Seventh Group One Winner for Choisir

Up and coming stayer Kushadasi (3g Choisir x Shanghai Moon, by Carnegie) produced a brilliant late dash to snare a last stride nose victory in the Group I SAJC South Australian Derby at Morphettville on Saturday. Trained on the track by Richard Jolly, Kushadasi had been making steady progress this campaign in the traditional Derby lead up races so was well fancied in his first attempt at 2500 metres. Partnered by Steven Arnold, he loomed late with a well-timed run to post his first Black Type success. A $100,000 Inglis Premier purchase for his trainer from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, Kushadasi has won five races and placed three times from just 10 starts earning over $500,000 in prizemoney. Bred by South Australian based Vintage Bloodstock, Kushadasi is the third winner four foals to race from stakes-placed Shanghai Moon, who won two races at 1300 and 1600 metres, but has a pedigree which would suggest stamina. She is by Arc winner Carnegie, a son of Sadler’s Wells from stakes-placed Martine Michelle, a daughter of Victoria Derby winning sire Grosvenor. Shanghai Moon is a half-sister to Group I winner Pernod from the family of Group I winners Piachay, Eastern Joy and Russian Pearl, so there is class there as well as stamina. Kushadasi has the honour of being the 60th stakes-winner for Choisir and is also his seventh Group I winner worldwide.