For a stallion now based permanently in Australia, Choisir is enjoying a real run of international success, adding another new stakes-winner to his ever growing tally when Obviously captured the $200,000 Group II Del Mar Mile in the US on
The Mike Mitchell trained four year-old gelding won two races in Ireland last year before being sent across the Atlantic and has been in top form ever since.
A five length winner over this course and distance last start in easier grade, Obviously turned in a career best performance to win his first Black Type event.
He jumped smartly and led throughout, fighting strongly to the line to win the one mile contest on turf by a nose with some four and three quarter lengths back to the third horse.
"He was more keen with me today than the other day [Aug. 2allowance at Del Mar). But that was
good. I needed every inch to get it done. He just ran outstanding. He's a really good horse. At the sixteenth pole I could hear that other horse [Mr. Commons] coming. Good thing I still had a little bit left in the tank," said winning rider Joseph Talamo.
Obviously is the first stakes-winner for unraced Montjeu mare Leala, whose dam is a sister to three-time Group I winner Hawkster.
Obviously is the 43rd stakes-winner for Choisir (pictured), who stands at a fee of $27,500 in Australia this spring.