Daysee Doom prevails in blanket finish to the Coolmore Classic
Les Young takes an in-depth look at the Group 1 heroine
Handicaps are designed to produce close results so the handicapper must have been pleased by the finish of last Saturday’s Coolmore Classic at Rosehill as it ended in a blanket finish with only two and a quarter lengths separating the first 12 home.
At the line it was the ultra-honest five-year-old mare Daysee Doom who prevailed by a short neck from her paternal half-sister Oregon’s Day with third-placed Silent Sedition, runner-up a year earlier, just a nose further back in third. Race time was 1:28.28.
Fourth in last year’s Coolmore Classic, Daysee Doom has now won nine races and placed in another five from 19 starts for prize money earnings of A$1,174,575 and had registered earlier black-type victories in the Dark Jewel Classic at Scone last May, while her two other stakes victories also came at Rosehill earlier this season in the ATC Golden Pendant and the Millie Fox Stakes.
Daysee Doom was bred by West Australian Jack Griffin and is raced by him with his wife Anthea. Her success is just compensation for her breeder as she is the only living foal out of See A Victory, who died in 2013 shortly after giving birth to a stillborn foal by Street Boss.
Jack Griffin bred and raced See A Victory, a mare linebred to Danzig 2 x 4, who became a more than useful performer in Perth where she won three races at 1000 metres and 1200 metres as well as registering a number of placings including a third in the WATC Matchmaker Classic to earn A$116,975.
See A Victory’s now deceased sire Mister C was one of the first sons of Danehill’s father Danzig to come to Australia when imported by Fred Peisah in 1988 to stand at his Lomar Park Stud near Sydney.
A tall, rangy horse, Mister C was not typical of Danzig as a type but more resembled his Classic-winning damsire Herbager and he was to prove a very handy sire. While he got a number of stakes winners of distance events, Mister C was mainly bred to speed mares and the majority of his stock were sprinters, headed by the tough, multiple Group One winner Super Elegant, winner of 16 black-type races.
Daysee Doom is the first Group One winner produced by a daughter of Mister C, who is the damsire of 18 stakes winners, others among them the stallion Valentia, Dance The Waves, Aliyana Tilde, Teaspoon, Cool Passion, Flaming, Smytzer’s Trish plus Macknuckle, Coolring and other good gallopers.
See A Victory’s dam Danish Victory was unraced but bred five winners. Her dam Eliza Dane failed to place but foaled seven winners, among them Listed winners Cooldini and Correct Amoondo.
Daysee Doom’s fourth dam Formal Invitation was imported to Australia by the late Robert Sangster to win two Listed events in Melbourne and place in two Group Two contests for fillies.
Among Formal Invitation’s eight winners from 11 foals to race are stakes winners Don Bellotto and Hysterical whose stakes winning-daughter Hy Fuji is now best known as the dam of the young Darley stallion Kermadec. Also from this branch of the family are stakes winners Triple Elegance, At The Heads and Shoreham.
Daysee Doom follows Pressday, Doctor Doom and Ruthven as the fourth Group One winner among 16 stakes winners for her sire Domesday whose breeding career was reborn when he transferred to Aquis Farm in Queensland for the 2016 season. Last year he received his biggest ever book of 141 mares at an advertised fee of A$8,800.
A well-made brown horse, Domesday raced only eight times but proved one of the best Australian two-year-olds of his generation, winning the Silver Slipper Stakes, finishing second to Written Tycoon in the Todman Slipper Trial Stakes and fourth in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Like three times champion sire Redoute’s Choice, Domesday traces to Best In Show, one of the most renowned foundation mares in the US over the past 40 years.
Daysee Doom carries no fewer than six lines of Northern Dancer blood but none closer than in her fourth generation and also has duplications of Mr Prospector and Hail To Reason.
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