Blue-blooded Redoute’s Choice filly Mozambique broke her maiden at Gosford on Thursday 30th October with a stylish victory over 1600 metres.

The John Hawkes trained filly started favourite and appreciated a step up in distance and firmer footing to score by more than a length at her third race start.

Bred and offered for sale by Tyreel Stud, Mozambique made $1.6 million at the 2007 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when knocked down to Highgrove Stud and races for Highgrove proprietors Ron and Debbie Gilbert.

The Gilberts are better known for breeding and selling expensive yearlings under their Highgrove banner rather than buying them, and in Mozambique they have acquired a beautiful filly with a great pedigree that has all the credentials to become a sensational broodmare for the future.

Mozambique is the second foal of the Woodman (USA) mare African Rain, whose first foal Imvula (by Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) gained Black Type on Wednesday when finishing second in the Listed Werribee Cup.

African Rain is a superbly bred mare being a daughter of Group One AJC Australian Oaks winner Savana City, whose many superior offspring include Group Two winner Rose O’War, Hong Kong champion Mr Vitality, plus stakes-winners Gunnamatta and Danehill Express.

Several of her other daughters have also hit the mark as broodmares with Impulsive Rhythm the dam of Group Three winner King of Danes and Serene City, the dam of stakes-winner Citirecruit.

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