Five Dynasties (USA) became the latest son of Danehill to sire a winner in Australia when Starlight Dynasty scored at Warwick on Saturday.
Starlight Dynasty (3f Five Dynasties – Red Whistler by Red Anchor) scored by more than four lengths in the Killarney Co-Op Maiden Plate (800m). She had been runner-up at Deepwater second time out in January before going for a spell.
Inverell based trainer Luke Berger sent her across the border for a runaway first-up victory under apprentice Ashley Butler. The filly is a homebred for the Berger family – Luke’s grandfather Ernie (John) Berger was a leading Hunter and North-West NSW trainer for many years.
Berger snr prepared Starlight Dynasty’s dam Red Whistler to two wins at Inverell before she went to stud in 2008.
The oldest progeny of Five Dynasties (USA) are rising five year-olds so his first winner was a long time coming. He retired to Minumurra Stud in Glen Innes after a career that saw him win twice for Coolmore Stud owner John Magnier.
The Kentucky bred son of Danehill claimed a juvenile maiden on debut at Tralee in August 2003 and graduated to G2 victory in the following year’s King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Five Dynasties covered 10 mares at a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee at Minumurra Stud last year.
– Karl Patterson