Young Dansili’s Sons In Front of Stakes Races Door

Danehill’s son Dansili is the only one of the great Hasili’s first six progeny who has never won a Gr.1 race. At stud, however, he has produced nineteen Gr.1 winners so far and as the member of the elite “Hundred Club” – sires with 100 + black-type winners – he enjoys respect and demand of broodmare owners but also sire owners, as two of his sons have already managed to produce a Gr.1 winner and the number of his sons – producers of black-type winners – has risen to nine after this weekend.

Bated Breath, photo Juddmonte Farms

It’s not unlikely that their number will be rounded by Dansili this year – his son Bated Breath, popular among breeders, who covered 146 mares in his first year at stud in 2013, has among his two-year-olds (36 runners, 13 winners) three placed in group races, including Al Johrah, placed twice in Gr. 2, and his first stakes winner is, therefore, to be expected soon.

So far the last Dansili’s son to join the sires of black-type winners is the winner of the Duke of York Stakes and the runner-up in the 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, Delegator. His daughter Delectation, left unsold at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 4 after the bid of 3,000 guineas, won easily by 2 and 3/4 lengths the Gr. 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on Saturday and is unbeaten in two races. She is one of the six winners of seventeen runners among Delegator’s progeny.

Bated Breath and Delegator are not the only sons of Dansili who have the first two-year-olds on the racecourse. Multiple group winner Famous Name entered the ring in a promising fashion too – he has just three winners among fourteen runners, but they include the winner of the listed Washington Singer Stakes Escobar.

Besides Bated Breath another hot candidate to become another sire of black-type winners among Dansili’s sons is the winner of the Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes, Requinto, based at Coolmore. He raced just as a two-year-old and his first two-year-olds this year seem precocious too. Of twenty-six runners half have won, although none in a stakes races. His son Broken Stones finished third in the Gr.2 July Stakes in Newmarket in early July.      

Of Dansili’s sons whose progeny debuted earlier, the Coolmore-based Zoffany fares best. The stallion who gave the offensively ridden Frankel a run for his money in the St James’s Palace Stakes had a fantastic start with his first two-year-olds (see an older column) and among his ten black-type winners of the first crop six won a stakes race at two. The results of this year’s two-year-olds lag significantly behind last year’s. The last year’s first crop champion sire in England and Ireland, fifth in the overall championship of sires of two-year-olds, is currently on the 65th position among the sires of two-year-olds and only Bohemian Flame, third in the listed National Stakes at Sandown, is the scorer of his second crop in black-type races.

Dansili’s sons - sires of black type winners

Stallion (suffix), YOB To Stud Number of BT winners
  Rail Link (GB), 2003 2008 11
  Zoffany (IRE), 2008 2012 10
  Harbinger (GB), 2006 2011 4
  Strategic Prince (GB), 2004 2008 4
  Thousand Words (GB), 2004 2009 2
  Zacinto (GB), 2006 2012 2
  Early March (GB), 2002 2008 1
  Delegator (GB), 2006 2013 1
  Famous Name (GB), 2005 2013 1

The winner of the July Stakes, Strategic Prince, had a promising start too – in his first crop he had the winner of the Phoenix Stakes, La Collina, but beside her only just one black-type winner and in the second crop there was none, so he moved, in 2013, from Coolmore to South America.

Zacinto, based in New Zealand (see an older column) had an excellent start too. This May he scored two listed wins of his first two-year-olds within fifteen minutes. He had three winners of eleven runners in hist first crop and placed eight in the championship of New Zealand two-year-olds.

Judged by the number of black-type winners, Dansili’s most successful son is Rail Link who has produced so far eleven stakes winners including Gr.1 winners Spillway and Epicuris. The winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, just confirms what held true for sons of Danehill. Stallions successful over staying distances have – despite their higher class – a more difficult role at stud than those who triumphed over shorter distances, such as Danehill or Dansili. The European three-year-old champion Rail Link moved, after seven years at Banstead Manor Stud, to France at Haras National de Cercy La Tour, where his fee is EUR 2,800, just a fraction of the original 12,500 pounds eight years ago.

The classiest of Dansili’s progeny, the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Harbinger, based at stud in Japan, has a difficult position too. The stallion is used mainly as the partner of daughters and granddaughters of Sunday Silence (see an older column) and in his five seasons at stud in Japan he covered 898 mares. He has had 319 runners, 129 won, but only 4 in stakes.

The current results of Dansili’s sons often show promising starts with the first crop, not confirmed later though. This year’s debutants had a promising start and we can only hope that this is not the end and that the other progeny performs as well.

MIloslav Vlček

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