4 million gns Danehill Dancer mare

Danehill Dancer’s G1 Oaks winning daughter Dancing Rain (5m Danehill Dancer–Rain Flower, by Indian Ridge) became the second dearest broodmare to ever sell in Europe on Monday when making 4,000,000gns (£4.2 million) at Tattersalls.

The brilliant mare, who also captured the G1 German Oaks for trainer William Haggas, is set to join Sheikh Mohammed’s broodmare band after his representative John Ferguson saw off Turkish buyer Pinar Araci.

“It really was a no-brainer,” said Ferguson. “Sheikh Mohammed has not bought a lot of mares in the recent years, but at the end of the day Sheikh Mohammed felt that, to use the old phrase, she really did tick all the boxes – she is an Oaks winner from the family of a Derby winner.

“This game is all about reducing the odds and give you the greatest chance of producing a Classic winner – buying Dancing Rain is a way of reducing those odds.

“You can have lots of mares, but you need the jewels – Sheikh Mohammed felt that she is a jewel.

“On paper she looks the part, but there were two things in particular that I loved about her. First, she is such a beautiful mare, then second I had supper with William and Maureen Haggas at the weekend and they told me what a straightforward pleasure she was to train.”

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