Sheer Talent Overview
Sheer Talent gives breeders the opportunity to access a group winning son of Redoute’s Choice from one of Australasia’s greatest families, that of Eight Carat. Redoute’s Choice has made his mark as a sire of sires thanks to three time Champion Sire Snitzel, Not a Single Doubt, and several others.
Sheer Talent was given a huge name to go with his immense pedigree, and he lived up to that expectation with a 2YO win over 1400m at only his second start. Plagued by minor injuries, he was sent around in the group company in the spring of his 3YO season, running fifth in over 1200m, but wasn’t seen again until the autumn. Sheer Talent had four starts as an autumn 3YO—all of them in stakes company—and all of them with top four finishes. He won the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes over 1400m, ran third in the Gr1 Australian Guineas, second in the Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes and fourth in the Listed Manfred Stakes. As a spring 4YO, Sheer Talent had another three starts—again, all in stakes company—and was being set for the Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington. His best effort was to be in the Listed Paris Lane Stakes where he was beaten less than two lengths, but those niggling injuries put paid to any greater plans. Luckily for breeders wanting to target his outstanding pedigree, this makes Sheer Talent affordable. Sheer Talent’s first crop will be 3YOs in 2019/20, with nine of his small first crop having been named to date.
Sheer Talent’s sire Redoute’s Choice hardly needs an introduction. Champion 3YO Miler, multiple Champion Australian Sire of 166 stakes winner, and sire of sires. Sheer Talent is one of three stakes winners for his dam, St. Katherine (by Barathea), with the other two being Saint Encosta (Gr3 Randwick City Stakes), and Kittens (also by Redoute’s Choice, winner of the Gr3 SAJC Chairman’s Stakes, and twice Gr1 fourth). St. Katherine is a half-sister to Gr1 winner Bonanova (dam of Prima Nova, and Bonaichi-dam of Extra Choice), Gr1 winner Fraternity, and Gr1 winner Telesto; and St. Katherine is out of St. Klaire, who in turn is out of a half-sister to the mighty Eight Carat.
Linebreeding to Eight Carat has proven to be successful, and Sheer Talent offers an opportunity for breeders to tap into the same bloodlines that have resulted in Rain Affair, Fair Trade, Obsequious, Quilate (by unraced Bramshaw from an unraced $2,000 mare), Washington Heights, Altar, Peacock, Scream Machine, Satin Slipper, Wink And A Nod, Bandipur and Five All. Gr1 Queensland Derby winner carries a cross of Eight Carat’s third dam Tessa Gillian.
Sheer Talent Pedigree
|REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|SHANTHAS CHOICE (AUS)|
|CANNY LAD |
|DANCING SHOW |
|ST KATHERINE (AUS)|
|SADLERS WELLS |
|ST KLAIRE (AUS)|
|GREAT KLAIRE |
Sheer Talent BR News
Foals Have Sheer TalentWed, 21 Sep 2016
Carrington Park Stud are pleased to announce the arrival of the first foals for their new stallion Sheer Talent. Retired to stud last year after his promising career was cut short due to injury, Sheer Talent was a Gr3 winner of the C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington as a 3YO before running 3rd in the Gr1 Australian Guineas. A regally bred son of Redoute’s Choice, who’s sons at stud include Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Stratum, Sheer Talent descends from the esteemed family of legendary broodmare Eight Carat being out of a half-sister to Gr1 winning siblings Bonanova, Fraternity & Telesto. Successful stallions from this family include 10-time Gr1 winning champion Octagonal, Commands, Kaapstad and Danewin, as well as exciting young stallion prospects Shooting To Win and Deep Field. “We are delighted with the Sheer Talent Foals. He is throwing a great barrelled foal with a deep girth, plenty of leg and superb muscle definition. They also have an attractive quality to them, which is synonymous with the Redoute’s Choice line," said Carrington Park's stud manager Peter Beauman. Among the first foals by Sheer Talent is the bay colt from Lady Of Cebu (pictured below), a Lohnro mare from the family of Exceedingly Good, Better Be The One and Avoid Lightning. Sheer Talent standing his 2nd season in 2016 at $4,400 at Carrington Park Stud.
