AUSTRALIA’s Champion stallion Redoute’s Choice has died aged 23 in his paddock at Arrowfield Stud.
The stallion had been a dominant force in the Australian breeding industry for more than two decades and leaves a legacy that includes 34 group 1 winners, including the likes of Snitzel, Miss Finland, Samantha Miss, Lankan Rupee and star colt The Autumn Sun, also in South Africa for the likes of Majmu, Musir, Wylie Hall, Rafeef, Mustaaqeem and Ektifaa.
Redoute’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
His most recent win came courtesy of perhaps his best son, when The Autumn Sun took out the Rosehill Guineas on Saturday. Arrowfield boss John Messara has long rated The Autumn Sun as the natural successor to Redoute’s Choice, whose death will surely mean the end to his three-year-old son’s on-track duties, with his stud career now a priority.
“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.
“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.”
Redoute’s Choice was a son of Danehill, a stallion Messara brought to Australia before he became a worldwide star. On the track, Redoute’s Choice won the Blue Diamond at only his second start and would add group 1s in the Manikato Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and Orr Stakes in a storied career.
But it was as a stallion that his influence will be felt for generations to come with 163 stakes winners. Redoute’s Choice was Australian champion sire three times and also produced Snitzel, which has also won that crown.
He was the rock on which Arrowfield’s success was built but his influence will continue.
-from Sydney Morning Herald.