Dandalla romps home to take the Albany Stakes by 6 lengths
Dandalla put in a breath-taking performance to win the Gr. 3 Albany Stakes in impressive fashion for trainer Karl Burke. The exciting daughter of Dandy Man powered away from her rivals to win easily by 6 lengths, giving her jockey Ben Curtis his first Royal Ascot win.
She certainly looks like a hugely impressive filly with an unbeaten record to date and a future at the highest level. Dandalla still holds her entry in the Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes after the first forfeit stage earlier this week and is also in with a chance of winning the €50,000 bonus on offer, being by a Ballyhane Sire.
It was an exciting afternoons racing for Ballyhane Sires at Royal Ascot, with two impressive juvenile group wins for both Dandy Man and Prince Of Lir.
Lucy Burke, daughter of Karl Burke, on Dandalla:
"She really reminds me of Laurens"
Ben Curtis, who was the leading jockey on the all-weather through the winter and has been in red-hot form since the resumption of racing, always looked to have matters under control.
"It's a surreal feeling. I knew when we accelerated that nothing would be able to pick up the way I did. I knew in the last furlong we were out on our own - it was a great performance."
Cheaply bought Dandalla proves a royal bargain with Albany Stakes romp - The €22,000 yearling gives Dandy Man a second Royal Ascot success.
There were some big pedigrees in this year's Group 3 Albany Stakes, with the likes of War Front, No Nay Never and Kodiac represented, but the cheaply bought Dandalla blew them all away to score by a deeply impressive six lengths.
The result not only provided Ballyhane Stud's Dandy Man with a second Royal Ascot winner, following on from his first-crop son Extortionist's victory in the 2013 Windsor Castle Stakes, but fuelled talk of a potential Classic campaign next year.
Winning trainer Karl Burke:
"She has plenty of stamina; If Dandy Man is going to have a 1,000 Guineas winner, it could be her."
"To go and buy one for €22,000, our daughter Kelly will be absolutely delighted as she bought her at the sale."