al maher

  • Bay 2001 16.3 hh
  • Sire: Danehill (USA)
  • Dam: Show Dancing (NZ)
  • Distances won over: 1200m-1800m

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  • Standing: Aquis Farm Hunter Valley, NSW
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Home-bred Group 1 winning son of Danehill (USA) already established as a highly consistent sire of quality stakes winners. One of the star 3-year-olds of his generation, winning the Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas (1600m) — a race previously won by champion sires Zabeel and Flying Spur.

Proven sire of 25 stakes winning progeny including the Group 1 winners Delicacy (2015 Australasian Oaks), Almalad (2014 JJ Atkins),Fat Al (2012 ATC Epsom H.-G1) and Diamond Drille (2014 Queen Of Tur) as well as Group winners. Madam Gangster, Pheidon, Majestic Music, King Lionheart, Oasis Bloom, Speedy Natalie, Marheta, Budriguez etc. Already the sire of close on 260 individual winners with his oldest progeny now 7 year olds.

Progeny earnings of over $25 million with an average earning index of $65,000. At least seven of 29 stakes horses have been produced by either daughters or grand-daughters of Nijinsky-line stallions.

Three-quarter brother-in-blood to champion sire Redoute’s Choice from the immediate female family of successful sires Umatilla (NZ) and Hurricane Sky.

Al Maher is one of the most proven stallions in Australia with a stakes Winners to runners % of 6.5% which ranks him as the eighth top sire standing in Australia, and one of only four remaining commercial sons of Danehill in Australia. Al maher is the true Value sire of Australia.


Al Maher DANEHILL (USA) Danzig Northern Dancer Neartic
Pas De Nom Admiral’s Voyage
Razyana His Magesty Ribot
Flower Bowl
Spring Adieu Buckpasser
SHOW DANCING (NZ) Don’t Say Halo (USA) Halo Hall To Reason
Never Babble Advocator
Never Hula
Dancing Show (USA) Nijinsky Northem Dancer
Flaming Page
Show Lady Sir Ivor
Best In Show

1st dam

SHOW DANCING, by Don’t Say Halo. 2 wins at 1550m, 1600m, AJC De Bortoli Windy Peak H., Grand Fils H. Half-sister to HURRICANE SKY, UMATILLA, Makarova (dam of RULING DYNASTY), Twyla (dam of MURJANA), Shantha’s Choice (dam of MANHATTAN RAIN, PLATINUM SCISSORS, REDOUTE’S CHOICE, SLIDING CUBE, ECHOES OF HEAVEN). Dam of seven named foals, five to race, three winners, inc:-

AL MAHER (c. by Danehill). 5 wins. See Race Record.

SALAMEH (f. by Secret Savings). Winner at 2, A$85,780, AJC Fernhill H., Gr.3, 2d AJC TL Baillieu H., L, 3d STC Wesfarmers Industrial & Safety 2YO H.

2nd dam

DANCING SHOW, by Nijinsky. Winner at 8½f in U.S.A. Three-quarter-sister to Russian Ballet (dam of DR JOHNSON), Nijinsky’s Best (dam of YAGLI), half-sister to GREAT REGENT, Diamond Syl, Ladies’ Day (dam of HE’S NO PIE EATER). Dam of 10 foals, 8 to race, 7 winners, inc:-

UMATILLA (Miswaki). 7 wins-3 at 2-to 1200m, A$683,305, WATC Karrakatta P., Gr.1, VRC Hilton on the Park S., Gr.3, SAJC Da Costa P., L, MVRC William Dunstan H, L. Sire.

HURRICANE SKY (Star Watch). Second on The 1994-95 Australasian 3YO Classification (1000m – 1400m).Third top colt on The 1993-94 Australasian 2YO Classification. 6 wins-3 at 2-from 1100m to 1800m, A$876,650, AJC All Aged S., Gr.1, VATC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1, Autumn Classic, Gr.2, VRC Criterion H., L, VATC Zeditave S., L, Street Cafe 2YO H. Sire.

Shantha’s Choice. Winner at 2, 2d VATC Kilshery H. Dam of-

PLATINUM SCISSORS (Danehill). 5 wins from 1400m to 2000m, A$982,800, AJC Spring Champion S., Gr.1, MRC Norman Robinson S., Gr.2, GCTC AD Hollindale S., Gr.2, Newcastle JC Newmarket H., L, AJC Eastlakes H., 2d BTC Doomben Cup, Gr.1, NSW Tatt’s RC Chelmsford S., Gr.2-twice, STC Gloaming S., Gr.2, Tulloch S., Gr.2, Hill S., Gr.2, BTC Labour Day Cup, Gr.3, 4th AJC George Main S., Gr.1, MRC Yalumba S., Gr.1, STC George Ryder S., Gr.1, QTC PJ O’Shea S., Gr.2, STC Phar Lap S., Gr.2. Sire.

REDOUTE’S CHOICE (Danehill). Champion 3YO Miler in Australia in 1999-2000. Joint Champion 3YO in Aust/NZ in 1999-2000. 5 wins-2 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$1,567,850, MVRC Manikato S., Gr.1, VATC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1, Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, CF Orr S., Gr.1, Veuve Clicquot S., L, 2d MVRC Australia S., Gr.1, 3d VATC Futurity S., Gr.1, Vic Health Cup, Gr.1, 4th VRC Ascot Vale S., Gr.2. Champion sire.

MANHATTAN RAIN (Encosta de Lago). Joint second on 2008-09 Australasian 2YO Classification. 2 wins at 2, A$1,311,200, AJC Sires Produce S., Gr.1, Skyline S., Gr.3, 2d MVRC WS Cox P., Gr.1, AJC Canonbury S., L, STC 2YO H., 3d STC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1, AJC Champagne S., Gr.1, MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Gr.3. Sire.

SLIDING CUBE (Rock of Gibraltar). 3 wins-2 at 2-to 1200m, A$179,625, AJC San Domenico S., Gr.3, Keith Mackay H., L, Picton Bowling Club H., 2d AJC Light Fingers S., Gr.2, 4th AJC Surround S., Gr.2. Dam of-

RUBICK (Encosta de Lago). 3 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, A$379,500, MRC Schillaci S., Gr.2, Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g), Gr.3, ATC TAB Iphone App 2YO P., 3d ATC Challenge S., Gr.2, 4th MRC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1.

race record (aus)

Age Runs 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 2
3 9 3 2 1
Total 11 5 2 1

At 2

  • 1st Illawarra TC AGL 2YO H., 1200m, beating The Spit and Turnbuckle.
  • 1st AJC Clipsal 2YO P., 1300m, beating Spirit of Tara and Magic Pins.

At 3

  • 2nd STC Tooheys New 3YO Golden Rose, 1400m, 2nd to Doonan and beating Lieutenant.
  • 1st STC Gloaming S., Gr.2, 1800m, beating Savabeel and Outback Prince.
  • 1st VRC Carbine Club S., Gr.3, 1600m, beating Squad and Pin Up Boy.
  • 3rd MRC Sandown Guineas, Gr.2, 1600m, 3rd to Binding and Barely a Moment.
  • 2nd STC Phar Lap S., Gr.2, 1500m, 2nd to Shania Dane and beating Svenska.
  • 1st VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1, 1600m, beating Danehill Express and Econsul.


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