Best Choice Follows In Brothers Footsteps
Wednesday, 8 September 2010: By Redoute's Choice out of proven mare Jade Tiara, Best Choice was well supported to take out the $27,000 colts and geldings maiden (1250m) at Canterbury today.
Sitting fifth in the run, the Clarry Conners-trained colt won in a grinding finish against $2.60 favourite Mac Chois and Bart Cummings-trained outsider Swift Judgement.
The win rewarded the patience of connections who had hoped to race the well bred colt as a two-year-old last season.
“I think he is a pretty special horse,” Conners said.
“He went shin sore and he got a bit of a virus [last preparation] and if you look at him he is still 12 months away. He is a big horse, a lot of raw material and I think he will be a lovely horse."
The Warwick Farm trainer is undoubtedly confident in the ability of Best Choice based on his thoughts regarding the colts upcoming campaign path.
“We'll give him a couple more runs and win a couple more races with him, win a black type and then give him a break,” Conners said.
“It will be easy.”
Best Choice was today ridden by Peter Robl who was also aboard the three-year-old when he won a trial comfortably at Warwick Farm over 804m on August 24.
“He's a lovely big horse and full credit has to go to Clarry,” Robl said.
“He's been working on this horse for about six months. He's been hiding him away and said “The day I produce him he will win.” and he was correct.
“He handled the track fair. Naturally he will be much better when he gets on a bigger track, you can see how big he is.
"He has a good stride, he's got a stallion's pedigree and he has the terrific attitude to go with it.
“If he can step up and win a good race he will be a valuable stallion.”
Best Choice's half brother Silent Witness won his first 17 race starts in Hong Kong, most of which came at the top level.
Best Choice was purchased at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales for $275,000.