Danehill Tops Again in Australia

Danehill is officially  Australia's champion sire on General Australian earnings for the 2002-03 season. To win his seventh General title and first since his death 214 of his southern hebreds amassed just over $7 million (Australian funds). His 116 winners  included 21 stakes-winners.

That total is within Australia as offshore earnings are particularly skewed by stallions with dual season crops. Danehill fathered 12 successive crops north and south before Coolmore relieved him of shuttle duties after 2001. He died at Coolmore central in Ireland on May 13. The Danzig son was 17.

Danehill's seven Australian general titles surpasses the six by Sir Tristram and equals the number by 1920s homebred chamion racehorse, Heroic, between 1932 through 1939.

Serheed, the also deceased Nijinsky II was second with almost $6.4 - $5m accumulated by the just-pensioned Northerly /

Dehere was third on $5.5 million and a million ahead of Octagonal. The Deputy Minister son returned to Arrowfield last spring after an absence of three years since based at Coolmore's Australian branch.

Octagonal was the highest-placed of sires with three crops, finishing ahead of Hennessy, Danehill Dance.r and Seeking the Gold son Secret Savings.

Leading Second crop sire was Fairy King son Encosta de Lago ahead of Clang, sire of Australian Derby (Aust-I) winner Clangalang.

The much-travelled Success Express won the Juvenile title, retaining the status quo of the 2 Year-old title falling to the sire of the winner of the $2.5m Golden Slipper Stakes (Aust-I).

In the case of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner it was Polar Success. The filly was one of two stakes winners of 19 winners from 39 runners. Success Express returned to Queensland 's Noble Park this year after several seasons in southern state, Victoria.

Runner-up was the deceased Lunchtime horse Snippets, third place filled by General Nediym. The former high class sprinter was leading Freshman Sire ahead of a gaggle of shuttlers headed by Desert Prince, Red Ransom, End Sweep and Gilded Time.

Sir Tristram's posthumous influence continued through his daughters to collect his sixth Broodmare title from 2-time winner Marscay.