The Mission

published: 05 Sep 2018 in Freshman 2018

CHAMPAGNE Stakes winner The Mission carries the great Danehill (USA) 3mx3m in his pedigree and he certainly inherited the line’s speed genes and toughness. He demonstrated that when he led all the way to beat some of the nation’s best juveniles by 2.25 lengths in his Gr.1 win over 1600m at Randwick in pretty testing conditions.

  Earlier in a busy juvenile season he broke his maiden in the Baillieu-Gr.3 (1400m) at Rosehill, beating Astoria by 2.5 lengths and again leading all the way. 
At his previous start he was fourth in the Pago Pago-Gr.3 behind Single Bullet. Although he didn’t win at three, The Mission put in three top class efforts against the best sprinters in Gr.1 races, finishing fifth in The Galaxy (1100m) behind In her Time (three lengths, came from last of 11 at the 400m), fifth in the T.J. Smith (1200m, ninth of 11 at the 400m) behind Trapeze Artist and Redzel and fifth behind Trapeze Artist and Le Romain in the All Aged (1400m, 2.2 lengths) in race record time of 1:20.33 (33.88). He retired with two wins, a second and a third in 19 starts for earnings of $513,425. 
  Paul Perry, who trained The Mission’s sire Choisir to Gr.1 wins in Australia and England, paid just $32,500 for The Mission at the Magic Millions. He said at the time the colt was athletic and looked like he would get 1600m and The Mission vindicated his trainer when he stepped out in the Champagne. Perry told jockey Damian Lane to make every post a winner and the horse obliged, leading by eight lengths in the middle stages before getting a breather. The Mission kicked clear up the Randwick rise and won well, having more than two lengths on the favourite Invader at the post.
  “His last start in the Sires (6th), he was slow out, got held up and nothing went his way, but when he jumped well today, and he can flow along, I think he’s pretty smart,” Perry said after the Gr.1 win. “He’s shown something all the way along this season, but he’s probably been his own worst enemy, but when we can ride him like that he has certainly shown he is up to the best of them.”
  The Mission is a son of Choisir (Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Great Selection by Lunchtime (GB)) who did so much for our breeding industry when he became the first Australian trained winner of the King’s Stand-Gr.2 at Royal Ascot and then backed up later in the week to prove it was no fluke by trouncing the best European sprinters in the Golden Jubilee-Gr.1. He lost no admirers when second to Oasis Dream in the July Cup-Gr.1, a race not originally on his program, and then retired to Coolmore in Australia in 2003 (and Ireland the following year) becoming one of the most successful of the reverse shuttlers.
 That’s hardly surprising given that he kicked off his Australian career with a win in the Breeders’ Plate-LR, won the Skyline-Gr.3, was runner-up in the Sires-Gr.1 and third in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and Champagne-Gr.1, ending the season as Champion 2YO Colt. His wins at three before he left for England included the Lightning Stakes-Gr.1 (1000m) down the Flemington straight and the Linlithgow-Gr.2 (1200m), beating Falvelon and Belle du Jour.
  An immediate stud success, his brilliant sprinting son Starspangledbanner (now a successful stallion) emulated his sire by winning Gr.1 sprints in Australia and England, Olympic Glory (four Gr.1) shone in Europe and Obviously became a multiple Gr.1 sprinter in the US, while horses like Divine Prophet, Japonisme, Choice Bro and other flew the flag down south. Choisir has more than 1050 winners and with 89 stakes winners already looks like being one of those rare sires to leave more than 100SW and is also an emerging broodmare sire.
  His sire Danehill Dancer (Danehill) and dam sire Lunchtime were both Gr.1 winners at two in the UK, while his second dam Pensive Mood is by one of the great Australian speed sires in Biscay (Star Kingdom (IRE)). The Mission’s dam line is no less attractive as his dam My Amelia won at two and is by the Gr.1-winning juvenile and multiple champion sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill-Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad) and from the Champagne Stakes-Gr.1 winner Carry 
on Cutie by Gr.1-winning sprinter and outstanding juvenile sire More Than Ready (Southern Halo-Woodman’s Girl by Woodman (USA)). My Amelia’s three named foals are all winners and also include stakes placed Smart Amelia (Smart Missile) while Carry On Cutie left four winners from six named foals and she is the best of seven winners from Rose of Latkia.
  In addition to his 3mx3m of Danehill, The Mission has Biscay 4fx6m and Lunchtime 3fx6f. Choisir’s dam Great Selection (by Lunchtime from a daughter of Biscay) and Redoute’s Choice’s dam sire Canny Lad (by a son of Biscay from a daughter of Lunchtime) are bred on a reverse cross.
  Third dam Rose of Latakia (NZ) (Conquistarose-Syrian Port (USA) by Alleged) is out of a half-sister to Gr.1 winner and sire Ghazi (Polish Navy) and Gr.2 winner and successful NZ-based sire Pompeii Court (USA) (Tell), dam sire of Starcraft and O’Reilly, sires who could work well with The Mission. This is family 1p and The Mission traces to English Oaks winner Pennycomequick (Hurry On) via the branch of her daughter Golden Penny (Hyperion) who is his eighth dam. Choisir has done mares carring a line of Todman or his brother Noholme, so he could be a good fit for daughters of champion Queensland sire Semipalatinsk (USA), who is a grandson of Noholme.