Danehill Express debutante Surrendering looked like a filly going places at Belmont on Wednesday.
The Mungrup Stud homebred weaved her way through a capacity field to win the Perth Racing Maiden (1400m) by a half-length. “She was in an awkward spot on the corner but knuckled when the run came,” trainer Dion Luciani said. “She’s still green so it was a good effort to race away from them.”
Surrendering (3f Danehill Express – True Surrender by Poliuto) is a younger half-sister to G2 WA Guineas winner Moccasin Bend (Eternity Range). Dion’s father Lou Luciani bought that filly for $45,000 from Mungrup Stud’s consignment at the 2007 Perth Magic Millions.
Mungrup owners Gray and Jan Williamson sent Surrendering to the 2011 Magic Millions but didn’t get a bid!
“She had been working well and I was on the phone to Gray with a glowing report after she won a barrier trial here last month,” Luciani added. “She’s overcome a few hurdles and I’m sure there are more wins in store.”
Mungrup stallion Danehill Express has sired 30 individual winners of 44 races in Australia this season and that places him in third spot on the second-season winners’ premiership behind Casino Prince (36) and Magnus (35).
Danehill Express will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.
– Karl Patterson
Danehill Express filly didn’t raise a bid at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions