Monday , 17 June 2019

Denman – Sire Sensation?


The new 2yo season is a great time of year. A fresh bunch of youngsters hit the track with trainers, owners and breeders all hoping that one of their 2yo’s can go onto Group 1 glory and greatness.  However with the beginning of the new 2yo season, it’s also a chance to see the progeny of the 1st season sires. With 2yo racing beginning only two weeks ago, we are already starting to see the emergence of the Darley stallion Denman.

On the first weekend Denman sired two winners, the Gai Waterhouse trained Law to win the Breeders Plate in Sydney and the Brian Guy trained Grapevine to win the Fillies Plate in Brisbane. Last weekend Denman had the favourite for the Debutante Stakes in Melbourne, the Tony McEvoy trained Piacenza. Piacenza won a trial impressively in Adelaide before going to Melbourne for his debut run. After being held up near the tail of the field he flashed home to run a very unlucky 3rd.

Amazingly these are the only 3 horses Denman has had start so far and they have raced in 3 different states, a fantastic achievement so early in the season.

Denman himself was an exceptional racehorse.  Trained by Peter Snowden for Darley, Denman started 12 times for 9 wins amassing $1,201,975 in prize money. His major wins included the Run To The Rose, Stan Fox Stakes, D’Urban Stakes and Golden Rose. Much like his father Lonhro, Denman was a magnificent looking horse with a brilliant turn of foot, and by the looks of it he has passed this trait on to his progeny. However Denman’s ability as a sire may also be traced back to the fact he comes from one greatest sire lines in Australian and New Zealand horse racing.

Denman is the son of champion racehorse and sire Lonhro, his grandfather is the champion racehorse Octagonal and to top it off, his great grandfather is arguably the best sire we have ever seen in Australia and New Zealand , the great Zabeel.

Law winning the 2013 Listed Breeder’ Plate – Photo Courtesy of Racing and Sports

There is no doubt Denman has greatness in his genes and while it’s too early to call this Darley stallion a sire sensation, 2 winners and 1 placegetter from his first 3 runner’s is a magnificent achievement. With his progeny hitting the ground running,  it’s sure to have opened the eyes of many in the racing and breeding industry.

So the next time you are staring at a form guide, at a bunch of 2yo’s with no exposed form, have a look who the sire is. If it’s Denman it just might be worth a few dollars each way.

Till next time take care and I hope you back a winner.

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Article by : Evans Racing Group

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