Sunday, 19 August 2012
: Champion sire Redoute's Choice will leave Australia for the first time to stand in France in 2013 under an agreement with the Aga Khan.
| Redoute's Choice |
An agreement between Arrowfield Stud and the famous owner and breeder will see Redoute’s Choice shuttle to France to stand at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for the 2013 northern hemisphere season.
Arrowfield’s John Messara said the Redoute's Choice shuttle deal is the result of a long association with the Aga Khan.
“We are particularly delighted with this arrangement not only because His Highness the Aga Khan and some of the world’s most influential breeders will support Redoute’s Choice, but also because we already have the comfort of a strong working relationship with the Aga Khan Studs through our mare ventures," Messara said.
“We think this expanded alliance will give Redoute’s Choice the opportunity to create a truly global legacy.”
Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France said, “We are very excited to have Redoute’s Choice on our stallion roster for 2013.
"We will be sending at least 15 of our own mares to him.
“Redoute’s Choice is the dominant stallion in Australia and he has already, from limited exposure, sired major winners from mares by European stallions such as Kingmambo, Caerleon, Last Tycoon, Rainbow Quest and Nureyev.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to send Northern Hemisphere mares to one of the best stallions in the world today and he will undoubtedly have a strong and lasting impact on the European bloodstock industry and will give an enormous boost to the French breeding industry.”
Redoute’s Choice will join Sea The Stars, Dalakhani, Azamour, Sinndar and Siyouni on the Aga Khan Studs stallion roster in 2013.
His fee has been set at €70,000 with the mares he will cover to be accepted subject to application.
Redoute’s Choice, a Group One winning son of the great international champion sire Danehill, retired to Arrowfield Stud in 2000.
He has twice been the Champion Sire of Australia as well as the Champion Sire of Two-Year-Olds and was the Champion First Season Sire with his first progeny.
He has sired a total of 89 stakes winners to date including 21 individual Group One winners and has progeny earnings of more than $82 million.
In the just completed 2011/12 Australian season Redoute’s Choice was represented by 17 individual stakes winners worldwide including three in Europe from just 12 runners.
He is also proving to be a major sire of sires with 10 of his sons having already produced stakes winners.
Six of his sons, including Snitzel, Stratum and Not A Single Doubt, have sired G1 winners.
Redoute's Choice has had 658 yearlings sold to date at an average of $444,700 with 60 of his progeny selling for $1 million or more.