Feel Like Dancing : Haras du Lion unearth a Gr.3 winning son of Galileo for 2014

2013/10/20 - Market
A new concept takes over France Haras at the historical location of Lion d'Angers. Haras du Lion just found in England a new stallion for 2014: Feel Like Dancing. He is by Galileo and from the "magic cross" as he is out of a Darshaan mare. Gr.3 winner this summer at Newmarket, he is a brother to dual Gr.1 winning filly Indian Ink. He is 16.2hh and will stand for €2,500.


Feel Like Dancing, under William Buick carrying the classic silks of Lady Bamford..


" We are delighted and honored that Lady Bamford, a presitgious english owner, entrust us to look after the horse" enjoys François Thomas, new sales agent of WATCH HIS GR.3 SUCCES AT NEWMARKET. 


Watch his second place in the Queen's Vase at 2013 Royal Ascot..


Winner on his April debuts over 1m3f at Newbury, then 4th in the Chester Vase (Gr.3) to Rule of The World (Epsom Derby laureate afterwards), Feel Like Dancing finished 5th in a big handicap where the weight he carried made a huge difference. He made up for it in the prestigious Royal Meeting at Ascot where he finished 2nd of the Qeen's Vase, a 1m5f Gr.3 after finishing like a bullet 1.5 lengths from Aidan O'Brien winner Leading Light (St Leger - Gr.1 Doncaster- laureate 3 months later). On 11th July, on the classic track of Newmarket, Feel Like Dancing logically won his Gr.3 in the 1m5f Barhain Trophy.



" He is a true son of Galileo" explains John Gosden, his trainer. " He has the exceptional temperament of his sire as he does everything in a great spirit. It was a real pleasure to train him ! I decided not to run him at 2 because of his size. Then, we had a desperate spring in England, which took us back into training so he only made his debuts in April. This is when we begin the season with the good horses usually in England anyway. Then, he was disturbed by the small track at Chester. Following his Gr.3 success at Newmarket, I had him ready for the St Leger but he sustained her suspensory injury. He has everything to become a good stallion on the flat as well as over jumps as he makes me think of Presenting or Flemensfirth whom I trained.."

Lady Bamford, breeder of Feel Like Dancing, is an UK aristocrat who lives on a 185 acres property, and a leader in the food processing indutry. She raced her horse and has now decided to stand him in France, at Haras du Lion. The dam, Maid of Killeen, 2nd in an irish Listed race trained by John Oxx, gave her lots of satisfaction as a broodmare as among her first five winners, she produced Indian Ink, a great champion across the Channel. Indeed, the daughter of Indian Ridge won the Cheveley Park Stakes, a Gr.1 reserved to 2yos at Newmarket which the 2013 edition went to Vorda. At 3, during the Royal Meeting at Ascot, she did it again over the mile of Gr.1 Coronation Stakes. Indian Ink was then sold at Tattersalls for the modest sum of 2 million guineas, around 2,5 millions euros! Lets just say that Feel Like Dancing has a fashionnable pedigree and speed adds on to his abilities over the classic distance. SEE HIS PEDIGREE

The pedigree also has french references as the 3rd dam Sovereign Dona won the Prix de Psyché (Gr.3) at Deauville, before turning an amazing broodmre as dam of Foresee (2 group wins and 2nd Gr.1) and Royal Touch (2 Gr.2 wins, 2nd Prix de la Forêt, Gr.1), herself dam of Ethelinda, Listed winner at Craon.



Feel Like Dancing showed combativeness when manding the Gr.3 Barhain Trophy at Newmarket.

Feel Like Dancing will retire to stud at Haras du Lion to join Spanish Moon, leased to France Haras, sprinter Moss Valeand Auteuil's star Maresca Sorrento, renegate of Haras de la Rousselière, and maybe Balko. Indeed, he had fertility troubles in 2013 but his latest tests as promising and he may renew with success. " We still few other interesting trails" says François Thomas. " We would like to offer a great panel of stalions to all breeders faithful to us and at all levels, with affordable fees from €1,000 to €3,500. It is very important that all horses are compatible in their profiles. We then look everywhere to find high quality horses for the plat or national hunt. The west region has a lot of assets to attract top class stallions.   The arrival of liddle east investors is the main proof, from Qatar at Haras du Grand Courgeon and Lion d'Angers , to Abu Dahi at Haras d'Issé-Châteaubriand recently, or again Lady Bamford's trust for Lion d'Angers new recruit. "


Galileo, world leading sire, king of the track and auction rings, only has a few sons at stud in France.

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