Redoute's Choice & Shadwell strike again

New international investors seeking models for success in Australian need only examine the performance of Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud over the past 15 years.

Key ingredients of Shadwell’s outstanding success were evident at Ballarat on Tuesday when 2YO filly Nasaayim scored a soft win over 1200 metres at her second start. 

Watch Nasaayim win at Ballarat.

Like Group 1 winners Majmu, Mustaaqeem, Rafeef and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Listed winner Zamzam, she is a daughter of champion sire Redoute’s Choice. Like all of those horses, except Nadeem and Zamzam, she was secured by Shadwell’s renowned racing manager Angus Gold from the Arrowfield barn at Inglis Easter.

And like most of Shadwell’s Australian stars, Nasaayim is trained by the Lindsay Park team, now comprising David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.

A quality sort who fills the eye, Nasaayim is a three-quarter sister to Group 3 winner Dracarys (by Snitzel), out of dual stakeswinner Nocturnelle (by Elusive Quality). Nocturnelle is proving to be a great asset for Arrowfield’s joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida, with performance matched by sale-ring returns of $1 million for Dracarys and $650,000 for Nasaayim.

Nasaayim joins this season’s 2YO stakeswinners Qafila (by Not A Single Doubt) & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and winners Futooh (by Sebring) and Enbihaar (by Magnus) to make a strong case for the Shadwell-Lindsay Park approach to identifying precocious talent. All five are nominated for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 on 24 March.

Other members of Shadwell’s Australian Class of 2017 include the unraced Arrowfield Easter colts Atyaab (Dundeel-Sylvaner) and Mashaheer (Snitzel-Silla Regalis).

Just as Lindsay Park is starting to roll out its juveniles ahead of Autumn’s major prizes, so Redoute’s Choice – already the sire of 37 2YO stakeswinners – is sending his babies out to play. The filly Al Naifa won her race debut on 21 January, while Redoute’s Choice colts Bold and Wild, Scepter of Power, The Autumn Sun & Tchaikovsky and fillies Brazilica, Lady Legend, In A While, Jen Rules & Premier Rose have all shown up in NSW trials. 

3YO Arrowfield graduates Ardrossan & Pariah are also poised to boost Redoute’s Choice’s record – both colts are nominated for the $1.25 million VRC Newmarket H. G1 on 10 March. 

A pair of Redoute’s Choice fillies at Inglis Melbourne, and 23 Inglis Easter yearlings, nine of them consigned by Arrowfield, are the season’s final opportunities to buy premier yearlings by the three-time Champion Sire.

Boom time for Spur & Single

They were there to make up the numbers. 

That was the message of the Caulfield Cup betting market which gave Boom Time and Single Gaze almost no chance of making the frame.

But at the business end of the $3 million race, it was the never-say-die son of Flying Spur and the bottomlessly brave daughter of Not A Single Doubt who fought out the finish. 

Watch Boom Time & Single Gaze quinella the MRC Caulfield Cup G1

Boom Time, previously a Group-placed dual Listed winner, was given a near-perfect run by Cory Parish who took advantage of gate 3 to slot the 6YO gelding in on the rail, behind the leading bunch, as Sir Isaac Newton took off in front. It took a little work to ease him into space at the top of the straight but when the break came, Boom Time sprinted to the lead.  

Single Gaze and Kathy O’Hara had a trickier task from gate 12 and took the make-your-own-luck route, spearing forward to lead the chase after Sir Isaac Newton, settling beautifully mid-race and responding heartily when the pressure came on. Boom Time just had a little more left at the end of the 2400-metre contest, and won by 1.25 lengths in 2:27.66, with Johannes Vermeer third.  

Boom Time was bred and raced with good success by Western Australian businessman Kim Loxton, until his sale earlier this year to champion trainer David Hayes, who celebrated three generations of Caulfield Cup success with his co-trainers, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig. Colin Hayes won the race with How Now in 1976, while David already had two victories on his record, with Fraar (1993) and Tawqeet (2006).

