Well, he was just a half-inch shy of racing into Australian equine immortality, but the effort by Sebring for second in the mile group I Champagne Stakes at Royal Randwick May 3 was highly commendable.
Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson and Bob Ingham locked horns Tuesday during the third session of the Inglis Easter national yearling sale in Australia, and the battle produced a stunner. Ferguson was the winner, landing a Redoute's Choice colt for Aust$2.5 million (approximately $2.1 million in U.S. funds).
Sunday's opening session of the revamped Inglis national Easter yearling sale got off to an absolute flyer in Australia, with vendors reaping the rewards. It was the best start in the auction's history.
- By Ric Chapman
Opening day of the revamped Inglis national easter yearling sale got off to an absolute flyer with vendors reaping the rewards.
The prestigious Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale starts this weekend at Newmarket in Sydney. Five hundred and two horses are catalogued to be offered Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, with a brand new Select Session II of 195 yearlings set for Thursday.
Two colts by Redoute's Choice each bring Aust$2.2 million at Magic Millions sale.
Patinack Farm bought 19 yearlings during the Magic Millions sale's third session.
Redoute's Choice colt sells for Aust$1 million during second session.
Redoute's Choice colt brings Aust$725,000 as Magic Millions Sale opens in Australia.
Horses held up in Australia because of equine influenza are sold in Hong Kong at another blockbuster sale in that country.
A Redoute's Choice yearling colt brings seven-figure price in New Zealand.
The spread of equine influenza in Australia could cause the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) to be run later than usual. Forty-seven horses have tested positive.
Australian filly star Anamato is scheduled to be shipped to California Sunday for the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on July 7 at Hollywood Park.
The Magic Millions National sale ended with a record-setting gross of more than Aust$87 million for weanlings, broodmares, and yearlings following a three-week run on Australia's Gold Coast.
A colt by Redoute's Choice sold for Aust$800,000 Tuesday to top the first session of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in Australia.
There was to be no Rags to Riches outcome from the BMW Queensland Derby (Aus-I) at Eagle Farm racecourse on Saturday when favored Eskimo Queen, winner of last week's Queensland Oaks (Aus-I) took a tumble with five furlongs remaining.
Gypsy Dancer sold for Aust$1.5 million as the Magic Millions broodmare sale got off to a record-setting start.
Anamato and Universal Queen, in the shadows of the leading Australian fillies Miss Andretti and Miss Finland all season, broke through with group I wins at Morphettville on April 21.
Champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice will stand at a record Australian service fee of $300,000 plus GST this spring.
Pinhookers were out in force as day one of the Sydney Inglis Weanling sale unfolded on Sunday in Australia. The top price was paid by Coolmore representative Colm Santry who went to Aus$320,000 (U.S.$266,700) on behalf of a client for a filly by Encosta de Lago from the stakes placed Langfuhr mare Shalang.
William Inglis & Son's Easter yearling sale, which ended Thursday in Australia, generated a series of all-time highs during its three-session run.
The old adage 'the cream rises to the top' was in play as day one of Australia's biggest yearling sale -- in fact the southern hemisphere's biggest yearling sale -- came to a thunderous end on Tuesday evening.
Miss Finland advanced another step in her quest for greatness while defeating the males in the AUS$750,000 Australian Guineas (Aus-I) March 10.
The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Victoria, Australia, is always seen as the main preliminary event on the under card to the April Easter Yearling Sale, also conducted by Inglis. If day one of Premier was a precursor of things to come, Easter should be mind blowing.
Redoute's Dancer and his conditioner Tim Martin created history as the first Australian-trained winner of the New Zealand Derby (NZ-I) at Ellerslie racecourse on March 3.
As the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale got underway, a filly by Redoute's Choice brought the top price.
Australian champion and leading stallion Redoute's Choice sired his first reported North American foal, a filly, born Feb. 6 at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Coolmore's world famous representative Demi O'Byrne paid the Magic Millions Day 4 top price of (Aus) $900,000 for a colt by Arrowfield Stud current Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice.
The excitement of seeing two magnificent racing fillies win the two $1 million races at the Magic Millions race day on the Gold Coast Jan. 13 stole much of the excitement out of the crowd. As day three of the sale wound down, the best was bought for $625,000 by Katsumi Yoshida.
The Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale has been a happy hunting ground for South African trainer Charles Laird, who led the buyers during Thursday's first session on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Magic Millions yearling sale features top horses and will have a celebrity visitor, Tara Reid.
Close to 600 yearlings will be offered at the William Inglis & Son auction.
Following his dramatic rise to a stud fee of Aus$275,000 this year, it was thought Redoute's Choice would have a smaller book, which looked a certainty before a paddock accident last week ended his 2006 breeding season.
Miss Finland regained her territorial right as the leading filly of her age with a last-to-first win in Australia's One Thousand Guineas (Aus-I) at Caulfield Oct. 18.
Redoute's Choice rewrote every record yearling sale page earlier this year. And it seems his awesome presence has spread to weanlings, too.
Australian sire Redoute's Choice has had his 2006 fee raised to A$275,000 (approximately $209,000) at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud near Scone in New South Wales.
The major international buyers have left Australia, but as day one of the Australian weanling and boodmare sale ended in Sydney on Sunday, it was obvious the buzz they created last week at the yearling auction still hung over the crowd.
A new era dawned in Australia as the record-breaking 2006 Australian Easter yearling sale concluded at Newmarket on Thursday.
Redoute's Choice now has had winners in seven different countries. And this from just three crops of racing age. He's had black type winners in four of those countries.
In the sales ring in his home of Sydney, Australia April 18 at the Australian Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the awesome might of this young stallion was flexed. He topped the sale with a $2-million colt.
Miss Finland, the 50th winner of the Golden Slipper (Aust-I), is a legacy of an arrangement between Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara and the late Sheikh Maktoum.
Trainer David Hayes followed in his famous father's footsteps when Miss Finland took out the $3 million Golden Slipper (AUS-I) at Rosehill Gardens Saturday.
It was Snitzel [schnitzel] with the works in Melbourne Feb. 26, his win in the 122nd Oakleigh Plate (Aust-I) completing a double for his white-hot Danehill sire Redoute's Choice.
Figures from the Australian Stud Book reveal that Encosta de Lago set a new mark for number of mares covered in 2005.
Leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice will be bred to a limited number of mares on Northern Hemisphere time at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud near Scone in New South Wales.
A Redoute's Choice filly sold for Aus$480,000 to set a record for the Magic Millions National yearling sale, which ended its two-day run Friday on Australia' Gold Coast with huge increases in gross revenue and average price.
As always, the releasing of Coolmore's stud fees were the most anticipated in Australia.
When is it all going to stop? Day two of the Australian William Inglis & Son broodmare sale came and went with another 196 moms passing through the ring. And once again the "Wonder from Down Under" -- the incomparable Redoute's Choice -- stamped himself all over it.
Vinery's More Than Ready landed his first Australian group I winner with a member of his freshman crop when Carry on Cutie upset the favorites in the $450,000 (Australian funds) Champagne Stakes (Aus-I) at Randwick.
The hottest stud in Australia, Arrowfield, home of the "wonder from down under" Redoute's Choice (Danehill -- Shantha's Choice) announced its 2005 stud fees Friday.
As day three of this truly unbelievable Australian Easter sale concluded Thursday, statisticians reflected on a sire's performance that was unprecedented in this part of the world.
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