Redoute’s Choice can pocket a slice of the prizemoney in the race that carries his name at Caulfield this Saturday.
The $100,000 Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) honours Arrowfield Stud’s champion sire and its Listed status will also boost the value of the winner.
Redoute’s Choice youngsters Wales and Alzora can increase his black-type count, too, after Metallurgical took it to 86 in the Listed BRC Hinkler Hcp (1200m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
Wales (2c Redoute’s Choice – Valkyrie Diva by Jade Robbery) makes his debut for Team Williams under the experienced hands of Steve King. He was a $310,000 buy from Makybe at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
His older brother Compass won on debut at Newcastle in February and within six weeks he was taking on the best of his generation in the G2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill.
Redoute’s Choice sired both horses from a stakes winning half-sister to Makybe Diva.
Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Compass was a certainty beaten second-up at Canterbury and he made amends the following week when Tommy Berry was replaced by Nash Rawiller. He led them up before being run over in the Tulloch Stakes but connections were elated with the rate of progress in his first campaign.
Alzora (2f Redoute’s Choice – Bryce Canyon by Gulch) is racing first-up in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes for trainer David Hayes and Dorrington Farm owner-breeder Rob Crabtree.
The Lindsay Park filly was placed behind subsequent G1 Blue Diamond winner Samaready in December and, following that impressive debut, she finished a fading fourth at Caulfield prior to a 16 week spell.
Alzora was a $115,000 graduate from Emirates Park at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions. She hails from the extended family of 1977 USA Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew (Bold Reasoning).
Hayes has also accepted Alzora for the LR Dequetteville Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Mornington based debutant Dominant is another Redoute’s Choice Stakes entrant with close ties to the Arrowfield champion.
Dominant (2g Not A Single Doubt -Melania by Montjeu) is by one of his leading sire sons who is performing with distinction in the juvenile division this season.
Not A Single Doubt has sired the winners of 13 two year-old races this season and Dominant can help him keep the pressure on More Than Ready who tops that category with 15.
Champion sire Flying Spur completes the Arrowfield connection with Bay Flyer who is racing first-up after an encouraging debut at Caulfield in December
Bay Flyer (2g Flying Spur – Trissie by Giant’s Causeway) represents Team Hawkes and it would be ironic if he claimed a black-type victory this Saturday.
Flying Spur has sired 85 stakes winners and one more would have him level-pegging with Redoute’s Choice!