Tuesday, March 16, 2010


There was clearly some justice at Geelong on Saturday when Danaupair Starlet took out the Laurie & Paula for Breakfast F & M 0 - 68 Handicap over 1705m, the first leg of an amazing treble for both Delago Brom and the Hoffelner family.
The Hoffelners raced Delago Brom throughout his illustrious career and have supported the Group One winning son of Encosta de Lago since his retirement to Eliza Park.
With some 90 winners to his credit, there’s every possibility that Delago Brom has previously produced a treble, as would other stallions of his ilk. However, it would be fairly rare to see one family of owner/breeders have a hand in all three wins.
But back to Danaupair Starlet for a tick. Bred and raced by the Hoffelners and out of the Danasinga mare, Danaupair, Danaupair Starlet was scratched on the morning of the Tasmanian Oaks-LR when pre-post favourite and the Geelong canter is some consolation to the crew.
The filly will now be set for the Schweppes Oaks-G1 at Morphettville this Saturday and attempt to become stakes winner No. 4 for Delago Brom.
Just 32 minutes later after Danaupair Starlet’s Geelong victory, her 5YO full brother – Otto’s Delight – who hails from the first crop of Delago Brom, captured his fifth career victory in the Heritage Hotel Rockhampton St Patrick Days Cup over 1200m in Queensland.
Also bred by the Hoffelners and named after the family patriarch, Otto’s Delight raced without success down south but found the Queensland sunshine more to his liking and has subsequently compiled a very good record in the Sunshine State: 5 wins and 9 placings from 20 starts.
Meanwhile, even further north of Queensland, Ecstatic Macau – nee Classic Brom – snapped up the sixth win of his career when successful in the Rotary Cup at Macau’s Taipa track.
Although stakes placed on debut in the Blue Diamond Preview-LR for the Hoffelners, Ecstatic Macau left these shores a maiden – a situation he soon rectified upon arrival in Macau
Indeed from 23 starts since his departure in May 2008, Ecstatic Macau has won six and placed in eight, including a seconds in the Macau Derby-G1 and Summer Trophy-G3, plus a third in the Autumn Trophy-G3.

Otto and Hanelore Hoffelner

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