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$3m Mare Princess Coup Heads To Redoute's Choice
Arrowfield Stud stallion Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) "has been selected by Evergreen Farm's Tony Bott to cover his $3 million Magic Millions broodmare buy Princess Coup in her 1st season at stud," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Bott paid an all-time Magic Millions record $3 million for 4-time Gr1-winning 5YO mare Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago-Stoneyfell Road, by Sovereign Red) during last month's National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. Princess Coup (originally bred in South Australia & sold for $260,000 as a yearling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale) retired at the end of 2008 (due to on-going joint problems) after previously being named the 2006-07 season's NZB Filly-Of-The-Year & Champion 3YO, followed by the 2007-08 season's dual NZ Champion Middle Distance galloper & Champion Stayer. Overall Princess Coup recorded 12 wins (including the NZ Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes over 2040m twice, Gr1 NZ Oaks over 2400m, NZ Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m, Australian Gr2 St George Stakes over 1800m, NZ Gr3 Lowland Stakes over 2100m, Gr3 NZB Desert Gold Stakes over 1600m, NZ Listed Slade Farm Canterbury Stakes over 1600m & NZ Listed Ray Coupland Stakes over 1400m) & 10 placings (including the NZ Gr1 Stoney Bridge Stakes over 1600m, Australian Gr1 The BMW over 2400m, Australian Gr1 Ranvet Stakes over 1900m, Gr1 Darley Australian Cup over 2000m, Australian Gr1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m, Australian Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m, NZ Gr2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Classic over 2000m, Gr1 NZ 2000 Guineas over 1600m, Gr1 NZB 1000 Guineas over 1600m & NZ Gr2 Eight Carat Classic over 1600m) from 33 starts for over NZ$4 million earnings.