D-DAY AGAIN LAST SATURDAY

Article by Andrew Caulfield, taken from Thoroughbred Daily News 10/9/13:

It was D-day again last Saturday, with the D on this occasion standing for the in-form DANSILI. At the age of 17, DANSILI is old enough to be making his mark in several different spheres, and that is exactly what he did three days ago.

For a start, he added two more Gr.1 victories to his 2013 tally, thanks to two horses - the English filly The Fugue and the Australian-based Foreteller - which already featured among DANSILI's unequalled score of six Northern-Hemisphere-sired Group 1 winners.

Two of DANSILI's inexpensive stallion sons also enjoyed group success. Thousand Words - whose best win came at Group 3 level – was responsible for Top Notch Tonto, winner of the Gr.3 Superior Mile, then the Group 2 winner Strategic Prince supplied La Collina, winner of Leopardstown’s Gr.1 Matron Stakes.

DANSILI's broodmare daughters also got into the act when the very useful Dance In The Park took the Listed Prix Occitanie.

Other good 2013 performers out of DANSILI mares include Excess Knowledge, one of the leading fancies for the St Leger next Saturday; Chicquita, the enigmatic Irish Oaks winner who will be one of the stars of the Paulyn Dispersal in November; and Astaire, the interestingly-bred winner of the Gr.2 Gimcrack S. who is inbred 3x3 to DANSILI's sire Danehill and 4x4 to DANSILI's broodmare sire Kahyasi.

The Fugue’s stylish demolition of Al Kazeem and Trading Leather in the Irish Champion Stakes confirmed that this four-year-old will be a major player in the Arc, so long as the going stays reasonably fast. If she lines up at Longchamp, she will complete a very strong hand for DANSILI, who also has the three-year-old colts Flintshire and Vancouverite among the leading contenders. Flintshire is as short as 4-1 following his smooth success in the Grand Prix de Paris, while the progressive Vancouverite is a 16-1 chance following his victory in the Gr.2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano.

DANSILI's Arc contenders include two colts, and his sons have already triumphed in the Arc and the King George, thanks to Rail Link and Harbinger. Even so, it has been his daughters which have provided him with many of his Group 1 successes. This year, in addition to The Fugue’s two impressive victories, we’ve seen Dank score an eye-catching win in the Beverly D. Stakes, Laughing take the Diana Stakes and Winsili spring a surprise in the Nassau Stakes.

Altogether 10 of DANSILI's daughters have scored at the top level, the others being the American Grade 1 winners Proviso and Price Tag, and the European winners Emulous, Fallen For You, Giofra and Passage of Time.

Thanks to Passage of Time, The Fugue and Flintshire, DANSILI now has three Group 1 winners out of daughters of the phenomenal Sadler’s Wells. This partnership has also enjoyed Group 2 success with Father Time, Thomas Chippendale and Testosterone, along with listed victories by Dark Orchid, Stipulate, Dance Moves and Disclaimer. This gives DANSILI a total of 10 stakes winners among his 84 foals of racing age with dams by Sadler’s Wells.

As 13 of the 84 are largely untried two-year-olds, his 10 stakes winners represents a sizeable achievement. He also sired arguably his fastest and most precocious son, Requinto, from a grand-daughter of Sadler’s Wells.

Bearing in mind that The Fugue’s grandsires Danehill and Sadler’s Wells jointly earned 17 Anglo-Irish sires championships in the space of 18 years, breeders were sure to try to combine these dominant forces - especially when Danehill achieved 12% stakes winners with his foals out of Sadler’s Wells mares.

There are now 748 foals of racing age sired by sons of Danehill from daughters of Sadler’s Wells. Of course, there are also numerous foals sired by sons of Sadler’s Wells from daughters of Danehill, with FRANKEL being a perfect example.

I think it is fair to say that, with three Group 1 winners, DANSILI is the Danehill stallion with the best record with Sadler’s Wells mares...

Date: 10 September 2013