Racing: `In every way fantastic'

Click to follow
The Independent Online
"Dancing Brave had a wonderful temperament and was a beautiful mover - in every way a fantastic horse to ride. Horses like him come along only once in a lifetime. The field he beat in the Arc was wonderful and he killed them. I sat on the tail of Bering and then zoomed past. He passed 11 horses in the last furlong," Pat Eddery, jockey.

"Prince Khalid considered him to be his outstanding horse. Memories of his explosive burst of acceleration in the last two furlongs of the Arc remain vivid." Khalid Abdullah, owner, through his racing manager.

"The Derby was one of those ridiculous races. Greville decided to sit in on the horse but between the seventh and eight furlongs they threw in a 17-second furlong - when the average is 13. That had a concertina effect which made it difficult to make up ground. He flew at the finish and was clearly a better horse than Shahrastani and the rest." Guy Harwood, trainer.

CAREER HISTORY

By Lyphard out of Navajo Princess

Sold: $200,000 as a yearling in 1984.

Trainer: Guy Harwood

Owner: Khalid Abdullah

Racing record: Ran: 10; Won: 8

Races: 1985: 1st Dorking Stakes, Sandown (ridden G Starkey); 1st Soham House Stakes, Newmarket (G Starkey).

1986: 1st Craven Stakes, Newmarket (G Starkey); 1st 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket (G Starkey); 2nd Derby, Epsom (G Starkey); 1st Eclipse Stakes, Sandown (G Starkey); 1st King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Ascot (Pat Eddery); 1st Select Stakes, Goodwood (G Starkey); 1st Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Longchamp (Pat Eddery); 4th Breeders' Cup Turf, Santa Anita (Pat Eddery).

Stud career: 1987-1990 Newmarket (syndicated for pounds 14m); 1991 Japan

Best horses sired: Commander In Chief, Wemyss Bight, White Muzzle

Comments