The last Redoute’s Choice yearling to be sold at auction has had his time in the ring at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on The Gold Coast.
The first lot of the sale – Lot 1401 – a bay colt by the late great Redoute‘s Choice from the Japanese-bred mare La Fouine Tail was sold to a bid of $210,000 from Chris Waller Racing and Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock.
“He was a big strong colt and thought he’d be suitable for the operation,” Mulcaster said.
“We thought he’d be a little bit later developing but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him head to the races as a late two-year-old.
“We pretty much bought him on spec but he’s already fully subscribed.
“We were pretty happy at the money we got him at so now we’ll just take him along step by step.”
Lot 1401 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale – Redoute’s Choice x La Fouine Tail. Picture: Magic MillionsSource:Supplied
Redoute’s Choice’s last crop of yearlings averaged $426,764 at Australian yearling sales in 2021 where 17 were sold.
The highest price of $800,000 was for a colt out of Lahana while the top-priced filly was $760,000 for a daughter of Mella Meria.
Both yearlings were sold at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
The final Redoute’s Choice yearling offered by sale by @ArrowfieldStud sells to @MulcasterBS for $210,000 at the National Yearling Sale. #MMNational2021pic.twitter.com/wNewmEX297
For Arrowfield supremo John Messara, the last of the Redoute’s Choices to be sold at an auction resulted in contrasting emotions.
“I’m in Sydney and watched him get sold online,” Messara said.
“It’s always sad when things come to an end but he was rightfully sold by David Chester the auctioneer because he sold the first one all those years ago.
“It’s also a celebration too because he’s been so important to us, to Arrowfield and also the industry to some extent because we’ve all profited from him with good horses, good mares and yearling results.
“He’s been a great giving stallion for all of us that used him, including Arrowfield standing him so we’ve been very fortunate.”
David Chester had the honour of selling the first ever Redoute's Choice yearling in 2003. He will also offer the last one, tomorrow – Lot 1401, the first horse in the ring from @ArrowfieldStud. It will be the 970th yearling by the sire sold! #MMNational2021pic.twitter.com/MieH53ftrK
Redoute’s Choice died on March 26, 2019, after leaving an indelible mark on the Australian racing industry.
The son of breed-shaper Danehill followed in his sire’s footsteps after his 10-start racetrack career where four of his five wins were at Group 1 level in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, and Manikato Stakes CF Orr Stakes.
He was a three-time Champion Sire of Australia, winning the honour in 2006, 2010 and 2014, after being crowned Champion 2YO Sire of Australia in 2005 and 2006.
He was also Champion First Season Sire of Australia in 2004.
During his career at stud, he produced more than 160 stakes winners across 11 countries; and 34 individual Group 1 winners with 54 Group 1 wins. His progeny won more than $150 million in prizemoney.
Redoute‘s Choice produced 17 horses that won more than $1 million, with his most successful being Miss Finland ($4,632,775), Lankan Rupee ($4,129,510) and The Autumn Sun ($3,489,121). Each of those horses have won five Group 1 races.
Redoute’s Choice. Picture: Bronwen HealySource:News Limited
His progeny were naturally highly sought after in the sales ring. He sired 79 million-dollar yearlings, with a lifetime yearling sale average of more than $415,000.
Snitzel is one of 10 sons of Redoute’s Choice to sire Group 1 winners along with stallions such as Not A Single Doubt, Stratum and the late Beneteau.
In his prime, Redoute’s Choice stood for $330,000.
“It is a great consolation to me that Redoute’s Choice leaves us at the top of his game, having sustained his greatness as a sire from start to finish, across the full span of his career,” Messara said at the time of Redoute’s passing.
“His legacy to Australian breeding and racing is immense, through his sire sons, his broodmare daughters, and all the people he touched over the past two decades.
“Thank you Redoute’s, for everything.”
Originally published asWaller to train last Redoute’s Choice yearling
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