Ferguson swoops for Dancing Rain
John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor for Sheikh Mohammed, paid 4million guineas for Dancing Rain at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket on Monday evening.
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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.
Ferguson said: "This game is all about reducing the odds, and for us to get the greatest chance of producing a Classic winner, buying Dancing Rain reduces the odds.
"You can have lots of mares, but you need jewels - Sheikh Mohammed felt that she's a jewel."