Chrysanthemum wins Ireland’s first 2012 Group race for Danehill Dancer

Galileo conformation

The David Wachman-trained Chrysanthemum (4f Danehill Dancer-Well Spoken, by Sadler’s Wells) looks a filly to follow after winning Ireland’s first Group race of the year at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Danehill Dancer filly finished third in last season’s G1 Pretty Polly Stakes but looked better than ever as she held off Twirl (3f Galileo-Butterfly Cover, by Storm Cat) to win the G3 Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes by a length and a half.

“She did it well and likes an ease in the ground,” Wachman told Press Association Sport. “She was third in a Group One here last year, so she was entitled to win a race like that.

“When she goes up in trip she might be a little better, a mile would be the bottom end of where she’d want to be.

“This was the initial plan and we’ll just have to keep her away from Coolmore and the breeding shed now!”

Chrysanthemum, who was bred by Pegasus Breeding, was bought for 100,000 euros by John Magnier as a yearling at the 2009 Arqana August Sale at Deauville.

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