Tai Tai Tess, the Robert Smerdon trained multiple owned filly who has raced on six occasions and won her last four outings, including a 1200m event by 3.3 lengths at Sandown on August 28 and the Morphettvile Guineas at Adelaide on Saturday, is by the Zeditave sire Magic Albert (Yarraman Park, Scone) and from Tycoon Tess, a Last Tycoon winning sister to Delicate Choice, dam of the Redoute’s Choice stallion Drumbeats, a new sire at the Kruger’s historic Lyndhurst stud at Warwick.
Tycoon Tess and Delicate Choice are also half-sisters to the Marscay gelding Delta Form, another Australian bred horse to perform well at Group1 level in the northern hemisphere. After scoring in six of 18 races in South Africa, including two Listed events, and placing in three Group 3s, he ran nine times in America for two wins, one the Del Mar Handicap-Gr.2, and two Group1 thirds, the Belmont Turf Classic Invitational and Hollywood Turf Cup.
Bred and raced by the Kelly’s Newhaven Park stud, their dam Arborea was one of the best of her time, her eight wins including in successive outings the Victoria Oaks (by 1.8 lengths), Caulfield Thousand Guineas and Wakeful Stakes.
Arborea has valuable breeding, being by Imperial Prince, an English Derby and Irish Derby runner up by Sir Ivor, a sire also in Redoute’s Choice’s pedigree, from Open Question, an American bred daughter of two times Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Alleged.
Besides Arborea, one of the best racehorses under the first dams of the new Lyndhurst sire Drumbeats has been this big, strong bay himself. He won the STC Shannon Stakes-Gr.2 (1500m), AJC Bill Ritchie Stakes-Gr.3 (1400m) and VRC Springtime Stakes-LR (1400m), landed second money in the AJC Roman Consul Stakes-Gr.2 (1200m) and MRC Gothic Stakes (1400m), third in the MVRC Crystal Mile-Gr.2 and STC Theo Marks Stakes-Gr.2 (1400m), fourth in the AJC Doncaster-Gr.1 (1600m,1.8 lengths, 20 runners) and fifth in the AJC Epsom Handicap-Gr.1 (1600m).
Drumbeats, initial fee $7,700, appeals as one of the best bred and performed racehorses to stand at Lyndhurst, home also at this time of the proven sires, both locals, Sequalo (by Rustic Amber) and Hidden Dragon (Danehill),
Mares by Sequalo and other Lyndhurst recent sires, Canadian Silver (Can) (Geiger Counter, Mr. Prospector) and Celestial Dancer (IRE) (Godswalk) could go well with Drumbeats, a sire who will benefit from solid patronage and who looks a good prospect to continue the stud’s imposing record.