Danehill Dancer, the sire of Lynward Park’s Alfred Nobel, produced his fourth winner of the historic Group 2 Irish Railway Stakes when Probably was successful at The Curragh on Saturday (June 30).
The Coolmore Stud stallion had previously been successful with Lizard Island (2007), Mastercraftsman (2008) and Alfred Nobel (2009).
Probably, bred in Ireland by Michael Lowry from the Sadler’s Wells mare Wedding Morn, was a $264,000 purchase at the 2010 Tattersall’s December Sale. He is from the family of Generous (English Derby) and Imagine (English Oaks).
“He’s always shown plenty at home and is a very good looking horse with plenty of size and scope,” said trainer David Wachman. “He will now go into other big juvenile races but will be even better as a three-year-old.”
Probably was placed on debut at The Curragh then won easily at Limerick. He raced close to the pace in the Railway Stakes, was headed by Aiden O’Brien’s Cristoforo Colombo (Henrythenavigator) with 200m to go but fought back strongly to score by 1 3/4-lengths.
Danehill Dancer’s previous Railway Stakes winners are all on shuttle stud careers. Lizard Island goes to Argentina, Mastercraftsman to New Zealand and Alfred Nobel divides his time between Coolmore Stud and WA.
After winning the Railway Stakes, Alfred Nobel emulated Danehill Dancer and Mastercraftsman by taking the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh.
Danehill Dancer, the world’s best sire son of the mighty Danehill, was foaled in 1993 and now has sired 1,159 winners and 139 Stakes winners. Redoute’s Choice, the best son of Danehill standing in Australia before the rise of Fastnet Rock, was foaled in 1996 and has sired 607 winners and 89 Stakes winners. – With AAP Racing.