Arrowfield Stud champion Redoute’s Choice has claimed his third Australian General Sires’ premiership with earnings over $10.28 million.
It’s the third Australian title for Redoute’s Choice following his successes in 2005-06 and 2009-10.
The great son of Danehill ended the season with 96 winners of 150 races headed by Lankan Rupee. The champion sprinter was Australia’s top-rated horse of the season and the world’s best sprinter in 2014.
Lankan Rupee’s Timeform rating of 132 is also the best figure awarded to an Australian performer this season and ranks him above past champions Lonhro, Makybe Diva, Northerly, Strawberry Road, Sunline & Weekend Hussler.
Redoute’s Choice defeated his son Snitzel whose progeny earned $9.83 million. The runner-up also stands at Arrowfield.
Snitzel sired 83 winners from five crops of racing age headed by Group 1 winners Shamus Award (Cox Plate & Australian Guineas) and Snitzerland (Lightning Stakes).
Arrowfield’s success with sons of Redoute’s Choice does not stop there. Not A Single Doubt was Australia’s leading sire of 2YOs by winners with 24.
Arrowfield’s 1-2 finish is also historically significant. That was last achieved by Kia Ora Stud 61 years ago when Delville Wood and Midstream claimed the first two positions on the 1953 Premiership list.
“The toughest contests are always the most exciting to win and means a great deal to me, my family and my team,” Arrowfield Chairman John Messara said. “Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel represent the exceptional stallion performance that Arrowfield aims for with every stallion we stand.”