ILLUSTRIOUS BLUE (Dansili) is a world class multiple European Stakes winner-an extremely versatile racehorse who outstayed his pedigree winning an impressive 10 races including the Group 2 Goodwood Cup, the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Group 3 Glorious Stakes and the Listed Festival Stakes. He also won first up in Dubai over 1777m and was a top ten finisher in the Melbourne Cup too!
For breeders who have patience and want to produce good middle distance and staying horses, here's a stallion that's perfect for the job and to our knowledge, he's one of only two stallions advertised in Australia with the T:T Equinome gene (producing middle to long distance performers) His oldest progeny are 3 year olds, and are just starting to hit the track now.
Trainers that currently have them in their team include Darren Weir, Robbie Laing and Luke Oliver.
Illustrious Blue has stood his first three seasons at Jindera Park in NSW, but with the recent sale of that property, his small syndicate of owners (all non professional breeders) are now looking for a new stud to stand him. Very favourable terms can be negotiated with the right Stud.
Call Peter Morley 0408 9111 22 or email email@example.com
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Like most of the Dansili progeny, tough and durable, the bay/brown Illustrious Blue raced until he was eight, recording ten wins, ten seconds and seven thirds and A$883,084 in prizemoney. After five placings from six outings at two, he won five of 11 at three, all on prominent English tracks and ranging from 1400m to 1800m. Three of the wins at three were at historic Goodwood, a course on which be later enjoyed two of the biggest successes of his career, winning the Goodwood Cup-G2 (3200m by 1.3 lens) and the Glorious Stakes-G3 (2400m). He also won the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and was a first up winner over 1777m in Dubai too. Towards the end of his racing career, Illustrious Blue campaigned in Australia, competing in five Group 1 races and was a top ten finished in the Melbourne Cup!
Based at Jindera Park last season on a fee of $2,500, Illustrious Blue is owned by a small group of his racing career owners who own just a handful of broodmares, and hence he has not had the opportunity a horse of his credentials deserves. He only had ten foals in his first crop, they being current 3-year-olds including two placegetters. One of these who’s shown staying potential is Navy Blue, a gelding in the stables of Darren Weir. Spelled after five starts, including a third in a 1600m event at Kilmore, Navy Blue has returned to competition with two trial placings ahead of his first up run scheduled for mid July. Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing has the very promising filly Deep Purple in work again. She’s already been placed over 1600m from just a handful of starts, and the Caulfield based Luke Oliver has good words to say about Charleston Blue, an as yet unraced three year old from the well bred Bletchley Park mare Secret Salsa.
Illustrious Blue has a strong pedigree, being a half-brother by Dansili to five winners produced by Gipsy Moss, winner in England and Germany by Efisio, a tough and smart 1200-1600m performer and a speed influence as a sire, and from Rock the Boat, a half-sister by Slip Anchor, a seven lengths winner of the 1985 English Derby, to English Group1 performers Rock City and Kerrera. Illustrious Blue’s fifth dam Rosy Dolly was a half-sister by English Derby winner Bois Roussel to another winner of this historic classic, Dante, and his brother Sayajirao, winner of the English St Leger and third in the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby. Dante was a breed shaper as a sire.
Located with Frankel and Oasis Dream at the Juddmonte Farms, the headquarters at Newmarket in UK of the Prince Khalid bin Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) global thoroughbred empire, at a fee in excess of $100,000, Illustrious Blue’s sire Dansili has been one of the best stallions in Europe this century. His latest statistics are 733 winners (71.6% of his runners) of 2246 races and over $102million, contributors including 121 stakes winners (71 at Group level, 20 Group1), including in Australia horses such as Foreteller (won ATC Ranvet, MRC Underwood, VRC Makybe Diva, second BRC Doomben Cup, MRC Caulfield Stakes), Grand Marshall (first and third ATC Sydney Cup, also won MVRC Moonee Valley Cup) and Dandino (Group 2 winner UK, won Queen’s Cup over 2600m at Flemington, second Caulfield Cup).
Out of a mare by English Derby winner Generous, Dandino went to stud last year at Bombora Downs, Victoria. Like Illustrious Blue, he is very much like Dansili, something that is not surprising as he is very prepotent for physical type, a trait that is also flowing on through his broodmare daughters, producers to date of 730 winners (71.6% of their offspring) of 2238 races.
Overall, it’s not difficult to envisage a sire of Illustrious Blue’s credentials, given the opportunity, becoming a good source of winners and a good and valuable broodmare sire too. He is under the management of a small syndicate headed by Peter Morley, owner of Belhus Racing Stables and he can be contacted by phone 0408 9111 22, email firstname.lastname@example.org