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38 the form Friday, January 1, 2010Danehill Dancer a
Dancer has once
again done his dad
Danehill proud by
taking out the British stallions'
premiership for the 2009 flat
Danehill Dancer produced 71
individual winners for the sea-
son in Britain and Ireland
which won 89 races.
However, despite Cape Cross
equalling him from a winners
total (71), the latter's crop won
106 races. The deciding factor
w as Danehill Dancer's prize-
money earnings of £3,560,617
($6,382,398), which bettered
that of Cape Cross by £113,184.
Cape Cross had an ace up his
sleeve, too, when you take into
consideration he is the sire of
Europe's horse of the year, Sea
The Stars, winner of six group 1s
this season, two of these in Bri-
tain. As a result Cape Cross
turned the tables on Danehill
Dancer in the European premi-
ership. Sea The Stars won
almost 66 per cent of his
earnings during the
been the quiet achiever from
Coolmore's stallion roster over
the years since his sire Danehill
died in May 2003, and is invari-
ably booked out in both
hemispheres. Coolmore's Austra-
lian base restricts him to covering
100 mares a season at $88,000 a
The stallion has great versatil-
ity, also finishing fourth in the
two-year-olds' premiership in
Britain, behind Exceed And Ex-
cel, Invincible Spirit and Dubawi.
He was the fifth-most popular
stallion at sales in Britain through
the year with 34 colts by Dancer
Dancer averaging 115,803
guineas while his 28 fillies sold
averaged 109,619 guineas.
His Coolmore stablemates
Montjeu, Galileo and Sadler's
Wells came in one, two and
three respectively with
Nunthorpe Stakes winner
Pivotal in fourth position.
Danehill Dancer has finished
ninth and seventh in the past two
Australian stallions' premier-
ships and has had a slower-than-
usual start to his 2009-10 season
despite having sired 49 individual
winners which have amassed
more than $1.5m in earnings.
The stallion has the ruling Ma-
gic Millions favourite in the
shape of the John
Ambers Waltz, a
hind Triple Crown.
Ambers Waltz was a
$550,000 Magic Mil-
lions buy and is the highest-
priced filly by Danehill Dancer
sold at auction in Australia.
UNLUCKY LASS: Magic Mil-
lions contender Star Lass has
had her racing career brought to
an abrupt halt with the two-
year-old filly forced into retire-
ment after suffering a slab frac-
ture of one of her front legs.
The filly, a first-up Randwick
winner and also an encouraging
second behind Brightexpec-
tations in the Wyong Slipper on
December 6, was X-rayed at the
request of trainer David Payne,
who was shocked by
Star Lass was a
$40,000 buy for
ers Les Samba and Ron Medich
at the 2009 MM Sales. She was
sired by one-time Coolmore
shuttler Johannesburg from
Zerostar and repaid her pur-
chase price after her first-up
city win then topped up her
earnings to $85,150 before her
injury was discovered.
Her form in the Wyong Slip-
per was franked at Randwick
last Saturday when Triple Crown
beat Ambers Waltz, with the for-
mer having finished third at
Wyong. Star Lass is likely to be
retired to New Zealand with a
mating to Montjeu stallion Guil-
lotine, another racehorse
owned by Samba and Medich
which began his stud career at
Windsor Park this year.
FAST WORKER: Fastnet Rock's
career continues to
thrive, with the out-
standing sprinter pro-
ducing an exciting two-
year-old prospect in
New Zealand last week
when Belles Fast scored
by 4.8 lengths at New
Belles Fast became
Fastnet Rock's fourth
two-year-old winner of
the season in Australasia
and looked worth every
cent of the $NZ450,000
($359,885) trainer Allan
Sharrock outlaid for her at
the 2009 Karaka Premier
Sale last January.
The filly, having her second
race start, was the highest-
priced Fastnet Rock yearling at
Karaka with the filly from the
Bletchingly mare Cast Your Fate,
which earlier had produced the
2000-01 NZ champion filly of
the year Flying Babe and
group 2 winner Belle Femme.
Belles Fast's prizemoney
pick-up was only $NZ5325
and it is unlikely that
amount will win her a
place in the $NZ1m
Karaka Millions at
Ellerslie on Janu-
ary 31, with the
field restricted to
to run her
again if she
is to try for
the big day in the NZ Millions
Bennett hoping to make father proud
Champion driver Greg Bennett has made a great
start to the season but is focused on trying to win
his first feature with father Jim on Game Safin
in the Ranji Bill Stakes at Harold Park on Friday.
Bennett decided to stay with Game Safin over
the Kevin Pizzuto-trained Dream Cover Girl in the
quality $20,000 mares race, which carries an
invitation to the Ladyship Mile later in the year.
''Game Safin is up and going, whereas Dream
Cover Girl is resuming and I decided to stay with
the stable,'' Bennett said.
''She would be in the top four chances in the
race but from the nine it makes it tough. I will just
have to hope for a bit of luck, but she is going
well enough to win.
''Lady Lexus is the one to beat and I'll probably
be able to follow her across as she is on my inside.''
Bennett has driven 63 winners in the first third
of the season and is on target for 200 for the year.
''It's been good, I have been getting on the
right horses,'' Bennett said. ''You have to make
the most of these runs when they happen.''
Slick win thrills Turnbull
Trainer-driver Steve Turnbull is still smiling
after steering Slick Bromac to victory at
Bathurst on Monday night.
