Coolmore Stud based mare Shantha’s Choice has died. The 19 year-old was owned by Sri Lankan businessman Muzaffar Ali Yaseen and had won a Seymour maiden in July 2005 before retiring to stud.
Her half-brothers Umatilla (Miswaki) and Hurricane Sky (Star Watch) were both Group 1 winners. Umatilla died after a long stud career at Blue Gum Farm last year and Hurricane Sky is still on active service at Quanah Park in WA.
“When we established Coolmore at Jerry’s Plains in 1996 we only had two mares on the farm,” Coolmore manager Peter O’Brien said. “One of those was Shantha’s Choice and it’s been a privilege to have been associated with her since then.”
Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad – Dancing Show by Nijinsky) produced Danehill’s G1 champion racehorse and sire Redoute’s Choice first-up at stud. He was followed by four other black-type winners – G1 AJC Spring Champion Stakes winner Platinum Scissors (Danehill), G1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes winner Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago), G3 AJC San Domenico Stakes winner Sliding Cube (Rock of Gibraltar) and Listed SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas winner Echoes Of Heaven (Encosta de Lago).
Her current three year-old is The Broken Shore (Hussonet). She is trained by Gai Waterhouse and was placed twice at Rosehill in February.
The mare’s final foal is a yearling filly named Taste Of Heaven (Encosta de Lago).