BAY – 2003 –
Proven Redoute’s Choice sire Al Samer will continue his stud career at Glen Eden Stud this spring. On the track, Al Samer raced in the very best of company throughout his two-year-old season and scored a well deserved black-type success in the Group 3 Black Opal Stakes over 1200 metres, arguably the finest performance of his career, romping home by three lengths.
Al Samer’s distinguished success in the Listed Darby Munro Stakes at his first start as a three-year-old was another indicator of his considerable ability.
Raced by His Excellency Nasser Lootah, Al Samer was initially retired as a rising four-year-old to Emirates Park due to injury, after only seven career starts that yielded two wins, one second and three thirds for prize money of $275,000.
A son of Champion stallion Redoute’s Choice, he is out of the US-bred mare My Lady’s Key, a direct descendent of Spring Adieu, the grand-dam of the late world champion stallion.
A proven producer in the breeding barn, Al Samer has sires 279 progeny to race with 161 winners, giving him an impressive 57% strike rate.
With four stakes winners, they include Mr Chard (winner of the Group 3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes) & Le Remas (winner of the Listed MRC John Dillion Stakes) in his first crop and followed up with dual black type winning two-year-old Underestimation (winner of Listed St Albans Stakes and Listed VRC Anzac Day Stakes), along with the Listed Mornington Cup winner, Berisha.
Al Samer’s crops also included the Hong Kong-trained winners Tour De Force with seven wins and AU$1.4 million in prize money, Keen Tactics, Spicy Sam, Haymaker and Eastern Promise.
REDOUTE’S CHOICE Champion 3YO Miler in Australia in 1999-2000. Joint Champion 3YO in Aust/NZ in 1999-2000. 5 wins-2 at 2-1100m to 1600m, $1,567,850, MVRC Manikato S., Gr.1, VATC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, CF Orr S., Gr.1, Blue Diamond S., Gr.1, Veuve Clicquot S., L, 2d MVRC Australia S., Gr.1. Champion Aust. Sire in 2005-06, 2009-10, 2013-14, second in 2008-09, 2010-11, third in 2004-05, 2006-07, 2011-12. Champion Aust. Sire (AEI) in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07. Champion Aust. Sire of 2YOs in 2004-05, 2005-06. . Sire of 1319 progeny to race, 990 winners (75.0%), earnings of over $146 million, 159 stakes winners, 114 stakes placegetters, inc.
MISS FINLAND (03f, Woodman, Sadler’s Wells). STC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1.
SAMANTHA MISS (05f, Zabeel, Bold Venture). VRC Oaks, Gr.1, AJC Champagne S., Gr.1.
MAJMU (11f, Hussonet, Smooth Performance). Turffontein Empress Club S., Gr.1.
FASHIONS AFIELD (02f, Wild Again, Bletchingly). AJC Flight S., Gr.1, Sires’ Produce S., Gr.1.
MUSIR (06c, Encosta de Lago, Mill Reef). Greyville Golden Horseshoe S., Gr.1.
REDOUTE’S DANCER (03c, El Gran Senor, Condorcet). New Zealand Derby, Gr.1.
NADEEM (03c, Sound Reason, Oncidium). MRC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1.
STRATUM (02c, Luskin Star, Vain). STC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1, 3d VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1.
MUSTAAQEEM (14c, National Assembly, Mr Eats). Turffontein South African Nursery, Gr.1.
GOD’S OWN (02c, Sky Chase, Showdown). MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1.
LANKAN RUPEE (09g, Stravinsky, Zabeel). ATC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1.
LOTTERIA (01f, Sir Tristram, Zamazaan). VRC Myer Classic, Gr.1, AJC Flight S., Gr.1.
WYLIE HALL (09c, Ideal Planet, Sovereign Edition). Turffontein South African Derby, Gr.1.
