Tip : Turn up your volume
Two years ago, the Hong Kong Breeders Club made their first South African investment, and it will come as no surprise to our readers to know that it was in the Danehill stallion, Way West. Peter Yip, the brains behind the organisation, has been involved in the breeding of racehorses for many years in Australia and New Zealand, and he’s one fellow you don’t have to convince when it comes to Danehill’s influence. He knew something when he put his money down on Way West, because he knew him as a racehorse in Australia, and unsurprisingly, in view of what we have to report here, he was quick to put his hand up when he heard Stronghold was coming to Summerhill.
His inspiration comes from the quality Danehill stallion, Danroad, who stands at Highview Stud in New Zealand, and who’s one spot below Zabeel on the New Zealand leading sires table, with his first crop just three year olds. Already a sire of an Australian Group One winning two-year-old in Rockdale, his sophomore son, Down The Road, skated in a few weeks back in the ORC Championship Stakes (Gr.2), and just bobbed on the line in a tight finish for the $2.2 million New Zealand Derby (Gr.1).
In the same Auckland Cup Week, his daughter Amazing Sky was an impressive winner on the second day of the carnival, having posted a Stakes performance as a two-year-old last season. For a horse with only 45 and 38 foals from his first two crops, he’s off to a stirring start, and he’s another example of why we keep banging on about South Africa’s dearth of quality racing sons of what is indisputably the greatest sire of sires the southern hemisphere has known.
For the record, Danroad was a winner of the Wakefield Challenge Stakes (Gr.3) and was placed in Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (Gr.1) as a two-year-old. He follows the pattern of all of Danehill’s most distinguished sons, being a graded stakes winner with good form between 6 and 8 furlongs. The Summerhill trio of Way West, Stronghold and Solskjaer have just that in common: they’re all Graded stakes winners and each of them has form between 6 and 8 furlongs, with Solskjaer stretching his class to 10 furlongs.