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Choisir - Royal Ascot 2003

Choisir (right): sire of Saturday's Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice

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Danehill Dancer to the fore at Randwick

FORMER Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer made his presence felt in Randwick's Group 1 action in Australia on Saturday, by siring his 15th worldwide top-flight winner in the shape of Galaxy Stakes scorer Atomic Force, and his son Choisir supplying Doncaster Mile heroine Sacred Choice.

The 5½f Galaxy Stakes gave a first Group 1 win to Atomic Force, who is one of five winners but the first at stakes level for his dam, the Group 1-placed Luskin Star mare Show Of Force.

The Darren Smith-trained five-year-old gelding hails from the family of six-time Group 1 winner Encounter. He was purchased as a yearling for A$50,000from the Raheen Stud draft at Magic Millions and has now won prize-money of A$564,100.

Atomic Force had shown potential earlier in his career when third to Duporth and Whitefriars in the Group 3 San Domenico but lost his form. He has been switched to Smith, who has rediscovered the horse's top form.

Earlier on the card, Sacred Choice scored her second career Group 1 in the Doncaster Mile, having won the Myer Classic at Flemington in October.

Sheis the second Group 1 winner for Choisir after last year's champion European sprinter Starspangledbanner, who is standing his first season at Coolmore in County Tipperary and will jet off to stand in Australia in the coming months.

Her dam, the Sir Tristram mare Sacred Habit, is a three-parts sister to Golden Slipper winner Marauding.

Sacred Choice was purchased as a yearling for A$40,000 from the Goodwood Farm draft at Magic Millions.

Choisir stood at Coolmore Australia last year at a fee of A$37,500 and is due to shuttle again this year, but Danehill Dancer no longer shuttles down under and his final Australian-bred foals were born last year.





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