No doubt about Danehill – First winner by Saint Thomas

Saint Thomas became the second son of Danehill to open his sire account this week when Threescoreandten won at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Threescoreandten (2f Saint Thomas – Knight’s Emotion by Sunday Knight) led from barrier-to-box for a half-length victory in the Eximer Led Maiden Hcp (900m).  She is trained locally by Barry Bowditch who doubles up as sales manager for Magic Millions.

Five Dynasties (USA) had added his name to the list of Danehill sons to sire a winner in Australia when Starlight Dynasty scored at Warwick last Saturday, June 1.

Saint Thomas is a brother to Cambridge Stud stallion Keeper.  He’s also a half-brother to the dam of Metal Bender (Danasinga).

Coolmore Stud (as agent) sold him for $600,000 at the 2001 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He scored a front-running victory on debut at Sale and then added another at Warwick Farm before transferring to Hong Kong.

Trainer John Moore won two races with him at Sha Tin and he also finished a head second to subsequent G1 International Sprint winner Absolute Champion.

Moore stood Saint Thomas with the Bates family at Woodwinds Farm in Queensland’s Numinbah Valley.  But he wasn’t on the float when the stud moved to Beaudesert where it was rebranded Woodwinds@Benwrrin in 2010.

“John was going to put him on the market but I haven’t heard what happened,” Erica Bates recalled.  “I loved Saint Thomas and still miss him!”

There were no stallion returns for Saint Thomas to the ASB last year.

Breed-shaper Danehill had 74 sons at stud in Australia last year.  There were also 109 of his grand-sons and 7 great-grandsons in service.  Combined, they accounted for 35% of the mares covered in Australia.

– Karl Patterson