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Bluebloods : Inglis Sydney Classic 2011 Preview
January 2011 5 THE Inglis Classic Sale has forged a Gr.1 reputation during the past decade with graduates making their mark across Australasia, Asia and in Choisir's case on the hallowed turf of Royal Ascot. The high class sprinter and now successful sire was a member of the celebrated class of 2001 which also included the outstanding international performer Silent Witness. Choisir, a snip at $55,000 for trainer Paul Perry, showed a quick return for his connections with victory in the Listed Breeders' Plate on debut and placings in the Golden Slipper Stakes, AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes. He broke through for his first Gr.1 win in the Lightning Stakes of 2003 before he earned further fame and fortune in England. The son of Danehill Dancer showed his international opposition a clean pair of heels in the King's Stand Stakes-Gr.2 and Golden Jubilee Stakes-Gr.1 before he finished runner up in the July Cup-Gr.1 at Newmarket. He subsequently retired to stud with stake earnings of just under $1.5m. Now a very successful sire with runners including Starspangledbanner, Choisir has 19 yearlings among the 575 lots catalogued for the Sydney sale on January 23-25. His bank account paled into insignificance to that of Silent Witness who earned nearly $5.5m after Queensland agent John Foote had secured him for $55,000. The El Moxie powerhouse was the Gr.1 winner of the Hong Kong Sprint, Bauhinia Trophy, Centenary Sprint Cup and Chairman's Sprint Prize. He then ventured to Japan to claim the Sprinters' Stakes. The Classic Sale of 2001 was a remarkable producer of Gr.1 winners with Bel Esprit (Blue Diamond Stakes, Doomben 10,000), also a success at stud, leaving the likes of sprint sensation Black Caviar, leading the charge. Other 2001 graduates were Half Hennessy (Queensland Derby), Helene Pillaging (VRC Sires' Produce Stakes, Macau Trophy), Macedon Lady (1000 Guineas) and Royal Purler (Flight Stakes) also graduating with honours. Queen of the Turf Stakes winner Ike's Dream and Caulfield Guineas winner In Top Swing were products of the 2002 auction, and the following year Jymcarew (Canterbury Guineas) and Vitesse Dane (Queensland Oaks) were sourced. The trend continued in 2004 with Carry On Cutie (Champagne Stakes) and God's Own (Caulfield Guineas) and in 2006 with Typhoon Zed (The Galaxy, Manikato Stakes). The 2007 sale launched the career of another headline act with Whobegotyou graduating to Gr.1 victories in the Caulfield Guineas and Caulfield Stakes and still performing with distinction at the highest level. New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Tell A Tale was also bought out of the sale, he recently finished runner-up in the Singapore Gold Cup. The latest graduates to make their mark are 2009 purchases Pressday (T.J. Smith) and Secret Admirer (Flight Stakes). The class of 2010 has also wasted no time in the quest for Gr.1 titles with Pane In The Glass and You're Canny already winners, and Danish Shadow a debut placegetter in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes. SYDNEY CLASSIC YEARLING SALE by Paul Vettise CLASSIC GOLD - Choisir, Silent Witness and now . . . CHOISIR Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Great Selection by Lunchtime (GB)
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