Dancing Rain

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Dancing Rain
Dancing Rain at Epsom Oaks in 2011.jpg
Dancing Rain after her win in the 2011 Epsom Oaks with jockey Johnny Murtagh.
SireDanehill Dancer
GrandsireDanehill
DamRain Flower
DamsireIndian Ridge
SexFilly
Foaled24 April 2008
CountryIreland
ColourChestnut
BreederSwettenham Stud
OwnerMartin J. and Lee A. Taylor
TrainerWilliam Haggas
Record8: 4-2-0
Earnings£ 543,720[1]
Major wins
Epsom Oaks (2011)
British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes (2011)
Preis der Diana (2011)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
 
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Dancing Rain
Dancing Rain at Epsom Oaks in 2011.jpg
Dancing Rain after her win in the 2011 Epsom Oaks with jockey Johnny Murtagh.
SireDanehill Dancer
GrandsireDanehill
DamRain Flower
DamsireIndian Ridge
SexFilly
Foaled24 April 2008
CountryIreland
ColourChestnut
BreederSwettenham Stud
OwnerMartin J. and Lee A. Taylor
TrainerWilliam Haggas
Record8: 4-2-0
Earnings£ 543,720[1]
Major wins
Epsom Oaks (2011)
British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes (2011)
Preis der Diana (2011)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Dancing Rain (foaled on 24 April 2008) is a Thoroughbred filly that was bred in Ireland and has raced in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Japan. Dancing Rain was the unanticipated winner of the 2011 Epsom Oaks and won the Preis der Diana in the later part of her three-year-old season. In her most recent start for the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan, she finished 16th out of a field of 18 horses, the race ultimately being won by Snow Fairy.

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Background

Dancing Rain was bred by Swettenham Stud, an Australian breeding operation owned by the Sangster family,[2] and was foaled on 24 April 2008[1] at Camas Park Stud in Tipperary. Dancing Rain's sire, Danehill Dancer, stands for Coolmore Stud and also produced Choisir, a renowned sprinter.[2] Her dam, Rain Flower, did not race[2] and is a half-sister to Epsom Derby winner Dr. Devious.[3] Rain Flower has produced nine foals to date, and five of her offspring have gone on to win races.[4]

Dancing Rain was consigned as a yearling by Camas Park Stud to the 2009 Goff's Orby Million and Sportsman's Yearling Sale in Ireland as lot ("Hip") number 4, where she was purchased by Liam Norris and William Huntingdon for 200,000 ($292,120).[5] Norris and Huntingdon purchased Dancing Rain on behalf of brothers Martin and Lee Taylor.[2]

Racing career

Dancing Rain was trained by William Haggas, who also trained the 1996 Epsom Derby winner Shaamit,[6] at his facility at Somerville Lodge in Newmarket.[7] Dancing Rain has won four of her eight career starts to date and was second twice and unplaced twice.

2010: two-year-old start

Dancing Rain was not a promising racehorse during her early training and was initially labeled as "hopeless" by her trainer.[7] She improved late in the season and her first and only start as a two-year-old occurred on 19 October at Yarmouth for the Division 1 European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies Stakes. She was ridden by Micheal Hills and was beaten by 3.5 lengths by the filly Annedah, who was owned by Ali Saeed.[8]

2011: three-year-old season

Dancing Rain won her first start as a three-year-old in the Robert Sangster Memorial Maiden Fillies Stakes on 15 April at Newbury Racecourse. She was jockeyed by Kieren Fallon who gave her "an uncompromising ride" and pushed the filly to the front[9] to win the race by one and a quarter lengths from Highest.[10] She was second in her next start at Newbury for the Fillies' Trial Stakes on 13 May, losing by a head to Izzi Top who was ridden by Dane O'Neill.[11]

One month before Dancing Rain's start in the Oaks, the filly broke the leg of her exercise rider and her trainer's wife, Maureen Haggas (a daughter of Lester Piggot) while performing drills.[6] Dancing Rain was not favored to win the Oaks, starting the race with 20-1 odds. She was ridden by three-time Derby winning jockey Johnny Murtagh who used the filly's "imposing stride" to his advantage for "a fantastic ride" where Dancing Rain remained uncontested for much of the race.[12] She won by three quarters of a length over Wonder of Wonders and eleven other horses.[13]

Dancing Rain finished fifth in the Irish Oaks on 17 July, leading the race three furlongs from the finish line and weakening under "a relentless drive" from the winning filly Blue Bunting and passed by Banimpire, Wonder of Wonders and Laughing Lashes.[14] Dancing Rain became the first British-trained winner of the €400,000 Preis der Diana on 7 August in Dusseldorf, and ridden by Kieren Fallon, "she shot away from her rivals in the straight" to win by a margin of three lengths.[15] She won again at Ascot in the British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes beating Bible Belt by two lengths.[16]

