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Choisir The Global Superstar

When Paul Perry bid $55,000 to secure a handsome chestnut colt by Danehill Dancer (IRE) from Great Selection at the 2001 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, he had no way of knowing this was a horse that would change his life.

Raced by Perry in partnership with long-time friend Terry Wallace and his family, Choisir proved an immediate success winning the Listed AJC Breeders Plate on debut and going on to become champion two year-old colt of 2001/2002 after placing in all three legs of the Triple Crown Golden Slipper, AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.

Choisir returned at three as a somewhat headstrong commodity and it was not until he ventured south to Melbourne for the Group One MRC Caulfield Guineas that his true talents were revealed.

A gallant third in the Guineas to outstanding performers Helenus and Bel Esprit after leading throughout confirmed the sheer class of Choisir, but the 1600 metres was a bridge too far so he was dropped back to sprinting with stunning results.

Choisir won his next three starts in succession albeit losing the first of them, the Group Three VRC L'Oreal Plate (now Group One VRC Ascot Vale Stakes) on a protest.

He beat champion older horses Falvelon, Belle Du Jour and Spinning Hill to win the Group Two VRC Emirates Stakes (now Group One VRC The Age Classic) and then resumed from a short spell to win his first official Group One, the VRC Lightning Stakes.

Given a break of 14 weeks at the conclusion of his autumn campaign, Perry devised a bold plan to take Choisir to Royal Ascot for the major sprint events, the Group Two King's Stand Stakes and Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes.

No Australian trained horse had ever competed at Royal Ascot, so it was a plan that promised to break new ground for our entire racing and breeding industry.

History shows that Paul Perry executed his plan with military precision and Choisir became the standard bearer for a new generation of Aussie thoroughbreds capable of competing on the world stage.

He took the King's Stand Stakes by a length under the steadier of 60kg with a dazzling display of sustained speed and then repeated the performance four days later to capture the inaugural running of the Golden Jubilee.

It has been a trail blazed and followed with success by horses such as Takeover Target and Miss Andretti, but Choisir remains the only sprinter to win both races.

Choisir retired with seven wins and 11 placings from 23 starts, earning $2.2 million in prizemoney and was immediately secured for stud duties by dual hemisphere Coolmore Stud.
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