Above: Danerich standing at Rangal Park Stud

After an injury interrupted season, Rangal Park’s veteran stallion Danerich is back to full fitness as he prepares for his 14th year at stud.

Described by Rangal Park’s owner Eric Buttler as vastly underrated, Danerich produced two winners at the weekend – Toosbuy at Bendigo and Evyem at Port Augusta – to give a subtle reminder that he is still producing winners.

The Cranbourne trained pair of Rich Itch and Rich Charm are the 17 year-old stallion’s most recent stakes winners, but Buttler said there were still plenty of good horses to come.

Danerich (Danehill/Millrich) covered only 30 mares last season, but Buttler said the stallion was restricted early because of an injury which placed his future in jeopardy.

“He had a little problem with his back leg last year and we really didn’t know how he was going to perform,” Buttler said.

“It was really putting him over a mare to find out how he was going to perform but when we announced he was serving last year it was all very late.

“He is a very fertile stallion and very much underrated. He upgrades his mares.

“He usually gets 50 to 60 mares every year and I’d expect he’ll get the same this year. They also sell very well and were selling up to $100,000.”

Buttler said one of the tricks with Danerich was not to run his progeny as two year-olds.

He said Murray Bridge trainer John Hickmott has a Danerich gelding – Flow Meter – out of Trice Moss (Keltrice) which he leases from Rangal Park.

“He rang me up one day and said this horse isn’t going to measure up, I’ll send it back,” Buttler said.

“I told him to put it out in the paddock and then give it another go which he did.”

The now 10 year-old Flow Meter has had 134 starts for 15 wins, 20 seconds and 20 thirds for prize money of $600,010.

Buttler said the horse used to race every Saturday in Adelaide.

“It was finishing fourth, third, second and having a win and was in the money every week,” he said.

“He is as sound as a bell and that’s typical of the Danerich’s if you don’t push them too early.”

Buttler said Danerich throws winners from 900m to 3200m and it doesn’t matter if they are colts or fillies.

He said the stallion has also done well in Hong Kong, including Romantic Cash which started his career with Greg Eurell before being sold and then won another three races before injury ended his career.

Buttler said he’d love to get Danerich a book of mares that some of the stallions in the Hunter Valley serve.

“You have a look at Danerich’s Lord of the Sky (out of Princess Abassi), he didn’t have any black type in five generations,” he said.

Lord of the Sky won three Group races and $1.1 million in prize money.

Hickmott has been a big supporter of Danerich and says he has won races with his two year-olds, three year-olds and four year-olds and now a ten year-old.

“Flow Meter didn’t start until he was three and has been a great old horse,” Hickmott said.

“He had a bit of a heart arrhythmia last start and we thought we’d retire him but every time you’d drive the float out past his yard, he’d call out.

“We got the vet to examine him and his heart has gone back into the right rhythm and I had to take him for a 1200m trial on Monday at Gawler and his trial was enormous.

“I think he’ll race on Saturday.”

Hickmott said he had raced a stack of horses by Danerich, including stakes winners Flying Skipper ($138,000), Classy Chloe ($299,240) and Classy Jack ($360,000) and Flow Meter ($600,010).

“He has been a marvellous sire,” Hickmott said.

“I bought Classy Chloe for I think $15,000 and we sold her for $100,000 after she had won $299,000. And we bought her mother (Capital Growth) for about $4,500 and she was carrying Classy Jack and we have gone on from there.”

Hickmott said with Danerich being a half-brother to Redzel (Snitzel) there was no reason why he shouldn’t be a good stallion but he just doesn’t get the opportunities.

He has six mares in foal to Danerich, plus he sent a couple to Boom Time last season.

Rangal Park will stand two new stallions this season, the recently retired Soul Patch (Shamus Award/Good Bless Us) and Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs/Simulation).

Both are Group winners and Buttler said it was important to advertise that both stallions would be standing at Rangal Park.

“It’s unfortunate that this year open days are unlikely,” he said.

“I was looking forward to an open day with the four stallions as we’ve got Boom Time (Flying Spur/Bit Of A Ride) as well.”

Buttler said the stud’s newest acquisition, Cliff’s Edge, was a gutsy performer who won two Group 2 and two Group 3 races and was stakes placed six times.

“He was getting the score on the board,” he said.

“We have a got a little bit of variety at the stud and something to offer the breeders.”

Boom Time, Danerich and Boom Time all stand for $6,600; while Soul Patch’s fee is $8,800.