A Group I winner last season at two, talented colt Choice Bro (3c Choisir x Ladidi, by Palace Music) has returned in top form this year winning at his first run back from a spell and then capturing the $100,000 Karaka Mile RL in New Zealand on Sunday.
Ridden by Jonathon Riddell, the three-year-old shot clear of his rivals in the straight and held off the advances of Single Act and Twilight Granita to win the 1600 metre feature by a length.
His trainer John Sargent is looking to take Choice Bro to the Group I New Zealand Derby later in the season.
“He won with a bit of authority last night and he was the class horse of the field winning the Group 1 last season,” said John Sargent.
“We have nominated him for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby. I’m not sure if he will stay the 2400 metres but I think he can get away with it against his own age group.
“He will most likely have just one run between now and the Derby with the middle-distance three-year-old races the most likely options.”
Bred by Richard Pietrykowski, Choice Bro was foaled at Fairhill Farm in Australia and purchased by John Sargent and Gary Mudgway from Ainsley Downs Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 Karaka Select Sale for $50,000.
He has the overall record of five wins from 11 starts with prizemoney in excess of $300,000 and is the best of five winners from Ladidi, a half-sister to stakes-winner Cult Figure.