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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Andrasch Starke riding Danedream win The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 21, 2012 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Danedream: cost just €9,000 as a two-year-old

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Bargain Lomitas filly snatches King George

Ascot: King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored By Betfair (Group 1), 1m4f, 3yo+

DANEDREAM (4 f Lomitas - Danedrop by Danehill)

Bred by Gestut Brummerhof in Germany

THERE can't have been many better investments in the history of racing than the €9,000 paid by the BBA Germany to secure Danedream from her breeders Gestut Brummerhof at the 2010 BBAG May Spring Horses In Training Sale.

The daughter of Lomitas won three races last year, including the Arc, and on Saturday took her earnings to over £3 million with a thrilling nose victory over Nathaniel in the King George.

Danedream shares her sire, Lomitas, with top-class middle-distances runners such as Silvano, Belenus and Sumitas. The son of Niniski, a triple Group 1 winner in his pomp who spent time at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, died at Gestut Fahrhof in August 2010.

Danedream is out of the unraced Danehill mare Danedrop, whose three winners include the oft-seen British handicapper Valdan. Danedrop is a half-sister to the dam of Roseanna, who was third in the 2004 Nell Gwynn Stakes, while her third dam, Lady Berry, was a Prix Royal Oak winner who produced three top-class horses in Vert Amande, Le Nain Jaune, and Indian Rose. Her descendants include Prix Lupin winner Groom Dancer and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Plumania.

Danedrop has a two-year-old filly by Gold Away named Ignis Way.

Danedream is owned by Gestut Burg Eberstein in partnership with Shadai Farm owner Teruya Yoshida, which could mean that a visit to leading Japanese sire Deep Impact is on the cards when she retires to stud.


Ascot: Transformers & Rectifiers Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2), 1m

FANUNALTER (6 g Falbrav - Step Danzer by Desert Prince)

Bred by Azienda Agricola Francesca in Britain

MAKING his first start since selling to Jalil al Mallah for 67,000gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Sale in May, Fanunalter repaid nearly all of that outlay in one swoop by springing a 50/1 shock to win Saturday's Summer Mile for Michael Wigham.

By the 2003 Eclipse Stakes, Juddmonte International and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Falbrav, Fanunalter was bred during his sire's sole season at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket.

A globetrotter on the track, Falbrav has also been a globetrotter at stud with crops conceived in Japan, where his progeny include this season's Japanese 1,000 Guineas third I'm Yours, Australia, where he has sired Group winners Brava Fortune and Fravashi, and Europe, where his other flagbearers include Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes winner Distant Memories.

Fanunalter is a half-brother to the Listed-placed Famusa and out of a Listed-winning half-sister to Italian Group 3 winner Baila Salsa.

 

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