Klawervlei’s well bred and classic winning young stallion Dan De Lago will be represented by his first yearlings at next month’s March Yearling Sale in Durbanville.
A handsome horse with a magnificent temperament, Dan De Lago was a pricey AUS $480 000 yearling buy.
And he more than lived up to his pedigree and striking physique on the racetrack, winning five races, including the classic Gr2 Gold Circle Derby. Dan De Lago also ran second to ill-fated Equus Champion, and subsequent Vodacom Durban July winner, Big City Life in the Gr1 Daily News 2000 of 2009.
Amongst those defeated by the talented Dan De Lago were the likes of Aslan (Gr1 Summer Cup), Bouquet-Garni (Gr1 South African Derby), Forest Path (Gr1 SA Classic) In Writing (Gr1 Gold Cup) and the world class performer Lizard’s Desire (Gr1 Singapore Cup). The latter also finished a close up second in the Gr1 Dubai World Cup of 2010.
Jockey Anton Marcus had a high regard for the colt, and said after the pair teamed up to win the Derby, “I’ve always had a soft spot for this horse. He’s a bull of a horse but as big as he is, he’s got the most amazing temperament.”
Dan De Lago took to stud a superb pedigree. He is a son of multiple champion sire Encosta De Lago, whose sire sons include the outstanding but ill-fated stallion Northern Meteor and the highly promising Australian sire Manhattan Rain. Encosta De Lago’s runners built up a top class record in South Africa, with his few representatives including Equus Champion 2YO Colt Delago Delux.
His female line is equally impressive, with Dan De Lago being out of the Grade 1 Danehill mare The Golden Dane, and his numerous high class relatives include Golden Slipper and influential champion sire Marscay.
This well bred classic winner’s first yearlings look bound to appeal to buyers looking for offspring of a talented racehorse with a blue blooded pedigree.
Dan De Lago has 7 lots on sale:
Lot 10 is a filly whose dam is an own sister to Grade 1 winner Port Of London. She shares her female line with former Grade 1 winning champion Port Pegasus.|
Lot 113 is a well bred colt, whose four time winning dam is a half sister to champion and July winner Trademark. This is the famous Party Time family responsible for numerous Grade 1 winners and champions.
Lot 160 is a half sister to a useful filly, out of a half sister to Grade 1 winning 2yo Give Me Five. This is a great filly, as the deeds of champion Consensual indicates.
Lot 202 is a half brother to two winners. He is out of a winning half sister to a stakes winner, and this is the family of Grade 1 winning sprinter Alnwick.
Lot 223 is a half sister to two winners including useful filly Peach Delight. This nicely bred filly is out of a stakes placed Muhtafal mare, from a top class South American family.
Lot 226 is a half brother to 4 winners, including the classic colt Port Of Dubai. This beautifully bred colt hails from the magnificent Bourtai family, responsible for such classic winners and champions as Coastal and Slew O’Gold.
Lot 247 is a half sister to four winners, and is out of a half sister to the smart stakes winner Miss Galilei. Interestingly, this filly is inbred to the great Danehill – a mating which has also produced such Group/Grade 1 winners as Astaire, Guelph, and Southern Lord.
The March Sale will take place on the 20th and 21st at Durbanville racecourse and the catalogue is available online at www.capethoroughbredsales.com