Daggers Drawn Lands First Group I Winner

Daggers Drawn, a low-cost commuter between Ballyhane and Curraghmore studs, landed his first group I success when Iflooxcouldkill survived two objections to retain the Ellerslie, New Zealand, Sires' Produce Stakes on Feb 28.

A dual juvenile group II in England, Daggers Drawn entered stud in the Waikato in 1999, the Diesis son shuttling to Ireland, where his oldest foals are yearlings.

As if to celebrate the milestone, another of the Daggers Drawn tribe, Boulevardofdreams, won the 3 year-old Fillies Championship (NZ-II) 40 minutes later.

The soggy Auckland track reduced the $120,000 (NZ funds) Sires' to a slogging finish at the end of the regulation 1,200 meters in 1:14.6, the margins 3/4-lengths, 1 3/4 length and a length. Fourth home was Last Tycoon colt Atapi.

Objections lodged on behalf of the second and fourth horses were dismissed by stewards leaving first-past-the-post Iflooxcouldkill the winner.

Runner-up, Egyptian Ra, is a Woodborough half-brother to group I winner Our Egyptian Reine. The third-placed Velasco is by Danehill son Flying Spur.

The winner was ridden by Leith Innes and is trained by Paul O'Sullivan for Auckland Racing Club Board member Alistair Sutherland and his wife, Charlotte, in partnership with Brisbane, Australia friends Mike and Nanette Carroll.

Curraghmore bred and sold her to O'Sullivan at the New Zealand select yearling sale for $42,500 (NZ funds). She has won twice from five starts.

Curraghmore bred both Iflooxcouldkill and Boulevardofdreams.

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