International stakes double for Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice posted his first Group race double of the season on Saturday, thanks to his splendid daughter Vavasour in New Zealand, and his son Fluky in Japan. 

Vavasour added the $100,000 Waikato Cup 2400m G3 to her Counties Cup G3 success three weeks ago and did it with the sustained pace and grit she has displayed throughout her 15-start, five-win, $252,000 career.  Her 1.5 length defeat of The Tidy Express & Decorah was all the more impressive because she carried 59 kg – 6kg more than she carried in the Counties Cup.

Watch Vavasour’s Waikato Cup G3 win.

Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich and Haunui Farm, Vavasour is the second foal of the Group-winning filly Valpolicella (by Red Ransom), also the dam of dual Group winner Vilanova.

Vavasour was purchased for $425,000 from the New Zealand Premier Sale by Ger Beemsterboer and Sarah Green whose joint racing interests are conducted under the name of Barneswood Farm. The 4YO mare is trained by Peter & Dawn Williams who indicated that, while she will continue racing in New Zealand for a while, a trip to Australia is on the horizon.

On the same day in Japan, 5YO gelding Fluky became the 80th individual Group winner for Redoute’s Choice when he landed the ~$A1 million Hanshin Challenge Cup 1800m G3. Fluky was third in last year’s running of the race, won by Tosen Stardom who subsequently chased Contributer home in the ATC Ranvet S. G1.

It was Fluky’s 7th win, and second black type success this year from 17 starts for leading Japanese owner Makoto Kaneko, whose colours were also carried by champion racehorse & sire Deep Impact, King Kamehameha & Kurofune.

Watch Fluky’s Hanshin Challenge Cup G3 win. (He is No. 11.)

Fluky is the best of four winners out of Sunday Smile (by Sunday Silence from European Group winner Sensation), a $75,000 buy for Northern Farm at the 2009 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale. She was immediately served northern time by Redoute’s Choice and sent five months later to Japan where she delivered Fluky in March 2010.

With eight stakeswinners of 11 Group & Listed Races since 1 August, Redoute’s Choice continues to give buyers plenty of reasons to bid up on his yearlings. He has 21 lots on offer at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, and the New Zealand Premier Sale catalogue includes a filly and two colts by the champion sire.

Second Group win for Vavasour

A prolific stakes-producing family, a Group 3-winning mare whose yearlings routinely sell for six figures and a once-in-a-generation champion sire – that’s the recipe which has produced grand New Zealand mare Vavasour.

On Saturday at Avondale the daughter of Redoute’s Choice showed plenty of fight to defeat Farm Boy and add the $100,000 Counties Cup 2100m G3 to the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2 she won last season.

Watch Vavasour’s Counties Cup G3 win.

Vavasour is a three-quarter sister to Melbourne Group 2 winner Vilanova, from the Red Ransom mare Valpolicella. Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, she is raced by Ger Beemsterboer and Chris & Sarah Green of Barneswood Farm who wnet to $425,000 to secure her from Haunui’s 2013 NZ Premier Sale draft.

The mare’s co-trainer Peter Williams said, “She’s getting better all the time. And she’s showing us she could win a big one.”

The Waikato Cup, also a Group 3 race, on 12 December is her likely next target, with either the Auckland Cup or an Australian campaign possible after that.

Vavasour takes her champion sire’s tally of worldwide stakeswinners this season to eight.

Redoute’s Choice has 23 lots catalogued for the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, including 3 fillies and 4 colts in the Arrowfield draft.

Valiant Vavasour wins Sir Tristram Fillies Classic G2

Vavasour was a standout filly in Haunui Farm’s 2013 New Zealand Premier Sale draft and on Saturday she stood up to be counted in the $100,000 Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic 2000m G2.

The strapping daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Group 3 winner Our Valpolicella (by Red Ransom) came into the race with two wins and three placings, including a fighting last-start second to Saavoya in the ARC Royal S. G2 on New Year’s Day.

Vavasour jumped smartly from the gates and jockey Leith Innes was happy to let her roll forward and take up the lead. The filly settled beautifully, came under heavy pressure at the top of the straight and showed abundant courage to hold, then extend her advantage to three-quarters of a length.  Saavoya, raced by a group of Dundeel’s owners, was a solid second, while Charmont finished third.

Vavasour’s winning time of 2:02.64 underlined the class of her performance, and the New Zealand Derby or Oaks, and possibly the Australian Oaks, now beckon. She is now on the leaderboard for the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series with 12 points, behind Saavoya (20 points) and Platinum Witness (18 points).

Dawn Williams, who trains Vavasour at Byerley Park, Karaka with her husband Peter, says, “She’s quite gutsy and a big, strong filly and that told in the end.

Rider Leith Innes hadn’t been given firm instructions to make the play out in front but the filly’s trainers weren’t worried by the tactics.

“If she’s comfortable leading that’s fine, at least she’s out of trouble. She dug deep and it was a very good effort.”

Bred by Garry Cranny, Cathy Franich’s Frantic Bloodstock & Haunui Farm, Vavasour was a $425,000 purchase for owners Chris & Sarah Green and Ger Beemsterboer.

Our Valpolicella, also the dam of Group 2 Melbourne winner Vilanova, is from the distinguished Haunui family of Group winners Ascending, Dopff, Currigee, Pussy Willow, Rizon, Ready To Lift & Sir Clive.

Vavasour is stakeswinner 122 for Redoute’s Choice, and the fifth Group winner to emerge so far from his 2011 crop, after Group 1 winners Hampton Court & Majmu and Arrowfield’s Group 3-winning colts Panzer Division & Scissor Kick.

Three hours after Vavasour’s win, Arrowfield’s 3YO colt Scissor Kick completed a valuable trans-Tasman Group race double for Redoute’s Choice by taking out the ATC Eskimo Prince S. G3, his third black type success.

Redoute’s Choice has notched up 11 stakeswinners this season, with three of them, Burnstone, Scissor Kick & Vavasour, scoring in the past fortnight. He has six yearlings catalogued for next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, among them two colts and a filly in the Arrowfield draft.