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Inglis Easter Day-1: $1.5 Million For Redoute's Choice Colt
A cracking colt by Arrowfield's multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice was knocked down to esteemed bloodstock agent Angus Gold for $1.5 million yesterday on day one of the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney. Gold, acting on behalf of Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud, said this year he was aiming for quality over quantity having missed out on several top-class gallopers in recent years. "Having been beaten on Wandjina and missing out on Deep Field in the past we are looking to buy colts that can make stallions if they can run," Gold told racenet. "And this colt certainly passes all the criteria we have in that area." Catalogued as Lot 113, the bay colt out of the Anabaa mare Top Cuban is a half-brother to the talented Gr3 BTC Classic winner Havana and hails from the family of US Gr1 winners Weber City Miss and Slew City Slew. "Redoute's Choice is a global commodity now and we've had some good success with his offspring like Nadeem, Reaan, and this season Zamzam," Gold continued. "This colt has a brilliant mind. From the first time I saw him at the farm, to here at the sale, he has hardly turned a hair. Sheikh Hamdan is a great supporter of Australia and wants the best so that's what we have tried to do." The colt will be prepared by David Hayes who was also taken with the colt. "Mentally he is very well adjusted and that's important but he is also the most beautiful colt," Hayes said. "He has great presence and athleticism and really does look to have everything you want in a colt made the way he is." Gold was the most active buyer on day one securing 11 yearlings for $5,410,00.