It’s not uncommon for horses to out-run their pedigrees, but in Boom Time’s case, the disconnect is more than usually significant.

Yes, Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur took his brilliance out to 1600 metres in the Australian Guineas and All Aged Stakes. Yes, Boom Time’s damsire Snippets was a top-class 2YO and sprinter who sired winners of the Doomben Cup G1 and MacKinnon Stakes G1. However, neither stallion could be called a reliable source of stayers!

Boom Time’s female family is almost entirely dedicated to short-course speed. His dam Bit Of A Ride won seven races up to 1400 metres, and under his third dam Love Song sit the names of Magnus (AJC The Galaxy G1), Champion 3YO Colt All Too Hard and – the very definition of unrivalled speed in 21st century Australian racing – Black Caviar. 

Boom Time is the 13th Group 1 winner for 2007 Champion Sire Flying Spur, still in good health at the age of 25 and very happily enjoying his retirement at Arrowfield, on the farm he did so much to help build.

Flying Spur’s tally of stakeswinners is 99 and with his final crop now five-year-olds, time is running out to complete his century. Boom Time will get the chance to add a much bigger prize to Flying Spur’s CV by taking his place in the field for the $6 million Melbourne Cup G1 on 7 November. 

Boom Time for Flying Spur

Champion Sire Flying Spur retired from stud duties five years ago and, now 25 years-old, he lives happily at Arrowfield Stud, which his outstanding racing, breeding and sales success helped to build. We visited him a couple of days after his son Boom Time won the $3 million MRC Caulfield Cup G1:

Arrowfield Stud: Hey Spur, how are you this morning?

Flying Spur: I’m great, just enjoying the sunshine here with my old mate Iceman – what’s up?

AS: Well, quite a lot actually – one of your sons, from your second last crop of foals, has just won the Caulfield Cup!

FS: Er, what? The Caulfield Cup? But isn’t that a 2400-metre race, and one of Australia’s Big Cups?

AS: Spot on Spur, and Boom Time won it brilliantly. Mind you, he surprised almost everyone – he started at 50/1.

FS: Well, well, you just never know, do you? Who trains him?

AS: David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom, and David owns him too, so a wonderful result for Lindsay Park. 

FS: I remember David, he trained Sleek Chassis for me too – lovely bloke, good on him. So who’s Boom Time’s mother?

AS: A nice bay mare called Bit Of A Ride, won seven races…remember her?

FS: Ah, I think I met quite a few mares like her in my time!  But good on her too, well done! 

AS: In fact, you’ve met a few members of her family and sired a couple of Boom Time’s smart relatives, Group 1 winner Magnus – he’s doing a good job at stud too – and stakeswinner Arctic Flight, both out of….

FS: ….Scandinavia, I’ve got you now. Isn’t that also the family of…

AS: Yep, Black Caviar – pretty amazing, eh?

FS: So where does Boom Time’s stamina come from? 

AS: Good question! It might even be you – you’ve sired several stakeswinners around 2000 metres, and Boom Time is your fourth stakeswinner at 2400 metres or more. He’s certainly improved the further he’s gone, and now he’s going for the Melbourne Cup.

FS: Well, that’s one trophy I know I don’t have in the cupboard. It would go nicely with Forensics’ Golden Slipper, Mentality’s Randwick Guineas, Sleek Chassis’ Blue Diamond, Magnus’ Galaxy, Alverta’s Coolmore Classic, All Time High’s Thousand Guineas and Inspiration’s Hong Kong Sprint. And all the rest!

AS: Nothing wrong with your memory, Spur! Something else to tuck away – you’re now ninth on the Australian Sires’ list with just over $2 million and only three winners this season.

FS: Gee, what are the rest of my kids doing? Gone on holiday?

AS: Hate to break it to you Spur, but your youngest kids are now five-year-olds, just a year younger than Boom Time. And you’ve been sitting on 99 stakeswinners for nearly two years now…

FS: …so time’s running out. I get the message. Still, 99 is pretty good – and how many Group 1 winners now?

