By Proisir (Choisir), the sire of promising chestnut filly Harlow that was bought by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $41,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale last year.
Harlow staged a last to first debut effort in winning the 2YO 1200 metres, sponsored by Te Akau Racing – Three Times Karaka Million Winner, in February at Te Rapa. Athletic enough to race at two, although more of a three-year-old type, Harlow spelled following a solid fifth in the prestigious Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 2, 1200m).
Proisir has sired some promising first crop juvenile winners and his progeny could really step up as three-year-olds next season. Proisir is by Australian Champion Two-Year-Old and history making racehorse Choisir (Danehill Dance). Winner of the Lightning Stakes (Gr. 1, 1000m) at Flemington, Choisir beat the best sprinters in the world when winning the King’s Stand Stakes (Gr. 2, 1000m) and Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Royal Ascot in the U.K., before becoming highly successful at stud.
Her dam, Sarsarun, impressed winning in a career of seven victories up to 1600 metres. An athletic race mare, she was extremely proficient with give in the ground. Dam sire Ustinov (Seeking the Gold) produced Telegraph (Gr. 1, 1200m) winner Vonusti, a smart and versatile galloper that won nearly $1m in prize money, and already having success as a broodmare sire through the deeds of stakes winning two-year-old Rainbow Dash (Showcasing). Also on the dam side, stallion Gaius (Sallust) left many naturally athletic gallopers including NZ Derby winner Cavallieri.
“We’ve been really impressed by what the stock of Proisir have achieved as two-year-olds,” Ellis said. “He was a very good racehorse himself that really came to it as a spring three-year-old.
“She’s a strong filly, correct, and moves very well. She is closely related to an Iffraaj colt we bought out of La Panthere. He’s had his first prep through the stable and he’s a really nice horse.
“She’s a similar type to Harlow and another Proisir filly that we bought this year at the South Island Sale.”