Vale Choisir

Vale Choisir

One of Australia’s pioneering globetrotters, Choisir, has died at age 22, Coolmore Australia confirmed on Tuesday.

On the racetrack, the son of Danehill Dancer was one the best sprinters of his generation, winning seven races and more than $2.2 million during a 23-start career for Newcastle trainer Paul Perry.

His greatest feat came at Royal Ascot in 2003 where he won both the Group 2 Kings Stand Stakes (1000m) on Tuesday and the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes (1200m) on Saturday, becoming the first Austrlain-trained horse to taste success at the iconic meeting.

As a stallion, Choisir has sired 100 Stakes winners and his 11 individual Group 1 winners include another Royal Ascot hero, Starspangledbanner, as well as Sacred Choice, Olympic Glory and Breeders Cup winner Obviously.

He was pensioned from the breeding barn at the end of the 2020 season.


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Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier said he was a β€œdream” stallion for the global operation.

β€œI was lucky enough to be at Ascot in 2003 to witness his incredible triumphs on the Tuesday and then the Saturday where he was ridden by Johnny Murtagh,” Magnier said.

β€œIt was a great achievement for his trainer Paul Parry and paved the way for future Australian sprinters to compete with distinction on the world stage.

β€œSince he retired to the farm in 2003 he has been a favourite with all those who have worked with him, especially our long time Stallion Manager Gerry Ryan who was particularly fond of him.

β€œChoisir was the ultimate professional in all he did and every stud dreams of having a stallion like him.

β€œWe are so grateful to him and he will be sorely missed by the entire Coolmore team.”

Choisir’s legacy will continue via the deeds of his stallion sons, including Starspangledbanner, Divine Prophet and The Mission.