Brilliant Redoute’s Choice colt Slater has been installed as the foundation stallion at Gold Front Thoroughbreds in Western Australia.
Gold Front owners Alan and Sue Olive made an auspicious start as vendors at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions when runner-up to Mungrup Stud. Their second consignment was also well received this year topped by a Choisir colt that made $100,000 to the bid of Slade Bloodstock.
The Olives decided the time was right to stand a stallion and they singled out a sprinter combining the best of both worlds in his pedigree.
Slater’s sire Redoute’s Choice made an immediate impact at stud winning the first of his Australian titles with just three crops racing. And his first sons at stud are also on the front foot with Not A Single Doubt, Stratum, Snitzel and Bradbury’s Luck all siring stakes winners.
Slater’s dam Special Harmony was the Champion 3YO Filly of her generation winning at Group 1 level in the VRC Oaks, MRC Thousand Guineas and STC Arrowfield Stakes. The family has strong Sunspeed connections through second dam Marooned Lady (Marooned) who was a G3 winner of the WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
It’s an all-purpose pedigree. Special Harmony is a half-sister to a G2 Perth Cup winner (King Canute) and a G2 Karrakatta Plate winner (Redwoldt). Another half-sister Gambei (Dehere) won the 2001 Perth Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
Slater (Redoute’s Choice – Special Harmony by Spinning World) began his career as an autumn two year-old with a stunning debut win at Canterbury.
He burst on to the Sydney scene with a powerful finish to down Someday Somehow by half a head in The Races Handicap (1100m). Gai Waterhouse sent the runner-up straight to Melbourne where he scored an easy away victory at Moonee Valley.
Slater impressed everyone at Canterbury. “He’s pretty special,” trainer Chris Waller said. “He’s still a preparation away and then he will get serious.”
Jockey Jim Cassidy weighed in with some special praise of his own back in the enclosure. “He’s bred to be anything and has got Group 1 written all over him,” Cassidy claimed. “I think he’s the real deal.”
Returning for the spring carnival, Slater was a brilliant winner first-up in the Jeans For Genes Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill and Waller pitched him straight into the G2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick.
Slater was continually blocked for a run before finishing midfield behind Brisbane star Buffering. Another explanation for the loss came later in the week when Waller reported the colt pulled up with muscle soreness behind.
Alan Olive stepped in with a stud offer but Slater didn’t arrive at Bullsbrook until the season was in full swing last year. He served just a handful of Gold Front mares but the stud is gearing up for a busy first commercial book in 2013.
Slater will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.
– Karl Patterson