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Danehill (horse)

Sire Danzig
Dam Razyana
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire His Majesty
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1986
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Juddmonte Farms
Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah
Trainer Jeremy Tree
Record 9: 4-1-2
Earnings US$321,065 (equivalent)
Danehill is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Razyana by Danzig. He was born around 1986 in the United States, and was bred by Juddmonte Farms.
Major wins
Cork and Orrery Stakes (1989)
Haydock Sprint Cup (1989)
Leading sire in Australia (1995-1997, 2000-2005)
Leading sire in France (2001, 2007)
Leading sire in GB & Ireland (2005, 2006, 2007)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 12, 2008

Danehill (March 26, 1986 - May 13, 2003) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who was bred in the United States. He was a bay stallion by leading sire Danzig (by Northern Dancer) out of Razyana (by His Majesty). Danehill was inbred twice to Natalma in the third generation (3x3) of his pedigree. He was a brother to a stakes winner, Eagle Eyed, and two other stallions, Anziyan and Nuclear Freeze.[1] Danehill was owned during his racing career by Khalid Abdullah, who also bred him. During his phenomenal stud career Danehill became a champion sire on both sides of the Equator. He was the leading sire in Australia nine times, the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland three times, and the leading sire in France twice.


Racecourse career

Trained by Jeremy Tree, Danehill faced the starter nine times, winning four races and only twice finishing unplaced. As a three-year-old, following a valiant third place in the 2,000 Guineas behind Nashwan and a fourth place in the Irish equivalent, Danehill was switched to shorter distances and developed into a champion sprinter, winning the Cork and Orrery Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Haydock Sprint Cup.

Stud record

Danehill retired to stud duties in 1990 at the Coolmore Stud in Ireland and it was as a stallion that Danehill made his greatest impact.

Sold by his owner to the partnership of Arrowfield Stud of Scone, New South Wales, Australia and Ireland's Coolmore Stud, he came to Australia as a shuttle stallion in 1990. At the end of the stud season he returned to Coolmore Stud in Ireland. He was an immediate sensation at stud in Australia, where he went on to become leading sire on many occasions. Danehill returned to Australia ten more times and also served one season at stud in Japan during 1996.[2]

With his appeal to European breeders, he went on to become the first high-profile shuttle stallion, standing the northern hemisphere covering season at Coolmore's Irish facility. Coolmore subsequently became his sole owner after a $24 million deal, making him the most valuable Thoroughbred in Australian breeding history.[3]

Danehill's success in Europe was just as spectacular, exemplified by sons such as Horse of the Year, Rock of Gibraltar (10 wins, $3,524,874) and dual Classic winner Desert King (sire of triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva). His offspring, with their good looks, are often extremely hardy, none more so than superstar son Dylan Thomas (10 wins, $8,065,317, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe) Even more significantly, many of his sons are now emerging as top stallions and his bloodline looks sure to become a mainstay of Thoroughbred pedigrees like that of his illustrious sire and grandsire. His son, the Australian super sire, Redoute's Choice, stands at a fee of $198,000 (2009) per mare.[4] In Europe sons such as Danehill Dancer and Dansili are now established among the elite sires.

