Redoute's legacy reaches new heights

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Redoute's Choice's status as one of Australia's greatest sires has already been cemented, however his legacy as a broodmare sire is now becoming more apparent. John Berry takes a look at his influence on Australian racing, most evidently seen in the latest results of the Spring Carnival.

Several stallions consolidated their already-exalted reputations at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.

Former champion sire Lonhro (Octagonal {NZ}) reminded us that he remains one of the best stallions in the land thanks to big-race victories by his son Ranier, his daughter Aristia and grandson Osborne Bulls (Street Cry {Ire}). Zoustar (Northern Meteor) reiterated that he is as promising as any young stallion can be, siring the trifecta in the G1 Coolmore Stud S.

The standards to which a horse such as Zoustar should aim, though, remain those set by Arrowfield’s 22-year-old patriarch Redoute’s Choice (Danehill {USA}).

That grand old man enjoyed another red-letter day at Flemington, yet again indicating that he will probably end up regarded as having been as effective at siring broodmares as he has already shown himself to be at siring both racehorses and stallions.

"That grand old man enjoyed another red-letter day at Flemington." - John Berry on Redoute's Choice

Redoute's Choice

Redoute’s Choice, winner of four Group One races including the G1 Blue Diamond S. as a two-year-old and G1 Caulfield Guineas at three, landed the most recent of his three General Sires’ premierships in the 2013/’14 season.

He has been the sire of the champion sire in two of the four seasons since then courtesy of the on-going success of his excellent son Snitzel, who is well clear in the current season’s standings as he bids for the notable feat of landing three consecutive General Sires’ premierships.

Career off to a flying start

Everything about Redoute’s Choice’s stud career happened quickly.

His first crop did very well before his second crop sealed his stardom, containing no fewer than three G1-winning juveniles: G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Undoubtedly, G1 Golden Slipper S. hero Stratum and G1 AJC Sires’ Produce S. heroine Fashions Afield (who went on to become one of three Group One winners for her sire during the following spring, a trio which also included G1 Caulfield Guineas winner God’s Own).

Fashions Afield winning the G1 AJC Sires' Produce S.

Redoute’s Choice completed the Blue Diamond / Golden Slipper double with his third crop too, thanks to Nadeem and Miss Finland. He sired a Group One double at Caulfield on the day that Nadeem took the Blue Diamond as his three-year-old son Snitzel landed the G1 Oakleigh Plate.

Any suggestion that Redoute’s Choice was merely going to be an outstanding sire of sprinters and milers was quickly scotched when Miss Finland and her peers turned three. She won four Group One races as a three-year-old including the G1 VRC Victoria Oaks over 2500m; while Redoute’s Choice’s other credits that season included the G1 NZ Derby success of Redoute’s Dancer, the G1 Australasian Oaks success of Anamato and the G1 Queensland Derby triumph of Empire’s Choice (NZ).

"Any suggestion that Redoute’s Choice was merely going to be an outstanding sire of sprinters and milers was quickly scotched when Miss Finland and her peers turned three." - John Berry

Miss Finland winning the 2006 G1 Golden Slipper

An influence on class

And things just progressed from there, right up to the current spring when Redoute’s Choice’s outstanding three-year-old son The Autumn Sun has been one of the brightest stars with brilliant victories in the G1 Golden Rose S. and the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

It was clear that Redoute’s Choice was that paragon: an influence for class in general rather than merely for success in one specific subsection of the racing programme.

"Under the circumstances, it was almost inevitable that Redoute’s Choice would go on to prove himself an outstanding sire of both stallions and broodmares." - John Berry

The Autumn Sun winning the G1 Golden Rose

Under the circumstances, it was almost inevitable that Redoute’s Choice would go on to prove himself an outstanding sire of both stallions and broodmares.

