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Danzig Line Domination in Europe

The sterling efforts of Pivotal, and of Sadler’s Wells sons Galileo and Montjeu – who come to the fore as the distance increase – not withstanding, European racing often appears to be dominated by the Danzig line, particularly via Danehill and Green Desert. Those two branches were particuarly in evidence in the last week, through Dansili – who is vying with Danehill Dancer to be regarded as Danehill’s leading European son – and Oasis Dream, who came to the fore with a remarkable 2009 season.
Between them, Dansili and Oasis Dream were represented by seven stakes winners last week. For Dansili the scorers were Famous Name, Foreteller, Abaton and Harbinger. Famous Name (TrueNicks A+), a five-year-old who won the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown is out of a Quest For Fame mare. This is something of an “in-house” Juddmonte Farms nick, and Dansili also has three stakes winners out of mares by Quest For Fame’s sire, Rainbow Quest. What is significant is that Dansili’s dam, Hasili, is by Kahyasi, a Nijinsky II/Blushing Groom cross, and so Rainbow Quest adds more Blushing Groom (always good with Nijinsky II), while Quest For Fame is a reverse Blushing Groom/Nijinsky II cross to Quest For Fame. Foreteller (TrueNicks A), a three-year-old colt won the Prix de Suresnes, to advance on the French Derby trail. His dam, the Cheveley Park Stakes (gr. I) victress Prophecy, is by Warning (by Known Fact, from the In Reality line), whose granddam, Where You Lead, is also granddam of Rainbow Quest. Warning’s dam, Slightly Dangerous, combines Roberto and a three-parts-sister to Hyperion, and Dansili’s granddam is by a grandson of Hyperion out of a Roberto mare. Abaton (TrueNicks A+), a four-year-old who took a listed race in Italy is out of a mare by Night Shift, the brother to Fanfreluche. Even though he’s a son of Northern Dancer, Night Shift has done well back under certain Northern Dancer strains, and there are at least 14 stakes winners winners on a Danzig/Night Shift cross (Night Shift’s Canadian-bred dam is an outcross to most commercial European and U.S. lines close up, but a little deeper back has some strains that we think are the key to a connection with some Northern Dancer line horses). Abaton’s second dam is by the Sea-Bird II stallion, Arctic Tern, and Dansili’s fourth recent stakes winner, four-year-old Harbinger, who took the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (gr. III), is out of a mare by Arctic Tern’s son, Bering. He’s proving to be a good foil for both Danehill (seven stakes winners) and the Danzig line in general (13 stakes winners).
Oasis Dream’s major winner of the week was actually in the U.S., where Tuscan Evening (TrueNicks A++) took the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. II), to take her record for the year to four-for-four, with stakes wins from 6½ to ten furlongs. This epitomizes the versatility shown by Oasis Dream – a sprinter, by a sprinter/miler out of a sister to a 12 furlong classic winner – as a sire, and as colleague Andrew Caulfield pointed out in the Thoroughbred Daily News recently Oasis Dream already has three-year-old group and graded winners at every distance from five furlongs to 1½  miles. Tuscan Evening’s dam is by the French Derby (gr. I) and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (gr. I) victor, Suave Dancer (by Green Dancer), and he’s one of five stakes winners by Oasis Dream out of Nijinsky II line mares. Oasis Dream also scored with the four-year-old fily Alta Fedelta (out of a mare by Luge, a grandson of Lyphard) in the Premio Carlo Chiesa (gr. III), and four-year-old colt Sri Putra (TrueNicks A+) in the Earl of Sefton Stakes (gr. III). Sri Putra’s dam is by In the Wings, a Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer)/Mill Reef (Never Bend) cross, and Oasis Dream’s sire, Green Desert, combines Northern Dancer and Never Bend, while his dam is also a Northern Dancer/Mill Reef cross.

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Not only is Danzig prominent in Europe, if you look at the races in America you will see the Danzig/Northern Dancer in the winners.  Glad I got to meet Danzig before he passed.

lynnhurst 21 Apr 2010 4:07 PM

Why is there a difference in the Dosage profile for a North Light(Sire Danehill) cross, with the Mare Lady Stars (Dam Sire Lord Carson), between True Nicks and the Brisnet Report?

True Nicks:

Dosage Profile: 5-5-10-2-0

Dosage Index: 2.14

Cen. of Dis: +0.59

Brisnet Report:

Dosage Profile: 5-5-12-4-0

Dosage Index: 1.60

Cen. of Dis: +0.42

Thank You for any clarification you can provide on this.


From February question:

Ivory Star was bred to Raffie's Majesty on March 11th, and she has since been confirmed in foal on this one cover. If interested I will occasionally update on the foal.

Her Feb. foal, a filly, out of Wheelaway is a beautiful copper colored roan that appears to have inherited her mother's dominating personality. But Ivory's racing story is to long for this, lets just say she is a great deal better then what the record shows.

As always, Thank You in advance for your time and efforts given,


  • Ian's reply:  Kevin, congrats on your Wheelaway filly! Regarding your dosage inquiry, it appears that Brisnet may be doubling the dosage points for Rainbow Quest, the broodmare sire of North Light. He is a Classic-Solid chef-de-race, so his points should be divided between both categories. We'll let Brisnet know about the issue. Thanks.
  • Kevin 21 Apr 2010 4:49 PM

    Hi Kevin,

    Hard to know for sure with the dosage question, as I don't know exactly what BRIS do.

    We use the numbers generated by The Jockey Club Information Services and the explanation of these can be found at-


    The list of horses used can be found at-


    My best guess would be that BRIS is using a slightly different list, and are short a horse in the "Classic" and "Stout" categories.

    Alan Porter 22 Apr 2010 8:25 AM

    There have been numerous examples of doubling up of Danzig here in Australia, 3x3 etc. and with the abundance of Danehill blood here we recently had our first stakes winning 2-y-o with that sire 3 x 3. Statistics reveal that 47% of Australian bred horses this season have Danehill in their pedigree. But they keep winning so why wouldn't you breed to the major breed shaper seen worldwide ?

    Murray 25 Apr 2010 4:39 AM

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