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Bluebloods : April 2010
ONE of the most promising juveniles in Australia this year carries inbreeding in her pedigree that is still rare, but which appears destined to become the most dominant in Australian breeding. This is the doubling up of Danehill, the Danzig son who became a leading European three year-old sprinter and then a pioneer shuttle sire. Danehill went on to become the biggest and most effective source of excellence in Australian history as well as developing a stronghold in European breeding. The juvenile demonstrating the effectiveness of inbreeding to Danehill is the Tony Vasil-trained filly Psychologist. Bred by Bylong Park Thoroughbreds, Bylong Valley, NSW, she was sold at the 2009 Inglis Sydney Easter yearling sale to a Hong Kong buyer for $120,000. Psychologist is inbred 3mx3m to Danehill, being by his grandson Choisir (by Danehill Dancer (IRE)) and from Miss Conception, a daughter of the Danehill-sired Golden Slipper winner Danzero. Miss Conception is one of thousands of mares in use in Australia who are by Danehill (about 500) or his sons, including such in-demand broodmare sires as Danzero, Redoute's Choice, Flying Spur, Commands, Danehill Dancer and deceased Lion Hunter. Lion Hunter is the maternal grandsire of Star Witness, the Starcraft colt who won the 2010 Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1. The race was a show window for the Danehill influence as second and third went to offspring of Redoute's Choice, Shaaheq and Beneteau, and fifth to Psychologist. Born in the US in 1986 Danehill, who died in Ireland in May 2003, benefited from dual hemisphere use, and his awesome prepotency and has dwarfed all world previous sire records. His international contribution, which is still securing dwindling additions, comprises - according to the Australian statistical bible Bloodhound - 2310 foals, 1542 winners (348 stakes winners, 88 at Gr.1 level) of 4986 wins (800 stakes) and $379,600,000. His Australian-conceived progeny include 1098 runners, 880 winners (179 SW, 48 Gr.1 winners) of 2974 races (427 stakes) and earners of $214,385,000. His consistency as a source of excellence via his Australian progeny is reflected by his statistics of 80.3% winners to runners and about 95% winners and other placegetters. Numbers-wise, Danehill would most certainly have had hundreds more from his Australian use if the huge books, some topping 200, now being put to in-demand sires had been the vogue in his early stud years when he stood at Arrowfield. His biggest Australian book was 164 (1999) and in his first four seasons they were in order 72 (1990), 64 (1991), 73 (1992) and 98 (1993). He had less than 50 potential runners in each of his first two crops. Both produced Golden Slipper winners. Danehill was the Champion Australian Sire in nine seasons and is heading for his fifth successive broodmare title, that for 2009-10. High up in the broodmare list is his son Flying Spur. Danehill's huge grip on quality Australian breeding is shown by the collection of youngsters in the Debretts of Australian yearling sale catalogues, that produced by Inglis for the 2010 annual Easter sale set down for the firm's historic Newmarket stables, Randwick on April 6, 7 and 8. Approximately two thirds of the 614 yearlings listed have Danehill in their pedigrees, made up of 324 by his sons, grandsons or great-grandsons and 82 who carry his name maternally. At this juncture Danehill inbreeding plays only a tiny role, but it is one that assuredly will expand rapidly in the next few years. One of the only five lots doubling-up Danehill is bred on similar lines to Psychologist. Lot 114 on account of George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, Dunedoo, NSW, is a half-sister by Choisir to Golden Slipper and AJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Sebring, both of them being from the Flying Spur mare Purespeed. Two of the inbred Danehill yearlings are on account of the breeders of Psychologist, Bylong Park Thoroughbreds. Both by Coolmore's Irish bred son Rock of Gibraltar, a world champion miler, they are Lot 430, a filly from Flying Dansino, a Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) mare out of the Danehill stakes winner Dansino, and Lot 528, a colt from Chestpeak, a NZ-bred stakes winner by the Danehill QTC Stradbroke Handicap winner Danasinga. Another of the inbred yearlings is Lot 565, a colt in the Southern Cross Breeders (Hunter Valley) consignment. This black or brown colt is in the first crop of the Redoute's Choice-sired Blue Diamond winner Nadeem and from Kohinoor, a winning half-sister by Danzero to Celestial Choir, a Celestial Dancer (IRE) winner of 11 sprint races up to Gr.2 and a third placegetter in the QTC Stradbroke. Emirates Park, Murrurundi, Hunter Valley contributes the other yearling doubling-up Danehill. Lot 581, a grey colt, is by the stud's Danehill Gr.1-winning miler Al Maher, a three-quarter blood brother to Redoute's Choice, and from Nesnas, a Randwick two year-old winner by the Danehill five times Gr.1 winner Danewin. The Danehill maternal influence in the catalogue includes 34 offspring of his daughters and eight from mares out of Danehill dams. All the rest, except one by Choisir, are by his sons, namely Flying Spur (15 lots), Redoute's Choice (eight), Danzero (five), Shovhog, Desert King (IRE), Danehill Dancer, Dansinga, Danewin, Johan Cruyff (GB), Commands and Nothin' Leica Dane. Both Redoute's Choice (47 lots) and Flying Spur (55) are major contributors to the future spread of Danehill through their own yearlings in the 2010 catalogue. These two sires are on the roster at Arrowfield Stud along with Danzero (nine lots) and the boom Redoute's Choice son and leading first season sire Snitzel (10 lots). Coolmore, the world giant who stood Danehill in Australia in his latter seasons and for all of his northern career in Ireland, has five of his sons represented, including Fastnet Rock (44) and Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) (10). Coolmore has none by Danehill Dancer, as he was not used here in 2007 owing to equine influenza, but that horse's son Choisir (11 lots) has some very good prospects. Darley's Danehill sires who make a good contribution are Exceed and Excel (33 lots) and Commands (14). Also, the Darley-based Redoute's Choice sire Nadeem (23) has strong first crop representation. The other Danehill sires with Easter yearlings are Al Maher, Aussie Rules (USA), Dane Shadow, Danewin, Dansili (GB), Elvstroem, Lucky Owners, Oratorio (IRE) and Strada. In addition to Nadeem and Snitzel, sons of Redoute's Choice with yearlings available are God's Own, Stratum and Bradbury's Luck. April 2010 INGLIS AUSTRALIAN EASTER YEARLING SALE DANEHILL EXCELLENCE shines through Inglis Easter catalogue Nadeem (Redoute's Choice-Candide (NZ) by Sound Reason (CAN)) 12
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