Express extends at Belmont

Mungrup Stud freshman Danehill Express stretched his lead for the WA first-season title after Express Service bolted in at Belmont on Wednesday.

Express Service (2g Danehill Express – Lip Service by Marooned) surged to the lead at the top of the straight and put more than three lengths on his rivals at the end of 1650 metres in the Westspeed Nursery Hcp.

The Belmont winner first came to attention when flying home to get within a length of winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in February.  “He’s always shown ability and will definitely get further,” trainer Darren McAuliffe declared.  “I think he will make it to 2400m easily.”

Danehill Express has now sired the winners of $208,850 and heads fellow Sunspeed sires Husson Lightning ($178K) and Vital Equine ($162K).

The Mungrup resident was a Listed winner at Caulfield as well as being G1 runner-up to Al Maher in the 2005 Australian Guineas at Flemington.  Breed-shaping sire Danehill got him from G1 AJC Oaks winner Savana City.

Express Service graduated from the Geisel Park draft at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.  He cost $42,000 to the bid of Impressive Racing owner Kevin Berry and Geisel Park’s Eddie Rigg bought a share back in the youngster post-sale.

His dam Lip Service won four races around Perth’s provincial circuit and she has a filly foal by Danehill Express at Rigg’s Myalup nursery.

Mungrup Stud will stand Danehill Express for a $9,900 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Mungrup stallion pictured cruising home at Caulfield