Danced Every Dance
DW Whillans col        ReevaVideo
Danced Every Dance : 2013 bay mare
Owner : D.W. Whillans and David Brown
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                                                                      Sadler's Wells
                                                                      Snow day
  Danced Every Dance
  2013 bay mare
                                                                      Be My Native
                                        Kinnegads Pride

The family

Kinnegads Pride ran a few times in Irish bumpers and hurdles without any real success but being by excellent NH broodmare sire Be My Native was always going to have a second career. She has bred 4 winners to date, the best being the Old Vic gelding Cavite Beta who has won 5 races.
In 2016, Kinnegads Pride produced a colt foal by Scorpion named Kinnegad Lad who won a bumper for the Crawford Bros. in December '20

The grand dam Derrella was unraced but has bred a couple of winners in the high class Trabolgan (RSA Chase, Hennessy Gold Cup) and seven-time winner Huka Lodge who you may remember racing around the Northern circuits for first Lenny (Lungo) then Kate Walton.
Slightly further back in the pedigree, the 3rd dam Kessella bred 6 winners including Victor Ludorum Hurdle winner Rathconrath and seven-time winner Kesslin (a full brother to Derrella).

A smashing National Hunt family.

About the sire

Oscar (bay horse, born 1994) was lightly raced in his 2 seasons when trained at Chantilly in France by Patrick Bary, winning once over 10f as a 3yr old and then next time finished runner up in a Group 2 event. His subsequent, and last, outing came in the French Derby at Chantilly at a time when that was still a 12f race. He ran a cracker to be second to Peintre Celebre, showing top class form.
Oscar was soon retired to stud and he stood at one of Coolmore's NH bases at the Grange Stud in Ireland from 1998.

As well as around a dozen winners on the flat, Oscar has proven himself as a high class Jumps stallion. He has been the sire of numerous top grade jumpers with the likes of Rock on Ruby, Peddlars Cross, Gods Own, Oscar Whiskey and 2017 Irish 'National winner Our Duke among his progeny.
Oscar finished second in the leading jumps sires’ list for the fourth year running in 2014-15, and still covered a large book of mares in his final season at stud (2014).

Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
Last season, Danced Every Dance initially continued to improve on the racecourse, and a fine 6th place (beaten just 6l) in December '19 at Kelso was most encouraging. But we were slightly dismayed at each of her 2 subsequent runs in handicap hurdles.
That said, 'Reeva' has a fine National Hunt pedigree with an immediate family that is still very much active, and will have residual value as a broodmare after racing. (You can't take her page away from her, as those auctioneers are wont to say).

Still, she's got a wee bit to prove now and will focus on being competitive in handicap hurdles in 2020-21, maybe after dropping a few pounds in the ratings (she starts on OR97).

Oscar is a National Hunt sire long admired by the team at Dodlands Steading, but we've never really been in the correct place and the right time to buy any of his progeny without breaking the bank to do so.
Oscar has the reputation of siring tough, plain-looking traditional jumping types, and 'Reeva' took our eye as such at the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale in 2016 (Lot 157).
She is not overbig but has a real racey look about her, and we imagined that she would be the first of our Tatts Sales purchases of that year to be ready.

But we gave this filly the requisite time last season to develop and mature after her initial exposure to morning gallops in the Autumn, boxed up for the Winter, and back in exercise in the Spring of '17. With her fellow fillies and mares out at Southfield, Danced Every Dance has grown and thickened out well during the summer break, looking ready for the exciting training regime for fillies in place at Dodlands!

Danced Every Dance made her racecourse debut in January '18 in a bumper at Musselburgh. She ran quite green that day, paying a visit to the racecourse stables on the turn into the back straight..... However, she stayed on quite nicely in the home straight to give us plenty of hope for the future.
Danced Every Dance had another couple of bumper runs during 2018-19, showing a consistent level of form in each, reaching a 3rd place at Sedgefield in December.
She made her hurdling debut at Hexham in May '19, finishing 4th on fairly lively ground - a run that built our hopes for what was to come.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2017-18 NH Flat 1
2018-19 NH Flat     1   1
2019-20 Hurdles       1 4
2020-21 Hurdles         1
Current Season Form
18 November 20 Hexham : 2m 4f handicap hurdle  (Class 5) OR 97 soft 15 ran (Blair Campbell (3)) -   pulled up                                           video
Soon in rear and outpaced, behind and struggling when pulled up before 4 out. 
The mare seems to have fallen out of love with racing. After careful thought, she has been retired (December 2020). 


Previous Season Form
18 February 20 Musselburgh : 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle (Class 4 0-105) OR 97 Soft 14 ran (C Whillans (3)) - unseated rider                            video
Outpaced and behind when mistake and unseated rider 6th


9 January 20 Catterick : 3m 1½f Mares Handicap Hurdle (Class 4 0-105) OR 101 Soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - pulled up                               video
Led, headed 6th, pushed along before 8th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out
First run in a handicap and a step in trip for 'Reeva' which we thought would suit. We'll look for something similar next time over around 2½ miles.


8 December 19 Kelso : 2m 5f NH Mares Novices Hurdle (Class 4) Soft 9 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 6th (beaten 6l)                               video
Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, ridden and stayed on again from 2 out to be nearest at finish.
This was a fair mares novice and after being caught for toe at the end of the back straight, Danced Every Dance knuckled down to he job at hand and kept on running to the line, staying on through beaten horses. May well suffer though when she obtains a handicap mark, week on Tuesday.


3 November 19 Carlisle : 2m 4f Novice Hurdle (Class 4) soft 17 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 9th  (beaten 45l)                                     video
In rear, effort after 4 out and some late headway but never in touch with leaders.  
Not a bad effort all told. Danced Every Dance jumping was improved - she might be suited by slightly better ground - but this was a smart novice hurdle race at Carlisle and she couldn't land a blow at any point. Still, she did well to finish in mid division. Will improve for experience and fitness.


11 May 19 Hexham : 2m Mares Novice Hurdle (Class 4) good to soft 7 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 4th  (beaten 27l)                               video
Not always fluent in rear, effort after 2 out but never able to reach leaders.  
Danced Every Dance acquitted herself fairly well on this, her hurdling debut. She had schooled quite well beforehand but her jumping was a bit novicey on ground that would have been fast enough for her. Her future will lie in staying handicaps next season.


22 March 19 Musselburgh : 2m ½f NH Flat race (Class 5) good 7 ran (C Nichol) - 5th  (beaten 23l)                                                   video
Close up, disputed lead 6f out to 4f out, outpaced but ridden and stayed on although no chance with leading duo.  
On a surface a bit livelier than ideal, Danced Every Dance has run another solid race, beaten just over 2 lengths for third place. She stays well and will by suited by 2m 4f plus in her hurdling career.


26 December 18 Sedgefield 2m 1f NH Flat (Class 5) Soft 10 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 3rd beaten 14¼l                                                     video
Close up, effort 3f out, not pace of 1st two but kept on well inside final furlong
Danced Every Dance ran a fine race here, and didn't show any of the wayward tendencies that marred her only previous racecourse appearance at Musselburgh last season. Couldn't match the pace of the more experienced first two but we were delighted with the potential shown here.


19 January 18 Musselburgh 1m 7½f NH Flat (Class 5) Soft 8 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 7th beaten 23l                                                  
Towards rear on inside, hung left after 6f and dropped 10l behind, some headway from 3f out but not recover position.
Danced Every Dance had a good look at the stables turning out of the home bend and hung badly so left, it was a couple of furlongs before Callum could straighten her up. She showed enough though to be optimistic that she can be competitive on better ground and through experience.


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