasman double on Saturday when he was narrowly beaten after a tremendous battle with possible Victoria Derby contender Highlad in the Wanganui Guineas LR. A 3YO son of Lankan Rupee’s sister Charming Estelle, Manhattan Street lost nothing in defeat, after three consecutive 2YO wins.

Watch Manhattan Street’s 2nd, Wanganui Guineas LR.

Wild Rain, Manhattan Street and a second 3YO colt, Tango Rain (2nd, ATC San Domenico S. G2), all give Manhattan Rain a great chance of making his mark on the Spring’s major prizes in Sydney and Melbourne.

Manhattan Rain colt scores by a Street

Manhattan Rain added the 7th stakeswinner to his CV when Manhattan Street won Saturday’s $50,000 Levin RC Ryder S. 1200m LR by 6.5 lengths from Cortado and Impulsive Habit.

The 2YO colt was recording his third win in 3 starts, following his debut success at Otaki last month, and again at Awapuni on 9 July.  It was also Manhattan Rain’s second stakeswinner this month, after Wild Rain’s success in the MRC Sir John Monash S. G3 on 16 July.

Trainer Lisa Latta, who prepares Manhattan Street for Lincoln Farms, Neville McAlister and Wellfield Lodge, said, “He had a really quiet early two-year-old preparation so we’ll continue to press forward and he will head to the Wanganui Guineas.”

That race also carries Listed status and will be run over 1340 metres on 3 September.

The steady hands of jockey Jonathan Riddell were an asset to Manhattan Street on the extremely testing ground. He said,  “He’s a lovely horse and a pleasure to ride.”

Manhattan Street was bred by Teeley Assets from Charming Estelle (by Redoute’s Choice), a full sister to 2014 World Champion Sprinter & Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee. Offered as a weanling in the Teeley Reduction presented by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, Manhattan Street was bought for $130,000 by the RMB Trust.

The combination of Manhattan Rain with daughters of his champion half-brother has so far produced five winners from 10 runners, including this season’s good Sydney 3YO Man of Choice, three times placed in Group company, including a third in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1.

Charming Estelle, now owned by Arrowfield & GSA Bloodstock, has a rising 2YO colt by Manhattan Rain, purchased for $90,000 by Hong Kong buyer F. Li from Arrowfield’s Inglis Easter draft.  She is due to foal to champion Japanese sire Deep Impact in early August.

Manhattan Street is the third stakeswinner, after Scarlet Rain & Wild Rain, and one of nine stakes performers for Manhattan Rain this season. With 40 winners and earnings of $2.4 million he ends 2015-16 among the top five third-crop sires based in Australia.

Tango Rain scores again in Sydney

Manhattan Rain is assembling a strong group of rising 3YOs for Spring racing and one of them, Tango Rain underlined his readiness for the challenge with his second Sydney win on Saturday.

The powerfully built colt got the best of the start, speared to the lead and, despite the windy conditions, bowled along easily in front before going clear to score by 1.3 lengths.

The quality of Tango Rain’s performance was underlined by the good efforts of the next four horses who completed an Arrowfield-sired first five.  Thronum (by Snitzel) recovered from a slow start to claim second and Arrowfield’s own runner Hair Trigger (by Smart Missile) powered home from the rear for third, with Decorated Soldier (by Snitzel) fourth and the first filly home, Tickling (by Not A Single Doubt), a brave fifth.

Watch Tango Rain’s second win at Canterbury.
Read: Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney.

Tango Rain’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy said, “That was pleasing. That was a handy little race here today and he did everything right, got out and controlled it then kicked strongly. They’ve got options going forward.”

Those options include the $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1 over 1400m at Rosehill on 10 September but Tango Rain’s trainer Gerald Ryan isn’t sure that’s the best race for the Teeley Assets home-bred.

Ryan said, “He’s one of my better ones, he’s a nice horse, always has been, he’s always been an easy horse to train.

“But about the Golden Rose; I’m not sure, I’ve got a question mark about him, the way he’s built and there’s plenty of other races you can go to.”

A future stallion career for Tango Rain (ex Tango Fire by Anabaa) is already being considered by Ryan and Teeley Assets. It’s a subject they know something about, given their former charges include Manhattan Rain himself, Redoute’s Choice, Hurricane Sky and Snitzel. 

