Artie Schiller (USA) has been making headlines this season with his red hot juvenile crop, but it was one of his older offspring doing the job on Saturday with the Listed SAJC Manihi Classic at Morphettville won by his six year-old son Daytona Grey (pictured below), a $65,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase from the Mill Park draft.
The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas trained gelding was having his first run back from a lengthy spell and returned rejuvenated to score a barnstorming half head win in the 1100 metre sprint.
Already a stakes-winner having won the Group III SAJC Irwin Stakes in April last year, Daytona Grey looks set for another good campaign.
He has now won 11 races and more than $477,000 in prizemoney and is the best of six winners from good producer Southern Rose.
It was the second winner in as many days for Southern Rose, producing Warpath (General Nediym) for a length and a half win in Singapore for Shane Baertschiger.
Sold through the Magic Millions yearling sale for $280,000, Warpath was ridden to success for jockey John Powell.
Southern Rose has a weanling filly by Rebel Raider and was covered last spring by Zoffany (IRE).
Other graduates to come off the rolling hills of Mill Park and taste success on Saturday were talented filly Cocoa Doll (3f More Than Ready (USA) x Elusive Wonder), who scored by two lengths in the opening event at Morphettville and progressive mare Danish Twist (4m Dane Shadow x Madame Flurry), who captured the $400,000 Provincial Final at The Championships in Sydney at Randwick.
Prepared by Phillip Stokes, Cocoa Doll was bred and retained to race by Mill Park and partners and has won two of three starts.
A half-sister to triple Group I winner Happy Trails (who finished fifth later in the day in the $4million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes), Danish Twist (pictured below) was bred by Brenton and Liz Parker and retained to race in partnership.
Handled patiently by Kris Lees, she is really starting to hit her straps and charged home to win the lucrative feature over 1400 metres by half a head.
With five wins and six placings from 14 starts and prizemoney topping $487,000, Danish Twist is in top form and Black Type goals will no doubt be on her radar.