50 Black-Type Horses out of Dams by Redoute’s Choice

Civic Stakes, held on July 5 at the Rosehill racecourse, were historical in a way. It was the first black-type race in which the first two places were taken by the progeny of mares sired by the Australian champion Redoute’s Choice. The winning gelding Generalife score the first black-type success of his career, which made him not just the 29th black-type winner out of a dam sired by Redoute’s Choice, but also the 50th black-type horse out of a dam by this successful son of Danehill.

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Redoute's Choice has long passed the milestone of 100 black-type winners among his progeny and our database shows that a hundred of black-type winners were already produced by his sons. Daughters, who can produce just a single horse a year, have naturally a slower start at stud. Even they, however, are successful and the milestone of 50 black-type horses is a sufficient reason to look at their results in black-type races more in detail.

Sans Souci, third by a short head in the Castletown Stakes (L) in Foxton on June 7, 2010, Australia, was the first horse out of a Redoute’s Choice daughters to be placed in a black-type race. Nineteen days later Redoute’s Choice saw his first black-type victory as damsire, scored by the two-year old Shamillion in the Tattersall’s 2YO Stakes (L) at Eagle Bay. Since then the progeny of his daughters have won or placed in more 110 black-type races and when the above mentioned Generalife passed the post of the Civic Stakes, he became the fiftieth black-type horse out of a dam by Redoute’s Choice.

Black type winners out of dams by Redoute's Choice

name (sire)   sireline
SACRED FALLS (O'Reilly) G1, NZ, AUS Try My Best
ZOUSTAR (Northern Meteor) G1, AUS Fairy King
LUKE'S LUCK (Show A Heart) G2, AUS Bletchingly
CHASE THE RAINBOW (Dash For Cash) G2, AUS Mr Prospector
MESSENE (Lonhro) G2, AUS Sir Ivor
ADMIRATION (Encosta de Lago) G2, HK Fairy King
BENNETTA (General Nediym) G2, AUS Shareef Dancer
MS FUNOVITS (Reset) G2, AUS Sir Ivor
EGO (E Dubai) G2, NZ Mr Prospector
KISS A ROSE (Sebring) G3, AUS Halo
MASCHINO (Encosta de Lago) G3, AUS Fairy King
THAT'S THE ONE (Snippetson) G3, AUS Tom Fool
DIRECT CHARGE (Charge Forward) G3, AUS Roberto
EIGHT TILL LATE (Lonhro) G3, AUS Sir Ivor
SHOREHAM (Reset) L, AUS Sir Ivor
KARACATIS (Hussonet) L, AUS Mr Prospector
HUSSOUSA (Husson) L, AUS Mr Prospector
BANAADEER (More Than Ready) L, SAF Halo
HUSSY BY CHOICE (Hussonet) L, AUS Mr Prospector
ABSOLUT EXCELENCIA (Excellent Art) L, AUS Mr Prospector
ARCADIA ROSE (Kheleyf) L, AUS Danzig
SHAMALIA (Shamardal) L, AUS Storm Cat
SUNSHINE REGION (One Cool Cat) L, MAC Storm Cat
AFFABLE (Husson) L, AUS Mr Prospector
MOONLIGHT HUSSLER (Hussonet) L, AUS Mr Prospector
RAFFLES PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) L, AUS Mr Prospector
GENERALIFE (Lonhro) L, AUS Sir Ivor
TURNER BAYOU (Zabeel) L, AUS Sir Ivor
SHAMILLION (Shamardal) L, AUS Storm Cat

More than one fourth of black-type horses out of mares sired by Redoute’s Choice is by sires from the Mr Prospector line. The line of one of the legends of American breeding is responsible for eight black-type winners and five horses who were at least placed in black-type races. Most of these are sons and grandsons of the excellent Hussonet who mates well with Redoute’s Choice’s daughters. He and his son Husson have produced five black-type winners with the daughters of Redoute’s Choice and more three black-type placed horses of 42 foals of racing age. What deserves to be mentioned is that four of them are inbred to Nijinsky (Hussousa, Affable, Sister Souss and Will Be Amazed), two to Mr Prospector (Moonlight Hussler and Woodbine).

