Railway Stakes encore for Dancer

Probably presented Danehill Dancer with a fourth victory in the G2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Coolmore stallion’s previous Railway winners were Lizard Island (2007), Mastercraftsman (2008) and Alfred Nobel (2009).

Probably (2c Danehill Dancer – Wedding Morn by Sadler’s Wells) was bred by Michael Lowry in Ireland and was a 160,000gns buy at the 2010 Tattersalls Foal Sale.  He is related to English Derby and Oaks winners Generous and Imagine.

“He’s always shown plenty at home and is a very good-looking horse with plenty of size and scope,” trainer David Wachman said.  “He will run in some of the better (juvenile) races later on but will be a better three-year-old.”

Probably was placed on debut at the Curragh in May before trotting up at Limerick on June 16.  He raced close to the early pace on Saturday but was headed by Cristoforo Colombo (Henrythenavigator) approaching the furlong pole.  Despite surrendering the lead, he recovered and reeled in the favourite to score by close to two lengths.

“That was a good performance,” jockey Billy Lee said.  “He travelled a lot better than he’d done at Limerick last time although he did hit a flat spot at the furlong.  He’s a nice horse and will get a mile.”

Danehill Dancer’s Railway winners are all embarking on studs careers.  Lizard Island (USA) shuttled from Haras La Pasion to Argentina for the first time in 2009 and Mastercraftsman (Ire) replaced High Chaparral at Windsor Park Stud in 2010.

Alfred Nobel (Ire) emulated Danehill Dancer for a second time in the G1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.  He’s in quarantine prior to serving a second book of mares at Lynward Park in Western Australia this year.