Redoute's Choice: The Danehill Successor?

Danehill's final generation at Australia's yearling sales has sparked much speculation about succession. Amid the hyperbole, there is factual evidence that Redoute's Choice is hot -- as hot as a $2 pistol if you're inclined to Dash Hammet or Raymond Chandler.

The second wave of Arrowfield's younger Danehill son are creating mayhem this season. It came to a head Feb 26 as Undoubtedly, one of four by Redoute's Choice in the $1 million (Australian funds) Blue Diamond Stakes (Aust-I) at Caulfield.

An hour earlier in Canberra the Black Opal Stakes (Aust-II) -- also for 2-year-olds at 1,200 meters -- went to Al Samer and he's also by the 1999 Blue Diamond winner.

Farther north in Sydney the same evening, there were two more graded juvenile races and Snitzel, by you-know-who, beat the males in the Skyline (Aust-III) and is ruling favorite for the $2.5 million Golden Slipper March 19.

More Than Ready  supplied the other winner, in the female equivalent (Sweet Embrace) at Canterbury -- Carry on Cutie.
That's Redoute's Choice 3, the Rest of the World 1.

Vinery's More Than Ready  was represented by Perfectly Ready in the Blue Diamond and he performed creditably for third, a nose from Seidnazar and 2 1/4 lengths from the winner.

Undoubtedly (25-1) was a grand result for a group of Adelaide owners including breeder Harry Perks. He imported the colt's damsire Don't Say Halo (Halo) to his Toorak Park Stud in South Australia 20 years ago.

In winning his second race in three starts, Undoubtedly provided handler Mark Kavanagh and rider Dwayne Dunn with their first group I success. They intend to press on to the Slipper.

Redoute's Choice has 11 individual stakes winners and another 22 stakes horses from his first 104 runners. He led a strong band of freshmen by Australian earnings last season, including Stravinsky.

Such a rich Golden Slipper tilts the Juvenile Sires title, the winner's sire almost always takes the podium. But Redoute's Choice is so white hot he could even win without it. The $900,000 payday from Feb 26 advanced his second crop earnings to $2.3 million.

That brings us to Arrowfield's elder Danehill, Danzero. He also had group I success, to cap in a huge day for Danehill and his sire sons Down Under.

Jymcarew (9-1) won the $400,000 Canterbury Guineas (Aust-I, 1,900 meters) to give Danzero his second success in the first leg of Sydney's Triple Crown.

At the final running of the race under lights, Jymcarew wore down 9-4 elect Eremein (by Timber Country) to score by a half neck. Cheval de Troy (Zabeel) also turned in a splendid Australian Derby trial with his third, beaten a length.

The success of Glen Boss on the Bob Thomsen-trained Jymcarew saw him create a record in winning group Is 1,000 kilometers apart on the same day. Boss partnered Fastnet Rock to win the Oakleigh Plate in Melbourne before catching a flight home to Sydney.

Caulfield stewards adjourned an inquiry into Boss's handling of Makybe Diva in the St. George Stakes, the mare beaten a short head. Chief steward Des Gleeson quizzed Boss over his failure to ride out Makybe Diva for "eight or nine strides" from the top of the stretch.