AS: Thirteen, not as many as Redoute’s Choice, but still ahead of Snitzel – only just!

FS: That young whippersnapper! Where’s he on the Sires’ table?

AS: Easy old boy, he’s already won his first Premiership and is on top again this season, with Not A Single Doubt chasing him.

FS: I knew they’d go far, those boys. I never told Redoute’s Choice this, but he’s all class, the only other stallion I ever looked up to. Apart from Dad.

AS: And now, like Danehill, you’ve sired a Caulfield Cup winner. 

FS: How about that? Hey, better go now and catch up with my old mate. Thanks for the update!

AS: Good on you Spur, and maybe you’ll get that 100th stakeswinner yet!  

 

44th stakeswinner for Not A Single Doubt

Hell Or Highwater today gave Not A Single Doubt the earliest stakeswinner he’s posted in the ten seasons his progeny have been racing, and it was a thoroughly well-deserved success.

Patiently developed by the Hayes & Dabernig stable and owners Alan Green’s Echo Beach Bloodstock & Brian Singer, Hell or Highwater has reeled out three consecutive wins in Melbourne this Spring, culminating with today’s $120,000 MRC Heatherlie H. 1700m LR.

The 5YO mare has now won 8 races and almost $400,000, and is nominated for the ATC Epsom H. G1 on 30 September.

Bred by Yarraman Park Stud, Ron Dufficy and Hilton Cope, Hell Or Highwater is the last of four foals out of the US stakeswinner Get Ready Bertie (More Than Bertie). She was bought for $210,000 by Edwards Elkington Racing from Yarraman Park Stud’s draft at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale.

Not A Single Doubt now has 44 stakeswinners, ten of them, like Hell Or Highwater, from his 2012 crop, a group headed by Group 1 winners Secret Agenda, Single Gaze and Scales Of Justice.

Zamzam wins Valley Pearl for Shadwell

Shadwell Stud’s splendid record with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice was extended on Friday evening when 2YO filly Zamzam won the $120,000 MVRC Valley Pearl 1200m LR.

It was a strong performance by Zamzam, three weeks after her Blue Diamond G1 third, because she had to chase hard on a Soft7 track to catch and overhaul Legless Veuve by a half-neck with Gloriette third, more than 3 lengths away. 

Watch Zamzam win the MVRC Valley Pearl (St Albans S.) LR.

Zamzam is the third 2YO, following Honesty Prevails & Thyme For Roses, among her champion sire’s 11 worldwide stakeswinners this season, and his 32nd lifetime juvenile stakeswinner.  She also takes his lifetime tally of stakeswinners to 129.

Bred by S F Bloodstock, Zamzam was purchased for $920,000 by Shadwell from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. Her dam Fleur De’Here (by Dehere) is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Tully Thunder, from the family of international Group 1 winners Roman Emperor (Australia), Glorious Days (Hong Kong) & Black Mamba (United States). Fleur De’Here has a weanling filly by Fastnet Rock and is in foal to Snitzel.

Shadwell, Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager & buyer Angus Gold, and trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig have all made a significant contribution to the career of Redoute’s Choice. Other Shadwell stars include Group 1 winners Majmu and Nadeem, Group winners El Daana & Shaaheq and Group 1 performers Rawnaq & Reemah – all of them, except the Mike de Kock-trained Majmu, prepared by Lindsay Park Racing.

Seven fillies and 17 colts by Redoute’s Choice are catalogued for next month’s Inglis Easter Sale, including two fillies and six colts in the Arrowfield draft.

New All American 2YO winner for Darby Racing

A week after Golden Slipper prospect Yankee Rose won so well at Rosehill, Darby Racing has unleashed a second eye-catching 2YO by All American.

This time it was the colt Rampage who won his debut in Saturday’s $80,000 MVRC John Paraskevas Plate over 1000 metres. He showed plenty of grit and pace, after racing wide most of the way, to catch Giroux on the line, with Legerity (by Snitzel) a further length away in third.

