Riccarton stakes winner for Redoute’s Choice

New Zealand breeders Peter and Philip Vela supplied Redoute’s Choice with a second new stakes winner this season when Papilio prevailed in the LR South Island Breeders’ Stakes at Riccarton on Saturday.

Papilio (4m Redoute’s Choice – Lafleur by Zabeel) is the 85th stakes winner for Redoute’s Choice and his 13th worldwide this season.  The Arrowfield champion has sired 10 stakes winners crossing with Cambridge champion Zabeel, most notably Group 1 star Samantha Miss.

“She did it really well,” North Island trainer Steven Ramsay said.  “We may keep her down here for the G3 Easter Cup next month.”

The Vela brothers also own Burgundy and he carried the Redoute’s Choice – Zabeel cross to Listed victories at Riccarton and Ellerslie earlier this season.  They race Papilio with former master trainer Jim Gibbs who prepared her dam Lafleur for G2 wins in the Royal Stakes and Sir Tristram Classic.

Lafleur is also the dam of G3 Darley Plate winner Amaryllis (Red Ransom).  “Papilio is a lot like Amaryllis in that she takes a while to warm up,” Ramsay explained.  “That was her job to get some black-type and we will let the dust settle before deciding what’s next.”

Papilio’s third dam is the great European sprinter Habibti, whose half-sister Eight Carat established the dynasty famous for Octagonal, Kaapstad, Diamond Lover, Tristalove, Danewin and Commands among a host of major performers, successful sires and wonderful broodmares.

Papilio arrived 24 hours after the Vela brothers won with Redoute’s Choice filly Pure Elegance at Waipukurau.  She is a from a Zabeel sister to G1 Australasian Oaks winner Grand Echezeaux.

Of the 43 Redoute’s Choice yearlings catalogued for the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, only two are from Zabeel mares.  They are Willow Park’s colts from Millyet (Lot 276) and her sister Pravda (Lot 337).