Redoute’s Choice (Aus) (Danehill) collected his third Australian general sires’ title when the 2013/14 season came to a close last week. The 18-year-old Arrowfield Stud resident amassed progeny earnings of A$10,287,243. He sired 96 winners of 150 races, headed by triple Group 1-winning sprinter Lankan Rupee (Aus).
Redoute’s Choice’s son and fellow Arrowfield resident Snitzel (Aus) filled second on the general sires’ table, marking the first time in history a father-son duo have earned that distinction. Snitzel sired the earners of A$9,835,635, headed by G1 Cox Plate hero Shamus Award (Aus) and fellow Group 1 winner Snitzerland (Aus).
“The toughest contests are always the most exciting to win, so this premiership quinella, achieved in our industry’s most competitive era, means a great deal to me, my family and my team,” said Arrowfield Chairman John Messara. “We are especially proud to share this success with every breeder, owner, trainer, jockey and buyer associated with the progeny of Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel. Only our collective investment, skills, work and ambition can make history like this. It’s wonderful to stand briefly at the top of the mountain, but the battle for next season’s prizes begins on Friday!”
A pair of former champion sires by Danehill, Exceed and Excel (Aus) and Fastnet Rock (Aus), sat third and fourth, respectively, on the sires table, while Vinery resident Mossman (Aus) capped off an excellent season to be fifth. Darley’s former champion sire Lonhro (Aus) led all Australian sires by individual winners with 159, a new record, and was also on top by number of wins with 275.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News