October 5, 2017
A full-brother to the fabulously-consistent Washington DC (4c Zoffany-How’s She Cuttin’) was among the Zoffany yearlings to make a splash…View Article
Zoffany is the most accomplished 2yo by Dansili and is now his best stallion son. A runaway winner of 2015’s first-crop sires’ championship, he has confirmed his potential by becoming a Gr.1 sire in 2016. Zoffany make a winning debut as early as April 18 and he was winning for the fifth time in six starts when he landed the Phoenix S. over six furlongs in August, in the process becoming Dansili’s only Gr.1-winning two-year-old colt. Zoffany was more than a 2yo, though, as he showed when he narrowed Frankel’s winning margin in the Gr.1 St James’s Palace S. to only three-quarters of a length and when he failed by only a head to win the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat.
Although he is a member of the DANZIG male line, Zoffany owes much of his early success to mares from this male line. His Gr.2-winner Illuminate has a dam by GREEN DESERT and another Gr.2 winner, Foundation, has a dam by POLISH PRECEDENT. Another son, the Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye runner-up Washington DC, is inbred 4×4. Zoffany should shine with OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and CAPE CROSS mares. Dansili also has some very good winners inbred to DANZIG, including the Gr.1 winner Giofra, the high-class sprinter Bated Breath and the dual American Gr.1 winner Laughing (all inbred 3×4). Dansili’s Gr.2 winner Shaweel is also inbred 3×4 to DANZIG, as he has a second dam by GREEN DESERT. Zoffany already has a Gr.3 winner, Dolce Strega, inbred 3×3 to DANEHILL.
Daughters of GALILEO will benefit from the precocity of Zoffany. Dansili now has 14 stakes winners out of daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, including the Gr.1 winners Flintshire, The Fugue and Passage of Time and three Gr.2 winners. Dansili also sired the fast and precocious Requinto from a mare by ENTREPRENEUR, so Zoffany looks an automatic choice not only for mares by SADLER’S WELLS but his sons such as MONTJEU, HIGH CHAPARRAL, BARATHEA and IN THE WINGS. Zoffany’s Oaks and Irish Oaks second Architecture has a second dam by SADLER’S WELLS.
NUREYEV blood also demands serious consideration. Dansili sired the Arc winner Rail Link from a THEATRICAL mare and Gr.2 winner Shaweel from a PEINTRE CELEBRE mare. Dansili has a high proportion of Group winners out of PIVOTAL mares, including the precocious Fire Lily and the Gr.1 winner Winsili. Zoffany has also made a bright start with PIVOTAL, siring the Irish Listed winner Argentero. Mares by KYLLACHY could also produce precocious 2yos. FASLIYEV mares are another option, as Zoffany sired the classic-placed Architecture from one.
Dansili has proved to be suited by an extra line of NIJINSKY. ROYAL ACADEMY and SHADEED are sires respectively of the second dams of Zoffany’s Group winners Foundation and Ventura Storm.
MR PROSPECTOR blood is important for Zoffany, his smart daughter Illuminate is inbred 3×3 to MACHIAVELLIAN, while his Gr.2 winner Knife Edge and southern hemisphere Gr.2 winner Zodiac Ruler are inbred 4×4 to MR PROSPECTOR. The classic-placed Architecture is out of a mare inbred 3×3 to MR PROSPECTOR. ZAFONIC and ZAMINDAR mares have also had Group success with Dansili.
Zoffany is inbred 5×4 to BLUSHING GROOM and he benefits from more. His Group-placed Listed winner Light Up Our World is out of a mare by RAHY’s son FANTASTIC LIGHT and his Gr.3 winner Dolce Strega has a second dam by RAINBOW QUEST. Dansili sired three black-type winners from only nine foals out of RAHY mares and three Group winners from RAINBOW QUEST mares. The multiple Gr.1 winner Proviso has a RAINBOW QUEST mares as her second dam. Dansili’s Gr.1 Prix du Jockey-Club second Famous Name is out of a daughter of QUEST FOR FAME.
Mares with NEVER BEND blood will shine with Zoffany. Dansili has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners with DARSHAAN mares and other Gr.1 winners have second dams by SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (2) and MILL REEF. Dansili also has Group winners with dams by IRISH RIVER and BRIEF TRUCE and Rail Link has a RIVERMAN mare as his second dam.
Zoffany’s Gr.2 Norfolk Stakes winner Waterloo Bridge has a dam by the ROBERTO line stallion DR FONG.
Dansili has smart performers out of daughters of DIESIS, SANGLAMORE, KRIS and SELKIRK.
EFISIO mares are responsible for two of Dansili’s Gr.2 winners and another produced a Gr.3 winner to Dansili’s son Rail Link. Another branch of the FORLI male line produced Dansili’s Gr.1 winner Miss France, her dam being by TIROL. Dansili’s Gr.1 winner Dank has a second dam by THATCH.
Dansili has Group winners with dams by AHONOORA’s sons INDIAN RIDGE, INCHINOR and STATOBLEST.
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