Dansili the latest arrival in 100+ Club

Two black-type races were run in Cork, Ireland, on Sunday. One of these, the Munster Oaks Stakes for three-year-plus fillies and mares was won by the single three-year-old filly in the race, Words, for whom the race was her second career start and second win. The daughter of the Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, unbeaten in two races, proves to be another good investment of the Coolmore team Smith, Magnier & Tabor. Above all she became the milestone 100th black-type winner of her sire Dansili, one of the most successful sons of Danehill at stud.

photo: www.juddmonte.com

Dansili, as we have said several times, belongs among the few top sires who have worked their way to their status of elite sire gradually by their own efforts. With the exception of Danehill Dancer, pensioned last year, you will not find a sire at stud in Europe today who have managed to raise his fee 12.5 times to a six-figure sum. The triumph of Words made Dansili the third son of Danehill who has produced a three-digit number of stakes winners by the above mentioned Danehill Dancer (sire of 163 black-type winners) and Redoute’s Choice (123). Their number is likely to expand, as Rock of Gibraltar (98), Exceed and Excel (97) and Flying Spur (96) are close to the elite club. 

Dansili's BT winners by YOB and Stud fee

YOB BT Wnrs G1 wnrs fee previous year
2002 6 0 8000 £
2003 11 2 10000 £
2004 7 2 12500 £
2005 8 1 12500 £
2006 7 1 12500 £
2007 10 2 12500 £
2008 13 3 30000 £
2009 16 3 75000 £
2010 14 3 65000 £
2011 5 2 65000 £
2012 3 0 65000 £
total 100 19

The table of Dansili’s blacktype winners by crops shows how their number grew together with the growth of the fee. It has yet increased in recent years and this year it was 100,000 pounds flat. Dansili’s success is greatly contributed to by his breeder and owner Juddmonte Farm who have bred 30 of Dansili’s 100 black-type winners. In the first crops the share of owner-bred horses among stakes winners was yet higher – it was as high as 37.5% in the first four crops which clearly illustrates the strategy of Juddmonte Farms to support their stallions. Now, when Dansili is one of the most successful sires in Europe, the share of owner-bred horses among black-type progeny dropped and is 23.7% in the last four crops.

The set-up of damsires among Dansili’s black-type winners is pretty varied. His 100 stakes winners come from mares by 59 different sires and only 17 of them are damsires of more than one winner. Sadler’s Wells is the most successful by numbers, as Dansili has produced 13 black-type winners with his daughters, including Gr.1 winners The Fugue, Flintshire and Passage of Time. He is followed by Distant View, Rainbow Quest and Zafonic, former sires of Juddmonte Farm, with five winners. Rainbow Quest had the lowest success rate of them but the blood of his sire Blushing Groom, the damsire of Kahyasi, the sire of Dansili’s dam, can be found in the pedigree of 21 black-type winners by Dansili who are thus inbred to Blushing Groom.

Damsires of Dansili's black-type winners

Damsire BT Wnrs % of runners
  Sadler's Wells 13 16,7%
  Distant View 5 50,0%
  Zafonic 5 20,0%
  Rainbow Quest 5 10,6%
  Rahy 3 75,0%
  Irish River 3 50,0%
  Pivotal 3 27,3%
  Linamix 3 21,4%
  Selkirk 3 15,0%
  Diesis 3 14,3%

Although Dansili’s black-type winners include colts (or geldings) and fillies equally spread, among Gr.1 winners it is the fillies that clearly dominate. His nineteen Gr.1 winners include 12 fillies and just seven colts or geldings. The distance preferences are quite varied too. Dansili himself is sired by the sprinter Danehill, the bearer of speed, and is out of Hasili who raced over a mile but is the daughter of the Epsom Derby winner Kahyasi out of a dam by another stayer High Line. The distance preferences of Dansili’s progeny is thus significantly influenced by their dams.

All in all, Dansili is no doubt a very successful sire which is proved not just by 100 black-type winners but also by their high share among Dansili’s progeny – 8% of all foals of racing age and over 11% among all of his runners. Although he was not a super star on the racecourse, havin won just a Gr.2 race, thanks to his excellent sire and exceptional dam he has a great pedigree that has made him, together with the support of Juddmonte Farm, the owner of one of the best mares in the world, a truly great sire.

Miloslav Vlček
photo Juddmonte Farms

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