achievements of Choisir on the racecourse saw him acknowledged as a rare and
brilliant racehorse. Now his progeny are helping him to gain international
recognition as a top-class stallion.
In France on Sunday, his two-year-old son Olympic Glory added the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere to his substantial haul of big race wins this season. The Richard Hannon trained colt, already the winner of a pair of G2 contests during the summer, quickened smartly in the closing stages to take out the 1400m contest by a decisive margin of 1 ¼ lengths. He is a leading fancy for next seasons G1 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and may yet target further glory this season at the Breeders' Cup.
On Saturday in the United States, another son of Choisir, this time the progressive four-year-old Obviously, completed a brace of G2 wins with an all the way victory in the G2 Arroyo Seco Mile on the turf at Santa Anita in near track record time. His blistering effort saw him clock an impressive 1.31.89s, just 0.06s outside the 1600m record mark for the course. He is now amongst the leading candidates for the G1 Breeders' Cup Mile.
On the same day at Randwick, his Australian bred son Proisir lost little in defeat when narrowly beaten in a pulsating finish to the G1 Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m. A last start winner of the G3 Spring Stakes by five lengths, the Gai Waterhouse trained Proisir again showed his customary turn of foot to go clear down the straight before being outstayed in the closing stages by the equally exciting High Chaparral colt It's A Dundeel. Proisir is now being considered for a tilt at the G1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and he is certainly amongst the best three-year-olds in Australasia.
The aforementioned trio are part of a host of quality performers that have helped Choisir to establish himself as a top sire in both hemispheres.
other leading performers include recent Listed winning Irish two-year-old Three
See Captains and the consistent sprinter Monsieur Joe, who followed up a Listed
win at Deauville in August with a comfortable victory in the G3 Prix du Petit
Couvert at Longchamp three weeks ago. G3 winning filly Gossamer Seed and Listed
winning three-year-old colt Choisir Shadow are other progeny of Choisir that
have helped to continue to develop his reputation as a sire of international
Choisir, the sire of 44 individual stakes winners to date, stands at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $27,500 (incl. GST).
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