Watch Rampage’s debut win at Moonee Valley.

Yankee Rose & Rampage are All American’s only juvenile starters so far this season and they have shot him to second position on the Australian 2YO Sires’ list with $221,200 prizemoney, less than $25,000 behind his barnmate Not A Single Doubt.

Co-trainer David Hayes, who also prepared All American to win on debut at Moonee Valley in 2007, immediately confirmed that Rampage would go to Sydney for the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (R) LR at Randwick on 12 December.

He said, “I think he’s a smart horse. He’ll be hard to beat (in Sydney) because he was three-wide the trip and he’s got a lot of improvement left in him. With a $500,000 race and an in-form horse, we’ve got to go for it.

“I thought he’d run well but there were some big wraps on horses in this race. He hasn’t been overly schooled to get here so I’m thrilled.”

Originally sold by Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Rampage was a $20,000 buy for Darby Racing from the Denns Park draft at this year’s Inglis Classic Summer Sale.

Rampage’s dam is the Danzero mare Sleight of Hand, a daughter of champion New Zealand 2YO Lodore Magic, whose grand-daughter Illusionary (by Hussonet) has left the smart juvenile Invisible to All American.

Arrowfield’s 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft includes Illusionary’s second All American colt as Lot 319. 

Other All American yearlings in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions draft are Lot 920, the Catalina Winemixer colt, a close relation of Yankee Rose; and Lot 373, the filly from a Hussonet daughter of champion filly Alinghi.

Two Choices for Victoria Derby

New stakeswinner Extra Choice and Spring Champion placegetter Man Of Choice add a thread of sibling sire rivalry to the many stories leading to the $1.5 million AAMI Victoria Derby G1 on 31 October.

Redoute’s Choice will be represented by Wednesday’s $120,000 Geelong Classic LR winner Extra Choice who found the 2200-metre distance very much to his liking.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, he was ridden by Ben Melham who managed to slide him quickly from gate 10 over to the fence, a little worse than midfield where he enjoyed a clear run. He came wide around the home turn, but had the space to maintain his momentum and attack the leaders, then finish strongly to score by three-quarters of a length from Jadeer and Pay Up Bro.  

Watch Extra Choice win the Geelong Classic LR.

Extra Choice, his champion sire’s 126th stakeswinner, has really found his feet this campaign which began with two wins at Pakenham over 1200 & 1400 metres before two unplaced but excusable runs in stakes company at Caulfield on 26 September, and at Flemington on 4 October.

Co-trainer David Hayes says, “Extra Choice always showed a good amount of class, and a lovely action from the moment that we started working him, he was just a bit immature in his first preparation.

“Now that he is a bit more seasoned I think he is a legitimate VRC Derby contender. I expect he will get even better when he turns four.”

Extra Choice was bred by Rochelle & the late Don McLaren and purchased for $60,000 by Mark Pilkington from the Haunui Farm draft at the 2014 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale. His stakes-winning dam Bonaichi (by Fusaichi Pegasus) is a daughter of Group 1 winner Bonanova from a branch of the Eight Carat family that has also left Group winners Sheer Talent and Kittens to Redoute’s Choice.

The gelding is raced by Hayes and Pilkington, with Darren Thomas, Cameron Fisher, Ross McGrath and a syndicate of 40 people whose investment in Extra Choice has been funded by their wonderful veteran campaigner and $1.4 million earner Extra Zero (by Danzero).

Manhattan Rain’s son Man Of Choice will head straight to the Victoria Derby after his excellent second to Vanbrugh in the ATC Spring Champion S. G1 on 10 October.

His trainer Luke Price is well aware of how difficult Flemington’s 2500-metre Classic can be for young horses so early in the season, but believes Man Of Choice can cope with the physical and mental demands of the race.

He says, “He’s such a big, laidback fellow, so willing to work with you, and he’s improved so much from his first preparation. He’s a genuine 3YO stayer.”

Bred by Bob Guth and Nick Curtis, Man Of Choice is out of the Melbourne winner Moonsong, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice from the family of Group 1 winners Ofcourseican & Gimmethegreenlight and Group-winning fillies Gregers & Girl Guide.

The 2×3 inbreeding to Shantha’s Choice achieved by sending a Redoute’s Choice mare to Manhattan Rain has so far produced 11 named foals and four of the current 7 runners have won. Manhattan Rain’s first-crop son Light Up Manhattan was fourth in last year’s Victoria Derby.

Man Of Choice was offered under the Newhaven Park banner at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale and bought for $60,000 by Andrew Rose who races the gelding with his fiancee Korinne Gouriou, Ken Smith, Tazzy & Patricia Pirina, Hinnerk Hueppe & Fabian Welk.

Like mother, like daughter in Guineas triumph

“She’s a beauty!” was John Messara’s reply to one of many messages of congratulation after Stay With Me’s outstanding victory in Saturday’s $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas 1600m G1.

It was an especially meaningful success for Messara, fellow owner-breeders Alan Jones & John Leaver, and the Arrowfield Stud team because Stay With Me is a home-bred daughter of Street Cry and champion filly Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice), and the 41st Group 1 winner bred by Arrowfield since 1985.

Miss Finland, bred & raced by the same three-way partnership, won the 2006 Thousand Guineas en route to Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly title and was trained by David Hayes, who now prepares Stay With Me with his nephew Tom Dabernig.

The race didn’t start well for Stay With Me who missed the jump, forcing jockey Dwayne Dunn to settle her near the rear of the field and ride for luck. However, that may have worked in the filly’s favour because she switched off while Take Pride set a solid pace up front.

Dunn began to push Stay With Me forward at the 600-metre mark and 300 metres later, just after the turn, the filly was in clear air with room to run. And run she did, hitting the lead 100 metres out to win by 1.75 lengths from Jameka, with Badawiya third. Stay With Me’s winning time was 1:35.89, a half-second faster than Press Statement ran to win the Caulfield Guineas thirty-five minutes later.

Watch Stay With Me’s Thousand Guineas win.

David Hayes said, “Top marks to Dwayne, he obviously had a lot of horse under him, but he rode her perfectly after the start she had.”

Criterion, winner of the Caulfield Stakes, and Stay With Me gave the stable a memorable Group 1 double.

Stay With Me has now won three of her six starts and taken her earnings to almost $420,000. A decision on the filly’s next start has yet to be made, but Hayes indicated that the VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes & Myer Classic are all options under consideration.

Miss Finland, whose five Group 1 victories included the 2006 Golden Slipper, is also the dam of stakes-placed city winner Woodbine (by Hussonet) and a 2YO colt by More Than Ready, purchased for $500,000 by Katsumi Yoshida at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale.  Arrowfield’s queen has since produced a 2014 filly by Animal Kingdom and she recently foaled a colt by Dundeel. 

Stay With Me is the 18th Group 1 winner for her sire Street Cry, who died just over a year ago, and the fourth Group 1 winner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire, after Sacred Falls, Zoustar & Pasadena Girl, who finished a game fourth in the Thousand Guineas.

Stay With Me sensational in Listed win

Champion filly Miss Finland was simply exceptional on the racetrack, winning five Group 1 races during a stellar 11-win, $4.6 million career, including the Golden Slippper and the VRC Oaks.

Now she has a daughter in something close to her own mould. 3YO filly Stay With Me (by Street Cry) didn’t just win Saturday’s MVRC Atlantic Jewel S. LR: she put it away with the authority of a filly on her way to stardom.

Stay With Me jumped well enough from gate 13, then settled back and wide with only a couple of runners behind her.  She held her place with cover and made ground mid-race, then quickened up before the turn which she rounded with alacrity, before powering clear to win by 1.5 lengths in 1:11.37.

Her performance was franked by the good efforts of the runner-up, juvenile Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl and Jameka, a further 1.5 lengths away in third place.  Not A Single Doubt’s daughter Don’t Doubt Mamma was an eye-catching fourth.

