Unbeaten Arc heroine Zarkava is set to visit Redoute's Choice in 2013PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Redoute's Choice to cover star mare Zarkava
REDOUTE'S CHOICE will be granted strong support from the Aga Khan during his first northern-hemisphere season at Haras de Bonneval in the form of 15 elite mares, headed by outstanding Arc winner Zarkava.
Multiple Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice will stand at the Aga Khan's Normandy base for the coming season.
Having arrived safely from his Australian home, Arrowfield Stud, on Wednesday, Redoute's Choice will spend his first season in France covering a limited book of 100 top mares.
Zarkava's second foal, a colt by Sea The Stars, turned two with the arrival of 2013. She also has a Galileo yearling colt and is currently in foal to Dubawi.
Fellow Group 1 winner Shareta, who landed the Yorkshire Oaks and Prix Vermeille last year, has also been listed among those to meet with Redoute's Choice, alongside 2012 Prix Saint-Alary winner Sagawara.
The top-flight names continue with Rosanara, winner of the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac, and Daryakana, a Selkirk daughter of the Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille winner Daryaba, who won the Hong Kong Vase.
In addition to top performers on the track, proven Group 1-producing broodmares Shalamantika (the dam of Prix de l'Opera winner Shalanaya) and Vadaza (dam of Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina) will be sent to Redoute's Choice.
He will also cover Asharna, the dam of three Group performers, Group 2 winners Ashalanda and Katiyra, Shemakiya, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Shamdala, as well as Shemima, a daughter of Prix de Diane winner Shemaka.
The 15 are completed by the trio of Tanoura, a sister to four stakes performers, Sharesha, dam of three Group performers and from the family of Derby hero Shahrastani, and Listed winner Kerasona.
Redoute's Choice boasts impressive statistics to date as the sire of 21 individual Group 1 winners, 97 stakes winners, and currently holds a lifetime strike rate of 76 per cent winners-to-runners.
He has spent his entire career to date at stud in Australia, though having covered mares to northern-hemisphere time has sired such European Stakes winners as Elzaam and Tazahum.