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Dancing Rain - Epsom - 03.06.2011

Dancing Rain: Oaks winner has been confirmed in foal to Frankel

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Oaks winner Dancing Rain in foal to Frankel

EPSOM Oaks winner Dancing Rain has been confirmed in foal to undefeated dual world champion Frankel.

The daughter of Danehill Dancer has been retired to her owners Martin and Lee Taylor's Clairemont Stud in Hampshire.

One of 60 Group 1 winners or producers among Frankel's stellar first book, Dancing Rain also won the Group 1 Preis der Diana following her Epsom victory, before landing the inaugural Group 2 Qipco British Fillies' & Mares' Stakes at Champions Day.

In the process, Dancing Rain set a new record for a filly over Ascot's 1m4f course - a time bettered only once by a colt when Harbinger won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes by 11 lengths a year earlier.

Classic performers are a recurring theme in the pedigree behind Dancing Rain, her unraced Indian Ridge dam Rain Flower being not only a three-parts sister to Epsom Derby winner and Irish Derby runner-up Dr Devious, but also the dam of Sumora, whose Moyglare Stud Stakes-winning daughter claimed third in last year's 1,000 Guineas.

Sumora, by Danehill, is a three-parts sister to Dancing Rain. Her yearling colt by Pivotal sold for €500,000 at the 2012 Goffs Orby sale, more than double the €200,000 bid by Liam Norris to secure Dancing Rain at the 2009 renewal.

Rose Of Jericho, the dam of Rain Flower and Dr Devious, proved a versatile dam at stud, also producing champion sprinter Archway, by Thatching, Ormonde Stakes winner Royal Court, by Sadler's Wells, and Grade 1 winner Shinko King, a son of Fairy King who stood at stud in New Zealand until his death last year.

The family is also responsible for the Grade 1 winner Suzuka Phoenix, a speedy daughter of legendary Japanese sire Sunday Silence, and Grade 2-winning chaser Legal Right, by Alleged.

Banstead Manor resident Frankel retired to stud following 14 straight wins on the track, ten at the highest level including last year's Champion Stakes.

He stands his first season for £125,000.

 
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