Slick Bromac began perfectly from barrier
two and led throughout to beat Karloo Mick and
Jackson Grant in the Shirley Turnbull Memorial.
It was Turnbull's fourth success as a driver
and his fifth as a trainer in the race named in
memory of his late mother.
''That was Slick Bromac's chance to beat
Karloo Mick,'' Turnbull said. ''He loves Bathurst,
likes the 2500 metres and he drew perfectly.''
The pair will again lock horns in the Young Cup
on Sunday night, but this time they are both
drawn on the second line -- Slick Bromac in nine
and Karloo Mick on the outside in 11.
Slick Bromac is drawn on the back of
Artifactor, but the Brian Hancock-trained
gelding is only the emergency and if he fails to
obtain a start then Slick Bromac will follow
Esprit De Kayjay out at the start.
Esprit De Kayjay is prepared by premier
trainer Paul Fitzpatrick who is second behind
Turnbull in the statewide trainers' premiership.
Turnbull said Slick Bromac had pulled up well
since his success on Monday night which was
his second in succession after scoring at Harold
Park on December 11.
''He is only lightly framed so we don't do much
with him between runs,'' Turnbull said. ''But he
is all guts.''
Turnbull said he would be looking to take up
a forward position on Sunday despite his
''Young is the sort of track on which you are
able to use your horse more because the
straights are downhill a bit,'' Turnbull said.
''But you need to avoid being caught wide on
the top turn otherwise you can lose valuable
Littlejohn shoots for feature final
Ellalong trainer Greg Littlejohn will be hoping
Cardinal Choice can provide him with another
Maitland Inter-City Pace finalist when he contests
his heat at Newcastle on Saturday night.
Five heats of the 47th Inter-City Pace will be
staged, and the top two placegetters from each
heat will qualify for the $40,000 final to be run at
Maitland Showground the following Saturday night.
Littlejohn prepared Royal Realm which ran third
behind Muddy River in the final in 2004.
Cardinal Choice resumed from a spell with an all-
the-way win by 3.5m over 1609m at Newcastle on
December 19. That was his first run since July and
he needed to win to become eligible to contest the
Inter-City Pace heats.
''He only does what he has to do to win in his
races but he is coming along quite well and he does
have the gate speed to take up a good position,''
''Last season he made two group 1 finals as a
three-year-old and he is still maturing further, and
he does come from a family that has proven
Littlejohn also assists premier trainer Michael
Formosa with the preparation of his team and he
has again entrusted his boss with the drive on
''Michael is driving in top form and he is a great
judge of pace,'' Littlejohn said.
Littlejohn strapped the Formosa-trained and
-driven Staminator when he was successful in the
Inter-City Pace grand final last year.
CHRIS ROOTS AND JOHN GILMOUR
Make it a BIG New Year with a $250,000 BIG6 jackpot at Rosehill tomorrow!
Magic Millions contenders under the microscope
Impressed . . . Glyn Schofield.
MAGIC Millions contenders will
face unprecedented veterinary
examinations before the $2 mil-
lion MM Classic for two-year-
olds next weekend.
The late scramble for spots
will be a focus at Rosehill and the
Gold Coast on Saturday but con-
nections paying up for horses for
the big race also will have to sub-
mit a veterinary certificate as
part of the acceptance.
All runners will face a further
examination by Queensland
Racing vets on the Thursday or
Friday before the race.
''We don't want to be in a situ-
ation where we don't have a full
field come jump time in the
Magic Millions, if we can help
it,'' Queensland chairman of
stewards Wade Birch said.
''That is why we have these
veterinary requirements in
place. We will have teams of vets
and stewards on the ground in
the days leading up to the race
and we'll look at every horse in
the race, so the public can be
confident that every horse is fit
and ready to go.''
David Hayes will try to push
Tricarico up the order of entry
by running in the Golden Slip-
per Festival On Sale Handicap at
Rosehill on Saturday.
With just more than $10,000
in the bank from two starts the
son of General Nediym prob-
ably needs to win or run second
to gain a run at the Gold Coast.
Glyn Schofield, who takes the
ride, is aware what is at stake
and was impressed by the colt's
latest run, a third as favourite to
Backgammon down the straight
at Flemington on December 19.
''The stable have a bit of an
opinion of him and obviously
the Magic Millions is their
aim,'' Schofield said. ''He has
had the two starts and if he can
run up to his last run I think he
will be hard to beat.''
Much Much More, Rock My
Heart, Yates Road and Cuddles
For Layla will also be trying to
win their way into the Magic
Millions at Rosehill.
Meanwhile, the winner of the
Magic Millions Prelude at the
Gold Coast on Saturday should
be back the following week for
the $2 million classic.
Interestingly, trainer Danny
Bougoure has paid a late-entry
fee for first starter Goldcat,
which has drawn gate 13.
The Gerald Ryan-trained
Champagne Dynamite has
come up with gate four and
should start favourite with Brad
Stewart to ride.
The Not A Single Doubt filly
was the fastest winner at the
first official barrier trials at
Randwick in September before
beating only one runner home
in the Gimcrack Stakes.
She is likely to be ridden off
the speed as Ryan believes it is
the way she will produce her
best. ''I think we got her wrong
-- thinking she was a speed
filly,'' he said. ''She works bet-
ter coming from behind and
that's how we will ride her at
the Gold Coast.''
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