Home-town hero at Warrnambool

Uxorious turned the Wangoom Hcp into a home-town celebration at Warrnambool on Wednesday.  Trained locally by Matthew Williams, the lightly raced gelding was a last-minute inclusion in the Listed sprint from third emergency.  

Uxorious (5g Choisir – Shiny Mai by Keltrice) should be unbeaten at his home track.  He scored an effortless maiden win there in January 2010 and was a certainty beaten in a support race on Warrnambool Cup day last year.

“We set him for this race six months ago,” Williams said.  “He sat out wide but was happy to be out there in the better going.”

Uxorious started a $5.50 favourite in a wide-open Wangoom and he repaid punters with a convincing victory over Stanzout (Gallo Di Ferro) and Philda (Secret Savings)

Coolmore sire Choisir is now permanently based in Australia and his son Starspangledbanner will take over shuttling duties this year.

The Wangoom was Choisir’s third black-type victory in the last month following Sacred Choice (G1 Doncaster Mile) and Cute Emily (G3 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes).

Choisir has a wonderful world-wide record at stud with 29 stakes winners among 392 individual winners.  They have won a total of 978 races in 24 countries at a 59% strike-rate.  

Uxorious was bred by Darren Dance but was passed in for $34,000 at the 2006 Inglis Australian Select weanling sale.  He was sunsequently syndicated among Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock members and they have banked nearly $170,000 to date.

His dam Shiny Mai is related to world champion Black Caviar and Dance bred her back to Choisir last year.