Dash For Cash relocates to Scenic Lodge

Popular stallion Dash for Cash will follow a successful path set by former Swettenham Stud-owned stallions Scenic (Ire) and Blackfriars when he relocates to Western Australia for the 2014 breeding season.

In conjunction with Scenic Lodge Stud – an environment where both Scenic (Ire) and Blackfriars have excelled in years gone by – Swettenham Stud announces that Dash for Cash will head West to continue his very successful stud career.

A move that is aimed at prolonging the stallion’s career as a commercial sire, and boosting his opportunities, the relocating of Dash for Cash is a decision that Swettenham Stud’s principal Adam Sangster says the team at Swettenham have not taken lightly.

“Dash for Cash has been a superb horse for the owners as a racehorse, for the stud as a stallion, and for the Australian breeder for his ability to throw a winner,” Sangster said.

“He has never been more professional in his duties as a stallion, but sadly he is being overshadowed by the roster that we have put together at Swettenham.

“Unfortunately the industry isn’t what it was ten years ago as breeders continue to look for fresh young sires and we feel as though we can’t do the horse justice by leaving him here in Victoria,” Sangster added.

Dash for Cash still loves his work and despite a decline in numbers since a blockbuster 2007 season which saw him cover 221 mares, he remains a very enthusiastic stallion.

“Dash for Cash loves the covering barn, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to give him enough of an opportunity with the mares over the past few years,” Sangster adds.

“Swettenham have a very successful relationship with Scenic Lodge, having moved both Scenic and Blackfriars there in the past, and we see this as being a very natural fit.”

Of course, Scenic (Ire) always had the makings of a top-class sire, but his career went to the next level and beyond when he shifted West to Durham Lodge, as it was then known in 1998.

Scenic (Ire) climbed the premiership tables and became one of the elite stallions in the country, stamping the successful move with his runner-up finish on the general sires table for earnings behind Danehill in the 2000/01 season.

And Blackfriars, a VRC Victoria Derby winner in the Sangster family colours, began his stud career at Scenic Lodge on a fee of $7,700 and has carved out a wonderfully successful career to the point where he now stands for $22,000 and has reached a half-century of stakes performers.

Dash for Cash is perfectly poised to follow in these two stallion’s footsteps.

With top-class performers Chase the Rainbow and Arinosa up and firing for 2014, the immediate future looks bright for Dash for Cash, who remains one of the great bread and butter stallions in Australia.

Chase the Rainbow, in particular, is looking like fulfilling that early spring three-year-old potential he showed some 16 months ago, following his tough win in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield earlier this month.

He will line up as one of the hardest to beat in Saturday’s Group 2 Peter Young Stakes, which trainer Rick Hore-Lacy is hoping will launch the horse’s Australian Cup assault.

Dash for Cash, a dual Group 1-winning son of Secret Savings, is closing in on 300 winners with his winners-to-runners strike rate a very sound 65%. Among his 20 stakes performers are the aforementioned  Group 2 winners Arinosa and Chase the Rainbow, and the Group 3 winners Bank Robber and Shuffle the Cash.

And Western Australia is not foreign to the talents of Dash for Cash, with the stallion being represented in the West by the stakes-placed three-year-olds and multiple winners Dash for Home and Dash Incredible.

Swettenham Stud will continue to retain an interest in Dash for Cash and look forward to playing a role in the next exciting phase of his career.

That will include overseeing the stallion career of Melbourne Cup hero Americain, whose sireline through his sire Dynaformer is a proven nick for daughters of Dash for Cash through US Champion Broodmare sire Seeking The Gold.

Further to the relocation of Dash for Cash, Swettenham Stud will also be looking to relocate “The People’s Stallion”, Bianconi (USA) for the 2014 season.

The son of Danzig has covered over 1400 mares in his career to date, for 18 stakes winners worldwide including the Australian Group 1 winners Above Deck (Doomben Cup) and Nicconi (Lightning Stakes and The Galaxy).