European breakthrough for Redoute’s Choice

Redoute’s Choice sired his first European stakes winner when Elzaam captured the LR Carnarvon Stakes (1200m) at Newbury on Friday.

Elzaam (Aus) confirmed his rating as a sprinter of massive potential while crushing his rivals by six lengths.  The colt is trained by Roger Varian for Sheikh Hamdan.  “He has so much speed we had a feeling the Carnarvon Stakes might suit,” Varian said.  “And he seems a happier horse without headgear.”

Varian revealed the colt is in the G1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot but it’s only a tentative entry at this stage.

Elzaam (3c Redoute’s Choice – Mambo In Freeport by Kingmambo) was among a select group conceived to northern hemisphere time at Arrowfield Stud in Australia in 2007.  The others include Sheikh Hamdan’s promising colt Tazahum who is a last-start winner of the Esher Cup at Sandown.

Sheikh Maktoum bought Elzaam for 280,000 euros at the 2009 Arqana August yearling sale.  He won a York maiden last May and was then G2 placed in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.  

Elzaam was bred by Kia Ora Stud from a winning half-sister to G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes winner Point Ashley.

Redoute’s Choice has sired 74 stakes winner world-wide.  His other off-shore stakes winners include Clianthus (Japan), Redoute’s Dancer (NZ), Musir (South Africa & UAE), Bishops Rock (South Africa) and King’s Rose (NZ).

Arrowfield’s champion sire will have up to nine lots at the inaugural session of northern-hemisphere bred yearlings at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale.  They include a filly from Shalwar Kameez (Sadler’s Wells) who hails from the family of leading sires Rainbow Quest and Scenic.

Redoute’s Choice served 20 mares to northern hemisphere time at Arrowfield earlier this year.  Among them were Singles Bar (Rory’s Jester), the dam of Not A Single Doubt.