A late switch has seen Indian Danehill redirected to Java Lodge in the Waikato, rather than complete his second southern season at Lindsay Park. Danehill's Irish-bred French group I winner arrived at the Waikato farm of Jo and Ross Mackie at 9.30 p.m. Aug. 26.
Indian Danehill last spring covered 102 mares at the top of the Barossa Valley. He was rostered at Lindsay Park in association with other prominent South Australian studs, Lakewood and Kambula.
The 7-year-old relative of Quest For Fame was booked to return but, after consulation with his owners, the Irish National Stud, the switch was made when the bookings didn't justify his return.
Sam Hayes said that Lindsay Park would continue to promote the horse. "We are hoping to regain his services at a later date," he added.
Indian Danehill's career high before his 2001 retirement came in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) in which he defeated the gifted Greek Dance (Sadler's Wells) over the usual 2,100 meters of Longchamp. He had opened his 4-year-old season one run earlier in taking the Harcourt Stakes (Fr-II), his classic year blighted by a virus contracted after his Grand Prix de Paris second the previous summer. He was also placed on three other occasions at group I in a career of 11 outings for four wins under the tutelage of Andre Fabre for Baron Edouard de Rothchild.
Java Lodge, also benefited from another late move,gaining Black Tuxedo from his original destination, Slade Farm, on New Zealand's South Island at North Canterbury. The Sunday Silence stakes winner is at Java's patch of the Waikato in conjunction with Shadai and Slade Farms.