Klawervlei’s beautifully bred and well performed young sire Dan De Lago got off their mark on Friday when his daughter Killala romped home to win by two and a half lengths over 1000m.
Bred by the Limestone Thoroughbred Trust the consistent Killala, who has now won or placed in five of her six starts, races for Messrs Gomes & de Lange in partnership with Mrs Elene van Antwerpen.
Her Derby winning sire Dan De Lago has made a pleasing start to his stud career –with his small first crop of two-year-olds this season including five runners who have either won or finished in the money.
A son of champion sire Encosta De Lago (also sire of the brilliant, but ill-fated sire Northern Meteor, the hugely popular young sire and champion Delago Deluxe and Chautauqua –currently the world’s top rated sprinter), Dan De Lago was a top class galloper. The regally bred colt (he is out of a G1 placed daughter of legendary sire Danehill) won or placed in ten of just 15 outings, with his victories including a win (over a star studded field) in the G2 Gold Circle Derby and he also finished second to ill-fated Equus Champion and Vodacom Durban July winner Big City Life in the G1 Daily News 2000.
This exciting young sire has 3 lots on offer at next month’s CTS August Two-Year-Old Sale:
Lot 45 – a half brother to 3 winners, this colt is out of a full sister to eight time stakes winner Omega Code, and is from the family of classic winner Starzaan and Caulfield Cup hero Lord Reims
Lot 53 –a half brother to 4 winners (one of whom won four), this colt (inbred to Northern Dancer and Fairy Bridge), is out of a Fort Wood half sister to G1 sprinter Big Sky Country
Lot 80 – a half brother to 3 winners, including the useful Ho’oponopono, this colt is out of a winning three parts sister to G1 Champion Stakes winner Amberpondo and champion Ethereal Lady, and this is the same family as current G1 sprinter African Ruler
Dan De Lago is currently standing at The Alchemy in Robertson.