In her final start of the season, Dancing Rain ran in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Kyoto Racecourse. A few days before the race, Dancing Rain developed "some heat in her front legs" that was treated with ice baths.[17] Dancing Rain was "never a factor" in the race, finishing in 16th place, far behind Snow Fairy who won the race for a consecutive year.[18]

2012: four-year-old season

Dancing Rain sustained an ankle injury in the spring of 2012 and her engagement in the Coronation Cup was suspended. Surgery was performed in the spring of 2012.[19] Dancing Rain was engaged for the Yorkshire Oaks,[20] but a week before the race Haggas withdrew her from competition, stating, "I'm afraid she won't be going to York as we're just not happy with her."[21]

Pedigree

Pedigree of Dancing Rain (IRE), Chestnut filly, 2008[22]
Sire
Danehill Dancer (IRE)
Bay 1993
Danehill
1986
DanzigNorthern Dancer
Pas de Nom
RazvanaHis Majesty
Spring Adieu
Mira Adonde
1986
Sharpen UpAtan
Rocchetta
Lettre D'AmourCaro
Lianga
Dam
Rain Flower (IRE)
Chestnut 1997
Indian Ridge
1985
AhonooraLorenzaccio
Helen Nichols
HillbrowSwing Easy
Golden City
Rose of Jerico
1984
AllegedHoist the Flag
Princess Pout
Rose RedNorthern Dancer
Cambrienne

References

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  2. ^ a b c d Staff (6 June 2011). "Dancing Rain claims Oaks". The Australian. http://www.credit.net/report_news.asp?si=200000&VendorID=200000&docid=AMX_NEWSCORPNEWS_110124104. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Staff. "Dancing Rain and Maybe keep the family flag flying". Bloodstock World. http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/rain-flower-dancing-rain-and-maybe-fly-the-family-flag/896351/. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Staff. "Consigned by Camas Park Stud". Goffs. http://www.goffs.com/pdf/goffs/228/251.pdf. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Staff. "Goff's Orby Million and Sportsman's Yearling Sale 2009". Bloodhorse.com. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/thoroughbred-sales/results/2009/9/29/goffs-orby-million-and-sportsmans-yearling-sale-2009/hips/session-1. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b McGrath, Chris (4 June 2011). "Murtagh leads rivals merry dance on Rain for Oaks triumph". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/murtagh-leads-rivals-merry-dance-on-rain-for-oaks-triumph-2292725.html. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b McGrath, Chris (2 June 2011). "Dancing Rain has Haggas singing". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/dancing-rain-has-haggas-singing-2291870.html. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Staff. "European Breeders' Fund Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Div I)". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=515189&r_date=2010-10-19&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Staff (15 April 2011). "Newbury duo flaunt their wares". Orange Sport. http://web.orange.co.uk/article/sports/newbury_duo_flaunt_their_wares. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
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  11. ^ Staff. "Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes (Listed Race)". http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=529683&r_date=2011-05-13&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Townend, Marcus (4 June 2011). "Murtagh's master class leads Dancing Rain to unexpected Investec Oaks triumph". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-1394029/Murtaghs-master-class-leads-Dancing-Rain-unexpected-Oaks-triumph.html. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Investec Oaks (Group 1) (Fillies)". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=525449&r_date=2011-06-03&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  14. ^ Schweitzer, Mary (17 July 2011). "Blue Bunting Lands Irish Oaks Thriller". BloodHorse.com. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/64066/blue-bunting-lands-irish-oaks-thriller. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Godfrey, Nicholas and David Conolly-SMITH (7 August 2011). "Dancing Rain and Fallon land German Oaks rivals". RacingPost.com. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/dusseldorf-germany-dancing-rain-and-fallon-smash-classic-rivals/896340/. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  16. ^ Staff. "Qipco British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes (Group 2)". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=536638&r_date=2011-10-15&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  17. ^ Lees, Jon (10 November 2011). "Dancing Rain on course for Cup despite scare". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/kyoto-japan-dancing-rain-on-course-for-cup-despite-scare/945150/. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Godfrey, Nicholas (13 November 2011). "Super Snow Fairy strikes again in QEII Cup". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/ed-dunlop-kyoto-japan-super-snow-fairy-strikes-again-in-qeii-cup/946858/. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  19. ^ UKPA (15 June 2012). "Haggas forecasts Rain progress". Press Association. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5g3UPsz9B6Fos-XRmq0ecMd1ctcfg?docId=N0282391339674818535A. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  20. ^ Milnes, David (6 April 2012). "Oaks winner Dancing Rain suffers setback". Racing Post. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/william-haggas-oaks-winner-dancing-rain-suffers-setback/1011220/latest/. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  21. ^ Staff (14 August 2012). "Dancing Rain return delayed". Sporting Life. http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/7998620/dancing-rain-return-delayed. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  22. ^ Staff. "Dancing Rain 5x Pedigree". http://www.pedigreequery.com/dancing+rain3. Retrieved 15 January 2012.