Oh So Easy For Redoute's Choice Blueblood At Nottingham

1st at NOT, Mdn, 5000toteplacepot Six Places In Six Races Maiden S. (8f 75y)Winner: Valcartier (Ire), c, 3 by Redoute's Choice (Aus)

Redoute's Choice | Bronwen Healy


1st-NOT, £5,000, Mdn, 4-12, 3yo, 8.3fT, 1:46.17, g/f.
VALCARTIER (IRE) (c, 3, Redoute's Choice {Aus}–Vadawina {Ire} {G1SW-Fr, $267,195}, by Unfuwain), a €950,000 ARAUG yearling whose dam was the winner of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary, had finished only eighth when sent off the joint-favourite for a seven-furlong maiden at Doncaster in October and showed what a turnaround he had made over the winter by breaking smartly and grabbing the early lead. Lengthening in mid-straight, the 11-4 market leader had all rivals beaten passing the two-furlong pole and with the race in safe keeping was allowed to lope to the line for a bloodless 3 3/4-length win from Endless Gold (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Vadawina, who suffered a career-ending injury after disappointing when only fourth as the main threat to Divine Proportions (Kingmambo) in the 2005 G1 Prix de Diane, has proven a potent force in the breeding sheds. Her 2008 son Vadamar (Fr) (Dalakhani {Ire}), GSW-Fr & G1SP-Ity, was successful in the G2 Prix du Conseil de Paris, while four years later she produced Vedouma (Fr) also by Dalakhani who captured the Listed Prix Isonomy and was second in the G3 Prix Vanteaux and then Vedevani (Fr) (Dubawi {Ire}) who placed second in the G3 Prix des Chenes. Vadawina's half-sister Vazira (Fr) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) also took the G1 Prix Saint-Alary, while her dual group-winning half-sibling Vadapolina (Fr) (Trempolino) is now the dam of the G1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Veda (Fr) (Dansili {GB}). Opportunities to acquire such a regally-bred individual from an established Aga Khan dynasty are rare and Valcartier was the fourth highest-priced yearling at the 2015 Arqana August Sale. Sires in his pedigree include the G1 Prix d'Ispahan and G1 Queen Anne S. hero Valixir (Ire), the GI Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal (Fr) and last year's G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp winner Vadamos (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}). Vadawina has visited Galileo (Ire) for the past two years and it has resulted in a 2-year-old colt and yearling filly. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $4,041. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Godolphin; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-John Gosden.


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