Arrowfield sire Redoute’s Choice has the job in front of him trying to peg back High Chaparral for the 2010-11 Australian sires’ premiership but he can begin making inroads when Tranquility runs in the $500,000 G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot on Saturday.
Tranquility (4m Redoute’s Choice – Creatrix by Umatilla) earned a start in Perth’s weight-for-age championship with an excellent second to Premardal in the LR Jungle Dawn Classic last week. The last mare to win the race was St Clemens Belle in 1999.
Tranquility is owned by leading Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters and he has won the race twice with Old Comrade in 2000 & 2001. She is the first foal from LR Belmont Guineas winner Creatrix who is a three-quarter sister to G1 VATC Toorak Hcp winner Umrum.
Ironically, Umrum was beaten a head by Old Comrade in the 2000 Kingston Town when it was known as the Fruit ‘N’ Veg.
Redoute’s Choice won his first Australian title in 2006 but then had to take a back seat to Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago (twice) before winning it for a second time last season. High Chaparral jumped the gun at the spring carnival and his earnings have reached $6.30 million. But lack of starters and, in particular So You Think, will severely restrict his earning power at the autumn carnivals.
In any event, Redoute’s Choice is enjoying another outstanding season, particularly with his three year-olds both at home and abroad. He has sired 28 individual winners from that crop in Australia and NZ and they have combined to win 33 races since August 1.
Kiwi filly King’s Rose leads the charge with a G1 victory in the NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton. In Australia, his stakes winners include Rekindled Interest (G2 MVRC AAMI Vase), Kittens (LR Hill Smith Stakes) and Milestone (LR Geelong Classic).
The winning run with three year-olds continued last week with Bob Ingham’s Kensington winner Sikka and the Mark Kavangh trained Sandown winner War Ends.
Redoute’s Choice also struck in Japan last Sunday when Clianthus won at Kyoto. She scored an all-the-way victory carving out the 1400m in 1.22.7s.
Clianthus (ex Flower Park by Nihon Pillow Winner) is trained by Mikio Matsunaga for Sunday Racing. She is the third three year-old winner for her sire in Japan this year joining Jacaranda Terrace (ex Unearthly by Zabeel) and Ranryoo (ex Hollow Bullet by Tayasu Tsuyoshi).
Redoute’s Choice has also sired two juvenile winners in England this year. Elzaam (ex Mambo In Freeport by Kingmambo) won his maiden at York in May and was then G2 placed in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is trained by Michael Jarvis for Sheikh Hamdan.
Tazahum (ex Huja by Alzao) is another Redoute’s Choice youngster raced by Sheikh Hamdan. He is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was an easy debut winner at Kempton Park in September.
Redoute’s Choice has 17 yearlings catalogued for the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions next month including four fillies and a colt on account of Arrowfield Stud.