Watch Stay With Me’s Atlantic Jewel S. LR win.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said, “She’s a high-class filly and I thought there was a lot of merit to her win.

“She drew a wide gate today and she had to sit back, she was caught deep, and she showed an excellent turn of foot. She’s got a lot of improvement in her. Her coat is a bit of a patchwork quilt and she’ll improve.”

Dabernig’s uncle and training partner David Hayes also prepared Miss Finland and, like her dam, Stay With Me is owned by the long-standing breeding & racing partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver & Alan Jones.

Stay With Me is the 90th stakeswinner by Street Cry, and the 36th stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire. Her principal Spring target is the $500,000 MRC Thousand Guineas G1 – won by her mother nine years ago – on 10 October.

Miss Finland (by Redoute’s Choice) retired to stud at Arrowfield in 2008 and adapted beautifully to her new life as a broodmare.

Her first foal to race, Woodbine (by Hussonet), has compiled a respectable record in Sydney from the Gai Waterhouse stable, winning three city races and earning black type in the ATC South Pacific Classic LR at three. He will do his future racing from the Chris Gangemi stable in Perth. 

Stay With Me is the first of Miss Finland’s fillies to race. Woodbine’s sister Miss Helsinki has a yearling filly by Smart Missile and last month delivered a filly by Dundeel, while Stay With Me’s year-older sister Tuusula foaled a colt by All American on 22 August.

Katsumi Yoshida purchased the More Than Ready-Miss Finland colt for $500,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and last year Miss Finland produced a filly to Animal Kingdom that will be retained by her breeders. The champion mare and stakes producer is due to foal to Dundeel later this month.

Beneteau still leads Freshman Sires' list

Beneteau’s hold on the 2014/15 Australian First Season Sires’ title has not been seriously challenged since he claimed the top spot last November, but the race is not over yet.

The son of Redoute’s Choice, who died in January 2013, added a ninth winner to his record when David Hayes and Tom Dabernig produced Del Grappa for a half-head debut victory at Pakenham on Thursday.

Del Grappa is raced by his breeders Ken Boyd and David Trevethan who purchased his dam, the stakes-winning Kaapstad mare Full Noise, for $102,500 at the 2008 New Zealand Broodmare Sale.

Beneteau’s season earnings now stand at $699,485, with his nearest rival Hinchinbrook (a half-brother to Snitzel by Fastnet Rock) on $531,470, and Star Witness (by Starcraft) third with $511,320.

After Saturday’s $600,000 BRC J.J. Atkins S. G1 there are only three Listed 2YO races left this season, at the Gold Coast on 20 June, Flemington on 11 July and Morphettville on 25 July, as well as the $100,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold Plate at Cranbourne on 21 June.

Hinchinbrook’s son Press Statement is the Atkins favourite, but four other horses at single-figure odds will make it an interesting contest and, as it happens, one of them is by Beneteau’s sire Redoute’s Choice.

That’s Counterattack, also trained by Chris Waller and raced by his breeders Geoff & Mary Grimish, who enjoyed so much success with his marvellous half-sister Red Tracer.

Counterattack has won or placed in four of his six starts this season and goes into Saturday’s race after running fourth in the Group 2 lead-up events won by Blueberry Hill and Look To The Stars, also favoured by punters tomorrow.

The fifth horse in the mix is Qatar Bloodstock’s gelding Bassett, produced by Peter Moody to win first-up at Caulfield on 16 May.

Whatever the result at Doomben, Beneteau has done exceptionally well to turn out nine winners, including stakeswinners Prompt Return and Lady Jivago, from 22 runners and head the Freshman Sires’ list by winners and prizemoney for more than half the season.

The fact that his first season strike rate is better than was achieved by Redoute’s Choice (in 2003/04), Snitzel (2009/10) or Not A Single Doubt (2008/09) only increases the dynasty’s loss of what would surely have become its next bright star.