Redoute’s Choice four-year-old Lankan Rupee managed to live up to trainer Mick Price’s high opinion of him with his brave win in the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
Lankan Rupee had managed to record a city win at his second start but failed to produce his best form in three starts in April and May, which prompted Price to recommend gelding the impressive sprinter.
However, the operation was harder than usual but eventually had the desired effect as Lankan Rupee won first-up at Moonee Valley on October 4.
“It was quite a tricky operation because he had one (testicle) up and one down and had to have general anaesthetic surgery to alter his manhood, but if you see him in the mounting yard now he’s a lovely, mature, strong gelding,” Price said.
Lankan Rupee took on the classy Sydney filly Snitzerland, who had previously beaten him in the Blue Sapphire at Caulfield in the spring of 2012 but the four-year-old managed to reverse that result after the pair shared the speed throughout the $150,000 contest.
Lankan Rupee was able to be Snitzerland by a nose to earn his first stakes success, following his dam Estelle Collection, who Price prepared to win at Group 3 level in her short career.
“His rating’s going to go sky-rocketing now because it’s a Listed race, so he basically made himself a black type horse,” Price said.
“That’s fine, we thought he was anyway, we thought he was a good promising Group horse as a colt.”
Long-time stable supporter Musafa Yaseen raced Estelle Collection and owns Lankan Rupee through his Teeley Assets. Price was thrilled to train such an important winner for the valued client.
“It’s a beautiful family, it’s a pleasure to win for Muzaffar Yaseen,” Price said.
“He’s been with us for 20 years and hopefully we can improve the family for him, because he breeds out of that family and she’s a really nice mare.”
Lankan Rupee became the 107th stakes winner for champion Arrowfield Stud stallion Redoute’s Choice while he completed a stakes double for the sire after Dystopia (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) won the Group 3 GH Mumm Stakes (1100m).
The sister to Widden Stud stallion Stratum proved too good for Shamal Wind (Dubawi – Firemaid, by Machiavellian) and She Can Skate (Bradbury’s Luck – Caniona, by Canny Lad).