Trainer: Luke Hilton
Foal Date: 02/11/2017
CHOISIR FILLY ALL HEART
By a proven sire out of a mare from an international family
Neil Breen from Heart Thoroughbreds selected this filly out of the Magic Millions sale in January. Offered by Mane Lodge the chestnut is a forward type for Heart Thoroughbreds believe will be a chance to point at that sales company’s circuit of races in the 2019/20 season.
Nicely built out of a mare that descends from the a family that produced champion American turf filly Hatoof, nine wins including the Grade 1 Arlington Park Beverly DS Stakes as well as the English One Thousand Guineas and Newmarket Champion Stakes, Breen believes this filly was a great buy.
Out of a proven producer in Falqueen (by Falbrav) dam of five named foals all are winners, a half-sister to the Listed 2009 Scone Cup a winner of six races in Obvious Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) as well as the stakes placed Operational a winner of nine races and more than $500,000.
The maternal sire Falbrav was Cartier Racing’s Champion European older horse in 2003 and that horses international classification was 127 after winning the Group 1 Japan Cup in 2002. Falbrav ‘shuttled’ to Arrowfield Stud in Australia and in Japan he stood at the famous Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.
Not enough? This filly is built in a similar manner as her sire Choisir who has a place in Australia’s racing history being the first Australian-bred and trained dual hemisphere group one-winning thoroughbred in modern times. Prepared by Paul Perry, Choisir won the Group 2 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m), a race that now holds Group 1 status, backed up four days later to win the Group 1 Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee (1200m).
Retiring for stud duties in 2003, Choisir has covered mares in Australia, Ireland and from more than 2,150 named foals 1,686 have raced (as of mid-July 2019) of those 1,100 are winners among these statistics are 94 stakes winners, 78 stakes placegetters with earnings of more than AU$117million.
Choisir has 11 winners at the elite level and include Starspandgledbanner (Champion Sprinter in Australia 2019-10 & Europe in 2010 seven wins incl. MRC Oakleigh Plate; Caulfield Guineas & Newmarket July Cup); Sacred Choice (nine wins inc. VRC Empire Rose & ATC Doncaster); Olympic Glory (eight wins inc. Joint Champion 2YO in France (2012)); Choice Bro (eight wins; Joint Head of the 2011-12 NZ 2YO Free Hcp); Japonisme (six wins; VRC Ascot Vale Stakes); Divine Prophet (three wins; MRC Caulfield Guineas) and Historian (five wins; HBJC Kelt Memorial).
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed it will be managed by Neil Breen from Heart Thoroughbreds
Racing has been in Luke Hilton’s blood since the day he was born.
Hilton was drawn to the industry through his grandfather – highly successful former Cowra trainer Viv Miller, who passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 94.
Miller became quite the cult hero in his time, bringing horses to Sydney and landing big city wins, including several group races.
As a young boy, Luke became Viv’s shadow before, at 14, taking up his stablehand’s licence and working in with Viv until he finished school.
Almost straight out of high school at Cowra, Hilton trained part-time at Hawkesbury and prepared several winners but, in 2011, took a career diversion to run hotels, while training a little bit on the side. But he was drawn back to the craft full-time and took out his licence again to train out of Hawkesbury.
That was after a stint in Bjorn Baker’s stables. Baker has become a mentor to Luke, helping him to continue his development, his horse craft and with his client base.
With wife Nikki and two-year-old son Hunter, the young family set up at Gosford where he has twelve boxes and is building a formidable team.
He is supported by many loyal owners and is chalking up the winners.