The late Redoute’s Choice, who made a considerable impact on the South African turf, was once again to the fore in major races this past weekend.
His son Elzaam produced Saturday’s impressive Gr1 Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes winner Champers Elysees, while another son, the now retired Not A Single Doubt, supplied Saturday’s Gr2 Seppelt Danehill Stakes winner Doubtland.
Redoute’s Choice’s daughter Salutations also made news at Rosehill on Saturday with her son Wild Planet (Animal Kingdom) landing the Gr2 Iron Jack Theo Marks Stakes.
Redoute’s Choice also appears twice in the pedigree of Saturday’s Gr2 Schweppes Sheraco Stakes winner Haut Brion Her -with the latter out of Zoustar (whose dam Zouzou is by Redoute’s Choice), and Haut Brion Her’s deceased dam One In A Million being a daughter of Redoute’s Choice.
Haut Brion Her was one of two group winners for her sire Zoustar on Saturday, with the other being repeat Gr2 VRC Bobbie Lewis Stakes winner Zoutori.
Elzaam, whose daughter Champers Elysees is now unbeaten in four starts in 2020, was foaled in Australia to Northern Hemisphere time so was sent as a yearling back to Europe and was offered at the 2009 Arqana Yearling Sale in France where he was bought by Shadwell for 280 000 euros.
Winner of the Carnarvon Stakes (over six furlongs), Elzaam has now supplied four stakes winners with Champers Elysees not only his first Gr1 winner to date, but also the first G1 winner trained by Johnny Murtagh.
Currently standing at the Ballyhane Stud in Ireland, Elzaam, a full-brother to Gr3 ATC Sheraco Stakes winner Ravi, is out of the Kingmambo mare Mambo In Freeport.
Redoute’s Choice, also twice Leading Sire of 2yo’s in Australia and a dual Leading Broodmare Sire, is currently responsible for more than 170 stakes winners, and, to date, at least 11 of his sire sons have sired at least one Gr1 winner.
With young sire sons like The Autumn Sun and Pariah yet to be represented on the track, this total looks sure to grow considerably in coming seasons.
At the time of writing, Redoute’s Choice sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt rank second and seventh on the Australian general sires list, with the deceased sire’s maternal grandson Zoustar ninth.
A four time Gr1 winner and triple Australian champion sire, Redoute’s Choice has supplied champions Majmu, Mustaaqeem and Musir in South Africa, while his sons Buffalo Bill Cody, Rafeef, Redoute’s Promise, Time Thief and Wylie Hall all currently stand at stud here.
His four times champion sire son Snitzel is also represented by a sire son in South Africa, in the form of Ascot Stud’s Gr1 SA Classic winner Heavenly Blue.