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.

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Race Result - Darley Scone Cup LR 1600m

Scone Track: Good(4) Time: 1:34.86
1
Dr Drill
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: K S Latham 56.5
5g Dansili (GB) x Pongee (GB) (Barathea (IRE))
2
0.2
Phaistos
T: James Cummings J: G Buckley 54
4g Helmet (AUS) x Latona (GB) (Fantastic Light (USA))
3
0.4
Sambro
T: C J Waller J: L Magorrian 55
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Eau De Joie (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Fastnet Rock
4
0.6
Chief Ironside
T: K A Lees J: Ms S Clenton 58.5
5h Lawman (FR) x Moment Of Time (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
5
0.7
Military Zone
T: P & P Snowden J: C Reith 55
4g Epaulette (AUS) x Loading Zone (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
6
0.8
Black On Gold
T: C J Waller J: Jenny Duggan 54
6g Sebring (AUS) x Fools Gold (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
7
1.6
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
8
3.2
Royal Tudor
T: R E Ollerton J: Cejay Graham 54
7g Snippetson (AUS) x Cute And Cuddly (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
9
3.4
Sixties Groove
T: K A Lees J: A Gibbons 61
7g Sixties Icon (GB) x Gift Dancer (GB) (Imperial Dancer (GB))
10
4.4
Petrology
T: Nathan Doyle J: Ashley Morgan 54
8g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Romantic River (USA) (Irish River (FR))
11
4.5
The Getaway
T: P M Perry J: Ms R Murray 54
6g Zoffany (IRE) x Centaure (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
12
4.7
Satono Rasen
T: C J Waller J: C G O'Brien 55.5
8g Deep Impact (JPN) x Toupie (GB) (Intikhab (USA))
13
5.3
Plaisir
T: D I Atkins J: A E Denby 54
6g Choisir (AUS) x Princess Tyla (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
14
5.6
Unbiased
T: Glenn Morgan J: R Thompson 54
7g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x The Fairest (AUS) (Thunder Gulch (USA))
15
7.6
Bobbing
T: B J Kelly J: Tom Sherry 54
6g Beneteau (AUS) x My Dear (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
16
7.8
Cutadeel
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
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