Redoute’s Choice extended his lead over Encosta de Lago at the top of the Australian sires’ premiership when Triumphant Choice completed a city double for Arrowfield’s champion stallion on Saturday.
Triumphant Choice (3c Redoute’s Choice – Savannah Success by Success Express) has disappointed his connections since changing hands for $1 million at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions but trainer Peter Moody was upbeat after his easy win in the $70,000 5 Pin Epilepsy Foundation Hcp at Caulfield.
“He’s probably a bit better than country cups class,” Moody said. “He’s a progressive type who will develop a turn of foot as he learns to relax in his races.”
Redoute’s Choice runners have accumulated $8,870,957 in prizemoney so far this season. That’s over $381,000 ahead of his Coolmore adversary with less than two weeks remaining before the end of the season.
Redoute’s Choice won the Australian title in 2006 when his oldest progeny were only four year-olds. He finished third behind fellow Arrowfield sire Flying Spur in 2007 but only just snuck into the Top 10 when Encosta de Lago won his first premiership in 2008.
Encosta de Lago won it again in 2009 with earnings of $9.92 million . Redoute’s Choice was $420,000 in arrears in second spot.
Redoute’s Choice started Saturday on a winning note with his promising youngster Crossbow in the Upstream Print Less Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill. Less than an hour later, Triumphant Choice kept the till ticking over at Caulfield.
Triumphant Choice is from G1 NZ Oaks winner Savannah Success and is a half-brother to Cox Plate winner Savabeel who is carving out a successful career at Waikato Stud. Their dam has a weanling colt by Redoute’s Choice and was bred back to the Arrowfield champion last year.
Moody will give Triumphant Choice a break before brining him back for the spring carnival. “He’s a magnificent individual with a hell of a pedigree,” Moody explained. “He comes with a bit of baggage but he’s always shown ability.”
Triumphant Choice will struggle to pay back his purchase price while racing, however, he will probably be given a chance at stud with some black-type next his name. A Hunter Valley roster might be aiming high but they would have been toasting his win at Arrowfield Stud yesterday.