The Redoute’s Choice Dynasty in Numbers

The first Gr.1 race this year was run on the New Year at Ellerslie, New Zealand. The race was taken by the six-year-old In Style, sired by Fast ’N’ Famous, who won by a short head. In Style is the fourteenth Gr.1 winner sired by a Redoute’s Choice’s son and can serve as another proof of the strengthening influence of this successful Danehill’s son.

His dynasty is growing and expands its influence beyond Australia. In Style, sired by Fast’n’Furious, who was until recently based in New Zealand and then sold to Australia, is the very first New Zealand born grandson or granddaughter of Redoute’s Choice to have won a Gr.1 race in his home country. So far the influence of Redoute’s Choice is limited almost exclusively to Australia, New Zealand and Asian countries but soon it can be different.

He has an enormous influence in Australia and we will not find many active sires elsewhere in the world who would have achieved, during their lifetime and through their sons and daughters, such an influence as the nineteen-year-old Redoute’s Choice. Even Galileo, although two years younger, can only dream about such an influence through his sons and daughters and if I am not mistaken, judged by the number of black-type winners produces by a sire’s sons and daughters, Redoute’s Choice is, among current stallions, beaten only by Giant’s Causeway.

Redoute's Choice’s sons - sires of black type winners

Stallion (suffix), YOB To Stud Number of BT winners
  Stratum (AUS), 2002 2006 27
  Snitzel (AUS), 2002 2006 25
  Not A Single Doubt (AUS), 2001 2005 22
  Nadeem (AUS), 2003 2007 11
  Bradbury's Luck (AUS), 2002 2006 7
  Fast 'N Famous (AUS), 2002 2007 7
  God's Own (AUS), 2001 2006 6
  Al Samer (AUS), 2002 2006 3
  Coats Choice (AUS), 2001 2006 3
  Duelled (AUS), 2002 2006 2
  Lucky Unicorn (AUS), 2002 2008 2
  Mutawaajid (AUS), 2003 2009 1
  Mearas (AUS), 2003 2008 1
  Beneteau (AUS), 2003 2008 1

A week before In Style won at Ellerslie, the winner of the Christmas Stakes Tried And Tired had become the thirty-second black-type winner whose dam was sired by Redoute’s Choice. His sons, and there are fourteen of them who have produced a black-type winner, have together sired a total of 118 black-type winners. Adding up these two number we will find out that a total of a hundred and fifty thoroughbreds successful in a black-type race have in the second generation the name of this champion Australian miler and champion sire.

Redoute’s Choice himself went to stud in 2000 and has covered – according to the Australian Stud Book – a total of 2,314 thoroughbred mares in Australia. In 2005, his first son Not A Single Doubt debuted at stud, followed a year later by six more (Al Samer, Bradbury’s Luck, God’s Own, Snitzel, Stratum and Undoubtedly). So far, forty-nine of his sons were or are at stud in Australia and they have covered a total of over 12,000 mares. The table shows the most active ones led by the top three Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Stratum, each of whom has covered over 1,300 mares. He has ten grandsons at stud in Australia, of whom the most demanded were the debuting sons of Snitzel, Sizzling and Shamus Award, who have covered – according to the Australian Stud Book – 173 and 158 mares respectively.

Most active Redoute's Choice’s sons in Australia

Stallion (suffix), YOB To Stud Number of mares covered
  Snitzel (AUS), 2002 2006 1393
  Not A Single Doubt (AUS), 2001 2005 1361
  Stratum (AUS), 2002 2006 1320
  God's Own (AUS), 2001 2006 928
  Bradbury's Luck (AUS), 2002 2006 782
  Al Samer (AUS), 2002 2006 579
  Time Thief (AUS), 2005 2010 474
  Drumbeats (AUS), 2005 2011 446
  Sharkbite (AUS), 2003 2009 423
  Passenger (AUS), 2003 2008 396
  Tickets (AUS), 2006 2011 394
  Master of Design (AUS), 2005 2012 376
  Mutawaajid (AUS), 2003 2009 327
  Undoubtedly (AUS), 2002 2006 280
  Patronize (AUS), 2002 2007 278
  May'Haab (AUS), 2005 2009 264
  Musket (AUS), 2003 2009 253
  Redente (AUS), 2006 2009 214

Besides sons there are daughters of Redoute’s Choice at stud in Australia – the Stud Book registers 410 of them. The oldest are twelve so we can expect that the number of black-type winners out of his daughters is going to increase from the current thirty-two in the next years.  

The Redoute’s Choice’s influence remains limited, so far, to Australia and New Zealand, but the progeny of his sons and daughters score well in black-type races in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Only a fraction of his progeny appeared on the racecourse in Europe. Among his sons, the winner of the Heron Stakes (L) and second in the Strensall Stakes (Gr.3), Tazahum, since last year at stud in Indii, was the best, but mainly it is Elzaam, the winner of the Carnarvon Stakes (L) and second in the Coventry Stakes (Gr.2), who has been since 2013, as the only son of Redoute’s Choice in Europe, at Ballyhame Stud, Ireland. Last year his first foals went on sale, fifteen of them were sold for the average price of 18,889 guineas.

Redoute’s Choice has, however, an exceptional chance to expand his influence on the European breeding directly, not through his sons since he spent last two years as a shuttle stallion at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval, France, where he was given opportunity with a number of top mares, including the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Zarkava, the dam of the excellent Goldikova, Born Gold, or Ashalanda, Sagawara and Shareta. Last year, his first crop of foals from France appeared in the sales ring, only five of them were offered, the most expensive was sold for 175,00 guineas, the cheapest for 82,000 guineas.

More of his progeny is likely to appear at yearling sales but what will be of key importance is how they perform on the racecourse and whether the talent showed in Australia can be maintained in Europe. Another Danehill’s son, the Australian champion sire Fastnet Rock, is a case in point. He has shuffled to Coolmore since 2010. He had no two-year-old black-type winner in his first crop and last year, when the first crop was three, he had just five black-type winners among the three-year-old, none of whom won a higher than a Gr.3 race, which considerably lags behind the stallion’s performance in Australia.       

Redoute’s Choice has been given an excellent opportunity in France but even if he fails to use it at least in part compared to his performance in Australia, his influence is likely to remain exceptionally strong and his dynasty is likely to grow, even if „just” in the Southern Hemisphere.

Miloslav Vlček

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