Danehill’s youngest Australian bred progeny are 10 year-olds so there can’t be too many of his sons waiting in the wings for their first winner.
Nevertheless, it may be premature to suggest Wadham Hill is the last Danehill to sire a winner. The former Woodside Park stallion broke his duck when Liberty Hill cruised home at Terang on Friday.
Liberty Hill (3f Wadham Hill – Libby’s Lass by Statue Of Liberty) landed the Sungold Milk Maiden Plate (1000m) on debut for trainer Niall Phillips. She bounced to front from an inside barrier and travelled on the bit before scooting clear in the straight. It was a very impressive start to her career albeit against suspect company.
Wadham Hill was purchased as a foal by Woodside Park owners Peter & Mark Rowsthorn at the 2003 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale. They catalogued the colt for the following year’s Magic Millions yearling sale but he failed to make a $230,000 reserve.
Wadham Hill was named after the racing arm of the Woodside Park operation in Victoria. Closely related to Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer, he was distanced as favourite at Ararat in September 2007 and didn’t face the starter again.
ASB records have him siring 16 foals in four seasons until 2011.
– Karl Patterson