Well-bred gelding Danzie (Fastnet Rock-Zarzuela) left an army of supporters with a clutch of worthless tickets two weeks ago at Canterbury in Sydney when crunched into $1.35 in a field of seven over 1550m. The red hot favourite raced a little keenly down the back, but really had no excuses when challenged in the home straight where he finished third. Yet to be out of the frame in his first six starts, the Bjorn Baker-trained Danzie has opened at a more respectable $2.40 for today's 1600m assignment at his home track, Warwick Farm, where he has won before. Fourth up he should be ready to peak and drops back to a Benchmark 71. Dangers to Danzie include Our Mantra, Tangmere and Turnberry. By Frankel out of Our Echezeaux, Tangmere is bred to be pretty special, and lost no admirers with a gritty runner-up behind promising So You Win after breaking his maiden at his previous start.
The first foal by Frankel to be born in New Zealand is set to make his debut in the Schweppes 3YO Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm today. By the world's highest-ever rated racehorse, Frankel, Tangmere is out of the Zabeel mare Our Echezeaux and was purchased for $1.3 million by a high profile syndicate that includes Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, BBA Ireland, Tom Magnier and the Niarchos Family at last year’s NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Pencarrow Stud. Pencarrow Stud principal Sir Peter Vela has retained an interest in the blue blooded colt. The beautifully bred Our Echezeaux is a daughter of Vice Regal mare Richebourg, making her a half-sister to Romanee Conti, the dam of Melbourne and Caulfield Cup heroine Ethereal and a full-sister to Australasian Oaks winner Grand Echezeaux, the dam of 5-time Gr1-winning sire Darci Brahma and Gr3 winner Burgundy. Our Echezeaux who has already produced Group winners Dolmabache and Pure Elegance. Trained by Chris Waller, Tangmere is currently a $13 chance with TAB to make a winning debut.