GALLICA (05f, Kingmambo, Dictus). SAJC Schweppes Oaks, Gr.1, MRC Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
His sire sons include Snitzel (83 SW), Not a Single Doubt (57 SW), Stratum (40 SW), Nadeem (15 SW), Beneteau (10 SW), Bradbury’s Luck (9 SW), Fast ‘n’ Famous (9 SW), God’s Own (8 SW), Time Thief (5 SW), Lucky Unicorn (5 SW), etc.
MY LADY’S KEY, by Key to the Mint. Unraced. Half-sister to LADY BROADHURST, ANNOUNCE, DAPHNE DONNELLY (dam of QUEEN’S BAY), LADY’S DELIGHT (dam of EXPRESS POWER), YOUTHFUL LEGS, Sarge, Chayim, Gabbing Gloria (dam of DIATRIBE). Dam of thirteen named foals, ten to race, eight winners, inc:-
AL SAMER (c. by Redoute’s Choice). Subject horse.
Ceol Na Sraide (f. by King’s Theatre). Winner at 1¼m, 2d Curragh Woodies DIY H. Dam of-
THE VOICE – MODERN TSAR (H.K.) (Northern Meteor). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1300m, 1400m, A$100,900, HK$1,858,525, SAJC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.3, HKJC Grassy Hill H.
ROYAL ZULU GUARD (Rock of Gibraltar). 4 wins 1400m to 1750m, Scottsville Michael Roberts H., L, 4th Greyville Kings Cup, Gr.3.
Rock Band (Rock of Gibraltar). 2 wins at 1600m, 1950m, 3d WATC JC Roberts S., L.
YOU’RE MY LADY, by Roberto. 2 wins-1 at 2-at 6f in U.S.A. Half-sister to Razyana (dam of DANEHILL). Dam of 11 foals, 10 to race, 9 winners, inc:-
LADY BROADHURST (Golden Thatch). 5 wins at 1000m, 1200m, Kenilworth Sceptre S., Gr.2.
LADY’S DELIGHT (Local Talent). 6 wins to 1600m, Newmarket Swazi Howe H., L. Dam of-
EXPRESS POWER (Snitzel). 4 wins 1200m to 1800m, A$215,755, Gold Coast Bracelet, L.
Sunday Service (Sunday Silence). 3 wins 1550m to 2000m, 2d STC Sky High S., L. Dam of-
DAY OF REST – WINNER’S WAY (H.K.) (Starcraft). 7 wins 1200m to 1650m to 2017-18, HKJC Sha Tin Vase, Gr.3.
THAT’S A GOOD IDEA (Flying Spur). 9 wins 1000m to 1400m, Scone RC Ortensia S., L.
KNEELING (Encosta de Lago). 4 wins at 1200m, 1300m, MRC William Crockett S., L.
Come Sunday. Unraced. Dam of-
ACE HIGH (High Chaparral). 4 wins-1 at 2-1400m to 2500m to 2017-18, Victoria Derby, Gr.1, ATC Spring Champion S., Gr.1.
ANNOUNCE (National Assembly). 4 wins at 1200m, 1600m, R215,762, Greyville Thukela H., L. Sire.
DAPHNE DONNELLY (Golden Thatch). 4 wins-1 at 2, Newmarket George Azzie H., L. Dam of-
QUEEN’S BAY (Fort Wood). 8 wins 1450m to 1800m, Turffontein Jacaranda H., Gr.3.
Bay Tree. 2 wins-1 at 2-to 1600m. Dam of-
BOUQUET-GARNI (Strike Smartly). 5 wins 1450m to 2450m, South African Derby, Gr.1.
YOUTHFUL LEGS (Explodent). 3 wins at 7f, 8½f, Hialeah Citation S., L. Sire.
Gabbing Gloria. 3 wins-1 at 2-in U.S.A. Dam of-
DIATRIBE (Brief Truce). 5 wins-1 at 2-1440m to 2400m, A$2,325,230, VATC Caulfield Cup, Gr.1.