Dasher VC too strong for rivals in Fremantle Cup
Former Southland pacer Dasher VC won the $A250,000 Group I Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park, Perth, on Friday night.
Bred by Stephen Woodford, of Abbotsford, Dasher VC was sold to Perth in November, 2009 after a win and a second from two starts as a 3-year-old for Rakauhauka trainer Clark Barron.
Dasher VC (Washington VC - Innocent Byrd) edged out Im Themightyquinn by a head in a 1min 58.3sec mile rate for the 2936m (mobile). Im Themightyquinn, also by Brydone- based stallion, Washington VC, had won the Fremantle Cup the previous three years. The 18-year-old Washington VC stands at the Bryleigh Stud of Keith Norman.
Dasher VC, who won the 2010 Golden Nugget in Perth as a 4-year-old, has now won 21 races and $A619,562.
Innocent Byrd died after she left Dasher VC, her eighth foal, in 2008 and Woodford decided to cease breeding horses as he did not have a filly out of the mare.
Innocent Byrd (Surmo Hanover - Field Byrd) won at Greymouth in 1991 in the first of her nine starts when trained by Doody Townley.
She was leased by Woodford after he saw her advertised in the Harness Racing Weekly.
Her second foal was White Foot Cam, who won three races before being sold to the the United States. She also left the winner Uisqe Baugh, who was sold.
Woodford earlier raced Gandhi's Pride, who won three races in the early 1990s from the Barron stable. She left Lady Miles, who won two heats of the Southland Oaks.
The Fremantle Cup has been won by New Zealand -bred horses for the past 13 years.
The Southland Times