Rupee shrugs rivals aside in Newmarket

Lankan Rupee shrugged his high-class rivals aside with a breathtaking turn of acceleration in the VRC Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

The Redoute’s Choice flyer became the first horse since Weekend Hussler to win the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and then complete a running double in Australia’s premier sprint.

Like Weekend Hussler in 2008, Lankan Rupee was foaled and raised at Arrowfield.  “He just towed me along,” apprentice jockey Chad Schofield said.  “He was just waiting for me to give him the go and when I did he just put them away.”

Trainer Mick Price will now prepare Lankan Rupee for the $2.50 million T J Smith Stakes on the first day of The Championships at Randwick on April 12.  “With five weeks between runs, I get a chance to put him in a green, grassy paddock to refuel him,” Price said.  “Assuming he gets around the reverse way, he will be hard to beat as he kicked up a gear and beat them pretty well.  He was supercharged today.  It’s in his pedigree, it’s in the horse.”

His Group 3 winning dam Estelle Collection (Stravinsky) is among the mares that will be offered for sale in the Teeley Assets dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale starting on May 26.  She has a PPT to Redoute’s Choice.

It was a heady day for Redoute’s Choice at Flemington.  His daughter Bonaria won her third Group 3 race in the VRC Matron Stakes for owner-breeders Robert and Deborah Anderson.

And later in South Africa, his Mike de Kock-trained daughter Majmu made a winning debut in the LR Ruffian Stakes (1000m) at Turffontein.  She is the 111th for Redoute’s Choice.