BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS FOR DANSILI
DANSILI’s daughter Dank started as deserving favourite for the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf Gr.1 on Saturday (2nd November), on the back of her 4¼ length victory in the Beverly D Stakes Gr.1 in August.
The four-year-old filly did not disappoint. Racing with the pace throughout, she stayed on well to fight off the late challenge from Juddmonte’s Romantica and win in good style under jockey Ryan Moore.
What makes the race remarkable is the dominance of Juddmonte’s blue-hen mare Hasili – the dam of DANSILI and also of Bank’s Hill, herself winner of the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf in 2001 and the dam of this year’s second Romantica.
Another daughter of Hasili, Intercontinental, won the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mare Turf in 2005.
DANSILI also came close to siring the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Gr.1 when The Fugue – already a dual Gr.1 winner this season – only narrowly missed out on victory.
Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 3/11/13:
The European domination of the weekend’s turf racing continued in Saturdays Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as James Wigan’s Dank (DANSILI) raced prominently, took command outside turning for home and held off a late challenge from fellow foreigner Romantica (Galileo) to score by a comfortable half-length margin.
The victory gives the four-year-old filly - now winner of two of the most important Grade 1 races for turf distaffers in this country – an inside track for an Eclipse Award.
It was the sixth Breeders’ Cup victory for legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who also saddled Islington to a win in the event when held here in 2003. Stoute paid tribute to his help at home for getting the filly ready for this run. “With a very, very good team behind her, that is the first thing,” he stated when asked what it takes to prepare a horse for the trans-Atlantic journey. “We leave nothing to chance where the traveling is concerned, because that is of utmost importance. But she has a great temperament. This is what helps her, a great attitude, very good filly.”
America the Beautiful...
Dank, heroine of last year's Gr.3 TBA Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park, has taken her game to a new level since turning four. A nose winner of the Gr.3 Qatar Bloodstock Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket May 5, she followed with a close third in the Gr.2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot June 19. Dank punched her ticket to the Beverly D. with a win in the Gr.2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at The Curragh July 21 prior to a victory in the Gr.1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Aug. 17.
“I don't think she was at her very best at Royal Ascot," Stoute continued. "There was an incident just before the race. I think she should be unbeaten this year. If [owner James Wigan] allows us to keep her going, she'll show them how good she is."
Stalk and Pounce...
Hard held early after breaking smartly from her rail draw, Dank was still giving jockey Ryan Moore a good workout as they headed to the clubhouse turn. Finally settling into a nice rhythm on the backstretch as longshot Emollient (Empire Maker) led through a half mile in :47.50, she began to set her sights on the pacesetter from the outside. Dank poked her head in front as they straightened for home, and was never seriously threatened by the late surge from the runner-up.
"She had everything right today and I could ride her that way," Moore said. "I didn't have to take too many chances, because she was the best filly in the race. She wasn't as brilliant today as in her last race, but she still ran a very good race today."
Dank becomes the sixth Breeders' Cup winner for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. "We knew from stall one we wouldn't get pushed on the inside," Stoute commented. "She seemed a bit fresh early on, but Ryan knew what to do. I don't mind going into the winner's enclosure. I'd like to keep her in training next year and I'm going to have to be quite persuasive."
Dank is owned/bred by London Thoroughbred Services' James Wigan. "Well, they're the best," Dank said of the connections. AI couldn't say anything more. They're fantastic. I've got the utmost confidence, and it's lovely to be with them." Will we see Dank again next year? "I'd love to come back," Wigan concluded.
Date: 4 November 2013