Danerich youngster Traffic Dodger will head to Melbourne after a brilliant debut at Morphettville on Saturday.
Traffic Dodger (2g Danerich – Lady of the South by Catrail) won the Daken & Daken Real Estate Hcp (1000m) for the Blue Diamond Stakes winning combination of Dan Clarken and Lauren Stojakovic. He was a $26,000 from Rangal Park at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions for a syndicate that includes Clarken’s brother-in-law Mick Armfield and Dennis Bowden.
“He’s a serious horse,” Clarken told the media. “Hopefully, he can keep going for the Vain Stakes at Caulfield in August.”
Danerich stands at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa and his Adelaide winner is the last foal of unraced mare Lady of the South. Second-dam Confederate Lady (Rancher) won the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude in 1989 and her younger half-brother Subzero (Kala Dancer) won the G1 Adelaide – Melbourne Cups double in 1992.
Armfield picked Traffic Dodger out of the Adelaide Magic Millions on a premonition. “We went to sale, pulled the horse out and looked at him for three straight days,” Clarken recalled. “We inspected a lot of yearlings but he was the one.
“He was only at the stables for a couple of weeks when he broke free and ran on to a main road. Luckily, he galloped between the traffic and wasn’t hurt. I thought Traffic Dodger would be a perfect name for him.”
Danerich (Danehill) has sired 59 winners of 106 races this season for earnings over $2.56 million. He will stand at Rangal Park for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst) this year.
In a dramatic aftermath to the victory, Armfield suffered a heart-attack in the enclosure and was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital. He was conscious and in a stable condition on Saturday evening.