Danehill dynasty mares producing good Hearts
01 Aug 2012 | Show A Heart, the dominant sire in Queensland at this time from his base at the Glenlogan Park stud, is mating up well with mares influenced by Danehill.This was demonstrated by three of his runners at Eagle Farm on Saturday, Show A Noee and Discreet, the first two home in the juvenile event, and Viking Heart, the runner up in one for 3-year-olds.
Bred and raced by P. Lavin, and family, and prepared at the Sunshine Coast by new chum trainer Caitlin Lavin, Show a Noee is from Nik Nak Noee, a mare by Lion Hunter, the Danehill sire who was Show a Heart’s immediate predecessor as Queensland’s top sire, while Discreet and Viking Heart are two Kelly Schweida trained products of mares by Danehill Golden Slipper winner Danzero.
Also represented on Saturday by the 3-year-olds Dayita, a Peter Moody trained filly out of a Testa Rossa mare successful at Flemington, and Mockba, a product of a Tale of the Cat mare, runner up at the Gold Coast, Show a Heart has earlier successes from Danehill matings.They have included Luke’s Luck (dam by Redoute’s Choice), a leading Perth 2-year—old, and Dual Chamber (Lion Hunter), a Brisbane Listed winner.
Himself a leading Australian sprinter-1600m performer, whose Group1 efforts included four wins and four seconds or thirds, the Queensland bred Show a Heart appeals as one of the best outcrosses for the huge reservoir of Danehill influenced mares.
Queensland’s leading sire and in the top twenty nationally on earnings in each of the past three years, Show a Heart has only one dose of Danehill’s grandsire Northern Dancer, one four generations out. Importantly he is the only representative of the Australian giant of last century Star Kingdom in the top fifty on the Australian sires list and challenges as one of the best active direct tail male descendants in the world of breed shaper Hyperion. He was Star Kingdom’s grandsire.
Two other factors that make Show a Heart (2012 fee $22,000) very appealing as an outcross sire are his maternal breeding and his physical qualities. A good Brisbane performer who won 12 races, his dam Miss Sandman is from America’s historic Man o’War male line and out of Misty Morning, a mare by Boucher, a Ribot English St Leger winner who stood at Newhaven Park near Boorowa, NSW.
Physically, Show a Heart, an eye-catching16.1 hands chestnut with a prominent blaze and white on three legs, is one of the showiest of the Star Kingdom breed. Most of his stock are like him.
Show a Heart retired to Glenlogan Park in 2002 and the appearance of his first 2-year-olds in 2005-06, a year he was Australia’s top first season sire and one of the most successful juvenile sires by stakes winners, was the cornerstone of the emergence of Glenlogan Park sires as one of the top sources of winners in Australia.