Galician goes one better for Redoute’s Choice

Sheikh Hamdan’s northern time filly Galician (GB) is the latest Redoute’s Choice to win in Europe.  

Galician was an impressive winner of the Blue Square British Stallion Maiden Stakes at Kempton on Thursday night.

Galician (2f Redoute´s Choice – Gweneira by Machiavellian) tracked the leaders before hitting the front at the furlong.  Joe Fanning pushed the grey filly along and she was always holding her rivals to score by a length.

Galician had bumped into a couple of talented types at her first two starts.  She finished a five length second to John Gosden’s highly-rated Starboard on debut and looked all over a winner until beaten by Solar Deity at Kempton earlier this month.

Galician was conceived in Australia and foaled in England.  Her British bred dam Gweneira only raced twice – winning at Sandown on debut and then bowing out with a midfield finish at Doncaster in November 2000.

Gweneira foaled G1 Queensland Oaks winner Allow (Rahy) first-up before moving back to England in December 2008.

Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice has sired 80 stakes winners world-wide.  His English black-type winners Elzaam and Tazahum are both raced by Sheikh Hamdan.

Tazahum won the Esher Cup and LR Heron Stakes at Sandown and was runner-up in the G3 Strensall Stakes at York in August.  Sir Michael Stoute has always rated the colt.  “I’d like to win a Group race with Tazahum,” Stoute said.  “He is progressive and has done very little wrong this season.”

Elzaam captured the LR Carnarvon Stakes by six lengths at Newbury in May and then finished an outstanding fourth in the G1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot behind Society Rock, Monsieur Chevalier and Star Witness.

Sheikh Hamdan bred Tazahum and he purchased Elzaam at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale for 280,000 euros.  They head his three year-olds which also includes Newmarket and Haydock winner Maraheb.

The British bred two year-olds by Redoute’s Choice opened up with Rakasa this year.  She scored a first-up victory at Goodwood in July and was then run down in the final strides of the G3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

Redoute’s Choice is standing the 2011 southern hemisphere season for a fee of $137,500 (inc gst).  Arrowfield’s champion sire will have up to nine lots at the inaugural session of northern-hemisphere bred yearlings at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale.