Ferguson: “It was a no-brainer to buy Dancing Rain”
Monday 2 December 2013
By Racinguk.com staff
John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor for Sheikh Mohammed, paid 4million guineas for Dancing Rain at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket on Monday evening.
The five-year-old mare, winner of the Epsom and German Oaks when trained by William Haggas, is in foal to Frankel.
Dancing Rain, a daughter of Danehill Dancer, was a renowned front-runner on the Flat and also claimed the British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes at Ascot in 2011.
"It really was a no-brainer," Ferguson said outside the packed sales ring.
"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.
Dancing Rain won the English and German Oaks in 2011 for William Haggas (Tattersalls)
"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.
"And we haven't even got to the fact that she is in-foal to Frankel!"