Sunline’s (Desert Sun – Songline, by Western Symphony) little half-brother Daline (Shamardal – Songline, by Western Symphony) continued his ride through the grades with another win at Friday’s Canberra meeting.
Sunline was the Australian Racehorse of the Year three times and the New Zealand equivalent on four occasions during her illustrious career, which yielded two Cox Plates and two Doncaster Handicaps among her plethora of Group 1 wins.
The champion is clearly a freak of nature with Songline (Western Symphony – McAngus, by Alvaro) producing one winner from six foals in the 12 years between Sunline’s birth and Daline’s foaling.
Portelli Racing paid $380,000 for Daline at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale but the now four-year-old has raced as part of the Guy Walter stable throughout his career.
Daline broke his maiden at Canberra on March 11 before going on with the job to record a decisive success in the ACTTAB Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400m).
Daline’s second win from seven starts provided the first leg of a Canberra double for the Darley sire Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway – Helsinki, by Machaivellian).
Buttsworthwile (Shamardal – Rosnaree, by Danehill) completed the sire’s double with his success in the Seears Workwear Class 1 Handicap (1000m).