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Redoute's Choice Relation Impresses on Debut
Beautifully bred filly Shoals lived up to her luminous pedigree page when scoring a fetching debut win for trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman at Seymour in Victoria yesterday. Showing good natural speed out of the gates, Shoals travelled comfortably outside the leader Holy Mind before sprinting clear at the top of the straight to post an impressive 4 length win in the 2YO Fillies Maiden Plate over 1100 metres. Bred by Arrowfield Stud, who race her in partnership with Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Shoals is by Fastnet Rock out of the valuable mare The Broken Shore (Hussonet), a daughter of outstanding producer Shantha's Choice. A $1.9 million purchase by Munz at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale from the Teeley Assets Dispersal, The Broken Shore is therefore a half-sister to Arrowfield's multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, Gr1 winners Platinum Scissors & Manhattan Rain, Gr3 winner Sliding Cube and stakes winner Echoes of Heaven, and a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show. This is arguably the most sought after bloodline in the world, with other esteemed members including Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winning sire Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Xaar, Al Maher, Sex Appeal (dam of stallion heavyweights Try My Best & El Gran Senor), Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride, and her daughter Better Than Honour, who fetched a world-record price of US$14 million for a broodmare in 2008 and is the dam of US classic winners Rags To Riches & Jazil. Rod Douglas, racing manager for Pinecliff Racing principal Jonathon Munz, said he expected Shoals to easily measure up to stakes company. "She's out of a half sister to Redoute's Choice...you can't buy into that family, that's why she was so expensive," he said. "It was a good experience for her so its onwards and upwards to something better now. She looks like she is going to be stakes class."