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Choisir Mare Lands "One Of Largest Gambles In Ascot History"
Multiple Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a 2nd Royal Ascot feature when lightly-raced Irish-bred 5YO mare Laddies Poker Two (Choisir-Break Of Day, by Favorite Trick) returned from an 20-months absence (recovering from injuries) to land what Daily Racing Form described as "one of the largest gambles in Royal Ascot history" by storming home from the rear of the field to break the track record while notching a 2.5-lengths victory in the £100,000 (A$173,000) Workingham Stakes (6 furlongs). Laddies Poker Two (ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Jeremy Noseda) defeated 5YO geldings Striking Spirit (Oasis Dream-Aspiring Diva, by Distant View) & Palace Moon (Fantastic Light-Palace Street, by Secreto). Laddies Poker Two started at 9-2 favourite "having been available at 16-1 during the week" noted racingpost.com. Trainer Noseda declared immediately after the race: "This plan was hatched in December 2008, but she got a bad injury in the spring of 2009 & had to have the year off, so the plan got delayed another year. It's been a long plan over a long period of time. She's been extremely tough to train, so to get her here on the day has been a huge team effort. I was confident because she had the talent & we just had to get her here." Laddies Poker Two (raced by Coolmore trio Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor) was a €56,000 (A$81,000) weanling at the 2005 Goffs November Sale, then a €110,000 (A$160,000) yearling at the 2006 Goffs Orby Sale & finally a 100,000 guineas (A$180,000) 3YO at the 2008 UK Tattersalls December Sale. Overall she now has 3 wins & a placing from 5 starts for £79,305 (A$137,000) earnings.