Danehill Adds US Gr2

Wednesday, 21st January 2009

In the US, former Coolmore shuttler & ill-fated multiple champion sire Danehill (Danzig-Razyana, by His Majesty) added a graded-stakes success when Irish-bred 8YO ridgeling Artiste Royal (Danehill-Agathe, by Manila) motored home from last-to-first & snatched victory by a nose in the final strides of the US$150,000 Gr2 San Marcos Stakes (10 furlongs on turf) for 4YOs & up at Santa Anita Park in California.  Favourite Artiste Royal (ridden by Garrett Gomez for trainer Neil Drysdale) defeated UK-bred 5YO gelding Medici Code (Medicean-Fiveofive, by Fairy King) & Irish-bred 5YO entire Ferneley (Ishiguru-Amber Tide, by Pursuit Of Love). Artiste Royal (a full brother to French classic winner & multiple Gr1-winner Aquarelliste) was sent to the US in 2005 (after winning both France's 2004 Listed Prix Ridgway over 2000m at Deauville & 2005 Gr3 Prix La Coupe over 2000m at Longchamp, plus placed in the 2005  Listed Prix Lord Seymour over 2400m at Longchamp). Overall Artiste Royal now has 7 wins (also including 2008’s Gr1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap over 10 furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park & 2007’s Gr1 Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes over 10 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita) & 13 placings (including 2008’s Gr1 Frank Kilroe Mile over 8 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita & Gr1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic over 9 furlongs on turf at Churchill Downs, plus 2006’s Gr1 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes over 12 furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park, Gr1 Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes over 10 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita, Gr2 Del Mar Handicap over 11 furlongs on turf, Gr3 Arlington Handicap over 10 furlongs on turf at Arlington Park, Gr3 Inglewood Handicap over 8.5 furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park & Gr3 Carleton Burke Handicap over 12 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita) from 28 starts for US$871,686 earnings. At his previous start Artiste Royal had finished unplaced in December’s Gr1 Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin.

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