The first Group One winner produced by a daughter of Redoute’s Choice set the bar high: the victory of Sacred Falls (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) in the G1 NZ 2,000 Guineas in 2012 turned out to be the first of four Group One triumphs for that excellent horse, twice a winner of the G1 Doncaster H. at Randwick before retiring to Waikato Stud in New Zealand in 2015. Sacred Falls’ oldest offspring are currently two-year-olds and their father ranks as arguably the most exciting unproven sire in New Zealand, as the fact that he was the leading first-season sire at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale at Karaka earlier this year suggests.

Sacred Falls, now standing at Waikato Stud

While we can clearly say that Sacred Falls is a very promising young stallion, we can be even more positive about the horse who became the second Group One winner produced by a daughter of Redoute’s Choice: Zoustar, who landed the first of his two Group One victories when taking the G1 Golden Rose S. in 2013.

His dam Zouzou, like Sacred Falls’ dam Iguazu’s Girl (NZ), was a winning member of Redoute’s Choice’s first crop. Zoustar, who followed up that Golden Rose success by taking the G1 Coolmore Stud S. at Flemington seven weeks later, clearly ranks as an extremely exciting young stallion, his first crop of three-year-olds containing the first three home (Sunlight, Zousain and Lean Mean Machine) in this season’s Coolmore Stud S. at Flemington on Saturday.

A classic sire

Since Zoustar’s spree in the spring of 2013, Redoute’s Choice’s grand-daughter Pasadena Girl (NZ) (Savabeel {NZ}) and his grandson The Mission (Choisir) have became Group One-winning juveniles in Sydney. It is, though, the record of his grandchildren in Australia’s Classics which is really establishing Redoute’s Choice among the ranks of the elite broodmare sires.

Miss Finland’s daughter Stay With Me got the Classic ball rolling for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire by taking the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in 2015, beating subsequent G1 VRC Victoria Oaks, G1 Caulfield Cup and G1 BMW Tancred S. heroine Jameka (Myboycharlie {Ire}).

The following season Inference (So You Think {NZ}), a son of the multiple Group-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Pontiana, took the G1 Randwick Guineas. Since then, things have really picked up for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire, and the past 12 months have seen the flood-gates burst wide open.

"Things have really picked up for Redoute’s Choice as a broodmare sire, and the past 12 months have seen the flood-gates burst wide open. " - John Berry

Last year’s G1 VRC Victoria Derby fell to Redoute’s Choice’s grandson Ace High (High Chaparral {Ire}) who landed a comfortable two-length triumph at Flemington to augment his victory in Sydney four weeks previously in the G1 Spring Champion S. at Randwick.

In the autumn, grandsons of Redoute’s Choice mopped up the big three-year-olds’ races during the Sydney Autumn Carnival: Kementari (Lonhro) took the G1 Randwick Guineas, D’Argento (So You Think) won the G1 Rosehill Guineas and Levendi (Pierro) won the G1 AJC Australian Derby. The upshot was that Redoute’s Choice finished second (behind Encosta De Lago) in the Broodmare Sires’ premiership, having finished fourth the previous season after taking fifth and sixth places in the previous two terms.

D'Argento

Current spring carnival

Last autumn’s spate of Classic success has continued during the current Spring Carnival in Melbourne, with the excellent victory of Extra Brut (Domesday) in the G1 VRC Victoria Derby coming merely three weeks after the triumph of Amphitrite (Sebring) in the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield and on the same day that Redoute’s Choice’s grandson Zoustar cemented his status as an excellent young stallion with his G1 Coolmore Stud S. trifecta.

Redoute’s Choice is currently sitting second in this season’s Broodmare Sires’ premiership behind Rubiton (Century) who holds the top spot thanks to the big bucks earned by his grandson Redzel (Snitzel) in the Everest.

As The Autumn Sun has been reminding us this spring, there is still time for a few sons and/or daughters of Redoute’s Choice to establish themselves as top-class racehorses. As Snitzel and others keep reminding us, Redoute’s Choice’s status as a sire of sires is rock-solid. And as we have recently been seeing, he clearly ticks all three boxes as he seems certain also to end up revered as a wonderful broodmare sire too.