CHOISIR PENSIONED FROM STUD DUTIES
by Georgie Dennis
Coolmore stalwart Choisir has been pensioned from active stud duty aged 21. The son of Danehill Dancer (Ire) was a champion sprinter for trainer Paul Perry, having won on debut in the Listed Breeders’ Plate and placing at stakes-level on nine occasions. He took out the 2003 G1 Lightning S. before embarking on an international campaign that saw him win the G2 King’s Stand S. (now a Group 1) and G1 Golden Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot before finishing second to Oasis Dream (GB) in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket.
He then returned to Australia and began his stallion career at Coolmore and began shuttling to Europe the following year, where he would stand four seasons at Castle Hyde Stud and six at Coolmore Ireland. He is responsible for 97 stakes winners including 11 Group 1 winners such as 2015 G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner Japonisme, G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet and G1 Champagne S. winner The Mission.
His Northern Hemisphere progeny include four-time Group 1-winning Haras de Bouquetot resident Olympic Glory (Ire), G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Obviously (Ire) and G1 Middle Park S. winner The Last Lion (Ire) who now stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud.