Jul 14, 2013

It takes a tough horse to fight back once another horse gets to its girth and tough Danestroem is - the three-year-old digging deep to record her first metropolitan victory at Sandown on Sunday.

Making the pace in the Samson Handicap, Danestroem was strongly challenged by the promising Are There Any half way down the straight but she showed great grit and determination to shake her off.

And not only to fight back, but to then draw clear - her one length victory an impressive one.

"It wasn't quite the plan to lead," said jockey Brad Rawiller, "but she began well and she just wasn't going to come back for me so I let her get into her rhythm."

"When she was tackled in the straight she was very strong," he continuned - "she just kept fighting, she is so honest."

Michael Kent, who had been pleased with Danestroem's previous start fourth in the Rivette Series Final at Flemington last weekend, was keen to back her up.

"We thought the mile last week might've been a bit too far for her but we took a roll with the dice in a $100,000 race and she ran really well."

"I was keen for her to race again today as it looked such a nice race for her," he said, adding that Danestroem has enjoyed "a great preparation."

Racing five times since joining the stable for her current campaign, Danestroem has recorded three victories and Kent is confident that there is more to come - "I think she will get further with time," he said.

Congratulations to owners Kerry Selleck, Lee Selleck, Brian Lawrence, Peter Etheredge, Dominic Chila and Francis Ambrosino. And thank you to Bruno Cannatelli for his great photo.