Golden Topaz to Uxorious
Freshened after a strong win in the Listed Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool last month, talented sprinter Uxorious (5g Choisir x Shiny Mai, by Keltrice) brought his best form to Swan Hill on Friday to win the $70,000 Golden Topaz. Partnered by Dean Yendall, the Matthew Williams trained sprinter parked just off the leaders and then knuckled down strongly over the last furlong to score a determined half length win in the 1200 metre dash. Passed in shy of his $35,000 reserve at the 2006 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, Uxorious has now won six out of 11 starts earning $211,688 and is from the Keltrice mare Shiny Mai. Although unplaced herself, Shiny Mai comes from good stock as her dam is a half-sister to Group II winner Muirfield Village and comes from the family of world champion sprinter Black Caviar along with Magnus, Scandinavia and Wilander. Uxorious is one of five Australian stakes-winners this season for Coolmore based Choisir, who was super popular with breeders last spring covering 211 mares including Shiny Mai, the dam of Uxorious. He stands this season at a fee of $33,000, while his champion son Starspangledbanner will cover his first book of mares at a fee of $44,000.