Million-dollar first for Redoute’s Choice

A three-quarter sister to incoming Glenlogan Park sire Rothesay was the first lot to crack the $1 million mark at the Inglis Easter yearling sale on Tuesday.

The Redoute’s Choice – Sciaparelli filly was offered as Lot 35 by Emirates Park and trainer Gerald Ryan beat off several interested parties to purchase her for existing stable clients.  “I thought she might have made a bit more,” Ryan said.  “Rothesay is the best horse I’ve ever trained.  I knew he was a good one from the first time I let him run.”

Rothesay (Fastnet Rock) won 4 of his 9 starts including the G2 Queensland Guineas and G3 Lord Mayor’s Cup before an injury curtailed his career.

The filly’s second dam Canny Lass (Bletchingly) was a G1 winning sprinter and her extended family includes last Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper winner Sepoy.

Home base Arrowfield Stud offered the first Redoute’s Choice yearling to go under the hammer on Tuesday morning.  Parading as Lot 7, the colt from Reactive made $500,000 to the bid of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds.  His dam was a G1 winner of the MRC Oakleigh Plate.

Following his million-dollar colt, Arrowfield weighed in with another Redoute’s Choice that realised $850,000.  The grey colt from Special Harmony (Lot 60) was purchased by Chantilly Bloodstock.

Special Harmony was a G1 winner of the One Thousand Guineas – Victoria Oaks double and she followed up with another G1 victory in the Arrowfield Stud Stakes the following autumn.  

Her first foal Little Surfer Girl (Encosta de Lago) was a Randwick stakes winner for Bob Ingham.