New Zealand Waikato Stud has recently acquired Ardrossan (Redoute's Choice) to stand at their stud offering breeders a unique opportunity to tap into a high-class source of speed and class.
After finishing third in the Gr.3 Star Kingdom Stakes on an unsuitably heavy track, the precocious colt suffered a career ending injury.
His effort behind the multiple Group winner Siren's Fury and the Group One winner Manuel, beating home the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Estijaab in the process, was full of merit as he had only ever won or placed on good to dead ground.
The lightly raced Ardrossan began his career with Stephen Marsh at Cambridge and made an immediate impact with an unbeaten 2YO campaign. He was an easy debut winner followed by a runaway victory in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes.
He subsequently joined Mick Price's stable in Melbourne where he was below par in three outings after he acquired an issue which caused a strain on his heart.
Ardrossan returned home for a good break and was back to winning ways first-up from a spell for Marsh before racing away with the Gr.3 Concorde Handicap, accounting for a strong field of stakes winners and Group One performers.
Ardrossan retires as the winner of four of his nine starts and showed blistering pace to triumph from 800 to 1200 metres.