Stakes-winning son of Redoute’s Choice to stud

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A son of champion stallion and leading sire of sires Redoute’s Choice will fulfil his destiny this year when he stands his first season at NZ$8000 + GST at premier New Zealand nursery Waikato Stud.

The speedy Ardrossan was purchased as a yearling as a stallion prospect and multiple stakes wins boosted his profile before suffering a career-ending injury during an autumn Sydney campaign.

He began his career with Stephen Marsh at Cambridge and an unbeaten 2-year-old campaign showcased his precocity. Following an easy debut victory, he was also untested to win the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre S.

Ardrossan will be standing his first season at Waikato Stud for NZ$8000 + GST

“We never got to see the best of him and he reminds me in some ways of O’Reilly at the start of his stud career,” Waikato Stud principal Mark Chittick said.

“We never got to see the best of him and he reminds me in some ways of O’Reilly at the start of his stud career.” – Mark Chittick.

“He had a very limited racing career, but we also got to see his brilliance before he was retired.

“Ardrossan is a beautiful horse. His racing career was certainly interrupted by a couple of setbacks, but he showed his speed and what an unbelievable turn of foot he had when he was as close to 100 per cent as we could get him.

“That was certainly as a 2-year-old and for a Redoute’s Choice colt to win so impressively first-up over 800 metres is the exception rather than the rule.

Watch: Ardrossan winning the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre S.

“When we got the opportunity to see that speed he had such a beautiful, flowing action and so economical. It was pretty to watch.”

“When we got the opportunity to see that speed he had such a beautiful, flowing action and so economical.” – Mark Chittick.

As a 3-year-old, Ardossan joined Mick Price’s stable at Caulfield but was below par in three outings due to health issues.

“If he hadn’t got back to the track after his Melbourne mishaps we were always going to stand him at stud,” Chittick said.

However, a decent break at home saw Ardrossan quickly back to winning ways for Marsh and first-up from a spell he powered away with the Gr.3 Concorde H., accounting for a strong field of stakes winners and Group One performers.

He then finished a gallant third in the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint behind the multiple Group 1 winner Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands) and the Australian Group 3 winner Bostonian (NZ) (Jimmy Choux {NZ}).

Australian return

That performance encouraged the connections of Ardrossan to send him back to Australia in Marsh’s care, but sadly his career ended with a suspensory injury when third on an unsuitably heavy track in the G3 Star Kingdom S. at Rosehill.

Ardrossan retires as the winner of four of his nine starts and showed blistering pace to triumph from 800 to 1200 metres on his favoured good going.

Ardrossan retires as the winner of four of his nine starts

“He was picked by a top judge as a yearling and now three years later he’s come to the farm,” Chittick said.

He was purchased by respected Masterton bloodstock agent Bruce Perry for $150,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in 2016 on behalf of a syndicate including Waikato Stud, Lib Petagna’s JML Bloodstock, Jamieson Park, Jomara Bloodstock and Brown Thoroughbreds.

“All the owners have all stayed in and there will also be a limited number of shares made available,” Perry said.

“All the owners have all stayed in and there will also be a limited number of shares made available.” – Bruce Perry.

“He will get really good support at stud and with this ownership group we will be making sure in the future that a fair few of his progeny end up in Australia.

“It’s a shame his career ended early and we didn’t see the best of him. It would have been nice to see him in Brisbane and I’ve got no doubt he would have measured up in the big races.”

Chittick said Ardrossan would be heavily supported by the ownership group.

“There’s never been any pressure involved, it’s all about doing the right thing by the horse. We’ll certainly continue to do that in the next stage of his career. We’re all really excited by the horse.

Gallery: Ardrossan settling into his new home at Waikato Stud

“They are all avid breeders and he’ll get great support. He certainly suits a lot of mares in our broodmare band as well.”

“They are all avid breeders and he’ll get great support. He certainly suits a lot of mares in our broodmare band as well.” – Mark Chittick.

Ardrossan’s late sire Redoute’s Choice has been a major Australasian influence and is acknowledged as a sire of sires, his Group One-producing sons Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Stratum attest to that.

Ardrossan is a half-brother to the stakes winners Cheyenne Warrior (Not A Single Doubt) and Bergerac Drumbeats) with their dam Miss Argyle (Iglesia) also a speedy juvenile who finished runner-up in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes.

She is a sister to Diamondsondinside, who won 15 races including two at Listed level and was a Group 3 placegetter.

It is also the family of the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Mother Of Pearl (Rascolnik {GB}) and the Gr.2 Queensland Guineas winner Express Air (Piccolo {GB}).