Some of the Western Cape’s leading breeders rocked up to view Cheveley Stud’s well bred young sire Wylie Hall at the latter’s stallion day on Thursday.
A horse with a superb temperament, Wylie Hall behaved impeccably throughout the proceedings, while looking in the pink.
Wylie Hall, whose owner Michael Leaf was on hand to see his charge settle into his new life, appears to have everything required for a successful stud career.
A handsome individual, who bears striking resemblance to his legendary sire Redoute’s Choice, Wylie Hall was a top class and classic winning horse who earned over R3.6 million in stakes.
A winner from 1400m to 2450m, Wylie Hall’s six wins included the Gr1 SA Derby (beating subsequent Equus Champion Wild One), G1 President’s Champion Challenge (beating champion Majmu, July hero Heavy Metal and Triple Crown winner Louis The King), G2 Colorado King Stakes and the Listed Derby Trial.
He also finished first past the post in the 2014 Gr1 Vodacom Durban July but was later disqualified and demoted to second place.
On that occasion, Wylie Hall finished in front of such outstanding Gr1 winners as subsequent Horse Of The Year Futura, champions Capetown Noir, Cherry On The Top and In The Fast Lane, as well as the G1 winning Captain America, King Of Pain and Louis The King.
The handsome bay also scored a notable win in a pinnacle stakes over 1400m, where among the beaten horses were R1.8 million earner and 1400m star Whiteline Fever and Triple Tiara heroine Cherry On The Top.
Wylie Hall’s sire Redoute’s Choice, a triple champion sire in Australia, has more than made his mark in South Africa. From just a handful of runners, he has been represented by a pair of Equus Champions in Majmu and Musir, multiple G1 winner Wylie Hall, G2 Astrapak 1900 winner Bishops Rock and last season’s G1 SA Nursery runner up Shaama.
Redoute’s Choice has 27 individual G1 winners to his credit including Wylie Hall’s three parts sister Anamato, Absolutely, Miss Finland, Royal Descent, Snitzel, Samantha Miss, Stratum, Undoubtedly, and former Horse Of The Year Lankan Rupee.
His Gr1 Blue Diamond winning son Nadeem has also left his mark in the country-from just three runners, Nadeem has been represented in South Africa by Gr2 Charity Mile hero Mujaarib as well as Gr2 Betting World Oaks heroine Tajmeel.
Other successful sire sons of Redoute’s Choice include Stratum (whose offspring include the ill-fated Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily), and the magnificent Snitzel. The latter, who currently stands for AUS$88 000 (or over R800 000), has six G1 winners to his credit including Cox Plate hero and popular young sire Shamus Award, as well as Australian Guineas winner Wandjina.
Redoute’s Choice also proved very popular at the recent Arqana August Yearling Sale.
Danehill’s champion son ended the two day sale as the fourth leading stallion by aggregate, with his 10 lots to sell grossing €3.665 million. Redoute’s Choice averaged an impressive €366 500 at the sale, behind only Dubawi, Frankel and Invincible Spirit.
Top lot sired by Redoute’s Choice was a colt out of Gr1 Prix Saint Alary winner Vadawina (by Unfuwain) who was sold to John Ferguson for €950 000.
Remarkably, Redoute’s Choice has sired no fewer than 66 yearlings to sell for AUS$1 million plus.
A brother in blood to Anamato, the blue blooded Wylie Hall is a half brother to ill-fated sprint champion Absolute Champion (whose wins included the G1 Hong Kong Sprint), and talented Hong Kong galloper Fantasticlife, a winner of two of his last three outings.