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Redoute’s Choice progeny well represented at Deauville yearling sale

July 23, 2015 – 4:01PM

John Holloway

Still kicking goals: Redoute's Choice progeny continue to perform well at yearling sales.Still kicking goals: Redoute’s Choice progeny continue to perform well at yearling sales. Photo: Peter Stoop

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Champion Australian stallion Redoute’s Choice has the biggest representation at the Arqana Yearling Sale in Deauville – eight colts and seven fillies – being conducted in France on August 15-17.

Redoute’s Choice shuttled to one of the Aga Khan’s French studs in 2013 and 2014 in conjunction with Arrowfield Stud and met with a tremendous response.

The Arqana sale promises to be one of Europe’s biggest of 2015, with a many of the world’s best sires in the catalogue which has 374 yearlings listed.

Redoute’s Choice has the numbers to ensure he will be in strong demand, just like a number of other stallions who have shuttled Down Under in recent years.

Coolmore’s Excelebration, a son of Exceed And Excel, has his first yearlings up for sale. There are nine of his progeny catalogued, while Australia’s champion sire Fastnet Rock has seven entered.

Galileo is another Coolmore sire with a terrific list of yearlings – three colts and six fillies – and they also have six lots by So You Think and four by the first-season sensation Zoffany.

Darley’s stallions who will also be among the top liners – Exceed And Excel (5), Sepoy (4), while those with two each are Cape Cross and Dubawi.

The all-conquering Frankel, unbeaten in 14 starts, has four colts and two fillies selling, and they will be red hot. Dream Ahead (6), Sea The Stars (4) and Foxwedge (2) help make up a mouth-watering catalogue.


The highest-priced Lonhro yearling to go through the sale ring at $840,000 – the Peter and Paul Snowden-prepared Kangarilla Joy – showed a glimpse of above-average potential in a Rosehill barrier trial on Tuesday.

The filly is from the beautifully bred Midnight Joy and was sold to US bloodstock agent John Moynihan on behalf of leading Kentucky farm Spendthrift and their major shareholder Barbara Banke.

Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Kangarilla Joy was soon in front in the trial and was never extended to score a clear-cut win. Her debut run isn’t too far away.

Another eye-catching performance at the trials was by the Team Hawkes trained Rageese, a youngster by Street Cry who showed tremendous ability when previously in training.

From three starts Rageese was placed in two group events – the Pago Pago Stakes and the group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce in which he dead-heated for second behind the crack two-year-old Pride Of Dubai.

His trial win showed he will be a force to reckon with in the major three-year-old races in the spring and Tommy Berry should add another Team Hawkes winner to his great record with the father and sons trainers.

FOOTNOTE: Lonhro had his first US-bred winner with the success of Holding Gold at Woodbine in Canada last Sunday. The “Black Flash” has also had four European winners and is showing his class world-wide.


There were encouraging wins by two Australasian-owned gallopers at The Curragh in Ireland last weekend. The first was on Saturday when Torcedor, a €70,000 Fastnet Rock yearling purchase at the Deauville sales, gave a number of Kiwis and a Canadian owner a thrill by winning over 2400 metres on Irish Oaks Day.

Torcedor was purchased by New Zealand’s biggest owner, David Ellis, who runs the Te Akau Racing group. Ellis syndicated the colt to Sir Patrick Hogan, Sir Peter Vela, trainer Laurie Laxon and Canadian businessman Mohammed Moussa.

The following day it was Starspangledbanner colt Home Of The Brave, bought by Flemington Bloodstock, spearheaded by the Melbourne-based duo of Justin Bahen and Troy Corstens, for €80,000 at Deauville.

The win was Home Of The Brave’s third from seven starts and for earnings of £70,591. In winning, the colt beat the 2014 George Ryder Stakes winner Gordon Lord Byron by three-and-a-half lengths.


The Curragh meeting was also a memorable one for Ireland’s phenomenal training supremo Aidan O’Brien, the man responsible for training the Coolmore champions.

O’Brien won the group 2 Kilboy Estates Stakes with the Galileo-bred filly Wedding Vow and this race had been one of two races on the 66 black type Irish calender which hadn’t been won by the trainer.

The race which now eludes O’Brien is the Brownstown Stakes run at the Fairyhouse track and he will have to wait until July, 2016, to try and win the three-year-old fillies event.

O’Brien’s home country record includes 72 group 1 race wins with the Irish Derby on 11 occasions, the Irish 2000 Guineas 10 times and the Phoenix Stakes 13 times.

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