Danestroem - again!
Dec 28, 2015
What a wonderful mare Danestroem has been for the stable; the six-year-old racing consistently throughout her career and on Boxing Day proving just too tough for her rivals in the Ken Sturt Handicap at Caulfield.
It was the second metropolitan win in a row for the tough daughter of Elvstroem who defeated the same horse - Anaphora - at Sandown in early December.
With that mare favourite due to a sizeable swing in the weights, Danestroem did a great job conceding the runner up 5.5kg.
Always travelling well despite having to chase a hot pace set up by the two leaders, Danestroem gave her regular rider Jackie Beriman a good feel throughout.
"She relaxed perfectly and just kept finding in the straight," she enthused, delighted to have won a race on her father Dennis'birthday.
And she joked that the stable usually gets winners when Michael Kent (currently in the UK visiting his son who is working at Newmarket) is away - "he should go on holidays more often!" she laughed.
Stand in trainer Steven Hutchison, who walked the track, gave Beriman instructions to get away from the rails at the turn and "she rode her just how we planned."
"And Mick had sussed out the race well," Hutchinson said, noting that the pace in the race meant that Danestroem was not going to take the lead as she so often can.
"She is a genuine mare in front but she can chase really well," he said - which is just what Danestroem did, spotting the leaders a few lengths at the top of the straight and gamely reeling them in.
Tasmanian carnival bound in search of winning black type, Danestroem has won not far short of $400,000 for her happy owners led by her breeder Kerry Selleck.
A daughter of the city placed three times winning Umatilla mare Umansky, Danestroem is a half-sister to the Gr.3 placed Consorting and fellow metropolitan winners Murcielago and Bella Jinsky.