Gallant Weekend for Pencarrow Danehills

Pencarrow Stud–bred Danehill mare Division recorded her second win from just six career starts at Riccarton on Saturday.

Trained in the South Island by Ashburton trainer Jan Hay, Division is from Secretariat mare Department, one of twenty mares Peter and Philip Vela bought from Coolmore Stud in 2002 in foal to world champion sire Danehill. Division was the resulting foal, a maiden winner over 1400m in May, and a third placegetter over the same distance fresh up this season.

Division’s unraced three-year-old half-brother, Emporium (No Excuse Needed) is currently in the Mark Walker stable and set to trial at Taupo on Tuesday.

It was a case of ‘always the bridesmaid’ for another of Pencarrow Stud’s crop of Danehills, when grey mare J’Adane put in a courageous performance to finish second in a photo finish behind Princess Coup in New Zealand’s richest race, the $2 million Kelt Capital Stakes in Hawkes Bay.

Trained by Russell Cameron for owners Brendan & Jo Lindsay, the now seven-time Group placed mare is probably the richest horse in the country to only have ever won one race, with a string of game attempts only securing minor placings.

In a competitive Queensland winter campaign, J’Adane recorded a win, two seconds and two thirds, her placings behind such exceptional horses as Fashions Afield and Gold Edition. She resumed in the Group 1 Mudgway Partsworld Stakes (1400m) at Hawkes Bay on 1 September where she ran third behind Seachange and Cog Hill.

J’Adane’s half-brother by Fastnet Rock will be offered by Pencarrow Stud at the National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka in January.