Rangal Park owner Eric Butler is enjoying every moment of watching the son of his stallion Danerich, the much-loved Rich Charm, captivate racing fans around Australia.
That success continued on the weekend with a magical come-from-behind win in the $280,000 Newmarket Grandwest VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield.
“It’s so very pleasing to see something like this happen as it touches everyone’s heart…and as everyone loves to support Udyta Clark on her journey,” Butler said.
“So often the big money trainers can dominate the results, so to see someone like her succeed is a dream come true.
“When you look at the replay, once he wound up he won with ease, even with Patty (Maloney) dropping the whip. He just accelerated up to them and then just cruised straight past them on the line.
“There is no doubt Udyta will get plenty more mileage out of that horse. I would love to see him go over and have a chance to win the Group 1 Goodwood, if she decides to travel him. It would be great for Danerich, as the tough SA mares are a perfect match.”
It would also be a chance for Danerich to get that elusive Group 1 winner after one of his other star sprinters Lord Of The Sky was nosed out in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick in 2016.
“Breeding can be a bit of a battle, but Rich Charm shows that good horses can come from anywhere, when they are raised correctly, trained right, have the desire to win and are sound.
Danerich continues to get some handy winners including in the city, but certainly the biggest pedigree update for him is on his dam side thanks to his little half-brother and Everest victor, the mighty Redzel. Both are out of the mare Millrich.
“He is lucky, having plenty of exposure being a half to the Champion that won the Championship – you can’t get better than that,” Butler said.
At the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, two Danerich progeny sold very well, commanding $125,000 and $100,000.
“He certainly throws the athletic, commercial types, and for only a very small investment of $6600 for his service fee, he is incredibly good value,” Butler said.
With books averaging around 50 mares for the last few seasons, and fertility above 90%, Danerich boasts 64% runners to winners.
“Not that many stallions can achieve 64%, and it is even more impressive as some mares he covers may not be the best performed, pedigreed or proven at producing. He continues to upgrade his books, and has great results with mares that have stoutness and are free of Northern Dancer,” Butler said.
“His progeny are as tough as nails, thanks to his robust colonial bloodlines. They stay sound and have great longevity.”
“We hope that this season Danerich can really capitalise off Rich Charm’s fame, and gain some extra bookings. I think people are starting to realise how underrated Danerich is as a stallion, and for only $6600, it really is a giveaway price for what you can get for them.”