Wales a Choice winner for Diva dynasty

The Makybe brand has another blueblood ready to rise to the big occasion.

Wales (2c Redoute’s Choice – Valkyrie Diva by Jade Robber) defied a betting blow-out and a protest to win the LR Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) on debut at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Lloyd Williams owned colt eased from $12 to $21 and had to be ridden on one rein by Steven King before beating Dominant (Not A Single Doubt) by a neck.  The runner-up lodged an unsuccessful objection for alleged interference over the last 300 metres.

“He will only get better with racing,” King declared.  “He just didn’t know what to do when he got to the front.  Lloyd’s horses can be a bit new when they first get to the races but he’s a nice type.”

Makybe sold Wales to Team Williams for $310,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  His dam Valkyrie Diva is a half-sister to Makybe Diva and she retired to stud after 8 wins including the G3 Inglis Mile at Moonee Valley.

Her first foal Compass is part-owned by Makybe’s Tony and Deslee Santic and he won on debut at Newcastle in February.  He added a second win at Canterbury before taking on the classic-bound colts in the G2 Tulloch Stakes.

Even though Compass was swamped in the straight, connections were delighted at the rate of progress during his first campaign.

Wales joins a Redoute’s Choice Stakes roll-call that includes Black Caviar.  The Redoute’s Choice juvenile division this season includes Caulfield stakes winner Mama’s Choice and No Looking Back who lost the Magic Millions Classic on protest before another second in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Redoute’s Choice has now sired 27 two year-old stakes winner since Not A Single Doubt opened that account in December 2003 with a Listed victory in the Canonbury Stakes at Randwick.

Redoute’s Choice stands the 2012 season for $137,500 (inc gst) at Arrowfield Stud.