Arrowfield Stud champion Redoute’s Choice is on course to break yet another record this season.
His current crops of 3YOs is firing on all cylinders with 21 individual winners to date in Australia. With only a quarter of the season gone, his previous best 3YO mark of 64 winners set in 2008-09 is well within sight.
Redoute’s Choice increased his total to 21 when Dream Choice was an authoritative two length winner of the XXXX Gold Maiden Plate (1200m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.
Dream Choice (3c Redoute’s Choice – Patou by Covetous) was runner-up to top-class youngsters Foxwedge and Saramenha at Rosehill at his first two starts last November. He returned from a spell last month and was unlucky not to win first-up at Kembla. After losing by a lip, connections lodged a protest that was subsequently dismissed.
There were no traffic problems on Hawkesbury Cup day. He raced on the pace from a wide gate and jockey Jim Cassidy had a lap-full of horse in the straight. “He was going to win a long way out,” Cassidy said. “He’s still maturing and has a nice future.”
Dream Choice has only missed a place twice – in the G3 Skyline Stakes and LR Canonbury Stakes earlier this year.
He is a younger brother to Golden Slipper Winner Polar Success and, being a November 11 foal, is still technically a two year-old.
Dream Choice in raced by Dynamic Syndications and, apart from breeder Gerry Harvey, the other owners include Bill Violentis, Matthew Bender, Ian Hannant, Tina Georgiou, Geoff Luke, Pablo Bonilla, John Yianni, Jack Carter, Geoff Gobby, Jack Keely and Kevin Syrros.
His trainer David Payne also prepares classy Redoute’s Choice three year-old Florentina who isn’t among the 21 winners, however, she has been stakes placed in the G2 Tea Rose Stakes, G2 Furious Stakes and G3 Silver Shadow Stakes.
The first crop of Redoute’s Choice 3YOs contained 42 individual winners in Australia for the season ending 2005. He followed up with 48 (2006), 41 (2007), 21 (2008), 64 (2009), 57 (2010) and 45 (2011).