From now until the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Breeders’ Cup Buzz Horses – horses we’re excited to watch run at Santa Anita this November 1-2.
Photo: Four Footed Fotos
Breeding: Dansili (GB) - Masskana (IRE) (Darshaan (GB))
Trainer: Sir Michael R. Stoute
Owner: James Wigan
Breeder: London Thoroughbred Services Ltd
*Timeform Master Rating: 123
**TimeformUS Speed Figure earned: 114
Analysis: Dank is one of those
fillies who has benefited from the patient approach of her handler, Sir Michael
Stoute, as having climbed the ranks she has hit new heights this year. A win in
the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance was
followed by a narrow defeat at Royal Ascot before an authoritative Group 2
victory at the Curragh, but it was last time out in the Beverly D. Stakes at
Arlington that she posted her breakthrough performance, improving to defeat
Gifted Girl by four and a quarter lengths for her first Group 1 success. A good
pace and the slightly longer distance played to Dank’s strengths at Arlington,
so the further step up in trip for the Filly & Mare Turf, a race her
trainer won in 2003 with Islington, could well see her improve again.
-Analysis by Timeform Handicapping Team
Buzz Horse Countdown:
*Timeform Master Ratings are adjusted for age, so that equal ratings mean horses of equal merit. Another way of looking at it is to see the universal rating handicap as four handicaps side by side: one for two-year-olds, one for three-year -olds, one for four-year-olds and one for older horses.
**In TimeformUS past performances, neither the Timeform Performance Ratings nor the TimeformUS Speed Figures are adjusted for age.