The beautifully bred Dan De Lago is off the mark. The son of champion sire Encosta De Lago celebrated an overdue icebreaker when his daughter Killala romped home to win a fillies maiden plate over 1000m at Fairview on Friday.
The Gr2 Gold Circle Derby winner conquered subsequent world champion Lizard’s Desire and was beaten into second in the Gr1 Daily News 2000 by the ill-fated Vodacom Durban July winner Big City Life, in a career that saw him win five races from 1400m to 2400m.
A top-class versatile sort, he raced to a peak MR 111 and was campaigned by Charles Laird for SA’s champion owners, Ingrid and Markus Jooste.
Dan De Lago is out of a stakes winning Danehill mare.
His first winner is trained by Gavin Smith and was bred by the Limestone Thoroughbred Trust.
Killala is out of the twice winning Cordoba mare, Ballina and has earned in five of her six starts.
Dan De Lago has made a pleasing start to his stud career – with his small first crop of two-year-olds this season including five runners who have either won or finished in the money.
He has 3 lots on offer at next month’s CTS August Two-Year-Old Sale:
Lot 45 – a half brother to 3 winners, this colt is out of a full sister to eight time stakes winner Omega Code, and is from the family of classic winner Starzaan and Caulfield Cup hero Lord Reims
Lot 53 –a half brother to 4 winners (one of whom won four), this colt (inbred to Northern Dancer and Fairy Bridge), is out of a Fort Wood half sister to Gr1 sprinter Big Sky Country
Lot 80 – a half brother to 3 winners, including the useful Ho’oponopono, this colt is out of a winning three parts sister to Gr1 Champion Stakes winner Amberpondo and champion Ethereal Lady, and this is the same family as current Gr1 sprinter African Ruler
Dan De Lago is currently standing at The Alchemy in Robertson for a fee of R2000.