New European stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice

Eight days after posting his 33rd lifetime Group 1 winner, The Autumn Sun in Australia, the mighty Redoute’s Choice has added a new stakeswinner from the first of his two European-conceived crops. 

That’s Al Shaqab Racing’s 4YO mare Wajnah who landed her third and most valuable win in Sunday’s Prix Urban Sea 2000m LR at Le Lion-d’Angers in Western France.

Trained by her co-breeder Francois Rohaut, Wajnah had shown enough ability earlier in her career to be sent to the French 1000 Guineas G1, where she finished a decent fourth before unplaced finishes over longer distances in Group 3 company.

Wajnah resumed in April with a second and then a fourth over 1600 metres, and in this contest settled near back of the field before being asked to pick up round the turn. She wound up steadily to sweep past Baltic Duchess in the final 50 metres,  with Illaunmore third. 

Wajnah was bred by Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair which offered her at the 2015 Arqana October Sale where she was sold for €260,000 to Mandore International acting for Al Shaqab. 

She is the third stakeswinner out of three-time winner Benzolina (by Second Empire), from the family of Group 1 winners Balbonella and her brilliant son Anabaa. Benzolina has a 2YO filly by Siyouni and a yearling filly by Olympic Glory.

Wajnah is the latest of 10 stakeswinners by Redoute’s Choice out of mares by Fairy King sons, a combination well-known in Australia where Encosta de Lago mares have left Group 1 winners Musir & Peeping and leading sire Beneteau to the three-time Champion Sire. 

Haras de Saint Pair also played a part in the history of Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Lady Athena, who put up a fine effort for sixth in Sunday’s €1 million Chantilly Prix de Diane (French Oaks) 2100m G1. 

Lady Athena settled near the rear of the field and struggled for a clear run at the top of the straight, but stayed on well in the final 200 metres to finish just ahead of the favourite Shahnaza. 

Haras de Saint Pair sold Lady Athena’s dam, Listed winner Monblue (by Monsun), for €400,000 at the 2013 Arqana December Sale. The buyer was Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock acting for Australian owner & breeder John Hutchins and his family, who  sent Monblue to Redoute’s Choice at HH Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2014.

Lady Athena has won two of her four starts including an impressive win over the Prix de Diane course last month. She looks capable of joining the 7 stakeswinners that have so far emerged from Redoute’s Choice’s two French-conceived crops: Group 3 winners Gold Luck (also Group 1-placed), Ibiza & Sevenna Star, and Listed winners Spotify, Time’s Arrow, Lilac Fairy & Wajnah. 

Worldwide during the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere season, Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 14 stakeswinners of 15 Group & Listed Races. His career tally now stands at 159 stakeswinners, or just over 12 per cent of all his runners.

Strong start for Redoute's Choice in Europe

A quick-fire sequence of four 3YO winners in three weeks has given champion sire Redoute’s Choice a strong start to the 2017 season in Europe.

Al Shaqab Racing’s filly Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is the latest of the quartet to salute, when she returned on Sundayto Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, where she won on debut over 1600 metres last September, to score again over the same distance. Settled in second place by jockey Greogry Benoist, Wajnah made her run round the turn and sustained a solid effort up the straight to defeat La Sardane and Silver Storm.

Wajnah is a half-sister to Listed winners Bassamba and Baine (also runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas G1) from the family of champion sprinter and leading sire Anabaa. Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair, she was bought for €260,000 at the 2015 Arqana October Sale by agent Nicolas de Watrigant. Along with several other Redoute’s Choice fillies, including last season’s winners Astronomy’s Choice, Gold Luck & Deep Inside, Wajnah is nominated for the French 1000 Guineas G1 at Deauville on 13 May.

Close relatives Eyes On Asha and Spotify supplied wins within 24 hours of each other last week. Eyes On Asha won by 2.5 lengths over 6 furlongs at her Newcastle UK debut on Friday, an eye-catching effort after missing the kick and racing near the back of the field.

Watch Eyes On Asha win at Newcastle

The Kevin Ryan-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice fetched a near-record €775,000 after a fast breeze-up at last year’s Arqana May 2YO Sale. She is out of the Italian stakeswinner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand) and shares her grand-dam with Spotify, who saluted at Chantilly last Thursday.

A home-bred for the Wertheimers, Spotify (ex Gwenseb by Green Tune) also kept his unbeaten record when he won powered home in fine style to win a 1900-metre event by three lengths at Chantilly last Thursday. A half-brother to Group winners Attendu and Impassable, Spotify is prepared by Christophe Ferland.

Watch Spotify win at Chantilly – video replay courtesy of TDN and Fasig-Tipton

It was also at Chantilly that the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude gave Redoute’s Choice his first European winner of 2017 when she won a 1900-metre event on 14 February.

Fourth at her debut last November, Golden Attitude is among the first European runners for American owner-breeders Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth whose horses campaign under the name of  LNJ Foxwoods. They bought her dam Gold Round (by Caerleon) in 2012, sent her to Redoute’s Choice at Haras de Bonneval and then to the United States where she foaled Golden Attitude in 2014.

Gold Round’s major claim to fame is that she’s a half-sister to champion Goldikova, but she was a Group 3 winner herself and has done a wonderful job at stud, leaving three stakeswinners among 10 winners, most recently the filly Golden Valentine, who won last year’s Deauville Prix Minerve G3 for the Roths.

Like her older half-sister and Goldikova, Golden Attitude is trained by Freddie Head. Head also prepares the Wertheimer filly Gold Luck, Goldikova’s 3YO half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, who won her debut last September and was then stakes-placed at Deauville.
 
Watch replays of these races at France-Galop:
Wajnah – 5 March, Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, Prix de la Societe d’Encouragement de Bordeaux
Golden Attitude – 14 February, Chantilly, Prix de la Croix Vaillant

French debut double for Redoute's Choice 2YOs

The day after his daughter Gold Luck won on debut at Maisons-Laffitte, Redoute’s Choice posted a double at Bordeaux, courtesy of the filly Wajnah and the colt Spotify, both having their first starts.

Al Shaqab’s Wajnah claimed the 1600-metre Prix Didier Vezia narrowly but well from Silver Storm and the fast-finishing Maelia (Redoute’s Choice-Mantilla by Gone West).

Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut & Haras de Saint Pair, Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is a half-sister to Listed winners Baine & Bassamba, from the family of Group 1 winner and leading sire Anabaa. She was purchased by Al Shaqab at last year’s Arqana October Sale for €260,000.

Three races later, Spotify took out the Prix du Four a Chaux, also over 1600 metres, from the Al Shaqab-owned pair Ajjlan and Ekftaa.

Like Gold Luck, the Christophe Ferland-trained Spotify is a Wertheimer home-bred. His stakes-winning dam Gwenseb has already left Group winners Impassable and Attendu, and Listed winner Foreign Tune.

These latest three European 2YO winners for Redoute’s Choice take his crop tally to eight – one more than his first Australian crop produced back in 2003/04.