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Samantha Stops the Sebring Party

Sebring (AUS), a 2-year-old that this blog recognized very early on as potentially a top-class horse, went within inches of becoming the second horse in recent history to win the Australian juvenile Triple Crown when he was beaten just a head by the fast-finishing Samantha Miss (AUS) in the Champagne Stakes (Aus-I) on the weekend.

While taking nothing away from Sebring, an A+ rated colt whose efforts to run in three group I races over three consecutive weekends (there is no place for the faint of heart in Australia!) is nothing short of outstanding, the win of Samantha Miss was a fantastic result for all concerned.

An A$1.5 million yearling purchase by young Newcastle-based trainer Kris Lees as, Samantha Miss was a timely result for her sire, the leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice (AUS), whose fortunes had taken a dive with the tragic breakdown of his undefeated 2-year old Amelia's Choice (AUS) just weeks before the Golden Slipper.

Samantha Miss was a TrueNicks A+ rated filly before her first stakes win on the weekend. This rating was generated primarily on the back of the previous Australian-bred stakes winners Fast ‘n' Famous and Red Lord, who are both by Redoute's Choice out of mares by New Zealand's leading sire Zabeel (NZ), the best son of the multiple champion sire Sir Tristram.

Redoute's Choice is a great example of the power of TrueNicks. Its ability to quickly discern what broodmare sire lines are working or not working with a stallion helps stallion owners increase the chances of stakes results being found more frequently with their studs. Redoute's Choice is only a young sire but has sired 41 stakes winners to date from 505 named foals (8.1% SW/Fls). Ten of these stakes winners, or 25% of all his stakes winners, are out of mares by Sir Tristram and his sons, and these 10 stakes winners have come from just over 60 foals (16.7% SW/Fls). Just as an example, this is opposed to mares by the Raise a Native sire line that has proven less profitable, with just 3 stakes winners from 85 foals (3.5% SW/Fls).

No prizes for guessing how to increase the stakes production of Redoute's Choice in years to come!

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