Sire: CHOISIR (AUS)
Dam: ARES VALLIS (IRE)
Dam Sire: CAERLEON (USA)
Covering sire: Coach House
Currently in foal: yes
Foal at foot: no
The twelve-year-old mare Ares Choix is being offered for sale at a very attractive price because of the vendor's imminent retirement. A Listed-placed daughter of Choisir, she has produced three winners to date and has plenty more to offer.
Ares Choix was trained by Pat Haslam to win on her second outing as a two-year-old, before going on to finish a close-up sixth in the Grp-3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, behind the subsequent Grp-1 1,000 Guineas second Cuis Ghaire. Before the end of her two-year-old campaign Ares Choix would finish third in the Listed Prix de la Vallee d'Auge at Deauville, though she would only run one time beyond her debut season.
Since retiring to stud she has produced seven foals and four runners, three of whom have made it into the winners' enclosure. The Artiste and First Name Terms have both won in France at a mile and six-furlongs respectively, whilst Bahrein was a dual winner in Italy last year.
Ares Choix is out of the Listed winner Ares Vallis, whilst her siblings include the Grp-3 winner Emerald Star. The family traces back to the historic line of the legendary Grp-1 winning Blue Hen Trillion, and her long list of exceptional descendants includes Triptych, Treve, Generous, Imagine, Moonlight Cloud et al. It is also notable that her sire, Choisir, is developing a fine reputation as a broodmare sire, thanks to the exploits of Grp-1 QEII winner Persuasive, multiple Grp-1 winning 1,000 Guineas heroine Winter and the Grp-1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner My Dream Boat.
Ares Choix is in foal to the Bucklands Farm and Studs resident Coach House, who was a Listed winner on the track and has made a good start with his first crop thanks to a pair of dual winners, namely I Believe In You and More Than Likely. Her last service date was 17th April.
This mare hails from an enduring family - one of the best in the Stud book - and she was a well above average performer in her own right. She was a £32,000 yearling and cost 35,000gns immediately after retirement, whilst her progeny have stood up well in the auction ring too, realising in excess of 20,000 on multiple occasions. This is therefore an exceptionally rare opportunity to purchase a black-type mare, proven in the breeding shed and in foal to an exciting young sire, for a bargain basement price.