Rees Delighted at Flemington

Ballarat two year-old Automatic Choice has bucked a $71 quote to win the first black-type for his sire Delightful Choice at Flemington.

Automatic Choice won his maiden at Warracknabeal in May and graduated to a Listed victory in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) on Saturday.

Veteran trainer Colin Rees and his wife Mary bought the winner for just $750 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale and he’s already banked over $83,000.  “I sent a mare to Delightful Choice but she missed so I bought this one as a foal,” Rees said.  “It’s my first Flemington winner since Gala Wish in the 1980s!”

Automatic Choice (2g Delightful Choice – Missun by Masterclass) sat on the pace under Darren Gauci and defied the favourite El Greco to score by a half-head.  “I thought he would run a good race and the mile was right up his alley,” Gauci said.  “Colin has been around a long time and knows what he’s doing.”

There have been 2 winners from 6 starters by Delightful Choice this season – his first-crop filly Princess Atilla broke her maiden by four lengths in Launceston on July 5.

Delightful Choice is an unraced son of Redoute’s Choice and is based at Meadow Farm south-east of Pakenham.  Studmaster Ray Jones bred his Flemington winner and stands his sire for a $2,750 (inc gst) service fee.