Smart Debut Winner for Choisir
Gooree Stud has had a lot of success with this potent female family and at Canterbury on Friday night it produced another smart debut winner in Stand Strong (3g Choisir x Steamheat, by Broad Brush). The Gai Waterhouse trained Stand Strong blitzed his rivals, leading from barrier 11 and kicking on strongly to win the 1200 metre maiden by a length, running more than a second faster that the fillies division. Easy in the betting, despite a good trial win on December 3, Stand Strong looks capable of winning better races and has a bright future. By proven Group I producing sire Choisir, Stand Strong is a half-brother to Group III placed Fight and Defend and is the fourth winner from Steamheat (USA), a half-sister by Broad Brush to Group I winner and promising young sire Northern Meteor, Group III winner Queen of the Hill and stakes-winner Rabbuka. Also from this family have come brilliant juvenile Smart Missile, who has just covered his first book of mares and talented stakes-winner Kiss From a Rose.