Trainer: Luke Hilton
Foal Date: 02/11/2017
CHOISIR FILLY IS ALL HEART
By a proven sire out of an international family
Neil Breen from Heart Thoroughbreds selected this filly out of the Magic Millions sale in January offered by Mane Lodge the filly is a forward type for the sales company circuit of races next season.
Nicely built out of a mare that descends from the same 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, and 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 looks very similar to 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) then four days later won the Group 1 Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee (1200m).
Retiring for stud duties in 2003, Choisir has covered mares in Australia and Ireland from more than 1,800 named foals 937 have raced (as of January 27) and of those 553 are winners, a winner to starter ratio of 59%. Included within these statistics are 47 stakes winners with the same number again as stakes placegetters with earnings of more than AU$45.3million.
Choisir’s elite winners include Sacred Choice (nine wins inc. VRC Empire Rose & ATC Doncaster); Olympic Glory (eight wins Joint Champion 2YO in France (2012)); Choice Bro (six wins Joint Head of the 2011-12 NZ 2YO Free Hcp); Japonisme (six wins inc. VRC Ascot Vale Stakes) and Historian (five wins inc. HBJC Kelt Memorial).
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate is 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.
The share price is inclusive of the breaking-in fee with Hannover Lodge, the insurance policy is held with Logan Livestock Insurance and paid until January 13th, 2020. All transport and agistment costs are paid until July 31st, 2019 too. Heart Thoroughbreds will pay the 2020 Magic Millions race series fee, early education with Hannover Lodge for a month as well as Racing Australia’s Horse Racing Syndicate costs too. Heart Thoroughbreds will manage the syndicate on behalf of owners and charge an annual management fee of $220.00 and have estimated the upkeep cost of a two percent share when the filly is in training of $85.00 (inc. GST) per month – that’s less than $20 a-week!