The winners keep coming for champion sire Redoute’s Choice and his three year-old division is leading the way.
A Thoroughbred Express update earlier this month reported Arrowfield Stud’s champion had sired 21 individual 3yo winners in Australia this season after Dream Choice scored at Hawkesbury on November 3.
His best 3YO mark in Australia is 64 winners set in 2008-09.
Redoute’s Choice kept the numbers ticking over last week with Blended (22) at Queanbeyan on Monday, Revidere (23) at Seymour on Wednesday and Vettel (24) at Geelong on Sunday.
The total increases to 26 when his New Zealand based winners Burgundy and Joy’s Choice are included. They are both out of Zabeel mares.
Vettel (3c Redoute’s Choice – Dancing by Spectrum) was successful in the Thirsty Camel Maiden at Geelong on Sunday. The Danny O’Brien trained colt sprinted to the lead at the top of the straight and responded kindly when clicked up Mark Zahra to score by the best part of a length.
Vettel is the first Australian born foal of the imported mare Dancing, a G2 winner of the Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita. The family has already proved successful out here, thanks to her half-sister Miss Vita (Alleged) who is the dam of Group 1 winning Zabeel stayer Zavite.
Dancing was owned by Phillip Esplin who died last month. Esplin was a founding director of the Arrowfield Group and the highly respected breeder of many outstanding horses including Charge Forward, Reset and Merlene.
Vettel was bred by Twin Palms Stud and sold as weanling for $300,000. He was re-offered by Kulani Park at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale when he was purchased by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds for $550,000.
Group 3 winner Galah heads the Redoute’s Choice 3yo division and he did his reputation no harm with a fighting third in the G2 MRC Sandown Guineas on Saturday.