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11/04/02 Perry Hopeful Choisir Can Capture Champagne
r4ppayne.jpg (9369 bytes)Leading Broadmeadow trainer Paul Perry is hopeful his youngster Choisir can crack a Group One win when he clashes with his last start conqueror Victory Vein in Saturday's Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

Perry said the Danehill Dancer colt had pulled up well from his last run and feels he would prove hard to beat on Saturday.

"He's very good," Perry said. "He's done very well since the last run and I'm expecting him to be hard to beat in the Champagne."

Leading Melbourne jockey Patrick Payne has been booked to ride the gelding after his usual rider Lenny Beasley was suspended.

"I'm more than happy to have Paddy riding him. He's a top class rider," Perry said.

Not surprisingly Perry said that the Bede Murray trained filly Victory Vein would be the horse to beat in the field of seven.

"She is a top class filly and she's the one we have to beat," he said. "Her win the other day was very strong."

Choisir is rated highly by the leading New South Wales trainer.

"He's the best two-year-old I've ever had," Perry stated.

Meanwhile, Victory Vein is also in good shape for Saturday's Group One event according to her trainer Bede Murray.

Murray isn't concerned about the extra 200 metres saying his youngster had "trained on well since the Sires'."

You can expect to see Victory Vein and Choisir settling together toward the rear of the field behind Pillaging, the expected leader.

"We'll probably end up racing together," Perry said of Choisir and Victory Vein. "You'd expect Pillaging to be up at the front," he predicted.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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