Home' Breeding and Racing : Issue 118 December 2014 Contents 10 FOR DAILY INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES VISIT WWW.BREEDINGRACING.COM
leven years is a long time in
Take yourself back to June 2003.
Remember that big chestnut colt
who took on the world at Royal Ascot.
Choisir. A Gr3-winning 2YO and crowned
Champion 2YO colt thanks to his trio of
Gr1 placings at that age, Choisir went one
better as a 3YO to win the Gr1 Lightning
Stakes against all comers. A plan was
hatched to send him to Singapore for the
Kris Flyer, but the SARS virus struck and the
plan was shifted to Royal Ascot.
It was a breed changing decision that put
Australian sprinters on the international
stage. Still technically a 3YO, Choisir was
asked to race as a 4YO under northern
hemisphere conditions. Not only that, but
he was also given a 5lb Gr1 winners penalty,
carrying 9st 7lb (60kg). It was hardly
surprising that punters sent him out at 25/1
in the 1000m Gr2 King’s Stand Stakes.
The big colt lead the whole way and
won easing down by a length and was only
0.2 seconds slower than the 120-year-old
course record. The UK Telegraph said, “The
Australians tend to beat us at all the sports
that matter - and yesterday they gatecrashed
Royal Ascot in the most sensational manner
to rewrite the history books.”
If Choisir was a person, he may have
smirked at that comment. History, you just
wait a few days!
That was Tuesday. On Saturday, Choisir
lined up in the Gr1 Golden Jubilee, carrying
(9st-4lbs or 58kg). Backing up a horse like
this was just “not done” in England. Punters
were alert to the strapping Aussie, but still
wary installing him the second favourite at
13/2 over Airwave.
Choisir just shrugged his shoulders
(metaphorically) and got the job done – in
course record time – to become the first ever
horse to win both the King’s Stand and the
Golden Jubilee. And to be the first horse since
Stanerra in 1983 to win two races at the Royal
BHA chief executive at the time,
Greg Nichols, said, “This is a fabulous
breakthrough for Australian racehorses.
Choisir showed it can be done and it also
showed just how strong the sprinting ranks
are in Australia. I’m a great believer in
international travel and Choisir has shown
why it’s got to be a two-way street. Media
Puzzle went to Australia and took the
DEFYING THE WFA SCALE:
CHOISIR & ADELAIDE
by Renée Geelen
Melbourne Cup and this horse has come
from Newcastle in Australia and beaten
some of our finest sprinters.”
Plenty of Aussies followed Choisir to
Ascot, and many won handsomely at
the odds. We have loved every minute of
their glory over there. And Choisir has
kicked goals in the stallion barn too. He
has left seven Gr1 winners so far and his
son, Starspangledbanner, emulated him
by also winning the Gr1 Golden Jubilee
after a successful 3YO season at home.
Starspangledbanner went one better than
his globetrotting sire and won the Gr1 July
Cup (Choisir ran second to Oasis Dream),
and is now a good sire in his own right.
It only took eleven years for Choisir’s
grand-progeny to also win at Ascot when
Starspangledbanner sired a pair of Gr2
winning juveniles this season. One of those,
The Wow Signal, went on to Gr1 victory
But what has any of this reminiscing have
to do with Adelaide?
Choisir raced in the UK as a southern
hemisphere 3YO, forced by dates to carry
Adelaide came to Australia as a northern
hemisphere 3YO colt, but thanks to the
hemisphere differences, he was noted in the
racebook as being a 4YO. Unlike Choisir
who actually carried 4YO weight while a
3YO, Adelaide was given a 1.5kg weight
relief as a northern hemisphere bred horse.
He carried 56kg; 1.5kg less than a southern
Just as Choisir was a typical tough
Aussie sprinter, Adelaide is a fairly typical
European horse. Eleven years ago, the
UK was unprepared and unfamiliar with
There is no quick fix in the fight against tie-up however vets agree that prevention is
always the preferred path.
Mitavite can now offer 2 products that together will give you a fighting chance with
horses that have tied-up and those that have tied-up in previous preps.
Mitavite Formula 3 with its high oil, oat free formulation has been the first choice of
Australian trainers for many years now. It is packed with energy, protein, vitamins,
minerals and electrolytes and is highly palatable, making it a logical choice for fillies and
indeed all horses who tie up.
Recently Mitavite added a new weapon to the fight.
Vitamite Fast Twitch Formula is a potent blend of nutrients and anti-oxidants to
normalise glycogen storage and mitochondria generation in fast twitch oxidative fibres.
As horses progress (during a preparation) from paddock condition to race fitness, muscle
fibres must adapt to the increasing demands made on them.
When work steps up to 3⁄4 pace, Fast Twitch Oxidative Fibres are recruited to provide the
power. As with other body tissues these muscle fibres must be trained to enable them
to store glycogen and to generate more mitochondria (the power houses of the muscle
cell) to use glycogen.
If work rate gets too far ahead of mitochondria production, muscles may lose suppleness.
Vitamite Fast Twitch Formula provides specific nutrients to assist mitochondrial
formation, anti-oxidant vitamins, selenium to enable glutathione peroxidase production
and magnesium to address the metabolism imbalance caused by calcium flux on the
muscle cell wall.
Vitamite FTF is designed to be fed at 400gs per day over a period of 30 days in conjunction
with a simple exercise program which is detailed on the label.
1 Colour: Embroidered Colour
Same as T-Shirt
Premium Nutrition – Always pays dividends
For more information on Mitavite Premium racing feeds and supplements visit our
informative website www.mitavite.com or freecall MITAVITE® 1800 025 487
1 Colour: Embroidered Colour
Same as T-Shirt
Mitavite’s Brothers in Arms
“Tying-up is a seriously debilitating and performance affecting
condition. It is extremely frustrating to control let alone eliminate.
Formula 3 and FTF finally give us a fighting chance
”Dr John Walker BVSc
F3 Fast Twitch A4 Ad.indd 1
8/12/14 2:10 PM
p10-13 The WFA Scale.indd 10
11/12/14 9:42 AM
Links Archive Issue 117 September 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page