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Danleigh - Manikato Stakes - 25.05.09

Danleigh: veteran performer is the only Group 1 winner worldwide by Dewhurst Stakes winner Mujahid

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Fourth Group 1 for Mujahid flag-bearer

AUSTRALIA

Warwick Farm: Chipping Norton Stakes (Group 1), 1m,3yo+

DANLEIGH (7 g Mujahid - Graceful Lily by Dr Grace)

Breeder: Mr. K. Leonard in Australia

VETERAN gelding Danleigh landed the fourth Group 1 of his career on Saturday when flying home to defeat Centennial Park in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

The Chris Waller-trained seven-year-old was winning for the ninth time in 41 starts, and took his earnings past the A$2.1 million mark.

In defeating Centennial Park, he also denied New Zealand-based stallion Thorn Park, a Group 1-winning son of Spinning World, a major Saturday Group 1 double following the success of his son, Jimmy Choux, in the New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie.

Danleigh is one of just 25 foals from the second Australian crop of Sheikh Hamdan's homebred 1998 Dewhurst Stakes winner Mujahid, who twice shuttled to Widden Stud in Australia while standing the northern hemisphere season at Beech House Stud in Newmarket. The son of Danzig also spent one season at Eliza Park Stud in Australia.

Danleigh is the pick of a trio of stakes winners from Mujahid's three Australian crops and the stallion's only Group 1 winner worldwide. In all, Mujahid is the sire of 14 stakes winners including Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap heroine Starlarks and German Group 2winner Balius.

He currently stands under the Shadwell banner at Allevamento di Besnate in Italy for €4,500.

Danleigh is out of the unplaced Graceful Lily, for whom his owner-breeder, Keith Leonard, paid just A$1,300 at the 2001 Inglis Mixed February Thoroughbred Sale.

The daughter of Dr Grace - a New Zealand-bred son of Sir Tristram - is a half-sister to three minor winners and from the family of Australian Group 1 winner Poetic King.

 

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