Danawi puts himself in the Group 1 picture

Danawi puts himself in the Group 1 picture

Talented colt Danawi (Exceed And Excel) emerged as a legitimate contender for Group 1 races this spring, after he survived a stewards’ protest to win the Ming Dynasty Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Rosehill yesterday.

The Tim Martin-trained Danawi looked to have a winning break for James Innes jr before the Anthony Cummings-trained $51 outsider Mizzy (Zoustar) came at him late with a nose margin eventually declared, with Dealmaker (Dundeel) finishing a further half a length Talented colt Danawi (Exceed And Excel) emerged as a legitimate contender for Group 1 races this spring, after he survived a stewards’ protest to win the Ming Dynasty Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Rosehill yesterday. The Tim Martin-trained Danawi looked to have a winning break for James Innes jr before the Anthony Cummings-trained $51 outsider Mizzy (Zoustar) came at him late with a nose margin eventually declared, with Dealmaker (Dundeel) finishing a further half a length away in third.

Andrew Adkins, who thought he had won the race on Mizzy, lodged a protest, saying he had been taken out from the 400 metre as Danawi moved out to better ground.

The protest was dismissed to the relief of Martin who trained his sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill) to a brace of Group 1 wins.

This was the first victory for the colt, having frustratingly finished second in all three of his career starts, including on his most recent appearance in the Up and Coming Handicap (Gr 3, 1300m) last Saturday.

Martin said the colt, who cost $400,000 from the draft of Milburn Creek at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, would now likely return to Rosehill for a crack at the Stan Fox Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) on September 8, before progressing to Group 1 targets.

“He’s a promising horse and he can go on with it, I hope, from here,” he said. “I was confident until the last couple of strides. “We’ll look at running him in the Stan Fox and then the Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas, races like that.”

Innes jr admitted he may have celebrated the win prematurely: “I was confident I got it, but looking at the replay I may have gone off too early,” he said. “The horse is still learning his trade and gee I was happy to see my number pop up.” Cummings said he was uncertain of the next step for Mizzy. “The plan was to win today then go to the Golden Rose and the Flight Stakes,” he said. “That might still be the plan.”

Danawi (3 c Exceed And Excel – Secret Admirer by Dubawi) is the first foal out of dual Group 1 winner Secret Admirer (Dubawi), who is herself out of the unraced Secret Illusion (Secret Savings).

Secret Illusion is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Donegal Mist (Balmerino), Amwaj (Marscay) the dam of Warwick Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Sir Dex (Dexter) and Amulet (Entrepreneur), who produced Group 3 winner Prevailing (Secret Savings). Further back this is same family as Group 1 winner Mr Illusion (Sovereign Edition) and Listed winner King Kaka (Imperialist). The win also provided Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel with his 148th stakes winner and he will stand at Kelvinside $82,500 (inc GST).

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