Ontrack’s Hunter Valley Horse and Wine Tour will be markedly different this year with the sad news that Arrowfield Stud’s champion stallion Redoute’s Choice has died this morning.
The rising 23 year-old son of Danehill and Shantha’s Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams.
“Arrowfield is always one of the most popular studs on the Ontrack tour each year and Redoute’s Choice was a must see for tour members during his magnificent career,” said Ontrack’s Managing Director Grant Morgan.
“He was without peer at the height of his career and our tour members were gobsmacked by the horse when he was paraded during those glory years.
“Not only was he a champion colt on the racetrack, he matured into a magnificent specimen of a thoroughbred at stud.
“In recent years the horse battled health issues and he wasn’t on public display but he continued to serve mares and get high class winners.
“He sired 34 individual Group One winners and now his daughters are continuing his legacy and this season Redoute’s Choice mares have left Group One winners Arcadia Queen, Extra Brut and Amphitrite this season.
“None of his recent colts have been better than The Autumn Sun and the 2019 Ontrack Hunter Valley tour might just be watching the start of this colt’s career at Arrowfield in October,” said Grant Morgan.
Announcing today’s sad news, Arrowfield’s John Messara said: “Redoute’s Choice is such a big part of all our lives, and right now it’s hard to imagine Arrowfield without him.
“He has given us so much, Arrowfield has been built on his back and he’s allowed all of us and many, many other people to fulfil our dreams and ambitions.
“I thank Muzaffar Yaseen for allowing us to buy into Redoute’s Choice almost two decades ago. Our partnership has always been amicable and it has achieved all that we could hope for, and more.
“I’m grateful to all my team, past and present, who are part of his story, especially those who have cared for and worked with Redoute’s Choice every day and have ensured that he’s had the long and wonderful life he deserved. There are many tears being shed at Arrowfield today.\
“I also thank everyone who helped us launch his stud career, his shareholders, and those who bred to him, and bought, raced, trained and rode his progeny. He has blessed us all.”
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