Starspangledbanner (right): the son of Choisir wins the Caulfield GuineasPICTURE: Getty Images
Choisir sits out European breeding season
COOLMORE stallion Choisir, sire of Saturday's Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Starspangledbanner, has been rested from shuttling to Europe this season.
The Australian-bred son of Danehill Dancer, who caused a sensation at Royal Ascot in 2003 by winning the King's Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes, will remain at Coolmore'sAustralian base in Jerrys Plains, New South Wales, instead of returning to Ireland.
He was scheduled to stand this northern hemisphere season for €6,000.
Choisir stood his first European season at Castle Hyde Stud for Coolmore at a fee of €15,000 in 2004, and from three full crops of European-bred progeny has sired the Group 2 Challenge Stakes winner Stimulation, triple Listed winner Fat Boy - who was a nose second to Stimulation in the 2008 European Free Handicap - and last season's Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes scorer Sir Parky.
Starspangledbanner, who became Choisir's first Group 1 winner when landing the Caulfield Guineas in Australia in October, was last month purchased by Coolmore and is expected to enter training with Aidan O'Brien for a raid on Royal Ascot.
Starspangledbanner hails from the family of Haradasun, another Australian Group 1 winner who was snapped up by Coolmore, before making a winning raid on the Queen Anne Stakes two years ago.
He is set to make his next start in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, a race won in recent years by Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast as a stepping stone to victory in the King's Stand Stakes at the royal meeting.
Though Coolmore's Irish roster has lost Choisir in 2010, it has gained Fastnet Rock, a Group 1-winning son of Danehill who reverse shuttles to Europe for the first time this year.