A Closer Look at a Legend

Tara Madgwick - Monday June 22

Our ‘Closer Look’ statistical stories on various sires have been super popular with our audience and I’ve been putting off doing this one as I knew it would involve a lot of work, but I’m sure it’s a worthwhile effort as we’re delving into the record of a sire that has made the last 20 years his own.

A game changer for Arrowfield Stud, Redoute’s Choice has more accolades on his CV than I care to list, but suffice to say his 173 stakes-winners worldwide is more than any other Australian bred sire in history.

14 of those stakes-winners were conceived in the Northern Hemisphere from his two seasons of  shuttling to France, but for the purposes of this story and the table below, we will look just at his Southern Hemisphere results.

Redoute’s Choice (1996 – 2019)


Crop Year (SH)

Mares Covered / Service Fee

Stakes-Winners/ Best Performers


134/ $30,000

8 SW’s / G1 Lotteria


170/ $30,000

17 SW’s / G1 Stratum, Fashions Afield, Snitzel, Undoubtedly, God’s Own


133/ $33,000

12 SW’s / G1 Miss Finland, Anamato, Cheeky Choice, Redoute’s Dancer, Empires Choice, Nadeem


114/ $33,000

3 SW’s / G2 El Daana


213/ $40,000

16 SW’s / G1 Samantha Miss, Gallica, Master of Design, Allez Wonder


196/ $220,000

15 SW’s / G1 Melito, Musir, Dariana



224/ $275,000

11 SW’s / G1 King’s Rose, Absolutely


169/ $330,000

8 SW’s / G1 Bonaria


146/ $330,000

21 SW’s / G1 Lankan Rupee, Wylie Hall, Royal Descent


170/ $198,000

3 SW’s / G2 Tango’s Daughter


146/ $176,000

9 SW’s / G1 Peeping, Majmu, Hampton Court


138/ $137,500

11 SW’s / G1 Galaxy Star, Howard the Man, Abbey Marie, Rafeef


114/ $137,500

13 SW’s/ G2 Hardham


111/ $137,500

4 SW’s / G1 Mustaaqeem


138/ $110,000

2 SW’s / G1 The Autumn Sun


128/ $110,000

4 SW’s / G1 Alabama Express, Loire


104/ $110,000

2 SW’s / G1 King’s Legacy


74/ $137,500

Yearlings (40 live foals)


45 / $137,500

Foals (24 live foals)

For those who remember, Redoute’s Choice was highly regarded when he went to stud, but his retirement was in a time when high profile shuttle stallions were the ones commanding big fees, horses such as Giant’s Causeway (USA), Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), Peintre Celebre (USA),  Galileo (IRE) and of course his own sire Danehill (USA).

A so called ‘colonial bred’ horse was seen as a lesser option and Arrowfield actually started both Flying Spur and Danzero off in Victoria to give them a better chance to get runs on the board so they could then return to the Hunter Valley, which both did with great success.

Redoute’s Choice did not have to go to Victoria, but he did spend his first five seasons standing for $40,000 or less.

His first crop showed promise, but his second smashed it so far out of the park that Redoute’s Choice earned instant comparisons to his illustrious sire Danehill and his service was raised by a gobsmacking 450% from $40,000 to $220,000.

That was in 2005 in the wake of his progeny dominating the juvenile season to win the Group I Golden Slipper (Stratum), Blue Diamond (Undoubtedly), Sires Produce Stakes (Fashions Afield) and the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (Bradbury’s Luck).

Breeders accepted the massive fee rise and it was all hunky dory with booming sale ring results and ongoing racetrack success leading many to believe it was always going to be onwards and upwards.

The GFC changed all that and when the repercussions finally caught up with the bloodstock industry, Redoute’s Choice began his downward trend in fee and in recent years he has been unbeatable value when you look at his record and returns in the sale ring.

Dwindling fertility in his last few season means small numbers in his last two crops, but it would be a brave man to suggest there won’t be at least one or two more Group I winners to come.

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