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Danehill (USA) - Shanthas Choice (AUS)
Elite Australian sire Redoute’s Choice, who is standing the Northern Hemisphere season for the first time this year in France, reached his 100th individual stakes winner on 23 February when She’s Clean won the Triscay Stakes (Listed) at Warwick Farm in Sydney.
Australia’s leading sire in 2006 and 2010, Redoute’s Choice is based at John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud in Austalia. The 16-year-old son of Danehill began a new career as a shuttler to Europe this season and recently began serving his first mares at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France, where he stands for a €70,000 fee.
“This is a wonderful milestone to celebrate, but the future for Redoute’s Choice is even more exciting as he enters a new phase of his career, standing his first season in Europe,” Messara said.
The milestone marks a lifetime sire record of 11.4% stakes winners from starters. Redoute’s Choice has 21 Group 1 winners, including Australian champions Miss Finland, Fashions Afield, and Samantha Miss, New Zealand champion King’s Rose, and South African champion Musir, and 10 classic winners. His sire record also includes stakes winners in the United Kingdom, Germany, Dubai, Turkey, Hong Kong, and Japan, all of whom were conceived in Australasia.
Redoute’s Choice began his stud career at Arrowfield in the Segenhoe Valley in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales and was Australia’s leading first-crop sire in 2004 and leading juvenile sire in 2005 and 2006.
Overall, Redoute’s Choice has progeny earnings of more than $89million. His offspring are in high demand at auction as evidenced by a yearling sale average of more than $440,000.
Redoute’s Choice has already established himself as a sire of sires, with Stratum and Snitzel the sires of Group 1 winners and ranking as Champion Sires. Four other sons have sired Group 1 winners, including Not a Single Doubt, whose undefeated 2-year-old daughter Miracles of Life won the $1million Blue Diamond Stakes (Group 1) on 23 February at Caulfield. Additionally, Redoute’s Choice has been effective as a broodmare sire as his daughters have produced 16 stakes winners.
He currently ranks fourth on Australia’s general sire list by progeny earnings, with $5,562,745. And three sons - Snitzel, Stratum and Not a Single Double rank in the top 15.
Redoute’s Choice won eight of 10 career starts, including the four Group 1 races in Australia - the 1999 Blue Diamond, Manikato, Caulfield Guineas and 2000 C.F. Orr Stakes - and amassed a lifetime bankroll of $995,264. He is out of the Canny Lad mare Shantha’s Choice and is a full brother to Group 1 winner Platinum Scissors and a half brother to Group 1 winner Manhattan Rain and Group 3 winner Sliding Cube.
She’s Clean won her sixth race from 14 career starts with the Triscay Stakes victory. She was produced by the stakes-placed End Sweep mare Feather Duster, a half sister to Japanese Champion Kinshasa no Kiseki, and is from the family of French Group 1 winner and important sire Groom Dancer, French Group 1 winner Plumania, and French classic winner Falco.
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