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Exotic Dancer (horse)

Exotic Dancer
Sire Turgeon
Dam Northine
Grandsire Caro
Damsire Northern Treat
Gender Gelding
Foaled 2000
Country France
Color Bay
Breeder Gaetan Gilles & Ecurie Jules Ouaki
Owner Sir Robert Ogden
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill
Record 27: 8 – 7 – 7
Earnings £730,067
Exotic Dancer is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Northine by Turgeon. He was born on 2000 in France, and was bred by Gaetan Gilles & Ecurie Jules Ouaki.
Major wins
Lexus Chase (2008)
Totesport Bowl (2007)
Cotswold Chase (2007)
Paddy Power Gold Cup (2006)
Boylesports.com Gold Cup (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 29, 2008

Exotic Dancer (29 March 2000 – 2 April 2009) was a French bred National Hunt racehorse, who was trained by Jonjo O'Neill. He had a famous rivalry with Kauto Star but never beat him.[1]

In April 2005, Exotic Dancer finished seventh in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and as a 50/1 outsider finished third in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle at Aintree. In December 2005 he had his first win in a novice chase at Cheltenham.

Exotic Dancer had a successful 2006/07 season with three victories at Cheltenham, in the Paddy Power Gold Cup,[2] Boylesports.com Gold Cup and an 18 length victory in the Letheby and Christopher Chase. However the horse finished second in both King George VI Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup both times behind Kauto Star. He ended the season with victory at Aintree where he won the Betfair Bowl.

In the 2007/08 season Exotic Dancer ran five times, on each occasion beaten by Kauto Star including the King George VI Chase where Exotic Dancer finished third.[3]

Exotic Dancer began the 2008/09 season with two place finishes before completing a 20 length victory in the Lexus Chase in December 2008, the horse's first win in 20 months.[4]

A contender to win the 2009 John Smith's Grand National,run two days after his death, Exotic Dancer was pulled out to concentrate on other races.[5]

Exotic Dancer's final race was totesport Bowl at Aintree on Thursday 2 April 2009. He started 3/1 second favourite and finished second to Madison Du Berlais. Shortly after the race, Exotic Dancer died of a heart attack in his box stall.


  1. Jonjo O'Neill laments the loss of Exotic Dancer, www.timesonline.co.uk, 3 April 2009, accessed 3 April 2009.
  2. Exotic Dancer powers to Cup win, BBC Sport, Retrieved on 6 January 2008
  3. Impressive Kauto takes George win, BBC Sport, Retrieved on 6 January 2008
  4. Exotic Dancer lands Lexus success, BBC Sport, Retrieved on 28 December 2008
  5. O'Neill And Nicholls Aces To Miss National Expresso Halved In Price For Lincoln, www.dailyrecord.co.uk, 18 March 2009, accessed 18 March 2009.

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