With the recent news that Arrowfield Stud’s Champion sire Redoute’s Choice had died, the progeny of the multiple G1-producing son of Danehill were in high demand this week at the 2019 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

One particular colt; the Arrowfield Stud-consigned Lot 315, was highly sought after.

Smiles All Round As Lot 315 Knocked Down For $1.3 million, Image: Laura Lebedeff Photography

Smiles All Round As Lot 315 Knocked Down For $1.3 million, Image: Laura Lebedeff Photography

Out of the Charge Forward mare Traceability, herself a half-sister to G1 TJ Smith winner Master Of Design and the G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Suntagonal, the third dam of this colt is Ahonoora mare Princess Tracy, herself the dam of South African Champion 2YO Filly and Older Classic Mare 1992-1993 and 1994-1995 Tracy’s Element, who is in turn the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy.

The dam of two runners to date, Traceability’s first to race is the Brett Crawford-trained, one-eyed 3yo colt Traces, a son of another Champion Sire Snitzel, which is raced in partnership by Ridgemont Highlands and Arrowfield Stud.

Successful in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes, as well as having recorded placed efforts in the Listed Umngeni Handicap and G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes.

Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes Winner Traces (Snitzel x Traceability), Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs

The second foal of the mare is Spring Loaded, the full-brother to Lot 315, who is trained by Hawkes Racing has second on debut in the G3 Canonbury Stakes.

After a spirited bidding dual, the stunning colt was knocked down to Orbis Bloodstock for $1.3 million.

“He’s a cracking colt and we loved him,” said Orbis Bloodstock’s Paul King, who has been working for Orbis for the last 18 months.

“I spoke to John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes and they said he was a must-buy out of the sale. I thought I’d let them do the nodding and Orbis has secured a really nice colt.

“If he lives up to what we hope he can, he can make a stallion prospect and help the breed to live on. Obviously, it’s now up to the horse to perform under the Orbis brand.

“Everyone knows that the Hawkes’ love a nice colt and can make a stallion from them.

“He’ll go to the right stable and get every opportunity to show what he’s got and hopefully in a couple of years, we’ll have really nice colt on our hands.”

Main Image: Laura Lebedeff Photography