Redoute's Choice On A Run In Europe
A run of four 3YO winners has given champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice a strong start to the 2017 season in Europe.
Al Shaqab Racing's filly Wajnah (Redoute’s Choice x Benzolina by Second Empire) was the latest of the quartet to salute at Bordeaux-Le Bouscat where she won on debut over 1600m last September, to score again over the same distance.
Wajnah is a half-sister to Listed winners Bassamba and Baine, the runner-up in the G1 French 1000 Guineas, 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 at Deauville on May 13.
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 Newcastle in the UK on debut after missing the kick and racing near the back of the field.
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 (Footstepsinthesand) and shares her grand-dam with Spotify, who saluted at Chantilly last week.
A home-bred for the Wertheimers, Spotify (Redoute’s Choice x Gwenseb by Green Tune) also kept his unbeaten record when he won powered home in fine style to win a 1900m event by three lengths at Chantilly.
A half-brother to Group winners Attendu and Impassable, Spotify is prepared by Christophe Ferland.
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 in 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 (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 G3 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 G3 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.
140 For Redoute’s Choice
Redoute’s Choice recorded his 140th stakeswinner when Sheikh Hamdan's 4YO colt Rafeef toughed it out in good style to win the the G2 Turffontein Hawaii Stakes in South Africa.
Rafeef was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with South Africa's Klawervlei Stud and bought for $800,000 by Shadwell Australasia at the 2014 Easter Sale.
He's the second foal of South African Horse of the Year National Colour, whose yearling filly by Snitzel will be offered by Arrowfield next month.
Redoute's Choice has an exceptional 26 per cent Group Winners/Runners strike rate in South Africa.
Rafeef is his 7th stakeswinner in SOuth Africa after G1 winners Musir, Wylie Hall and Majmu and Bishops Rock, Honorine and Table Bay.
The Shadwell team's record of success with Redoute's Choice progeny in Australia is equally impressive. Nadeem (Blue Diamond), El Daana, Shaaheq, Rawnaq and Zamzam have all carried Sheikh Hamdan's celebrated colours with distinction.
The weekend produced three other stakes performers by Redoute's Choice at Randwick - 3YOs Glenall and Super Maxi, who filled the placings ehind Snitzel filly Samantha in the Listed Fireball Stakes, and 5YO mare Zestful, 3rd in the G3 Wenona Girl.
Another Redoute's Choice 3YO Caerless Choice scored a dramatic, last-stride victory for Arrowfield and the Paul Messara team in Sunday's Hunter & North West Country Championships Qualifier at Scone, earning a place in the $400,000 Final at Randwick on Apri 1.
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