Dane Shadow is developing into an all-purpose stallion at Kitchwin Hills.
Dane Shadow (Danehill) sired stakes winning sprinters Shellscrape (G1 AJC The Galaxy) and Hurtle Myrtle (G2 Sapphire Stakes) in his first crop and brilliant filly Red Tracer (Listed P.J. Bell Stakes) was first to fly the coop in his second.
Since then, his stock have stretched out to win over much longer trips.
Shadows In The Sun claimed the G1 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 8 and Turnitup made it a double in the G3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Shadows In The Sun and Turnitup are both on track for the G1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
The Peter Moody trained Turnitup is still a work in progress. “He’s improving with every run,” in-form jockey Luke Nolen said. “He can be a bit difficult to send to sleep early on but he’s got some chance in the Derby.”
Turnitup (3g Dane Shadow – No Finding by Hula Chief) won his maiden at the Sunshine Coast in May 2010 and he returned to Melbourne to win over 1400m at Caulfield in March. Moody then stepped him up for the winter carnival with seconds over 1600m at Caulfield and 2000m at Flemington.
Turnitup is a homebred for Sunshine Coast based Gino Loiero who part-owned Dane Shadow with Graham Mapp and Geoff Grimish
Kitchwin Hills has announced Dane Shadow’s 2011 fee will stay at $16,500 (inc gst). “There’s no better value stallion in the country,” stud manager Mick Malone said. “The decision to hold his fee at last year’s level is a great opportunity for all breeders.”