Dansili’s Dr Drill Prevails in Thrilling Scone Cup

Mark Smith - Friday May 15

A pearler of a ride by Keagan Latham paved the way for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace Dr Drill (GB) to stave off the chasing pack in a thrilling finish to Friday’s $160,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m).

Travelling sweetly in fourth place on the rails, Latham eased Dr Drill (GB) around the leaders Royal Tudor and Chief Ironside (GB) in the straight before holding off Phaistos (Helmet) by a short-neck with Sambro (Fastnet Rock) a head back in third.

Less than a length separated the sixth across the line.

Assistant trainer Annabel Neasham said the stable was hoping to redeem itself after their only other Scone Cup starter Age Of Fire finished last 12 months ago.

“We were quite confident this was his sort of race. It was beautiful ride by Keagan, I said to just cuddle him as last start I think we rode him a little bit wrong over 1400 metres when he was at his top the whole way,” Neasham told Sky Racing.

“Up to the mile he travelled much better and it was a great ride.

“He’s got a really good turn of foot, he is a great horse. He was a mile and a half horse in Europe but Ciaron does a great job with these European horses in getting some speed into their legs and he has produced over all sorts of trips now.”  

Winner of the Listed Cranbourne Cup last October, the 5yo son of Dansili advances his record to 7 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds from 23 starts with earnings of $668,440.

An 85,000 gns purchase at the 2017 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale, Dr Drill is a half-brother to Listed winner Pinzolo (Monsun) and the stakes-placegetters Materialistic (Oasis Dream) and Poplin (Medicean) out of the Group II Lancashire Oaks winner and Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks runner-up Pongee (Barathea) from the family of Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes winner Magic Wand (Galileo), Group 1 winner Chiquita (Montjeu) and Melbourne Cup hero Rekindling (High Chaparral).

Dr Drill is one of 142 stakes-winners for Juddmonte Farm's Danehill stallion Dansili who was pensioned in 2018 due to declining fertility.


Race Result - Darley Scone Cup LR 1600m

Scone Track: Good(4) Time: 1:34.86
Dr Drill
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: K S Latham 56.5
5g Dansili (GB) x Pongee (GB) (Barathea (IRE))
T: James Cummings J: G Buckley 54
4g Helmet (AUS) x Latona (GB) (Fantastic Light (USA))
T: C J Waller J: L Magorrian 55
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Eau De Joie (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Fastnet Rock
Chief Ironside
T: K A Lees J: Ms S Clenton 58.5
5h Lawman (FR) x Moment Of Time (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Military Zone
T: P & P Snowden J: C Reith 55
4g Epaulette (AUS) x Loading Zone (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
Black On Gold
T: C J Waller J: Jenny Duggan 54
6g Sebring (AUS) x Fools Gold (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Live And Free
T: J A O'Shea J: J Penza 54
5g Savabeel (AUS) x Patrimonium (IRE) (Green Desert (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Royal Tudor
T: R E Ollerton J: Cejay Graham 54
7g Snippetson (AUS) x Cute And Cuddly (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Sixties Groove
T: K A Lees J: A Gibbons 61
7g Sixties Icon (GB) x Gift Dancer (GB) (Imperial Dancer (GB))
T: Nathan Doyle J: Ashley Morgan 54
8g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Romantic River (USA) (Irish River (FR))
The Getaway
T: P M Perry J: Ms R Murray 54
6g Zoffany (IRE) x Centaure (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
Satono Rasen
T: C J Waller J: C G O'Brien 55.5
8g Deep Impact (JPN) x Toupie (GB) (Intikhab (USA))
T: D I Atkins J: A E Denby 54
6g Choisir (AUS) x Princess Tyla (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
T: Glenn Morgan J: R Thompson 54
7g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x The Fairest (AUS) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
T: B J Kelly J: Tom Sherry 54
6g Beneteau (AUS) x My Dear (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
T: Bjorn Baker J: Mitchell Bell 55
4g Dundeel (NZ) x Dineeta (AUS) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $90,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Kennewell Racing Pty Ltd
More Reading...
Pierata Relation Wins G3 Vain
Co-bred and sold by Widden Stud, progressive Sebring colt Our Playboy stamped himself as a bright spring prospect when powering home to win the Group III MRC Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
First Season Favourites –The Autumn Sun
The recent Inglis Chairman’s Sale for elite broodmares provided an enticing sample of what’s to come in terms of quality mares in foal to last season’s vintage offering of first crop sires headed by the big three – Trapeze Artist, Justify and The Autumn Sun.
Fifth Stakes Win for Street Cry's Savatiano
Savatiano raced at the highest level in five runs in the autumn and she didn’t disgrace herself in any of them, so her battling win in Saturday’s Group II PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield was well-deserved.
Kings of the Kids
The ability to regularly sire plentiful juvenile winners is a unique talent possessed by few stallions and in recent years that title of most successful Australian sire by juvenile winners has been dominated by a handful of stallions.
All Too Hard's Behemoth Monsters Them In Spring Stakes
A luckless fourth at his most recent start in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 16, the David Jolly-trained Behemoth emerged from his three-month hibernation with a dominant win in Saturday’s Group III Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
Pride of Dubai Filly Wins G3 Quezette
Never further back than fourth in seven previous starts, talented Pride of Dubai filly Bella Nipotina picked the right day to cast off maiden status scoring a dominant victory in the Group III MRC Quezette Stakes (1100m)at Caulfield on Saturday.
Danehill Free
We love Danehill, of course we do, but if you own a broodmare that already has a double cross of the legendary sire then you will probably think long and hard about what to do with her this spring and a full list of Danehill free sires is probably what you really want to see.
Coolmore Secure Wootton Bassett
Best known as the sire of 2016 European Champion 3YO Almanzor, Wootton Bassett has been purchased by Coolmore from Haras d’Etreham.
North Pacific Earns Favouritism for the Golden Rose
Orbis Bloodstock’s glorious-looking Brazen Beau colt North Pacific cemented his spot among the top rung of three-year-olds in Sydney and went to the top of the markets in the Golden Rose following a bloodless win in Saturday’s Group III Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) on a bottomless track at Randwick.
Winning Debut for Foal Gallery Star
There were some very happy owner breeders after the first race at Geelong on Friday which was won in style by promising Night of Thunder (IRE) filly Norbu.