Can They Catch Beneteau?

Purchased from the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale by Blue Sky Bloodstock, BENETEAU showed from day one that he was all quality.

By Redoute’s Choice, out of Slice Of Paradise, herself a stakes-placed full-sister to Champion 3YO Filly Alinghi, the Paul Messara-trained Beneteau recorded two impressive barrier trial wins before making his debut on Australia day in 2010.

Starting the short-priced favourite the imposing colt was simply all class, defeating the Clarry Conners-trained Georgette Silk by almost three lengths, with that filly stepping out at her next start and winning the Listed Widden Stakes with ease.

Sent straight to Melbourne to contest the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), the colt was just as impressive as his debut performance, defeating General Truce by two-and-a-half lengths, with a further two-and-a-quarter lengths to the third placed Thegreatandthegood.

Starting favourite next time out in the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, Beneteau jumped away well from the middle of the line and after not being able to find a position, dropped back through the field to find himself travelling wide.

Charging home late, Beneteau finished a narrow third to Star Witness – a colt he is now also racing against in the First Season Sire race.

Sent back to Sydney, the colt was beaten by Hinchinbrook in the Group 3 Skyline, before finishing a very credible fifth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper, beaten just over two lengths by Crystal Lily, a filly he had beaten home in Melbourne.

After another cracking effort at Group 1 company, finishing just one and a quarter lengths off Skilled in the Champagne Stakes over 1600m, Beneteau headed for the spelling paddock.

Suffering a paddock injury while spelling, the untimely decision was made to retire Beneteau to stand alongside his sire Redoute’s Choice at the property of his breeder, Arrowfield Stud.

With his first crop of runners hitting the ground running, Beneteau was recently represented by his tenth individual two-year-old winner this season, putting him four clear of his closest rival.

Having sired Group 3 winner Prompt Return (pictured left), a Blue Sky Bloodstock purchase, as well as the Restricted Listed winner Lady Jivago and a further two stakes placed runners, Beneteau looks a certainty to finish the season as the leading first season sire by winners.

If you are interested in touching base with Blue Sky Bloodstock to discuss any future stallion prospects, please do contact Julian Blaxland on 0431 746 803.