Burgundy wasn’t the only Redoute’s Choice to win in New Zealand on Easter Saturday.
Burgundy is a three-quarter-brother to Darci Brahma and he bowed out of racing with a brave victory in a Listed sprint at Awapuni.
Further south, Redoute’s Choice colt El Doute flew under the radar to win the Macaulay Ford 2YO Excellency (1100m) at Riverton.
El Doute (2c Redoute’s Choice – Ellicorsam by Fimiston) is a huge colt and is still as green as grass. Given clear running by jockey Chris Johnston in the straight, the long-striding youngster carried 59kg to win untouched from Tappy’s Best (Stravinsky).
Riccarton trainer Michael Pittman added side winkers to El Doute’s gear to make him concentrate. “His main mission is the Champagne Stakes back home on May 4,” Pitman said. “Long term, he’s a Derby prospect.”
El Doute’s dam Ellicorsam was a homebred for Lark Hill trainer Sharon Miller and part-owners Neil Pinner and Craig Yeo. She won 8 races in Perth including G2 victories in the Winterbottom Stakes and Lee-Steere Stakes.
Transferred to Lee Freedman, Ellicorsam then claimed the LR Hareeba Stakes at Mornington and G1 Swettenham Stud Stakes at Morphettville. El Doute is her third winner and Willow Park sold him for $90,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale. She has a Lonhro colt on the ground and is back in foal to Testa Rossa.
Miller also bred Ellicorsam’s half-sister Holy Bounty. She was stakes-placed in Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide and can make a black-type breakthrough when her filly Angel Rose runs in the G3 WA Oaks at Ascot this Saturday
Angel Rose (3f Testa Rossa – Holy Bounty by Don’t Say Halo) carries the same lime green, black and white colours as Ellicorsam. Miller prepares her for Pinner, Yeo and former AFL footballers Tony Buhagiar and Shaun Mc Manus.
– Karl Patterson