Redoute’s Choicefilly kicks off a new era at Riverside
How fitting that a filly by champion sire Redoute’s Choice will be the first lot through the ring at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Sale on April 9, the first time the major Sydney yearling auction has been held at the company’s new Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm. This filly will set the tone for the three-day auction, which sees 534 youngsters, the cream of the 2016 thoroughbred crop, catalogued.
Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) has long been a drawcard for this sale and he has 24 lots entered, while his champion sire son Snitzel has 64. Yearlings by Fastnet Rock (44) and Exceed and Excel (17), two other champion sire sons of breed-shaper Danehill, will also feature strongly, while youngsters by Danehill grandsons like Not a Single Doubt (18) and Stratum (5) will also attract attention from the international buying bench, as will the 10-strong offering by All Too Hard (Casino Prince), a Danehill great-grandson.
Also from the Danzig male line, but this time via Green Desert, the current sire sensation I Am Invincible (Invincible Sprit (IRE)) has been setting sale records at auctions throughout the early part of 2018 and the frenzy at Easter should reach fever pitch with 39 of his yearlings catalogued. There are a further eight from his Gr.1-winning son Brazen Beau who is already proving a star among first crop sires this season.
Others with their first progeny into the ring in 2018 include Cox Plate winner Adelaide (IRE) (Galileo (IRE)), the exciting brothers Deep Field and Shooting to Win, both sons of ill-fated Northern Meteor (Encosta de Lago), whose son Zoustar leads the first crop sires this season thanks to his brilliant daughter Sunlight (he has 11 lots for Easter). Also with their first yearlings are Horse of the Year Dissident (Sebring), Golden Rose-Gr.1 and Golden Slipper-Gr.1 hero Hallowed Crown (Street Sense (USA)), champion two and three-year-old Olympic Glory (IRE) (Choisir), whose sire has six lots catalogued, brilliant sprinter Rubick (Encosta de Lago), dual Doncaster-Gr.1 winner Sacred Falls (O’Reilly), dual Gr.1 winner Toronado (IRE) (High Chaparral (IRE)) and Gr.1 winner Wandjina (Snitzel).
Champion sire Lonhro (9) and his brilliant young son Pierro (22), along with Zabeel’s Cox Plate winners Reset (2) and NZ champion sire and Savabeel (17), all continue to fly the flag for the Sir Tristram (IRE) (Sir Ivor) male line, while More Than Ready (USA) (11) and his Golden Slipper-winning son Sebring (31) and that horse’s outstanding son Dissident represent the Halo male line. Sadler’s Wells has dominated classic racing in Europe for decades and his son Galileo now rules supreme in the north. That horse’s northern-based son Frankel has two lots catalogued, but closer to home international success story Medaglia d’Oro (USA) (El Prado), classic champ Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE)), dual Cox Plate-Gr.1 winner So You Think (NZ) (High Chaparral) and Tavistock (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE)) all have yearlings on offer at Easter. Remember, 2017 Melbourne Cup hero Rekindling (GB) is a son of High Chaparral and runner-up Johannes Vermeer (IRE) is a son of Galileo. The Last Tycoon male line is represented by Written Tycoon (8 lots), whose son Written By, won the 2018 Blue Diamond-Gr.1 and by Newmarket Handicap-Gr.1 winner Shamexpress (O’Reilly), with one lot.
The strength of this catalogue can be seen on every pedigree page. For starters, there are 38 siblings to Gr.1 winners including a brother to Catchy (Fastnet Rock), brother to First Seal (Fastnet Rock), brother to Shoals (Fastnet Rock), brother to Press Statement (Hinchinbrook), brother to Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice), brother to Mustaaqueem (Redoute’s Choice) and sister to Summer Passage (Snitzel), plus half-siblings to Starspangledbanner, Foxplay, Buffering, Mighty Boss, Xtravagant, Jimmy Choux, Pinot, Lankan Rupee, Magnus, Rumya, Fat Al, Alboran Sea, The Quarterback, Shooting to Win, The Mission, Lucia Valentina, Sebring and English. There are also 36 youngsters from Gr.1-winning mares, notably Sacred Choice, Alinghi, Cosmic Endeavour, Hurtle Myrtle, Red Tracer, Princess Coup, Ancient Song and Absolut Glam.
The catalogue’s international flavour is reflected by the yearlings conceived abroad, including the two colts by champion Frankel, one from Invincible Spirit’s stakes-winning half-sister Acts of Grace and the other from Aqua Bella, a daughter of triple Gr.1 winner Aquarelliste. There is also a colt by leading French sire Kendargent from Galileo mare Goddess of Love and a filly by Japanese dual Gr.1 winner Epiphaneia and from the Deep Impact mare Travessia, a half-sister to Gr.1 winners and sires The Deputy and King Kamehameha. Champion Japanese sire Deep Impact has three fillies catalogued, from Gr.1 sprint star Alverta, from Lankan Rupee’s sister Charming Estelle and from stakes-winner and Gr.1 runner-up You’re So Good, while Champion US Sire Tapit, a grandson of A.P. Indy, has three lots, a filly from Anatole (Quiet American), a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Man of Wicklow, and colts from Seeking (Mizzen Mast) and Smart Farming (Smart Strike). There is also a colt by Lord Kanaloa, Japan’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2017, from the Deep Impact mare Bariloche. Arrowfield has 51 sale entries, followed by Coolmore(39), Widden (30) and Kitchwin Hills and Segenhoe (24).
“There is no doubt that Australasia’s leading breeders are offering a mouth-watering array of sensational young horses for our buyers to select from at Easter this year,’’ Jonathan D’Arcy, national bloodstock manager for Inglis said. “The sire strength is something to behold and the types we will see in the Riverside sale ring are simply mind blowing.
As Inglis celebrates its 150th year of selling winners it’s probably an apt time to reflect on one of the latest Easter stars. She is the Snitzel filly Estijaab, a $1.7m buy for Nasser Lootah of Emirates Park in 2017 and one of 17 yearlings to sell for $1m or more last year, when the top price was $2.5m and the average topped $356,000. Estijaab (ex Response by Charge Forward) won the Reisling Stakes-Gr.2 at Randwick in early March and has been successful in two of her three starts ($295,575) and runner-up to Sunlight in the Silver Slipper for Team Hawkes in the other. She looks to have a really bright future on the track and in the breeding barn. As usual at Easter, her purchase price was money well spent.