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South African champion Dancer's Daughter is set to visit Antonius Pius in her first season at stud

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Champion Dancer's Daughter retired

SOUTH Africa's champion racemare Dancer's Daughter has been retired and will visit Antonius Pius in the former Coolmore stallion's first season at the Highlands Farm Stud in Robertson.

The British-bred five-year-old has not raced since damaging a near-fore splint bone shortly after winning the Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein in February. Earlier hopes that she would make a complete recovery had begun to fade.

Trainer Justin Snaith said on Wednesday: "She has done quite a lot and Mr Beck felt it would be better if she were retired. It was just a bit too risky to continue as she is so valuable."

Bred in Wiltshire by Diana Joly, Dancer's Daughter was bought by Tom Goff for Highlands Farm Stud owner Graham Beck for 52,000gns at the Tattersalls October Sale as a yearling.

The grey daughter of Act One won 11 of her 18 starts including five Grade 1 races - the Paddock Stakes, Majorca, Gold Challenge and Empress Club plus her famous dead-heat with the legendary Pocket Power in last year's Durban July.

Snaith said: "I have never seen a horse with such a will to win. I worked for David Hayes in Australia with some of his best fillies. None of them could run as fast as she could for as long as she could.

"She had the unbelievable knack of getting to her top speed early in the straight and maintaining it the whole way to the line. She just wouldn't tire.

"A horse like Pocket Power might have a better turn of foot but there was nota horse running over ten furlongs in South Africa who could maintain her strong pace for as long as she could."

Antonius Pius, beaten only half a length by Singletary in the 2004 Breeder's Cup Mile, was also third in both the StJames's Palace Stakes and the Prix du Moulin for Aidan O'Brien that year. He is proving a hit with South African breeders.

Highlands manager Mike Sharkey said: "He is very popular and will cover a full book of 95 mares."




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