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Whakanui Stud celebrates Australian Derby winner

Saturday's AJC Australian Derby G1 winner Headturner doesn't have an (NZ) suffix, but he does have strong Kiwi connections. He was bred by Tim and Karen Bodle's Waikato-based Whakanui Stud, offered for sale at Karaka and purchased by a New Zealand agent for New Zealand owners.

By Danzig's brilliant son Anabaa, Headturner is from the Zabeel mare Monroe Magic, a winning daughter of smart New Zealand juvenile My Marilyn (Bakharoff). However, neither of them had the ability of his third dam G3 Tasman Dancer and, until Saturday, neither had matched her performance at stud.

Tasman Dancer is the dam of seven winners from eight foals to race, notably SW Danasar (5 wins) and GP Bali Sugar (four wins), dam of G3 Butterscotch (10 wins) and this season's G2 winner & Group One placegetter Viennetta.

Headturner was purchased for $125,000 by well-known Matamata agent Paul Moroney at the 2004 New Zealand Premier Sale for long-time client Gerard Petersen who races the colt from the John Hawkes stable with Owen Glenn, Michael Lam and Tony Pistikakis.

A half-brother by Viking Ruler made $A225,000 at this year's Magic Millions Sale and the mare foaled a Thorn Park filly last spring before visiting Black Minnaloushe.

Headturner is the 20th stakeswinner and fifth Group One winner for Zabeel as a damsire. Daughters of Cambridge Stud's champion sire have also left Darci Brahhma, Zabeat, Upsetthym and this season's Western Australian Derby G1 winner Cats Fun.

Completing a good result for New Zealand was the gallant runner-up De Beers (Quest For Fame-Chimeara by Danehill). Winner of the Rosehill Guineas G1 at his previous start, De Beers was bred in New Zealand by Peter & Philip Vela, and races for a syndicate managed New Zealander Rob McAnulty.


- Susan Archer