Arrowfield Stud announced on Tuesday morning that their Champion Sire Redoute's Choice died earlier on Tuesday morning.
"It is with great sorrow we announce that our glorious Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice died this morning," the Stud said in a statement.
The rising 23 year-old son of Danehill and Shantha’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
“Redoute’s Choice is such a big part of all our lives, and right now it’s hard to imagine Arrowfield without him," said Arrowfield's John Messara.
“He has given us so much, Arrowfield has been built on his back and he’s allowed all of us and many, many other people to fulfil our dreams and ambitions.
“I thank Muzaffar Yaseen for allowing us to buy into Redoute’s Choice almost two decades ago. Our partnership has always been amicable and it has achieved all that we could hope for, and more.
“I’m grateful to all my team, past and present, who are part of his story, especially those who have cared for and worked with Redoute’s Choice every day, and have ensured that he’s had the long and wonderful life he deserved. There are many tears being shed at Arrowfield today.
“I also thank everyone who helped us launch his stud career, his shareholders, and those who bred to him, and bought, raced, trained and rode his progeny. He has blessed us all," he said.
Almost 13 years after he won the first of his three General Sires’ Premierships, Redoute’s Choice remains a top 5 sire and is likely to secure his first Australian Broodmare Sires’ title this season with earnings of $15.2 million and 15 stakeswinners to date, among them Group 1 winners Extra Brut, Amphitrite and Arcadia Queen.
Redoute’s Choice was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen, foaled on 15 August 1996 and retained to race in the now-famous yellow, red, lime & orange Teeley Assets colours. Mr Yaseen sent him to Melbourne trainer Rick Hore-Lacy who prepared the strikingly handsome colt throughout his 10-start, 5-win, $1.6 million racing career.
He served a full book of 196 mares in 2005 and continued to serve at least 100 mares each year until the last two seasons when his book was restricted to 74 and 45 mares.
Redoute’s Choice claimed his first General Sires’ Premiership with three crops racing in 2005/06, the season of six Group 1 winners: Champion 2YO Miss Finland, Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate), God’s Own (Caulfield Guineas), Nadeem (Blue Diamond S.), Fashions Afield (Flight S.) and Lotteria (Myer Classic).
His second Premiership came in 2009/10, the year of diversely gifted fillies, the dual Group 1 winning-sprinter Melito, Queensland Derby winner Dariana and Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder.
That season also marked the arrival of his statistically most notable crop, eventually the source of 21 stakeswinners from 107 named foals – a remarkable strike rate of 19.6%. Flag-bearer for that 2009 cohort was World Champion Sprinter, Horse of the Year and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee who helped propel Redoute’s Choice to his third and final Premiership, in 2013/14.
Snitzel’s second-place finish in 2014 resulted in a father-&-son Premiership quinella unprecedented in Australian thoroughbred history and signalled the passing of the baton to the next generation of the Danehill dynasty at Arrowfield.
Redoute’s Choice now has 22 stakes-siring sons, 10 of them also Group 1 sires. They are responsible for 279 stakeswinners, while his daughters have left 86 stakeswinners, including 13 at Group 1 level.
“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," said Messara.
“His legacy to Australian breeding and racing is immense, through his sire sons, his broodmare daughters, his final crops still to come and all the people he touched over the past two decades.
“Thank you Redoute’s, for everything.”
Arrowfield Stud's statue of Redoute's Choice, picture Arrowfield Stud
A summary of the highlights of Redoute’s Choice’s stud career.
REDOUTE’S CHOICE, 1996-2019
STUD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS at 26 March 2019
PREMIERSHIPS Champion Sire of Australia, 2006, 2010 & 2014 Champion 2YO Sire of Australia, 2005 & 2006 Champion First Season Sire of Australia, 2004 2nd in 2009 & 2011, 3rd in 2005, 2007 & 2012
TOTAL PROGENY EARNINGS $157.2 million
STAKESWINNERS 163 (81 colts, 82 fillies)
2YO STAKESWINNERS 38 LIFETIME SW/RUNNERS 11.7%STAKES WINS 329 (261 Australia, 25 NZ, 20 South Africa, 6 France, 5 Dubai, 3 each UK, HK & Japan, 1 each Macau, Turkey & Germany)
GROUP WINNERS 106 (50 colts, 56 fillies)GROUP 1 WINNERS 34 (16 colts, 18 fillies)
GROUP 1 WINS 54
CLASSIC WINNERS 16 CLASSIC WINS 21 (9 Guineas, 7 Oaks, 5 Derbys)
2YO G1 WINNERS 9 (6 colts, 3 fillies)
MILLION-DOLLAR EARNERS 17
LEADING EARNERS MISS FINLAND - $4,632,775 LANKAN RUPEE - $4,129,510 THE AUTUMN SUN - $3,489,121
LEADING G1 WINNERS MISS FINLAND, LANKAN RUPEE & THE AUTUMN SUN - 5 Group 1 wins each
LANKAN RUPEE – Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter
MISS FINLAND – Champion 2YO & Champion 3YO Filly
SAMANTHA MISS – Champion 3YO Filly
FASHIONS AFIELD – Champion 2YO
STRATUM – Champion 2YO ColtGOD’S OWN – Joint Champion 3YO
NADEEM – Joint Champion 2YO Colt
MAJMU – Champion 2YO Filly (SAF)
MUSIR – Champion 2YO Colt (SAF); Champion 3YO Miler (UAE)
MUSTAAQEEM – Champion 2YO Colt (SAF)
GROUP 1 QUINELLAS STRATUM/FASHIONS AFIELD - 2005, Rosehill NADEEM /MISS FINLAND - 2006, Caulfield GALLICA/ESTEE - 2009, Morphettville WYLIE HALL/MAJMU - 2015, Turffontein
GROUP 1 DOUBLES NADEEM/SNITZEL - 2006, Caulfield MUSTAAQEEM/RAFEEF – 2017, Turffontein
LIFETIME YEARLING SALE AVERAGE $417,000
MILLION DOLLAR YEARLINGS 79
A CHAMPION ON AND OFF THE TRACK – Let’s a take a look at Redoute's Choice winning the 1999 Blue Diamond and Caulfield Guineas over arch rival Testa Rossa. @ArrowfieldStud announced the sad passing of their super sire today. pic.twitter.com/xtsr5nJxpF— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) March 26, 2019