Choisir sire retires to Welsh stud

Choisir forged a huge reputation in England after winning the 2003 King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and his Australian bred son Starspangledbanner gave the sireline another boost when he won this year’s Golden Jubilee and the July Cup.

Starspangledbanner will cover his first book of mares at Coolmore’s Irish headquarters in 2011 but he isn’t the only son of Choisir retiring to stud next year.

Group 2 winner Stimulation will begin his stallion career at Llety Stud in Wales in 2011.  “Having a horse of Stimulation’s calibre at Llety is wonderful,” studmaster David Hodge said.  “He fits with our desire to stand the best possible racehorses at stud.”

Stimulation (5h Choisir — Damiana by Thatching) won on debut at Newbury and also finished a head second to Beacon Lodge in the G3 Horris Hill Stakes in his last start at two.

He resumed at three to land the Listed European Free Handicap and his finished a busy year with a G2 victory in the G2 Challenge Stakes.  In between, he was midfield in the G1 English 2000 Guineas won by Henrythenavigator and was fourth home in the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.  He also travelled to Turkey where he was runner-up to Pressing in the G2 Topkapi Trophy.