08/14/2013 12:51PM

Dual Oaks winner Dancing Rain to sell at Tattersalls December


Dancing Rain, the 2011 Epsom and German Oaks winner, will go to auction this year at the Tattersalls December sale in Newmarket, England. She is in foal to unbeaten champion and first-year sire Frankel.

Tattersalls announced Dancing Rain’s addition to the December catalog on Wednesday morning, noting that the 5-year-old Danehill Dancer mare is “the first Epsom Oaks winner carrying her first foal to be sold at public auction in more than 50 years.”

Dancing Rain will sell as part of Clairemont Stud’s consignment managed by Jenny Norris. She will go through the ring on Dec. 2, the Tattersalls December auction’s opening day.

Dancing Rain produced a front-running victory in the Epsom Oaks, defeating a field that included 2011 One Thousand Guineas winner Blue Bunting and future Group 1 winner Izzi Top, among others. Later that season, she also won the Group 1 German Oaks and Ascot’s inaugural Group 2 British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes, finishing in a record time for a filly over 12 furlongs at Ascot.

Dancing Rain is out of the Indian Ridge mare Rain Flower, who is a three-quarters-sister to Epsom Derby winner Dr Devious. Dancing Rain is a three-quarters-sister to Sumora, the dam of Irish champion juvenile filly Maybe. Sumora sold to Coolmore Stud at the 2011 Tattersalls December sale, fetching the year’s highest price in Europe for a broodmare at 2.4 million guineas, or about $3,890,628 at the exchange rate at the time.

“Dancing Rain is a real jewel, and it is a very rare honour to be entrusted with the sale of a broodmare of such quality,” Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said in the company’s announcement.