Four In A Row For Danehills Daughter


Trainer Stephen Rowe is eyeing off the Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) after producing his in-form mare Danehills Daughter to win the Crown Perth Handicap (2000m) at Belmont on Saturday.

The five-year-old stamped her claims for the goldfields feature when she sustained a strong turn of foot for jockey, Shaun O’Donnell, charging home from ninth position.

In a top return, Danehills Daughter, freshened after a 42-day break, ran over the top of Shinta Mani to score by a long neck with Jetoomy running third after travelling wide.

Danehills Daughter extended her winning sequence to four after commencing her golden Belmont winter form in June when she defeated Halushi over 2100m.

“We are going to go to Kalgoorlie if things keep progressing, but she won’t be running in the Boulder Cup,” Rowe said.

“She will run here (Belmont) in a fortnight and if things go to plan that will give her eight days before the Kalgoorlie Cup.”

O’Donnell, who has partnered Danehills Daughter to her past two victories, said she was showing signs of developing into a top stayer.

“She has all the attributes to be a stayer,” O’Donnell said.

“She switches off and when you really ask she goes.

“But she is still learning and that’s the scary part about it.

“When I asked her to go it was all over.”

Meanwhile Jordan Turner made a successful visit home when he urged Elegant Blast across the line to win the Apprentices’ Cup (2200m).

The Justin Warwick-trained mare fought back after being headed and copping a bump from runner-up, Romelo, over the concluding stages.

Turner, now based in Melbourne, recently returned to riding after six months sidelined with a shoulder and collarbone injury.

“I’m back for a few days to see the family, but it was great to ride this winner for Justin, Turner said.

“Credit to the horse who really kept on trying and won with a lot of guts.”

Julio Santarelli