PHENOMENAL SUMMER FOR HOTSHOT DANSILI

By Nancy Sexton, taken from the Racing Post, 7th August 2013:

There have been occasions when seemingly high-class stallions have not capitalised on an inflation of their fee. But we can safely say that DANSILI, who started his stud career at £8,000 and this year commanded £80,000, is not one of them. For the past six seasons the Juddmonte stallion has stood for £65,000 or more and in turn continues to reward his supporters as a consistent source of class.

DANSILI is in the midst of a phenomenal summer. Only one stallion, Galileo, can boast a greater number of European stakes winners this season than DANSILI's tally of 13, while the past five weeks alone has seen him register seven stakes
successes, including three at the top level in Flintshire, Laughing and Winsili.

That is off the back of a Royal Ascot where he provided three Group winners-Riposte (Ribblesdale Stakes), the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale (Hardwicke Stakes) and Remote (Tercentenary Stakes). And he was leading sire at Glorious Goodwood, where the victory of Winsili in the Nassau Stakes capped a week in which he also sired handicap winners Ascription and Highland Duke.

As if that was not enough, Winsili's Nassau victory, which saw her become the 15th Gr.1 winner for her sire, came exactly a week after the DANSILI fillies Laughing and Dream Peace finished one-two in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes at Saratoga. And the autumn promises greater riches since Flintshire is as short as 5-1 for the Arc following his easy win in the Grand Prix de Paris. There also appears to be plenty more to come from the likes of Dank and Zibelina, recent winners of the Kilboy Estate Stakes and Valiant Stakes.

Breeders use Juddmonte stallions in the knowledge they are supported by its rich broodmare band and each of DANSILI's first five Group 1 winners, including RAIL LINK and Passage Of Time (whose first foal, Retirement Plan, entered the St Leger picture with a three-length win in the 1m3f handicap at Goodwood last week), were bred and campaigned by Khalid Abdullah. Winsili is the ninth Group 1 winner by DANSILI to bear the Juddmonte brand; it has bred seven of the stallion's stakes winners this year, including Foreteller, winner of the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill in Australia in March.

The decision to send Winter Sunrise, a dual 1m2f winner for Sir Michael Stoute, to DANSILI when she retired in 2009 would have been logical given the daughter of Pivotal is a half-sister to the talented DANSILI colt Ice Blue, who looked highly promising when successful in the 2010 Prix Greffulhe. Further back, this is one of Juddmonte's most noted families, since Winsili's second dam, the Group 3-placed miler Winter Solstice (by Unfuwain), is a half-sister to Dubai Sheema Classic winner Polish Summer as well as Grade 1 winner Meteor Storm (one of the best runners sired by the disappointing Bigstone).

In turn, their dam, Hunt The Sun, is a sister to top stayers Raintrap and Sunshack and a granddaughter of Juddmonte foundation mare Sunny Bay.

Date: 7 August 2013