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New Danehill Son For Widden Stud
Widden Stud has announced an exciting new son of Danehill to make his stud debut at the Widden Valley property in 2007. A 4YO stallion, Strada (Danehill-Shindig, by Straight Strike) was a $750,000 Inglis Easter purchase by managing part-owner Alan Bell in 2004. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Strada (who at one stage was a possibility of heading to England to tackle the major Gr1 sprints) finished his career with 4 wins and 2 runner-ups from just 9 starts and prizemoney of $190,075. Commenting on the new Widden debutant, Widden Stud's Antony Thompson said: "Danehill is clearly the ultimate sire-of-sires, certainly in Australia and we couldn't be happier to stand one of his most attractive stakes-winners. He won two prestigious sprint races in fast time and there won't be many more opportunities, if any, to secure a Danehill son, particularly one with so many positive attributes as Strada demonstrates." Bell is well known for his association with track luminaries Grand Armee, Schillaci, Primacy, Magic of Money and Dupain, and observed, "Strada is one of those horses that takes the eye immediately. He is a big strong son of Danehill, very much like his sire but is in total proportion and extremely athletic. He moves very well." Strada's two stakes wins were in the Listed AJC Tatts Carrington Stakes & Listed AJC Eskimo Prince Quality, both races run at Randwick over 1100 metres. He also finished a very close 4th in the Gr1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick last year.