At least four Redoute’s Choice colts are aiming to increase their champion sire’s tally of 10 Group 1 Classic winners this autumn.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained Sheer Talent followed up his G3 C S Hayes on February 16 with a courageous third in last Saturday’s VRC Australian Guineas G1.
His next appearance is likely to be in the G2 Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley followed by the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick on April 13 – if Sydney’s weather improves, as Sheer Talent is not comfortable on rain-affected tracks.
The $500,000 G1 South Australian Derby in May is the fallback option for the Gerry Harvey-bred son of the Barathea mare St. Katherine.
Laser Flash is also from a mare by a son of Sadler’s Wells – in this case Personify by Galileo – and he too is heading for the Australian Derby after his front-running victory under 59kg over 1900 metres at Canterbury last week.
The Cressfield-bred Laser Flash may not match Sheer Talent’s turn of foot, but his trainer David Payne is confident he will relish the 2400 metres of the Derby.
Arrowfield colt Vadashan definitely didn’t relish the Heavy 8 he encountered at Rosehill last Saturday, but took no harm from the race. His trainer Paul Messara will start him next over 1900 metres at Canterbury next Wednesday and the G1 Rosehill Guineas on March 30 before the Australian Derby.
Vadashan, from the Aga Khan’s mare Vadsalina (Sagacity), is raced in partnership with Saeed Naser Al Romaithi, Renata Coleman and the Young Professionals in Racing.
Shadwell Stud’s colt Rawnaq hasn’t been seen since the spring when he finished a terrific third in the G1 Victoria Derby to Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool. Both those horses have already returned to good form in Group company and Rawnaq, from the G2 winning Zabeel mare Winning Belle, is capable of doing the same.
Trainer David Hayes has mapped out a three-race Autumn programme for Rawnaq culminating in the Australian Derby.
On the other side of the world, in Japan, yet another 3YO colt by Redoute’s Choice made an impressive debut in a 1600m Newcomer race at Hanshin last Saturday. His name is Fluky and he is from the Sunday Silence mare Sunday Smile, a grand-daughter of USA G1 winner Outstandingly.
Bred by Northern Farm, Fluky was conceived in Australia to northern time and foaled in Japan during the spring of 2010.
There was nothing flukey about his win, as he settled towards the rear and swept around his 15 rivals on the turn to score by over a length.
A stellar collection of 34 yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at next month’s Inglis Easter Sale. Seven of them are from Group 1 winning mares, and 6 are from Group 1 producers, including Helsinge, already dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.