Danehill Dancer’s Good Times

Music Mandate won the Dombeen 10,000 at Doombeen, Australia, a Gr.1 race over 1,350m; a day later Rapper Dragon triumphed in The Lion Rock Trophy, a local Gr.3 race in Hong Kong. Both are out of dams by Danehill Dancer who thus closed exceptionally successful two weeks during which he achieved major milestones of his stud career, both as sire of sires and damsire.

Danehill Dancer, photo Coolmore

It was exactly two years ago at the weekend when Coolmore announced that they had pensioned their twenty-one-year old sire Danehill Dancer. He ended his long and rich career at stud due to decreasing fertility rates over the last few seasons. Although some of his last progeny are yet to made their racing debuts, the influence of two-year-old champion in Ireland and later the sire of 196 black-type winners shifts into the second generation of successful thoroughbred. The last couple of days, however, showed he was not losing any of his strength even in the second generation.

Group winners out of dams by Danehill Dancer

name (sire) YOB Best BT result
  MINDING (IRE) (Galileo) 2013 G1, GB
  THE GURKHA (IRE) (Galileo) 2013 G1, FR
  MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) (Written Tycoon) 2011 G1, AUS
  LA PASSE (AUS) (Street Sense) 2010 G2, AUS
  LADY TIANA (GB) (Sir Percy) 2011 G2, AUS
  INFINITE MAGIC (USA) (More Than Ready) 2010 G2, USA
  QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) (Galileo) 2008 G3, GB
  HI WORLD (AUS) (High Chaparral) 2011 G3, AUS
  MINCE (GB) (Medicean) 2009 G3, GB
  BE MY GAL (GB) (Galileo) 2011 G3, FR
  SUYOOF (AUS) (Magic Albert) 2012 G3, SAF
  CASSINA DE POMM (ITY) (Pounced) 2013 G3, ITY
  HAWKSMOOR (IRE) (Azamour) 2013 G3, GB
  WEDDING VOW (IRE) (Galileo) 2012 G3, IRE
  THE BORBERRY (USA) (Hawk Wing) 2005 G3, IRE
  BEACON ROCK (IRE) (Galileo) 2013 G3, IRE
  CHARMED HARMONY (AUS) (Hussonet) 2009 G3, IRE
  VINNIE EAGLE (AUS) (I Am Invincible) 2011 G3, NZ
  BACIAMI PICCOLA (GB) (Equiano) 2013 G3, USA
  RECORDER (GB) (Galileo) 2013 G3, GB
  LITE'N IN MY VEINS (AUS) (Henrythenavigator) 2012 G3, AUS
  KISSES BY ANGELS (IRE) (Galileo) 2012 G3, IRE
  LISCANNA (IRE) (Sadler's Wells) 2004 G3, IRE

Let us look first at the achievements of Danehill Dancer’s daughters. Until this May, Minding was the only Gr.1 winner out of a dam by Danehill Dancer, i.e. if we leave aside Tannaaf, the winner of the Quatar Derby, locally classified as a Gr.1 race. Minding confirmed her class as a three-year-old, taking the 1,000 Guineas. Two weeks later The Gurkha, also by Galileo, excelled in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the score of Gr.1 winner was expanded by the above mentioned Music Magnate on Saturday.

Danehill Dancer’s daughters have produced a total of 23 group winners, leaving aside the already mentioned Tannaaf and two group winners by the local classification in Singapore. The oldest of them, the Irish Gr.3 winner, Liscanna, was born twelve years ago, most of them, eighteen, were born in this decade and seven of them are three-year-olds. This reflects the career of Danehill Dancer himself who launched his stud career with the modest fee of EUR 4,000 while nine years later this fee rose to EUR 115,000 and his daughters most successful at stud were born at the time when he had already achieved some of his triumphs and the demand for him was on the rise, accompanied by a supply of quality mares. Danehill Dancer’s daughters produced a total of 47 black-type winners, ten of which are by Galileo. This version of the successful nick Galileo x Danehill can boast a high success rate – 14% of foals of racing age have won a black-type race.

Minding, the first Gr.1 winner out of a dam by Danehill Dancer, was to expand the collection of her Gr.1 achievements in Ireland, where she stood, three weeks after winning the 1,000 Guineas, at the start of the Irish 1,000 Guineas as a hot favourite. She failed to take the classic double, having been beaten by a neck by the outsider Jet Setting, the daughter of the Acomb Stakes (Gr.3) winner and the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1) runner up to New Approach, Fast Company, the son by Danehill Dancer. Having raced only three times, Fast Company has the second crop of three-year-olds on the racecourse and he has seen already his first Gr.1 winner, thus becoming the fifth son of Danehill Dancer to achieve this.

So far, thirteen of his sons have produced a black-type winner. While the most successful progeny of his daughters are out of dams foaled at the time when Danehill Dancer had first successful progeny on the racecourse, his most successful son-stallion comes from Danehill’s Dancer first Australian crop. Sire of 73 black-type winners, including the talented stallion Starspangledbanner, Choisir, was the Australian two-year-old champion and he showed his talent in Europe by taking the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr.1) at Royal Ascot. Although the stallion shuttled to Ireland on the regular basis, he is at home in Australia, where he covers over 130 mares annually (in 2009 and 2010 it was over 200) and his Australian fee is significantly higher than his fee in Europe.

Coolmore’s Mastercraftsman is the most successful son of Danehill Dancer in Europe. He is a stallion with an excellent start at stud who became the European first crop champion sire of 2013, second crop sire of 2014 and third crop sire of 2015.

Danehill Dancer’s sons - sires of black type winners

Stallion, YOB To Stud Number of BT winners
  CHOISIR (AUS), 1999 2003 73
  MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE), 2006 2010 31
  LIZARD ISLAND (USA), 2005 2009 9
  JEREMY (USA), 2003 2008 7
  MONSIEUR BOND (IRE), 2000 2005 6
  SILENT TIMES (IRE), 2003 2007 4
  FAST COMPANY (IRE), 2005 2011 3
  INDESATCHEL (IRE), 2002 2007 2
  ABBEYSIDE (GB),2006 2011 2
  WHERE OR WHEN (IRE),1999 2004 2
  ALFRED NOBEL, 2007 2011 1
  DECADO (IRE), 2003 2009 1
  AIR CHIEF MARSHAL (IRE), 2007 2011 1

Two top sons, a number of other ones able to produce black-type winners including classic ones and growing achievements of his daughters at stud are the guarantee that Danehill Dancer’s blood will continue to play an important role in thoroughbred breeding. In the second generation, it can be found in the pedigree of 189 black-type winners and their number is very likely to grow steeply in the next years.

Miloslav Vlček

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