Dancing To Victory
Feb 16, 2016
It was a well earned victory for Dance With Fontein at Ararat on Monday, the lightly raced three-year-old firstly having to recover from some early trouble (she knuckled shortly after the start) before having to await a run as she travelled sweetly along the rails.
Racing for the first time with a tongue tie in an attempt to get her to settle better than she had at her previous outing, Dance With Fontein did everything right but early in the straight needed luck, held up for runs.
However the split did come and she took it quickly, showing a good will to win as she got clear by a lengths.
"She settled well and just needed that bit of luck," jockey Dean Yendall (who also won the next two races on the card) reported.
"She got through the gap and won quite well."
So strongly supported in the betting that she ended up favourite, Dance With Fontein won in the style of a filly with more to offer and, having had only five starts, she still has plenty of scope for improvement.
Raced by Nichakorn Asana, Neville Garland, Sheila Garland, Michael Phillips, Angus Mcdougall, David Gordon, Andrew Adams, Ben Reus, Ray Mclean, Shane Spratling, Lei Krauser, Robbie Griffiths, Rhys Garland, Sam Garland, Shane Brennan and Jeffrey Smith, Dance With Fontein is a daughter of the Group One sprinter Turffontein and the two times winning Geiger Counter mare Nuclear Dance.
Also dam of the city winners Nuclear Force and Turf Crusher, Nuclear Dance is half-sister to the dual Group Three winner New Smyrna from the family of VRC Oaks heroine Rom's Stiletto.