Royal runaway in Australian Oaks

Redoute’s Choice has sired 22 Group 1 winners but none have been as easy as Royal Descent’s hollow victory in the Australian Oaks at Randwick.

Coming off a Group 3 win in the Adrian Knox Stakes, she skimmed over the heavy track on Saturday to score by 10 lengths.  Sent forward by Nash Rawiller approaching the corner, she responded to score by the biggest winning margin in a Randwick Group 1 since Might And Power in the 1998 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Royal Descent (3f Redoute’s Choice – Mulan Princess by Kaapstad) has now earned close to $560,000 for owner-breeder Gerry Harvey – well past the $350,000 reserve he had placed on the filly at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Royal Descent is from G2 winning mare Mulan Princess, a three-quarter sister to G1 winner Golden Sword.  The mare has a 2yo filly named Chateau Lafaite (Redoute’s Choice) and a weanling half-brother by Big Brown.

The combination of Redoute’s Choice with mares by sons of the great Sir Tristram has now produced 17 stakes winners including G1 winners Samantha Miss, Melito, Allez Wonder and Royal Descent.  Interestingly, the Australian Oaks winner is one of only 7 named foals bred on the Redoute’s Choice – Kaapstad cross.

Royal Descent is the third consecutive Australian Oaks winner by Redoute’s Choice or one of his sons, after Absolutely and Streama (Stratum).

Redoute’s Choice’s tally of stakes winners stands at 105 and he is currently serving a stellar book of mares at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.  He will be available to Australasian breeders this spring at a fee of $137,500 (inc gst).