The Australian breeding industry has lost one of its greatest-ever stallions with the news that Redoute's Choice died on Tuesday at Arrowfield Stud near Scone in the Hunter Valley.
The 22-year-old son of Danehill and Shantha's Choice was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which could not be restored, despite intensive care by Arrowfield's veterinary and stallion teams.
As a stallion, Redoute's Choice sired 163 Stakes winners of 329 Stakes races across his 19 seasons. He is the sire of 34 individual Group One winners.
Sons of Redoute’s Choice including Burgundy, Coats Choice, Duelled, El Doute, Nadeem and Tobique stand at stud in New Zealand.
Redoute’s Choice stood initially for A$30,000 in 2000 with that fee swelling to an amazing A$330,000 by 2007. He was still demanding a A$137,500 fee in his last season last spring when he served just 45 mares.