Dansili, Dubawi, a Gallant Geriatric, and Racing in Turkey

European racing Sept. 1 found Juddmonte’s lynchpin stallion, 16-year-old Dansili (Danehill—Hasili, by Kahyasi) recording career stakes winners 70 and 71, when two of his 3-year-old daughters scored their first added-money wins.

In France, Juddmonte’s sophomore filly Preferential registered at two-length victory Victorinna (by Gentlewave) and Sarah Lynx (Montjeu) in the listed Prix des Tourelles at Chantilly. Trained by Christiane Head-Maarek and ridden by Stephane Pasquier, Preferential is out of the Diesis mare Jolie Etoile, a half sister to Etoile Montante (Miswaki) who won the group I Prix de la Foret in the familiar pink and green silks. Rebounding from a sixth-place finish in the Prix Minerve (Fr.-III), Preferential annexed her third win from eight starts.

Career stakes winner 71 came across the channel when fellow 3-year-old Dank won the group III Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Atalanta Stakes at Sandown. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had a tougher go, getting up to win the mile event by a neck over Ladys First (Dutch Art) and Gathering (Street Cry). Bred by London Thoroughbred Services, Dank is the fourth stakes winner from the winning Darshaan mare Masskana, having been preceded by stakes winner Wallace (Royal Academy) and by group I stakes winners Sulk (Selkirk) and Eagle Mountain to whom Dank is very closely related as like Dank, Eagle Mountain is also by a son of Danehill in Rock of Gibraltar.

Three cheers and hats doffed for the old guy! Ten-year-old Borderlescott proved he still has oomph by taking the listed Bullet Sprint Stakes over five furlongs at Beverley in England. The chestnut son of Compton Place—Jeewan, by Touching Wood was making his 63rd start in eight years of racing, and he has made good in 14 of them, including the group I Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, not once but twice.

In other racing around the world, Dubawi (Dubai Millennium—Zomaradah, by Deploy), underscored the faith in him exhibited by buyers at the Baden-Baden yearling sale Aug. 31, in which he racked up two of the top five prices, including the top lot of €320,000 for a filly out of the U.S.-bred group III stakes-placed Freud mare Elusive Flash, from the all-American family of graded stakes winner Lake of the Isles (In Reality) and Rose Debartolo Memorial Handicap winner Sadie’s Dream (Rare Performer). On the day following the German yearling sale, Lady Of Harrods (Dubawi—Royal Conspiracy, by Strategic) won the six-furlong group III H.D.F. McNeil Stakes at Caulfield in Australia. Her first black-type win was her sire’s 47th black-type winner.

Adding more luster to Dubawi’s credentials, his son Hunter’s Light took the group II 10-furlong International France Galop FRBC Anatolia Trophy at Veliefendi in Turkey for the familiar team of Godolphin, Saeed bin Suroor, and Frankie Dettori. The 4-year-old chestnut exploded over the Polytrack surface to star by five lengths, leaving Zazou (Shamardal) and Prince Alzain (Street Sense) to fill the minor roles. Hunter’s Light is out of the winning Barathea mare Pormanteau, whose dam Dyanata is a full sister to leading sire Darshaan (Shirley Heights—Delsy, by Abdos).

In Veliefendi’s second group II race on the Veliefendi card, Rhythm of Light, a 4-year-old filly by Beat Hollow out of the Danehill mare Luminda, owned by Lowe Silver Deal and trained by Tom Dascombe, took the International Istanbul Trophy from Beatrice Aurore (Danehill Dancer) and Arsaadi (Dubawi).

In other races at Veliefendi, U.S.-bred sires accounted for the winners of the first three races at the Istanbul track. Expatriated Strike the Gold (Alydar), the ninth Kentucky Derby winner bred by historic Calumet Farm, sired the winner of the first race, while fellow expat Unaccounted For (Private Account) sired the winners of races 2, 3, and 7 on the card.

Highlights of racing in the Southern Hemisphere:

New Zealand’s first group I race of the year, the Makfi Challenge Stakes, run at Hastings went to Ocean Park, a son of Thorn Park (Spinning World) out of the Zabeel mare Sayyida.

In Australia, 2-year-old Triple Crown winner Pierro (Lonhro—Miss Right Note, by Daylami) has lost none of his form. In his 3-year-old debut he made short work of his rivals by easily prevailing in the group III Run To The Rose at Rosehill. Left in his wake were Your Song (Fastnet Rock), Epaulette (Commands), and undefeated international queen Black Caviar’s group II-winning little half bro All Too Hard (Casino Prince).

Caulfield’s group II N.Z. Bloodstock Memsie Stakes over seven furlongs was won by Sincero, a son of Umatilla out of the Prego mare Yours As Always. Umatilla is a son of U.S.-bred Miswaki out of the Nijinsky II mare Dancing Show from the sire producing family of blue hen mare Best in Show. Umatilla’s half sister Shantha’s Choice is the dam of leading Australian sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), who is scheduled to shuttle to France for the 2013 season.

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