Given the fact where the daughters of Redoute’s Choice were based, it comes as no surprise that they were frequently mated to the stallions of the Sir Ivor line, or, to be more precise, with stallions of the Sir Tristram paternal line. So far this combination has produced six black-type winners plus one horse who is black-type placed. The best of these was the Gr.2 Messene out of the family of Zabeel’s dam Lady Giselle to whom he is 3x4 inbred. His sire, Zabeel’s grandson Lonhro, produced three black-type winners with the daughters of Redoute’s Choice (of 25 horses), Zabeel’s son Reset has sired two more (of ten) and Zabeel himself has produced a single black-type winner with a Redoute’s Choice daughter, the gelding Turner Bayou (of 9 horses).

A total of 10 black-type horses, of whom three were black-type winners, have been produced by Redoute’s Choice daughters with stallions of the Hail To Reason line, with branches of the two Hail To Reason’s sons, Roberto and Halo, contributed evenly. The combination with the Halo line, or in this case with More Than Ready and his sons, produced two black-type winners (Kiss A Rose and Banaadeer) and three placed (Reign of Terror, Ready Steady, More Radiant). This connection benefits from high opportunity (More Than Ready has produced 36 foals of racing age with Redoute’s Choice daughters), caused by the popularity of the connection More Than Ready with Danehill’s daughters.

Virtually the same is true about connection with the stallions of the Roberto line, represented by Red Ransom and his son Charge Forward. This connection has produced a single black-type winner (Direct Charge) and four black-type placed horses (Best Eleven, Red Fez, Dee Be Mine and Moroccan Rose). Charge Forward has produced with Redoute’s Choice’s daughters already 33 foals of racing age, Red Ransom 10.

Of the remaining twenty horses out of mares sired by Redoute’s Choice 17 is by stallions of various branches of the Northern Dancer line. Most of these head towards Storm Cat whose line has three black-type winners (Shamalia, Sunshine Region and Shamillion) and two black-type placed (Gracious Prospect a Stroak). Namely the connection with Shamardal looks interesting as far as statistics are concerned, since of seven horses produced by this combination two (Shamalia and Shamillion) won a black-type race; One Cool Cat has a single horse with a Redoute’s Choice’s daughter, Sunshine Region, the winner of the listed race in Macao.    

Redoute’s Choice’s daughters in Australia could have hardly avoided Encosta de Lago and his sons. Of thirty-seven horses, Encosta de Lago has produced two group winners with them (Admiration and Maschino) and Gr.3 placed Diva Dee. His son Northern Meteor has produced a single black-type winner with a Redoute’s Choice’s daughter (of ten foals of racing age) but this horse is none other than the winner of the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr.1) and Ascot Vale Stakes (Gr.1) Zoustar.

As far as others are concerned, let us mention two black-type horses by stallions of the Danzig line – the listed winner Arcadia Rose and listed-place Wroclaw who is, besides Danzig, inbred to Nureyev. Inbreeding to Danzig can be found in the pedigree of the Gr.3 winner That's The One and the listed winner Raffles Pegasus, two black-type horses out of Redoute’s Choice’s daughters are inbred to Danehill. Same as with Kiss A Rose, in the case of Ready Steady these are the progeny of More Than Ready's sons whose dams come from the Danehill line and who are marked by the repetition of the basic cross on which the pedigree of their sire is based.

A single black-type horse – the gelding Devised, twice second in the Waga Cupu (L) – was produced by the Australian version of the most popular European nick Galileo x Danehill, i.e. the connection of Galileo with a daughter of Redoute’s Choice. But since Galileo was last time in Australia in 2006, the opportunity with Redoute’s Choice’s daughters was not high and only four horses came out of it. But this is not just the case of Galileo — the stallions of the Sadler's Wells line were there partners quite rarely. With the growing influence of High Chaparral and his sons this may soon cease to be the case.

Miloslav Vlček

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