Sunday, September 19, 2010


Top win yesterday (18 September) by Danetime mare Valentine Miss, who scored a breakthrough victory in the $125,750 Group Three MRC How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
The ill-fated Danetime only shuttled to Australia for three seasons but his legacy was an amazing 71% winners to runners and his locally bred progeny include Group One winner Megatic.
Overseas though, the Danehill stallion’s impact was substantial and among his Group One winners was Eliza Park’s 2010 recruit, BUSHRANGER who took out both the Middle Park Stakes-G1 (breaking Oasis Dream’s track record at Newmarket for six furlongs) and the Prix Morny-G1 in race record time.
As for the Mark Kavanagh trained, Valentine Miss, she hails from the second last Oz crop of Danetime and was sold for only $12,000 at the 2007 Perth Magic Millions. Not a bad result given that the mare has now won over $350,000 following the Caulfield victory.

Greg Irvine takes up the story: Valentine Miss is raced by Nada Banovic-Edwards - wife of former top Perth trainer Dave Edwards – and kicked off her career with their son Shane, winning three races in Perth and scoring valuable black type with a second in the listed Burgess Queen Stakes. She was also fifth in a Group Two WA Guineas.
The decision to send the mare to Melbourne and Mark Kavanagh has proven to be a masterstroke.
Since arriving in Melbourne last year she has raced on seven occasions for three wins and two second placings – as well as a fourth in the Group One Robert Sangster Stakes.
Following today’s valuable group win, Kavanagh recalled first meeting Dave Edwards “many years ago”.
“I remember he was in Adelaide working for Bart (Cummings) and he used to strap Light Fingers and he used to leg me up and lead me around the streets of Morphettville.
“They were good times – I felt so good when I was on her back!”

Danetime flyer and Eliza Park recruit Bushranger

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