Balancing act in Tasmanian Oaks

Aptly named Global Balance edged Redoute’s Choice closer to the 100 stakes-winner milestone in the LR Tasmanian Oaks on Wednesday evening.

The Arrowfield champion is currently serving his first northern hemisphere book at The Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

Global Balance (3f Redoute’s Choice – Balance Of Nature by Storm Cat) is a homebred for GSA Bloodstock / Pinecliff Racing owner Jonathon Munz.  She box-seated behind the leaders Papillon and Settler’s Joy before getting the better of First Bloom (Dylan Thomas) by a half-head.

Settler’s Joy (Tough Speed) did best of the local fillies to finish a further half length away in third place.

Global Balance’s connections then had an extended wait for the all-clear before a protest from the runner-up was dismissed.  Munz and trainer David Hayes have been strong supporters of Redoute’s Choice who has now sired 99 stakes winners of 196 black-type races.

The winner’s pedigree is a case study in breeding back to the female family of a dominant stallion.  Her dam Balance of Nature, a Storm Cat half-sister to champion miler and leading sire Spinning World, was imported from Great Britain by Munz in 2008.

Balance of Nature and Redoute’s Choice share their fourth dam, champion US broodmare Best In Show, through her two Sir Ivor daughters Minnie Hauk (1975) and Show Lady (1976).  A similar pattern can be seen in the pedigree of Moonee Valley G2 winner Rekindled Interest showing tail-female descent from Best In Show’s half-sister Stolen Date.

Next month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale includes two colts by Redoute’s Choice and one of them, from the Zabeel mare Quibble, is offered by Bellerive Stud which foaled and reared Global Balance.

A stunning consignment of 34 Redoute’s Choice yearlings will be offered at the Inglis Easter Sale in April, among them a three-quarter brother to Rekindled Interest in the Bellerive draft, and Gilgai Farm’s much-awaited half-brother to world champion sprinter Black Caviar, in the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.