Angel activates Nadeem account

Darley sire Nadeem became the latest Redoute’s Choice stallion to be credited with a winner when his filly Bengal Angel scored in the nick of time at Port Macquarie on Saturday.

Stewards abandoned the meeting immediately after Bengal Angel won the Oxley Motors 2yo Country Plate (1000m).  The Ron Godbolt trained filly won by a long neck from Half Price (Half Hennessy) with a similar margin to Enthusiasm (Patronize) in third place.

Bengal Angel (2f Nadeem – Foscat by Catrail) is a homebred for the Harris family’s Holbrook Thoroughbreds but failed to reach a $35,000 reserve as a foal at the 2009 Inglis Easter Weanling Sale.

She is a younger half-sister to the Doomben winner Athenas Gift (Hurricane Sky).  Their dam Foscat won 8 races in Brisbane and she foaled another Nadeem colt in October 2009.  Second dam Foster’s Express (Success Express) is a half-sister to the dam of stakes winners Blackfriars, Larrocha, Manton, Lions Gate and Waterford Road.

Nadeem got within a neck of a winning double on the weekend when his filly Spring Rose was beaten at Toowoomba on Saturday evening.  His only other runner has been New Zealand based colt The Aftershock who was placed at Riccarton on October 2.

Nadeem was a Group 1 winner of the 2006 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.  He was raced by Sheikh Hamdan and arrived under a wet sail that day to defeat champion stablemate Miss Finland.  He stands at Darley Kelvinside for a fee of $22,000 (inc gst).

Redoute’s Choice is Australia’s pre-eminent source of winners to emerge from the Danehill sireline.  His sire sons include Stratum (Widden), Not A Single Doubt (Arrowfield), Snitzel (Arrowfield), Bradbury’s Luck (Glenlogan Park), Al Samer (Emirates Park) and God’s Own (Eliza Park).

The Arrowfield champion has sired 458 individual winners at a phenomenal 74.4% winners-to-runners strike rate.  

Nadeem’s breakthrough came exactly 11 years to the day after Redoute’s Choice scored a unforgettable victory over Testa Rossa in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.