Accolades for Champion from far and wide

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The death of three-time Champion Sire Redoute's Choice was felt by many industry participants, breeders, trainers and racing fans on Tuesday. TDN AusNZ has collected personal sentiments from all sectors of the industry as they reflect on his impact.

Jockey Jim Cassidy rode Redoute's Choice in arguably one of the greatest duals on the racetrack: the 1999 Caulfield Guineas vs Testa Rossa. He reflected on the champion performance of the two 3-year-old colts with Racing.com.

"That race will go down in history as one of the best Caulfield Guineas of all time," Cassidy said.

"You had two champions, Redoute's and Testa Rossa, two horses that were so popular just fighting it out. I had so much confidence in Redoute's and I knew he would prove to be the strongest on that day."

Cassidy was one of four jockeys to ride Redoute's Choice during his 10-start career.

"I'm not surprised at all about how successful he has been as a sire. "He had it all, presence, temperament, racetrack ability and a terrific pedigree.

"It is sad to hear of his death, he was a terrific horse and influenced so many people. He is right up there with the very best I have ridden. It is hard to compare different horses that compete at different distances and in different eras. But he had it all, he was as good as they come."

Among the many to pay tribute to Redoute's Choice on Tuesday following the news of his death was Racing NSW’s Chief Executive Peter V'Landys.

“Redoute’s Choice seamlessly made the transition from outstanding racehorse to become one of the greatest stallions we have seen,” V'Landys said.

“His accomplishments in the breeding barn have been phenomenal, and our condolences go to connections of Redoute’s Choice and those at Arrowfield Stud that would have cared for this magnificent animal during his near two decades at the farm.”

“His accomplishments in the breeding barn have been phenomenal." - Racing NSW Chief Executive, Peter V'Landys

Tributes from New Zealand

The loss of Redoute’s Choice is being mourned by the New Zealand industry and leading identity David Ellis knows better than most the immense contribution the late Arrowfield Stud stallion made on his side of the Tasman.

The Te Akau principal’s operation enjoyed outstanding success with the progeny of the champion sire, most notably with two of his highly talented daughters.

“Redoute’s Choice was a great racehorse and then a truly great sire,” Ellis said. “He will be truly missed and condolences to Arrowfield on their loss.”

King’s Rose (NZ) and Abidewithme (NZ) were two outstanding gallopers to progress through the Te Akau system.

“Redoute’s Choice was a great racehorse and then a truly great sire.” – David Ellis.

“King’s Rose was given to us to train by Gene Tsoi, a Hong Kong doctor, and she was a remarkable filly,” Ellis said.

“She won the New Zealand 1000 Guineas, the Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and was the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year. She was just about unbeatable on her day. We’ve had a lot of success with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice, it’s very sad.”

King’s Rose continued her career in Australia under the guidance of former trainer Peter Moody and posted Group 2 wins in the Memsie S. and the Stocks S. and finished runner-up in the G1 Toorak H. and third in both the G1 Coolmore Classic and the G1 Queen of the Turf S.

King's Rose winning the G2 Memsie S. under the guidance of Peter Moody

King’s Rose was one of two Group 1 New Zealand winners for Redoute’s Choice, the other being Redoute’s Dancer who was sent over by Sydney trainer Tim Martin to land the 2007 New Zealand Derby.

The NZ$1.3 million yearling Burgundy (NZ) also went through the Te Akau system and won five black type races and was Group 1 placed before his retirement to Cambridge Stud.

Garry Chittick established Waikato Stud as a premier nursery before handing the reins to son Mark and he joined in the tributes to Redoute’s Choice.

“He’s been an absolutely fantastic sire and it’s very, very sad to lose one,” he said. “In the case of O’Reilly we found him gently resting in his paddock, presumably he died of a heart attack so we didn’t have to do anything or make a call.”

Waikato Stud stood Fast ‘N’ Famous, a son of Redoute’s Choice, who won six races including the G3 Gilgai S. Before he returned to Australia, he sired the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential (NZ), the G1 Railway S. winner In Style (NZ) and the G1 Telegraph H. winner Adventador (NZ).

Group 3 winner Ardrossan

Waikato Stud also shares in the ownership of Redoute’s Choice’s G3 Concorde H. winner Ardrossan, who is currently in Sydney in the hope of boosting his stallion profile. He runs in Saturday’s G3 Star Kingdom S. at Rosehill. Redoute’s Choice is the broodmare sire of the Chittick family’s current resident sire Sacred Falls (NZ), a four-time Group 1 winner.

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