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Inglis Easter Day-1: $1.875m Redoute's Choice Colt
NSW Hunter Valley stud Kitchwin Hills paid top price of $1.875 million for a colt by flagship Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice (the 3rd foal out of stakes-winning & Gr2-placed 9YO Unbridled's Song mare Regrowth) during yesterday's opening session at the 3-day Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket in Sydney. The colt (consigned by Segenhoe Stud as agent) comes from the family of Gr1 Golden Slipper winners Forensics & Snippets; his dam Regrowth is a half-sister to both Gr2-placed Sharp Aunty & stakes-placed Kalash (dam of triple Gr1-winner & Australasian Champion 2YO filly Forensics). Scone-based Kitchwin Hills farm manager Mick Malone enthused: "I saw him not long after he was born & I've watched him develop through his life & for months now I've been keen to put a team together & get him. He was a star type, a beautiful mover with lovely bone & the classic Danehill head. We've got Dane Shadow at the farm & these are the sort of horses you need around you if you are going to be successful." And Kitchwin's Graeme Brown confirmed the colt was "a perfect fit for the direction the stud is heading with its stallions" (following the success of Dane Shadow & recent acquisition of Gr1-winner Duporth). This is our biggest go. We're getting a position in the marketplace & this horse fits in well with our situation. He is a cracking sort & we're happy to be a part of it." Consignor Segenhoe's Michael Sissian said he regarded this colt as "the best he has ever offered for sale"; the $1.875 million was a record price for the stud (eclipsing the previous mark of $1.6 million set by the half-sister to this colt by More Than Ready in 2008). Sissian noted: "He has magnificent presence, a wonderful temperament, terrific action & his physical conformation is faultless. A lot of the good judges on the ground tell me he is as close to the faultless yearling as they have seen for many years." The colt is a 4th-generation product for Segenhoe & Sissian, who added: "I bred Regrowth, True Blonde (grand-dam) & owned Easy Date (great-grand-dam). That has been my major family for 20 years & it is terrific!"