Choisir Mares Strike Again – Magna Grecia Suited
Evergreen favourite Choisir has achieved great success as a sire in both hemispheres, his influence as a broodmare sire highlighted this week with his daughters producing three stakes-winners.
In France on Tuesday, the Group II Prix Maurice de Nieuil (2800m) at Longchamp won by tough stayer Red Verdon (7g Lemon Drop Kid x Porto Marmay, by Choisir), whose dam is Choisir’s stakes-winning daughter Porto Marmay.
Choisir mares have produced 18 stakes-winners including three this week with Red Verdon joining Group I Darley July Cup winner Oxsted (4g Mayson x Charlotte Rosina, by Choisir) and Listed winning filly Lovelier (3f Galileo x Laddies Poker Two, by Choisir).
Interestingly for Australian breeders, Oxsted is the first Group I winner for a young Group I winning son of Invincible Spirit in Mayson.
Choisir mares have a good record with sons of Invincible Spirit, that nick producing 14 winners from 20 runners including four stakes-winners with Oxsted the first Group I winner and Australian bred Eckstein, a Group III winner that was second in the Group I VRC Myer Classic.
Coolmore’s young gun Magna Grecia certainly makes plenty of appeal as a partner for daughters of Choisir being by Invincible Spirit from a daughter of Galileo, who has a renowned compatibility with Choisir’s sire Danehill Dancer.
The pair combine in the pedigrees of 44 stakes-winners highlighted by eight Group I winners including this year’s Epsom Derby hero Serpentine.