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Kitchwin Hills Joins TrueNicks

Set in the Isis Valley near Scone, Kitchwin Hills is home to two exciting young sires, Dane Shadow and Duporth, one an extremely promising young son of Danehill, and the other a horse with tremendous potential as an outcross for Danehill.

Dane Shadow (AUS) (TrueNicks) – a group stakes-winning sprinter by Danehill out of champion 3-year-old filly Slight Chance – has rapidly emerged as one of the leaders of a sire crop that includes High Chaparral, Fastnet Rock, Al Maher, Charge Forward, and Shamardal. And he’s achieved this feat after starting at a stud fee that was a fraction of those stallions.

With his oldest runners only 4, Dane Shadow has already demonstrated the ability to sire both speed and classic ability at the highest level, with graded winners at 1000, 1200, 1400, 2200, and 2500m. His offspring include crack sprinter Shellscrape, a three-time group winner who captured The Galaxy (gr. I); South Australian Derby (gr. I) hero Shadows in the Sun; Hurtle Myrtle, who took the Sapphire Stakes (gr. II); Turnitup, successful in the Grand Prix Stakes (gr. III); and multiple stakes-winning and multiple group-placed Red Tracer.

Duporth (AUS) (TrueNicks), who will be in his second season at stud in 2011, is a horse with a world of potential. co-champion 3-year-old sprinter, Duporth earned his title by defeating a field of outstanding older rivals, including Apache Cat, in the BTC Cup (gr. I, video), and also captured the Golden Rose Stakes (gr. II) and San Domenico Stakes (gr. III). Duporth is a son of the tremendously influential sire Red Ransom, whose Australian-raced sons Charge Forward and Domesday are both off to bright starts with their stud careers.

Duporth’s dam is the six-time group stakes-winning Success Express daughter Staging. Remarkably, Staging has been an even better producer than she was a runner. In addition to Duporth, she’s also the dam of the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (gr. I) captor Excites, and of Tickets, who took the Pago Pago Stakes (gr. II) and Phar Lap Stakes (gr. II), and granddam of the South African group I winner Delago Deluxe. What’s particularly notable here is that Duporth is free of Danehill and Danzig, and virtually free of Northern Dancer, while Excites and Tickets are by sons of Danehill, and Delago Deluxe is by Northern Dancer grandson Encosta de Lago. Add to that the success of the Red Ransom/Danehill cross through such as Headway, Red Dazzler, Romneya, and Solar Charged, and the potential of Duporth with this line becomes obvious.

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