Redoute’s Choice on Cloud 9

Redoute’s Choice sired 9 winners in the first week of the new season and they include several appealing prospects for significant spring success.

The Arrowfield champion opened his 2011-12 campaign with two winners last Wednesday – Just the Tonic on debut at Canterbury and Achievements at Eagle Farm.

Just the Tonic, from the fine producer Platonic (Nassipour), is trained by Gai Waterhouse who has always had a high opinion of the gelding.

The Paul Messara stable produced Ze Choice & Leicester Square to win at Scone on Friday, while Saturday’s racing brought success for the David Hayes-trained pair Columbus and Niconoise at Morphettville, alongside Bawaardi in Cairns and Silent Predator in Newcastle.

Niconoise, the 3YO half-brother to Group 1 winners Niconero and Nicconi, won his 1200m debut by more than three lengths and the $1 million Golden Rose on September 10 is now a possible spring target for him.

On Sunday, Bob and Rosemary Scarborough’s 3YO filly Hurriyet, the sister to champion filly Samantha Miss, broke her maiden at Seymour.  She’s been patiently handled by her owners and trainer Peter Moody, with the autumn likely to be her time to shine.

Godspeed, another Redoute’s Choice 3YO in the Moody stable, also began his Guineas campaign at Seymour, posting his third second placing from three starts.

Another highlight of Saturday’s racing for Redoute’s Choice was Rekindled Interest’s fast-finishing second to Temple of Boom in the G3 VRC Aurie’s Star Hcp at Flemington.

He was a G2 winner of the MVRC AAMI Vase last year before a brave fifth in the G1 VRC Victoria Derby.  He is nominated for the Caulfield Cup among other major spring races.

Redoute’s Choice mare Maraaseem also produced a solid effort for second behind There’s Only One at Flemington.  It followed her valuable Rivette Series Final win in July and she looks capable of success at stakes level.

Spring has traditionally been a kind season for Redoute’s Choice:  9 of his 20 Group 1 winners have won at the highest level during the Sydney & Melbourne spring carnivals.

The champion sire son of Danehill stands the 2011 season at a fee of $137,500 (inc. gst).