30th June 2020 Vale Danzero
Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner and Group 1-producing stallion Danzero (Danehill) has died at the age of 28. The 1994 Slipper hero died peacefully in his paddock at Rosemont Stud in Victoria where he had been domiciled for almost a decade. Danzero was the first Group 1 winner for the all-conquering Danehill (Danzig), a sire lauded for reshaping the modern-day Australian thoroughbred industry. After winning four of his nine starts and more than $1.3 million in prize-money, Danzero was retired to stand at Arrowfield Stud for the 1995 breeding season. He achieved the rare feat of winning a Slipper and also siring the winner of the world's richest two-year-old race when Dance Hero won in 2004. Dance Hero was among six Group 1 winners for Danzero on a roll of honour which also included the likes of Niconero, Fairway, Danglissa, Danni Martine and Jymcarew. In total, he sired 669 individual winners from 1042 runners with 40 of his progeny successful at stakes level.