Fourth city win for Danestroem
Dec 05, 2015
What a terrific mare Danestroem has been for the stable and for her proud owners, at Caulfield on Saturday the tough and talented six-year-old digging deep to record the seventh victory of her 35 start career.
Amassing over $374,000 in stakes, the daughter of Elvstroem has been competing gamely at metropolitan level for four years and hopefully the best is to come with Michael Kent confident that she can secure some winning black type before she heads to stud.
Already Group Three and Listed placed, Danestroem may head to Tasmania for a crack at the Group Three Vamos Stakes at Launceston in mid-February.
"It would be nice to win a race like that for her owners as they bred her and have her dam and the family," Michael Kent said.
Taking an early lead in the Macpherson Kelley Plate, Danestroem was headed half way down the straight but she showed plenty of heart to fight off the challenge of the in-form Anaphora.
It was a lovely ride by Jackie Beriman who has enjoyed a good partnership with Danestroem. Keep away from the fence with Kent deciding after walking the track that the going was better out wide, Beriman swung wide into the straight.
"He said to stay three off the fence and into the straight go six wide - and he was right," Beriman said, adding that she was thankful for the rides the stable have given her during her apprenticeship which is nearly at an end.
"Mick has been a huge supporter of mine," she said.
"She won very very well today," she continued - "she really fought."
"It looked just the right race for her, the 1400m is her trip," Kent said, admitting however that he was surprised by the depth of the December competition.
"I was surprised at how strong the race was," he said.
A mare who has raced well at Sandown previously, Danestroem "likes the big open spaces. She is a mare who needs to build momentum and this track gives her time to get across and keep building up the speed."
Bred by her managing part owner Kerry Selleck, Danestroem is a daughter of the globe-trotting multiple Group One winner Elvstroem and the three times winning Umatilla mare Umansky.
Also dam of the Group Three placed Consorting, fellow city winners Bella Jinsky and Murcielago and the promising Maraudamiss, Umansky hails from the family of durable stakes winners Canali, Si Senor and Bello Signor.