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Choisir - Royal Ascot 2003

Choisir (right): son of Danehill Dancer was rested from shuttling this year

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Choisir set to return to Irish base in 2011

CHOISIR will return to County Tipperary to stand alongside his newly retired son Starspangledbanner at Coolmore next year.

The Australian-bred son of Danehill Dancer - who electrified Royal Ascot in 2003 by winning the King's Stand and Golden Jubilee Stakes - shuttles between Coolmore's bases in Ireland and Australia but was rested for this year's northern-hemisphere covering season.

Starspangledbanner, also bred in Australia, looks booked for European champion sprinter honours after convincingly winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup in the summer.

Choisir's best European-bred horses include Fat Boy, Laddies Poker Two and Stimulation.

High Chaparral, sire of five-time Australian Group 1 winner and new Ballydoyle acquisition So You Think, will also stand at Coolmore in County Tipperary next year.

The stud also confirmed yesterday that promising young Danehill sire Fastnet Rock - a reverse shuttler from Australia for the first time this year - will return to Ireland again in 2011.

Mares in foal to Fastnet Rock in the northern hemisphere this year include Group 1 winners Damson and My Emma, as well as the dams of Araafa, Luas Line and Peeping Fawn.




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