Darren Dance believes that you have to do the extra miles if you want to breed a potential superstar on the track.
The well-known syndicator has certainly done that with a Frankel (GB) filly out of mare, Azardi.
The filly is one of six yearlings that will be offered at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale by Esker Lodge Australia which operates as part of Darren and Liz Dance’s stud and agistment property, Manningtree Park at Beremboke.
Dance sent his Australian bred mare to England to be served by the champion racehorse.
She also has a colt by Frankel.
“If you want to sell nice horses and make good money out of it, you have to have good stock,” Dance said.
Dance said the Frankel filly was a nice type of medium size but very athletic and a good walker with a great head.
“The mare has done a real good job and has left a stakes winner (All Legal) by Al Maher,” Dance said.
“And when I bought her she had been to a couple of lower level stallions and she matched up really well to Frankel and hence why we sent her there to breed a racehorse. The plan was to try to breed a couple of stakes horses.”
Dance said that overall the yearlings in his draft are all very correct and well grown.
“It’s just a nice draft,” he said.
A Fastnet Rock colt, out of Chocolicious, is a brother to mare, Notation which is Group 3 placed.
“He is an early neat type who is really forward and is not a massive, big heavy horse but he is that two year type of Fastnet and a really tough individual and good looking and looks like he’ll run early and is very correct.
“I’m sure he’ll have a lot of admirers.
“The dam is a South African mare I bought and raced over there a few years ago and she was a Group 1 winner.”
A Zoustar colt, out of Flying Hula, is described by Dance as being a lovely, big horse and has probably got three-year-old miler written all over him.
Dance said he sold the colt’s full brother for $250,000 in the 2018 sale and he went to Hong Kong where he has trialled but is yet to race.
“This colt is very similar and is leggy and stands over a bit of ground and is very intelligent looking horse,” he said.
Super sire American Pharoah (USA) has produced a filly, out of High Lago for Esker Lodge Australia and is expected to be highly sought after.
Dance said the champion American sire’s yearlings had made a lot of money at the sales so far.
“This filly is the first foal out of a High Chaparral mare High Lago that we raced and was a city winner and stakes placed and the mare has done a good job to produce a foal of this substance.
“She has a pretty filly’s head and is a great walker, really gets along over the ground.”
Esker Lodge Australia’s colt by Star Turn is out of Loves Attention which is the dam of Murt The Flirt (Murtajill) that won four races and $382,900 in prize money.
Dance said the colt was probably one of the better Star Turn’s he had seen around the sales this year and he has got Written Tycoon and Microphone in the family.
“And when you look at the stallions that she had been to before I bought her, she had been to lower level horses and had been able to produce winners so I sent her to Star Turn,” he said.
“I sold a Dissident from her in 2019 at Inglis for $100,000 and Ken Keys bought it and likes it and she has got a lovely Merchant Navy for next year so she is doing the job.”
The last of Esker Lodge Australia’s yearlings is a filly by Exceed and Excel, out of Swaane.
Dance said the filly had a lot of quality about her and was by a sire who he believes is going as well as any stallion in the country at the moment.
“And that sire has just got a tendency to upgrade the mares,” he said.
“I sold a Headwater filly out of the mare to Star Thoroughbreds last year for $135,000 and this filly is a grade above that.
“And she looks like she will be an early filly and she is out of a Charge Forward mare and the mother is a half to Jessy Belle so she has got a lot going for her.”
Dance is pleased to have all six of his yearlings in the main session.
He said some of the horses in his draft had the opportunity of going to the Easter Yearling Sale but he chose to sell at Melbourne because they wanted to support the Victorian sale.
He said they wanted to be known as a vendor that sells their best stock in Melbourne.
To see Esker Lodge Australia’s full draft, click here