Classic week for Redoute’s Choice

Wylie Hall crowned a classic week for Redoute’s Choice in Saturday’s G1 South African Derby (2450m) at Turffontein.

Just eight days earlier, Redoute’s Choice filly Royal Descent had won the G1 Australian Oaks by 10 lengths at Randwick.

Wylie Hall (3c Redoute’s Choice – Beauty Belle by Ideal Planet) is the 23rd individual Group 1 winner by Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice, his 12th 3YO Classic winner and among his 19 worldwide stakes winners this season.

Trained by Weiho Marwing for owner Michael Leaf, Wylie Hall had won the LR Nijinsky Derby Trial (2000m) at Turffontein on April 6.  Success in the South African Derby took his record to 3 wins and 3 placings from 6 starts since December.

Wylie Hall was bred and sold by Newhaven Park at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions for $205,000.  He is a half-brother to champion Hong Kong sprinter Absolute Champion, from an outstanding family that has also produced G1 winners Grand Armee, Anamato and Dealer Principal.

Newhaven Park sold the Encosta de Lago – Beauty Belle colt by for $120,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions to Hong Kong buyer Apollo Ng.  Beauty Belle foaled a colt by Redoute’s Choice’s half-brother Manhattan Rain last spring.

Wylie Hall is the second Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice from a mare by a grandson of Star Kingdom, after the 2005 Golden Slipper winner and leading young sire Stratum.

Redoute’s Choice is currently serving a first-class book of mares at Haras de Bonneval in France and will return to Arrowfield at a fee of $137,500 (inc gst) for the next Australian breeding season.