A happy consequence of Tango Rain’s victory was a novel photo opportunity for legendary Sydney racing photographer Martin King, honoured by the Australian Turf Club with the 2YO race named the Happy 70th Birthday Martin King Handicap. Most often active on the other side of the camera, he’s pictured here (right) after presenting the victory ribbon to Gerald Ryan.

Tango Rain wins on debut in Sydney

Manhattan Rain has left smart 2YOs in each of his three crops but statistics show that his current juveniles are his most precocious yet.

The Teeley Assets colt Tango Rain made his contribution to those figures with a strong debut win over 1100 metres at Canterbury on Wednesday.

He jumped well from the gates and joined Fanning and Regenesis in a contest for the lead which he won, held comfortably and then extended with a good burst of speed to score by a length from the fast-finishing Golden Organic. Fanning held on for third, 2.3 lengths further back.

Watch Tango Rain’s debut win at Canterbury.

Tango Rain started at double figures but his performance didn’t surprise trainer Gerald Ryan, who has previously trained Group winners Rubick and Lucky Raquie for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen. 

Ryan said, “His work on Friday morning was exceptional, he worked against an open class horse and gave it a three length start and beat it by three lengths in really good time. Great debut. He’s a nice horse this horse.”

Tango Rain is the third winner out of city-winning 2YO Tango Fire (by Anabaa), and a three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Tango’s Daughter (by Redoute’s Choice).

He’s also Manhattan Rain’s fifth winner from 18 juvenile runners this season, after Scarlet Rain (ATC Sweet Embrace G2), Speeding Comet (also stakes-placed in Perth), the Teeley Assets home-bred Inspired Estelle (at Sandown on 4 June), and Hanover Square (successful last month at Kembla Grange).

All five are in leading stables (Gai Waterhouse, Simon Miller, Mick Price, Peter & Paul Snowden and Gerald Ryan) and more can be expected of them with further maturity next season. The Lady Trainer’s latest reports on Twitter indicate that Scarlet Rain is already working well over 800 metres at three-quarter pace.

Manhattan Rain is among this season’s top six Third Crop Sires with Australian earnings of more than $2 million, to which his 2YOs have contributed a handy $430,000.   

Estelle inspires for Manhattan Rain

Seven stakes performers since 1 January have boosted Manhattan Rain’s profile among Australia’s Third Season Sires, and his pair of city winners last Saturday look capable of joining them.

First up was Inspired Estelle who opened the day at Sandown with a commanding victory in the 2YO fillies’ handicap over 1300 metres.

Drawn widest of the seven runners, Inspired Estelle was pushed forward to settle outside the early leader Montoya’s Secret. Jockey Dwayne Dunn sat quietly on her round the home turn and when he asked her to sprint 200 metres from home, she immediately kicked clear to score by 2.8 lengths from Montoya’s Secret with the favourite Kenedna (a three-quarter sister to Spill The Beans, by Not A Single Doubt) boxing on well from the rear to take third.

Watch Inspired Estelle win at Sandown.

Like her illustrious three-quarter brother Lankan Rupee, Inspired Estelle is trained by Mick Price for owner-breeder Teeley Assets which sold her mother Estelle Collection (by Stravinsky), in foal to Redoute’s Choice, for $1.4 million at the Teeley Dispersal two years ago. The resulting colt was bought for $1.8 million by Gai Waterhouse, Julian Blaxland and Nordic Racing & Breeding from the Coolmore draft at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale. 

Later in the afternoon, 3YO Manhattan Blues delivered the middle leg of a treble for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig when he defeated older horses over 1250 metres at Morphettville in Adelaide.

It was a strong performance by the gelding, now a more furnished version of the scopey 2YO that won on debut and three starts later stormed home for fourth in Pride of Dubai’s Blue Diamond S. G1.  

Watch Manhattan Blues win at Morphettville.

A $20,000 Inglis Premier purchase by McEvoy Mitchell Racing, Manhattan Blues has now earned almost ten times that amount from three wins and three placings.

Manhattan Rain’s record since the New Year has been headed by his Group 2-winning juvenile daughter Scarlet Rain and six other stakes performers from all three of his active crops: 4YOs Boundary and Right Or Wrong, 3YOs Man Of Choice, Promise To Reign and Whisky Baron and 2YO Speeding Comet.

The South African-based 3YO Whisky Baron (ex Tazkara by dual Derby & Arc winner Sinndar) gets another chance to earn Group-winning status in the Kenilworth Winter Derby G3 on 25 June.

