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Proisir To Stand At Rich Hill Stud
Group winner Proisir, a son of the leading international Group One winner and producer Choisir, will commence the next phase of his career at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand this year. Under the care of the champion Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse, Proisir (Choisir-Prophet Jewel, by Encosta De Lago) won his first two starts in commanding style before he distanced his rivals by six lengths in the Gr3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle. The colt then stepped straight up to Gr1 company to finish a close second behind the New Zealand Horse of the Year Dundeel in the Spring Champion Stakes, before rounding out his first preparation with a creditable midfield finish - the only unplaced start of his career - in the Gr1 Cox Plate behind Ocean Park. Proisir then kicked off an ambitious autumn program with a third placing in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes behind multiple Gr1 performers Pierro and Rebel Dane. He again pushed Dundeel close when runner-up in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, in a field that also featured top-flight gallopers Rebel Dane, Ferlax, and Sacred Falls. Proisir was subsequently sidelined by injury and after a rehabilitation period, he joined Peter and Paul Snowdon's stable. He trialled brilliantly late last year, but a decision was made to retire him after a recurrence of the injury. "Proisir was a legitimate Group One performer and fortunately he has the looks and pedigree to complete a quality package," Rich Hill's John Thompson said. "His sire Choisir has been a world-wide success story for Australian racing and Coolmore Stud. Choisir's first sire son at stud Starspangledbanner has made a sensational start to his career in both Hemispheres." He added, "Proisir's dam is a multiple winning mare by champion sire Encosta De Lago so he possesses all the genetic ingredients to make a successful sire. He will be a very valuable addition to the New Zealand stallion ranks." Proisir will stand at Rich Hill alongside Pentire, Shocking and Jimmy Choux at an introductory fee of NZ$7000 + GST, with a live foal guarantee.