Redoute’s Choice and Last Tycoon - Two great stallion influences of recent times who excel by themselves – and who absolutely soar when brought together.
Which is why Lyndhurst Stud Farm is delighted to announce their new stallion for 2011 – the impeccably bred Drumbeats (pictured).
An outstanding first season sire prospect, Drumbeats has it all – pedigree, performance and type.
A particularly good looking son of Redoute’s Choice, he is one of his sire’s 71 stakes winners and what a talented galloper he was.
A horse who caught the eye from day one – Woodlands laying down $350,000 at Easter for the well related colt – Drumbeats showed immediate ability for Darley.
Flemington placed at his only two-year-old start (catching the eye with a strong late finish after a tardy start), he was in great form at three, at only his second career outing a game second in the Gr.2 Roman Consul Stakes.
Back in Melbourne for his next start the Peter Snowden trained bay found plenty of trouble in the Listed Gothic Stakes – pushed off the track prior turn only to show good heart to storm home for a half length second to subsequent Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Heart Of Dreams.
Breaking through at Listed level at only his fourth start, Drumbeats again had to overcome a chequered passage in the Springtime Stakes but he was just too strong.
Given the autumn off, Drumbeats reappeared the following spring – at only his second run in winning the Gr.2 Shannon Stakes, leading throughout to hold off the classy Rangirangdoo.
Continuing to prove competitive in the best of company, Drumbeats was a close up fifth in the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap, fourth in the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap, third in the Gr.2 Theo Marks (behind More Joyous) and third in the Gr.2 Crystal Mile on W.S Cox Plate Day.
And during his final campaign last spring, he added to his already impressive tally the Gr.3 Bill Ritchie Handicap. After travelling wide he raced away in the straight to record a soft 2½ lengths victory under a big weight.
“He showed a really good turn of foot,” jockey Corey Brown commented, the Sydney Morning Herald’s Chris Roots adding that “Brown sat three wide before blowing his rivals away on Drumbeats.”
And his rivals that day were a pretty smart collection of gallopers, the placegetters being last start Gr. 3 Cameron Handicap winner Kenny’s World and Captain Sonador who was to win the Gr.1 Epsom Handicap at his next start. They were followed home by Group winners Pureness, Brilliant Light and McClintock and the Gr.1 performers Cannonball and Fist of Fury.
Peter Snowden always had a high opinion of Drumbeats, a horse he described as “having a great attitude.”
“He is a very talented horse,” he said – “he puts himself into a race and hasn’t he got a turn of foot!”
A three times stakes winner, four times stakes placed. Honest, tough and able to hold his form from his first start to his last. Oh and what a pedigree!
Drumbeats is one of an incredible 20 winners from 22 runners bred on the outstandingly successful Redoute’s Choice/Last Tycoon cross.
That’s a 90.90% winners-to-runners strike rate compared to Redoute’s Choice’s overall stats of 75% and to Last Tycoon’s broodmare sire strike rate of 58.1%.
And it’s a great black type strike rate too – six stakes winners (Drumbeats, Dariana, Shaaheq, Estee, Lucky Unicorn, Provence) and two stakes placed (Strong Choice and Tracy’s Choice)… thanks much to the influence of the famed matriarch Best In Show, fourth dam of Redoute’s Choice and grandam of Last Tycoon’s sire Try My Best.
We all know what a great sire Redoute’s Choice ( pictured) is with his 19 Gr.1 winners and progeny earnings in excess of $67.1 million.
And now he is turning out to be an influential sire of sires, already seven of his sons – Stratum, Snitzel, Not a Single Doubt, Nadeem, Bradbury’s Luck, Al Samer and Coats Choice – siring stakes winners.
You only have to take a quick look last Saturday’s Golden Slipper field to appreciate his influence – five of the runners being by Redoute’s Choice stallions!
Last Tycoon meanwhile keeps proving his worth as a broodmare sire with a mammoth 122 stakes winners including 24 Gr.1 winners including last season’s Horse Of The Year Typhoon Tracy and globe-trotting multiple Gr.1 winner Sun Classique.
Drumbeats is from Delicate Choice, a daughter of the wonderful race mare Arborea. The best filly of her generation – winner of the Gr.1 VRC Oaks and Gr.1 1000 Guineas (as well as three other Group races), Arborea has proven an excellent broodmare with six winners including the very tough Delta Form who won at Gr.2 level in the US (also twice Gr.1 placed) and at Listed level in South Africa.
Arborea’s dam, the imported Alleged mare Open Question, also made her mark at stud with nine winners from as many to race – including the Gr.2 gallopers Paris Dream and Binding as well as the stakes placed The Golden Greek.
This is a family that has been strong over many generations, Open Question’s dam Lady Eleanor a dual Group winner in the US.
As the pioneers of stallion syndication in Queensland, Lyndhurst boasts a long and strong record of standing outstanding stallions – from Smokey Eyes, Hail To Success, Head Over Heels and Grand Chaudiere to Celestial Dancer, Canadian Silver, Sequalo and Hidden Dragon.
Shares in Drumbeats are on offer and those interested in further information should contact Jeff (0429 076 610) or Griff (0427 010 096) Kruger at the farm.
Drumbeats will stand at a fee of $7,700 inc. GST.