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The Best of Redoute’s Choice

Gai has trained exactly 100 winners by Redoute’s Choice that have come from 39 individual winners. Redoute’s Choice has been one of the great sires of our generation, and Gai is now the 2nd most successful trainer of the breed in terms of both number of wins and number of individual winners. While Gai is 2nd on the Redoute’s Choice list as we speak, the Lady Trainer does have the best strike rate with the breed.

Of Gai’s 39 individual Redoute’s Choice winners, what horse has been the best to date? In fact what horses would make up the Gai’s top five Redoute’s Choice’s to date list? Actually top six, because the humble author can’t separate 5th and 6th!

Here goes nothing, and as always, all correspondence is welcome via

While Redoute’s Choice is getting on a bit, he is still much sort after and with plenty of talented horses by the great sire currently in the stable, expect Gai to continue to win many great races with the progeny of this magnificent stallion. This top six list is a top six list to date, meaning, maybe just maybe, Gai’s best Redoute’s is still to come…

6th – Mutawaajid (Redoute’s Choice/Elated Lady)

Before he went overseas, this colt won five of six races, and was only beaten in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas. He won two Group 2 races including the Hobartville where he beat the champion filly Gold Edition. Mutawaajid was a star late season two-year-old and a brilliant three-year-old. He had all the ability in the world and well and truly deserves his place in the top six.

5th – Hampton Court (Redoute's Choice/Roses 'n' Wine)

Hampton Court was one of the most progressive colts Gai has trained in a long time. He was a speedy two-year-old, before making it all the way to the VRC Derby as a three-year-old. It was in a seven day stretch in the spring of 2014 that this colt earned his way into this list. Over 1600m in the Dulcify, ridden by the magic man Joao Moreira, Hampton Court came from an impossible position to weave through the field and record his 1st stakes win. The following week, in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, Hampton Court did this…

The colt won the race in the officially recorded time of 2.00.30. This is the fastest time ever recorded (metric era) for 2000m at Royal Randwick. Think about every Spring Champion winner, every Queen Elizabeth winner plus the hundreds and hundreds of other winners over the famous 2000m at Sydney’s racing headquarters. Lonhro, Might And Power, Desert War, Grand Armee, Tie The Knot, More Joyous and It’s A Dundeel just to name a few. All of these champions won Group 1 races over 2000m at Randwick and none won their respective races in faster time than Hampton Court did in 2014.

4th – Cheeky Choice (Redoute's Choice/Christchurch)

Cheeky Choice had 15 starts for four wins and six placings. Her crowning glory came in the 2006 Flight Stakes when she demolished a stellar field by 2.5 lengths. The filly also won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes, and was only beaten 0.9 of a length in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas by Miss Finland (also by Redoute’s Choice). As a four-year-old it took the likes of Divine Madonna and Hot Danish to beat Cheeky Choice in Group 1 events. This filly was a gun in an age of great fillies and she is unlucky not to be a touch higher on the list.

3rd – Amelia’s Dream (Redoute's Choice/Shalt Not)

How can a horse that had two starts and won just $148,000 possibly make it onto this list? On debut in a maiden at Canterbury, Amelia’s Dream won untouched by ten lengths. Next start she won the Silver Slipper by seven lengths and then she was gone. Injury curtailed this filly’s career – but there is no doubt she was set for stardom and she more than deserves her spot in the top six. The week before she was to run in the Golden Slipper as a $1.80 favourite, she hurt herself. Gai won the Slipper that year anyway, so it is not quite ‘the one that got away’ but just how good could have this filly been? Samantha Miss was the same age, and she went closer to winning a Cox Plate than any filly over the last 30 years. Amelia’s Dream was lengths better than Samantha Miss. People still talk about Amelia’s Dream as one of the greatest two-year-olds of the 21st century and she only raced twice. Never one to look back, Gai simply said at the time, ‘Not to worry, there will be another one that will come along.’ Sebring won the Slipper that year, then came Pierro, and Overreach before Vancouver, and who knows what will happen in the future. Champions come and go, but one thing is for sure… Amelia’s Dream was destined to be a champion, such was her natural ability.

2nd – Fashions Afield (Redoute's Choice/Attire)

This speedy filly through dogged determination and a will to win managed to bank $1,974,110 on the track during her 22 race career. Fashions Afield’s best wins included the 2005 Flight Stakes, where she beat the multiple Group 1 winning filly Mnemosyne. These two fillies also clashed as two-year-olds with Fashions Afield coming out on top in the Reisling and the Group 1 Sires’ and as three-year-olds where Fashions Afield maintained her advantage in the Flight Stakes. In five clashes, Fashions Afield won three while Mnemosyne won two. Fashions Afield is another example of a very affordable filly chosen by Gai that went on to make a huge amount of money on the track. Anytime a filly makes eight times more on the track than its sale price as Fashions Afield did, it is a success story. Gai seems to have young horses under her watch that achieve these statistics very frequently.

1st – Lotteria (Redoute's Choice/Rose Reward)

This mighty mare is clearly Gai’s number 1 Redoute’s Choice to date. Lotteria (Redoute's Choice x Rose Reward) won the Flight Stakes in 2004, but unlike Gai’s previous winners in this great race, Lotteria won not as a juvenile champion, but as a filly on the rise. This daughter of Redoute’s Choice was purchased by Gai at the 2003 Magic Millions sale for $260,000. In hindsight this seems like a bargain especially since Redoute’s Choice was flying as a stallion in 2003 and also the fact that Lotteria picked up $1,491,560 on the track in her 17 start race career. Lotteria may have made even more on the track had she not run into a couple of Australia’s best ever horses; but even so, this wonderful girl was simply breathtaking on the track and she more than held her own in the biggest races on the Australian racing calendar. After just holding on in the Spring Classic in Newcastle in 2004, Gai felt her gun filly was going well enough to be given her chance in the Group 1 Flight Stakes. Again this was a masterstroke from the Lady Trainer because as the $4 second favourite, Lotteria produced one of the best Flight Stakes performances in the 66 year history of the race to win by 7 lengths. After this win, Lotteria came back in the autumn and won the Surround Stakes, then as a four-year-old in the following spring the now mare won the Shannon, ran a place in the Epsom (beaten by Desert War by a length), ran second to Makybe Diva in the Cox Plate then won the Myer Classic at Flemington. As mentioned Lotteria did make almost six times her purchase price on the track, but she also performed so beautifully well against the likes of Desert War at his best and a near-on unbeatable Makybe Diva in that mare’s history defining 2005 spring.




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