Dansili, a top-class racehorse in England and France and one of the leading British-based sires in recent history, has been pensioned from stud duties at the age of 22 due to declining fertility, Juddmonte Farms has announced.
Winner of five races from 14 starts at 2, 3 and 4, Dansili was a Group 2 winner in France, second to Giant's Causeway in the G1 Sussex Stakes in England and third to War Chant in the G1 Breeders' Cup Mile.
The son of Danehill and the first of five Group 1 winners produced from the legendary mare Hasili (dam of Cacique, Banks Hill, Heat Haze, Intercontinental and Champs Elysees) made a rapid rise through the stallion ranks, starting at a fee of £8,000 and rising to a peak of £100,000 thanks to some outstanding horses such as Flintshire, Harbinger, Rail Link, Proviso, Queen's Trust, Dank and The Fugue.
Dansili sired 20 Group 1 winners and over 120 stakes winners – 12 percent stakes winners from runners and 12 black type performers from foals, according to Juddmonte.
Dansili is an emerging sire of sires, including Bated Breath, and has also made an excellent start as a broodmare sire, with five Group 1 winners already as well as exciting 2018 prospect, Expert Eye.
“With the support of loyal breeders, Dansili rose from modest beginnings to become one of Europe's leading sires,” said Simon Mockridge, stud director of Juddmonte in the UK. “He has established himself as an incredibly consistent sire of high class performers. His influence will be felt at Juddmonte for many years to come through his daughters in the broodmare band and via his exciting son Bated Breath, whose career has closely echoed that of his sire to date.
“Dansili will now enjoy a well-deserved retirement at Banstead Manor Stud,” said Mockridge.
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