Redoute’s Choice winning the War

Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice sired his first city winner in what promises to be another successful season when War Ends saluted at Doomben on Saturday.

War Ends (6g Redoute’s Choice – Good News by Don’t Forget Me) broke through for his initial Brisbane victory in the Rohrig Construction Hcp (1200m).  Now trained by Toby Edmonds, he was originally with Mark Kavanagh in Melbourne.

“He’s got plenty of ability but is still a work in progress,” Edmonds said.  “I think half the problem was that he was left a colt for too long.

“I’ll probably freshen him up now and there are quite a few options.  He’s capable of winning a decent race up here and the Brisbane Hcp and Recognition Hcp will suit him later in the year.”

War Ends is a younger half-brother to 2000 G1 Victoria Derby winner Hit The Roof (Maroof).  Another Redoute’s Choice stakes winner in the immediate family is G3 VRC Gilgai Stakes winner Fast ‘N’ Famous.

Redoute’s Choice has been the benchmark among Australian sires since retiring to Arrowfield Stud in 2000.  He captured the 2006 Australian premiership with just three crops racing and claimed it again in 2010.

For the last two years, he has been runner-up to Lonhro and Fastnet Rock.

Redoute’s Choice has sired 611 winners of 1,586 races at a sky-high 76% strike-rate.  War Ends is one of his 89 stakes winners having a Listed victory to his credit in the 2011 Murray Bridge Cup.

Now 16, Redoute’s Choice will stand for a $137,500 (inc gst) service fee at Arrowfield in 2012.

War Ends returns to scale at Doomben