03/13/2017 3:05PM

Group 1 winner Danehill Dancer dies at 24


Danehill Dancer, a two-time Group 1 winner and leading sire in Ireland, was euthanized last weekend due to the infirmities of old age. He was 24.

The Irish-bred son of Danehill was purchased as a yearling by Michael Tabor of the Coolmore partnership, campaigned under his silks, and stood as a Coolmore stallion until his pensioning in 2014, at which point he was moved to the operation’s Irish base to live out the rest of his life.

Danehill Dancer was trained by Neville Callaghan and won four of 11 starts for earnings of $343,120. He won his maiden in England at age 2, then went to Ireland for Group 1 wins in the Phoenix and National stakes. The colt concluded his season back in England, where he finished second in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.

Danehill Dancer raced in England and France during the following two campaigns, winning the Group 3 Greenham Stakes in England and running third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in France.

Since he retired from the track at the close of the Northern Hemisphere breeding season, Danehill Dancer made his stallion debut in 1997 at Coolmore’s Australian base. He then returned to Ireland in 1998 to stand his first Northern Hemisphere season and remained a regular shuttle stallion.

Danehill Dancer sired 17 crops, with 2,493 foals. Of that group, 1,391 were winners, and the stallion posted progeny earnings in excess of $136 million. He was Ireland’s leading sire by earnings in 2009 and was its leading broodmare sire in 2016.

Among Danehill Dancer’s best runners are European champion Mastercraftsman; Australian champions Private Steer and Choisir; Canadian champion Calwood Dancer; and Grade/Group 1 winners Esoterique, Lille Langtry, Hillstar, Dancing Rain, Again, Planteur, Speciosa, Legatissimo, Miss Beatrix, Risky Business, Steps In Time, Light Fantastic, Ave, Alexander Tango, and Super Satin. He has 99 graded or group stakes winners.

“Danehill Dancer was a wonderful sire and has left a significant legacy at Coolmore through his sons Mastercraftsman and Choisir and grandson Starspangledbanner, while The Gurkha is a very exciting sire prospect for the future,” said M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership. “His brilliant daughter Legatissimo was scanned in foal to Galileo this morning, and Minding and Alice Springs will be very welcome additions to the broodmare band once they finish their racing careers.”

As a broodmare sire, Danehill Dancer’s runners are led by Grade/Group 1 winners Alice Springs, The Gurkha, Concert Girl, Minding, and Tannaaf.

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