Sheer Talent x Lady of Cebu colt (image: Carrington Park)
Carrington Looking Forward To Sheer Talent CropTue, 26 Jul 2016
Carrington Park Stud is eagerly awaiting the first crop of foals by Sheer Talent (Redoute's Choice-St. Katherine, by Barathea) this season. A winner of the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes and also placed in the Gr1 Australian Guineas, Sheer Talent's racing career was cut short due to injury after only 10 starts. By multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, Sheer Talent descends from the esteemed family of legendary broodmare Eight Carat being out of a half-sister to Gr1 winning siblings Bonanova, Fraternity & Telesto. Successful stallions from this family include 10-time Gr1 winning champion Octagonal, Commands, Kaapstad and Danewin, as well as exciting young stallion prospects Shooting To Win and Deep Field. Carrington Park's stud manager Peter Beauman says Sheer Talent has let down into an outstanding looking stallion and has no doubt he will stamp his stock with the same impressive physique. "Being the son of Champion Redoute's Choice with a prolific Gr1 producing pedigree, it wont be long until you see his progeny performing on the track," Beauman said. Sheer Talent is standing at the great value fee of $4,400.
Sheer Talent To Stand At Carrington ParkTue, 19 May 2015
Sheer Talent, a son of renowned 'sire of sires' Redoute's Choice, has been retired to Carrington Park Stud for the 2015 Season. A Gr3 winner of the CS Hayes Stakes, and 3rd in the Gr1 Australian Guineas, Sheer Talent's racing career was cut short due to injury after only 10 starts. Bred by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud and sold for $350,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Yearling Sale to Mark Kavanagh, Sheer Talent descends from the esteemed Eight Carat Family. He is a full and half-brother to Group Winners Kittens and Saint Encosta, as well as being from a half-sister to Gr1 winning siblings Bonanova, Fraternity & Telesto. Successful stallions from this family include Octagonal, Commands, Kaapstad and Danewin, as well as young stallion prospects Shooting To Win and Deep Field. "We're thrilled to have Sheer Talent retiring to Carrington Park Stud for the 2015 Season," said farm owner Peter Beauman. "He is by one of the great stallions of Australia in Redoute's Choice, whose sons at stud like Snitzel & Stratum have exceeded everyone's expectations. He possesses a similar profile to other successful Redoute's Choice sons Not A Single Doubt & Beneteau (leading first season sire for 2014/15), as stallions that were Listed or Group Winners with a high level placing in a Group 1 or $1,000,000 race. He has a great physique and a prolific Group 1 producing pedigree, we can't wait to see his foals on the ground in 2016." Sheer Talent will stand the 2015 season at $4,400.
Hvasstan Wins Gr2 Alister Clark StakesMon, 18 Mar 2013
At Moonee Valley last Friday night, Coolmore's multiple Gr1-winning Australian-bred stallion & current champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a group success when the colt Hvasstan (Fastnet Rock-Snow Hero, by True Hero) scored by a length for trainer Peter Gelagotis in the $219,100 Gr2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) for 3YO c&gs, over fellow colts Philippi (Host-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago) & Sheer Talent (Redoute's Choice-St. Katherine, by Barathea). Finishing 4th in the recent Gr1 Australian Guineas at Flemington, Hvasstan (a $260,000 yearling at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale) took his record to 4 wins (also including the Gr3 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield) & 2 runners-up from 10 starts for $441,375 earnings.
Ferlax Wins Gr1 Australian GuineasMon, 4 Mar 2013
At Flemington, leading NZ-based Rich Hill Stud stallion Pentire (Be My Guest-Gull Nook, by Mill Reef) added a Gr1 success when unbeaten colt Ferlax (Pentire-Legs Akimbo, by Marscay) scored by 0.5- lengths for trainer Jim Conlan in the $500,000 Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, over fellow colts You're So Good (Savabeel-Lightning Spur, by Flying Spur) & Sheer Talent (Redoute's Choice-St Katherine, by Barathea). A $180,000 NZB Yearling graduate, Ferlax took his record to 4 wins from 4 starts for $332,000 earnings. For in-depth race, winner & runner details click on the race name in this item.
Ferlax: country class to Gr1 Guineas (image: Equine Images Racing Photography)
Sheer Talent Wins Gr3 CS Hayes StakesMon, 18 Feb 2013
At Flemington, Arrowfield's former Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a group success (his second for the day) when 3YO colt Sheer Talent (Redoute's Choice-St. Katherine, by Barathea) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Mark Kavanagh in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YO males, over fellow colts Force Command (Commands-Selwan, by Mt. Livermore) & Hosting (Host-Kali Smytzer, by Zabeel). A $350,000 Magic Millions yearling graduate, Sheer Talent took his record to 2 wins from 5 starts for $110,125 earnings. For in-depth race, winner & runner details click on the race name in this item.