The memory of former brilliant Sydney sprinting mare Joanne was recalled in Perth on Saturday when her grand-sonMegem’s Boy (6g Danehill Dancer x Joanne’s Daughter, by Kaapstad) captured his first Black Type success in the Listed WATC Beaufine Stakes at Belmont.
A six year-old gelding by Danehill Dancer, the Stan Bates trained Megem’s Boy was unfancied by punters, but defied the lack of interest to score a three-quarter length win in the 1000 metre dash.
Bred by Jack Denham, who also bred, owned and trained Joanne, Megem’s Boy started life here in Sydney with the Denham stable, but has changed hands several times since before landing in the west, where he has done his racing since 2010.
Megem’s Boy has the overall record of 10 wins and 13 placings from 52 starts with prizemoney in excess of $300,000.
Megem’s Boy is one of five winners, but the first stakes-winner for Joanne’s Daughter, a metropolitan winner by Kaapstad from the Marscay mare Joanne, who won 16 races including the Group II AJC Expressway Stakes and STC Theo Marks Stakes.
Megem’s Boy is the 140th stakes-winner for veteran Coolmore sire Danehill Dancer, who is now based permanently in Ireland following many years of shuttling to Australia.