Redoute’s Choice burst through the 100 winner barrier for the fifth time when Stellar Vinia coasted home at Balaklava on Wednesday.
Stellar Vinia (3f Redoute’s Choice – Calvinia by Varick) scored by four lengths in the Jacobs Creek Cool Maiden Plate (1400m). The filly is trained by Tony McEvoy and is a homebred for Fairway Thoroughbreds manager John Camilleri.
It was just another day at the office for Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire. He increased the winner count to 101 when Haut Ton claimed her first race of the season in the lucky last at Newcastle.
And sandwiched between those results was regally bred stallion Privately who won his third race in 2011-12 at Sandown. The Peter Moody trained entire won on debut at Ballarat in April 2011 and returned earlier this season to compete a provincial hat-trick at Echuca and Bendgo.
“He was a bit backward as a young horse so the owners had to be patient,” Moody said. “He’s got the potential to win a nice race but I think he’s got to go through his grades first.”
Privately is the first foal of the Gai Waterhouse trained filly Secret Land who was a Listed winner of the AJC Widden Stakes at Randwick and Illawarra Classic at Kembla Grange.
Redoute’s Choice is the second stallion to go through the 100 winner milestone in Australia this season. Commands has established a clear lead at the top of the table with 111.
Redoute’s Choice broke through for his first century of winners (101) in 2006-07 when his oldest were six year-olds. The EI outbreak meant the tally was trimmed to 73 the following season but he hasn’t looked back since then with 121 (2008-09), 138 (2009-10) and 123 (2010-11).
Redoute’s Choice has a draft of 43 yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale including a sister to Stellar Vinia (Lot 87).