He finished second, beaten a half-length in both the Winter Guineas and the Winter Classic, and is likely to relish both the 2400 metres of the Derby and the absence of star 3YO Marinaresco, who will bypass the third leg in favour of the Durban July G1 on 2 July.

Breeders have recognised Manhattan Rain’s Danehill-free status and so, not surprisingly, five of his 16 stakes performers are from mares by Danehill sons Exceed and Excel (Scarlet Rain), Flying Spur (Moonovermanhattan & Right Or Wrong), Redoute’s Choice (Man Of Choice) and Danzero (Manhattan Avenue).

Dual Group 1 winner Miracles of Life retires

Owner Stonestreet Stables has announced that dual Group 1 winner Miracles Of Life has been retired to stud.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt and Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready) was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets and foaled at Arrowfield on 2 September 2010.

The cute-as-pie chestnut filly with the big white blaze, described in the Stud’s records as a “very nice first foal”, was considered a little too small to offer for sale as a yearling, so she remained in Arrowfield’s care until February 2012. She then left to be broken in and was sent to the Adelaide stable of Dan Clarken.

It wasn’t long before the filly, now named Miracles Of Life, began making headlines. She won her first start by 5.5 lengths at Morphettville on 22 December 2012, and returned two weeks later to score by 9 lengths.

it was clearly time for a trip to Melbourne where she stepped up to black type company and won the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR on 26 January 2013. A month later Miracles Of Life lined up as favourite in the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and defeated a field that included Shamus Award, Dissident & Guelph to become Not A Single Doubt’s first international Group 1 winner.

It was a fairytale result for Clarken and jockey Lauren Stojakovic who rode Miracles Of Life in her first four victories. It was also the second Blue Diamond success for Mr Yaseen and his bloodstock manager Iris O’Farrell, 14 years after Not A Single Doubt’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice won the race at his second start.

The filly’s 3YO season yielded a fifth win, in the SAJC Euclase Classic G2 and three black type placings before she returned briefly to Arrowfield which prepared her for sale as part of the record-breaking Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in May 2014. 

Barbara Banke’s US-based Stonestreet Stables was the successful bidder for Miracles Of Life at $900,000 and elected to entrust her to Peter & Paul Snowden for a 4YO campaign.

That decision was quickly justified by a first-up dead-heat win in the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2, followed in the Autumn of 2015 by a sizzling 56.72-second, 2.3 length victory in the ATC Challenge S. G2. Two weeks later she powered home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC Galaxy H. G1 and was freshened for her swansong performance on 2 May 2015, a tremendous last-stride win in the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Miracles Of Life, so far the best of Not A Single Doubt’s 23 stakeswinners, bows out with a race record of eight wins (five of of them Group races), four placings & more than $1.5 million prizemoney from 17 starts.

Manhattan Light impresses at Flemington

Manhattan Rain’s 2YO daughter Manhattan Light raced at Flemington on Saturday as if she had read Gai Waterhouse’s Tip Sheet comments about her:

The step up to 1400m will really suit this filly. She always has looked a filly that will get better with racing and with more distance and now over the seven furlongs she gets her chance to kick start her career. The run around a corner too will benefit the daughter of the great Manhattan Rain. Barrier five suits, she has no weight and she is a great each way chance at decent odds. Each way hope.

Manhattan Light and Stephen Baster took early control of the pace and, when pressured in the straight, the filly stuck on determinedly to finish second, a length behind Dynamic Day and in front of the Redoute’s Choice colt Top Ravine.

Manhattan Light was passed in at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale, so is raced by her breeder Muzaffar Yaseen who also bred & raced her sire.  Her dam is the Royal Academy mare Whisper Bay, a stakes-winning half-sister to the dam of Group 1 winner Hurtle Myrtle, from the family of Golden Slipper winner Star Watch.

Whisper Bay was sold for $210,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Teeley Dispersal and foaled a Manhattan Rain colt last Spring.

Manhattan Rain’s first-crop 3YOs have attracted most attention this season with Moonovermanhattan, Manapine, Ondina, Crafty, Manhattan Avenue and Light Up Manhattan all winning or placing in Group & Listed Races.

However,  Manhattan Rain himself was a high-class Group 1-winning 2YO, so it’s not surprising to see his some of his progeny emerging in city and stakes class at that age. Moonovermanhattan and Crafty won in black type company in the second half of last season, and this year Manhattan Blues has been second in the MRC Inglis 2YO Premier (R) LR and a terrific fourth in the Blue Diamond S. G1.