The list of Group/Grade One winners sired by Danehill in both hemispheres is as follows: Al Maher, Aqua D'Amore, Aquarelliste (FR) (7 wins, $2,569,170), Arena (6 wins, $2,256,638), Arlington Road, Artiste Royal, Asia, Aussie Rules, Banks Hill (5 wins, $3,535,664), Blackfriars, Cacique, Camarena, Catbird (5 wins $1,755,670), Champs Elysees (6 wins, $2,931,818),Clodovil, Danarani, Danasinga (6 wins, $1,156,900, sire), Dane Ripper (12 wins, $3,151,833), Danehill Dancer, Danelagh, Danendri, Danestorm, Danewin (13 wins, $2,031,466 and sire), Daney Boy, Danish, Danske, Danzero, Darci Brahma (10 wins, $1,122,757), Dashing Eagle, Desert King, Dr Duke, Dress To Thrill, Dylan Thomas, Duke of Marmalade (GB) (6 wins, $3,065,542), Echelon, Elvstroem (10 wins, $5,704,519), Emerald Dream, Exceed And Excel, Fairy King Prawn (12 wins, $6,642,047), Fastnet Rock, Fine Motion, Flying Spur (6 wins $2,085,843; Leading sire in Australia 2006-07), George Washington (6 wins, $1,912,798), Grey Lilas, Ha Ha, Holy Roman Emperor, Horatio Nelson, Indian Danehill, Intercontinental, Johan Cruyff, Joie Denise, Keeper, Laisserfaire, Landseer, Larrocha, Light Jig, Luas Line, Lucky Owners, Magic Of Sydney, Magical Miss, Merlene, Miss Danehill, Mountain High, Mozart, Mr Murphy (11 wins, $1,500,250), North Light, Nothin' Leica Dane, Oratorio (6 wins, $2,459,491), Peeping Fawn, Platinum Scissors, Punctilious, Redoute's Choice (5 wins, $1,567,850) , Regal Rose, Rena's Lady, Rock of Gibraltar, Rumplestiltskin, Scintillation (12 wins, $3,956,157), Shinzig, Simply Perfect, Smart Choices, Spartacus, Special Dane, The Duke, Tiger Hill (10 wins, $1,895,792), Viking Ruler, Wannabe Grand, Westerner (11 wins, $2,592,726).[5]

One of Danehill's most successful 3yo's in 2007 was the filly Peeping Fawn, who was placed third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, second in the Epsom Oaks and winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes and Irish Oaks both at the Curragh racecourse; Winning the Group 1 Nassau Stakes and recording her last success in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse on 22 August 2007.

Danehill was the sire of 2,008 runners, 1,545 winners (76.9%), 349 stakes winners (17.4%), 232 stakesplaced (11.6%). His progeny have won more than AUD$375 million and have included 50 group 1 winners among his 207 stakes winners. Duke of Marmalade (foaled in Ireland and imported into Australia) was one of Danehill's last foal crop, which comprised 96 live foals in 2003. Danehill has 114 sons and 56 grandsons at stud in Australia, plus 459 daughters who are broodmares.[6] In 2003, 2004, and 2005, he won the Melbourne Cup as the paternal grandsire of Makybe Diva (Desert King-Tugela). In 2009, he won the Cup as the broodmare sire of Shocking (Street Cry-Maria Di Castiglia).

Danzig and his son, Danehill, were dominant bay sires along with 83 of Danehill's sons. This meant that they would not produce chestnut progeny and only a grey if the foal's dam was grey.[7]

On 13 May 2003, Danehill died in a paddock accident at Coolmore Stud, Danehill was being hand-led in his paddock at the famous Coolmore Stud when he reared playfully and landed awkwardly, breaking a hip. Even with some of the world's best veterinary practitioners on hand, it was decided there was no alternative but to put the horse down. Coolmore received £36 million from their insurance upon his death.[8]

Pedigree of Danehill (USA) B. h. 1986
Northern Dancer (CAN) Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma (USA) Native Dancer
Pas de Nom Admiral's Voyage Crafty Admiral
Olympia Lou
Petitioner (GB) Petition
Steady Aim
His Majesty Ribot (GB) Tenerani
Flower Bowl Alibhai
Flower Bed
Spring Adieu (CAN) Buckpasser Tom Fool
Natalma (USA) Native Dancer
Almahmoud (Family: 2D)


  1. ASB - Razyana (USA) Retrieved on 2009-8-13
  2. ASB - Migration Retrieved on 200-8-12
  3. Champion Danehill dies in accident Retrieved on 200-8-12
  4. ASB - Stallions Standing in 2009 in NSW Retrieved on 200-8-12
  5. ASB - Danehill (USA) offspring Retrieved on 200-8-12
  6. ASB - Daughters Retrieved on 200-8-12
  7. Racetrack Sires 2009, June/August, 2009, Australian Stud Book's Database, Michael Ford
  8. Champion Danehill dies in accident Retrieved on 200-8-12

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