With broodmare owners impressed by his physique and presence, Lyndhurst Stud's Drumbeats has proven extremely popular at his first couple of years at stud.
Serving two full books – a total of 234 mares – Drumbeats is a quality son of Redoute's Choice whose value as a sire of sires is already proven.
One of the mighty Danehill's best, Redoute's Choice has been represented by ten stakes producing sons – the likes of Stratum, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt. Bradbury's Luck, Duelled and Fast 'N' Famous all siring Gr.1 winners.
What these horses have in common besides being by Redoute's Choice is that they were all classy racehorses – as was Drumbeats.
A $350,000 Easter yearling, Drumbeats displayed immediate ability for Darley. Flemington placed at his only two-year-old 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 Gr.1 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 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. Continuing to prove competitive in the best of company, he was a close up fifth in the Gr.1 Epsom, fourth in the Gr.1 Doncaster, third in the Gr.2 Theo Marks (behind More Joyous) and third in the Gr.2 Crystal Mile.
And during his final campaign last spring, he added to his tally the Gr.3 Bill Ritchie Handicap.
Drumbeats is one of an incredible 30 winners from 32 runners bred on the outstandingly successful Redoute's Choice/Last Tycoon cross that results in a duplication of the great mare Best In Show. Amongst that impressive tally are ten stakes winners including the Gr.1 winners Master Of Design and Dariana.
Drumbeats is out of Last Tycoon's daughter Delicate Choice whose dam is the Gr.1 VRC Oaks and Gr.1 1000 Guineas victor Arborea – dam of six winners including the tough Delta Form who won at Gr.2 level in the US (also twice Gr.1 placed) and at Listed level in South Africa. Another of Arborea's daughters Tycoon Tess – also by Last Tycoon – is dam of the Listed Morphettville Guineas winner Tai Tai Tess.