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Dancing Brave

Dancing Brave
Sire Lyphard
Dam Navajo Princess
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Drone
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1983
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Glen Oak Farm
Owner Khalid Abdullah
Trainer Guy Harwood
Record 10: 8-1-0
Earnings $1,776,723
Dancing Brave is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Navajo Princess by Lyphard. He was born around 1983 in the United States, and was bred by Glen Oak Farm.
Major wins
Craven Stakes (1986)
2,000 Guineas (1986)
Eclipse Stakes (1986)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1986)
Select Stakes (1986)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1986)
Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt in France (1986)
European Horse of the Year (1986)
Timeform rating: 140
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 26, 2007

Dancing Brave (1983–1999) was a thoroughbred racehorse, foaled in 1983, a bay colt sired by Lyphard out of Navajo Princess. He was purchased as a yearling by Khalid Abdullah for US$200,000 in Kentucky.

Trained in England by Guy Harwood, after winning twice as a two-year-old, Dancing Brave opened his three-year-old campaign in 1986 with a victory in the Craven Stakes - a 'Guineas Trial' at Newmarket, and followed it up by winning the 2,000 Guineas itself, beating Green Desert by three lengths.

Next on the agenda was the Epsom Derby, although there were concerns about whether he would see out the further distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs (2414 m). Close to last place entering the home straight, Dancing Brave made up a lot of ground, but Shahrastani beat him by half a length.

His jockey, Greville Starkey, was criticised for his tactics, but kept the ride for Dancing Brave's next race, a win in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park.[citation needed] However, when Starkey was unable to ride the horse in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes he was replaced by Pat Eddery who became the preferred choice by the time of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Both of these races were also won.

The 1986 'Arc' was one of Dancing Brave's best performances, with a devastating late run winning by a length and a half in record time against a high class field, including his Derby conqueror Shahrastani who finished in fourth place.

Dancing Brave's racing career ended on a disappointing note in the United States, finishing fourth behind Manila in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park.

After being retired to stud at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket, he sired numerous winners, having a particularly good crop of three-year-olds in 1993, including Commander in Chief, who won the Epsom Derby, and White Muzzle, second in both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. After five seasons standing at stud in Britain, Dancing Brave was sold to the Japan Racing Association and brought to the Shizunai Stallion Station at Hokkaidō. He died on August 2, 1999 of a heart attack.

Pedigree of Dancing Brave
Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Goofed Court Martial Fair Trial
Barra Formor
La Favorite
Navajo Princess
Drone Sir Gaylord Turn-To
Cap and Bells Tom Fool
Olmec Pago Pago Matrice
Chocolate Beau Beau Max


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