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Aust-Bred Redoute's Colt 2nd In Royal Ascot Gr2
Flagship Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a prestigious juvenile group placing at Royal Ascot overnight when Australian-bred colt Elzaam (Redoute's Choice-Mambo In Freeport, by Kingmambo) finished 2nd by a nose in the £100,000 (A$173,000) Gr2 Coventry Stakes (6 furlongs) for 2YOs. Elzaam (ridden by Richard Hills for trainer Michael Jarvis) was pipped by favoured US-bred colt Strong Suit (Rahy-Helwa, by Silver Hawk) with another US-bred colt Roayh (Speightstown-Most Remarkable, by Marquetry) in 3rd-placing. Elzaam was bred by Kia Ora Stud in Australia (to northern hemisphere time) in January 2008 & sold at the 2009 Arqana August Sale to Shadwell France for €280,000 (A$406,000). Elzaam was sent by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum to trainer Michael Jarvis & made his 1st raceday appearance on May 13 at York in England, winning over 6 furlongs. Elzaam is the 1st member of Redoute's Choice's initial northern time crop to race, as well as his 1st representative to win in Europe & his 1st European Group performer.