Mare in-foal to Tavistock wins her Group One

21 Jan 2018

A mare in foal to Cambridge Stud sire Tavistock claimed an elusive Group One win at Trentham on Saturday in her final raceday appearance.

Alamosa mare Stolen Dance had been a multiple placegetter at the highest level before she overcame a testing run for a clear-cut victory in Saturday’s Gr.1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m), a race in which she finished runner-up to Kawi in 2016.

Stolen Dance was then trained by David Greene, but transferred to the Cambridge stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman after she was purchased by Gerald Shand.

“She really deserved this and it’s great for Gerald,” Forsman said.

“We got her after a lot of hard work by David Greene, we’re lucky to have her for her last preparation.”

Little went right in the running for Stolen Dance’s rider Sam Spratt either, but the mare was good enough to overcome a tough run.

“We were three wide and got pushed out four and five wide so it was a gutsy effort,” Spratt said.

“It was great, she’s been knocking on the door for some time and at least being out wide let her get into her own rhythm.”

Stolen Dance improved around runners 1000m from home to hit the front half-way down the straight and she had more than enough in reserve to hold Watch This Space and Hiflyer at bay. – NZ Racing Desk