By Emma Berry
Monday heralded the first day of perhapsthe strangest turf season any of us will ever witness. From Wednesday, Ireland has gone from racing behind closed doors to joining the rest of the Europe in learning to cope with no racing action at all.
There is now uncertainty over when the next 2-year-old race will take place but three of this year’s 30 first-season sires in Europe are already off the mark with a first runner, with Buratino (Ire), Prince Of Lir (Ire) and Markaz (Ire) each having been represented by debutants at Naas.
In this first of two instalmentslooking at the freshman sires with runners during what is likely to be a truncated 2020 season, we are focusing on those from the Danzig line, and that’s almost half of the bumper crop this year. We’ll start with the Danehill subset, which features four sons of Kodiac (GB) and another four by Australian-bred sons or grandsons of Danehill.