Classic 3YOs for Citidancer

Citidancer earned black-type as a broodmare sire at Caulfield on Saturday and then sired potential stakes winner Run For Rum when racing returned to Ascot later in the afternoon.

The Yarradale Stud stalwart is the damsire of G3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) winner Polanski.  The Robbie Laing trained colt is now one of the favourites for the G1 Victoria Derby on November 2.

Polanski (3c Rakti – Citrium by Citidancer) is the latest of five winners for his dam who was successful at Moonee Valley and Sandown for part-owner and breeder Kevin Heffernan.  Citrium is a three-quarter sister to Citidancer’s champion filly Ballroom Babe.

Citidancer gelding Run For Rum is destined for some black-type of his own in Perth after an eye-catching victory in the La Vie Hcp (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.  He is trained by Shane Quilty for Loloma Farms owners Kevin Fowler and Kelly Everett.

Run For Rum (3g Citidancer  – Nanaimo by Rory’s Jester) will be set for the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on November 23.

“He’s a genuine Guineas type of horse,” Quilty claimed after the gelding produced a powerful finish to win his second city race in a row.  “He had to carry 59kg from a wide draw but we were very confident.

“He will run in the Fairetha Stakes or I might even run him out of his age group over a mile leading into the Guineas.”

Citidancer (Ire) is 28 and was pensioned by Yarradale in 2011.  He has 9 two year-olds and the sole foal from his final crop is yearling filly from Rich Resource (Chanteclair).

– Karl Patterson