Darley stallion Denman began his stud career with a winning double at Doomben and Randwick on Saturday.
Grapevine (2f Denman – Lasoron by Oarsman) won the Carlton Draught Plate (1010m) at Doomben for trainer Bryan Guy, his wife Kerry and long-time client Jim Forsyth. She is the first foal to race for G3 Doomben Roses winner Lasoron and was a $42,500 buy at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Jockey Chris Munce settled the filly in a forward position and she had enough in reserve to hold off Totally Sure (Not A Single Doubt) and Ruby Soho (Publishing).
The Gai-Waterhouse trained colt Law doubled up 10 minutes later with a front-running victory in the LR Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick. After the race, Waterhouse said the colt would now be spelled and setfor the G1 Golden Slipper, a blueprint she followed with 2011 Breeders’ Plate winner Pierro.
Law (2c Denman – Lady Cat by Sir Cat) was bred in partnership by former Alanbridge Stud couple Andrew and Lasca Bowcock. He is from a G3 winning Chilean mare and was a $90,000 buy for Star Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
“These Denmans are outstanding horses,” Waterhouse said. “They’re lovely and relaxed, really fabulous horses.”
Denman was the first Group 1 winning son of Lonhro to stand at stud. In a 12 start career, he claimed the G1 Golden Rose, G2 Stan Fox Stakes and G2 D’Urban Stakes. He is a based at Darley Kelvinside for a fee of $27,500 (inc gst).
– Karl Patterson
Darley sire off the mark at stud with his first two year-olds at Doomben and Randwick