Danz­danz­dance is deadly

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FOUR-YEAR-OLD mare Danz­danz­dance made light work of her ri­vals in the $200,000 Cap­tain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Tren­tham and could be New Zealand rac­ing’s next weight-for­age star.

The Chris Gibbs and Michelle Bradley-trained mare was pa­tiently rid­den by Opie Bos­son yes­ter­day, who watched many of his ri­vals jos­tle for prom­i­nent early po­si­tions, be­fore un­leash­ing a pow­er­ful burst to score by four lengths from warhorse Au­then­tic Paddy.

Danz­danz­dance, who is raced by a group of own­ers headed by breeder and syn­di­ca­tor Kylie Bax, showed the ben­e­fit of a freshen-up af­ter a luck­less third plac­ing in the Li­va­mol Clas­sic in early Oc­to­ber.

‘‘She was out­stand­ing,’’ Gibbs said. ‘‘You’re al­ways won­der­ing if you’ve got them right and she was a bit above her­self to­day, which scared me a lit­tle bit, but Opie rode her beau­ti­fully. There was a ton of pace that just set it up beau­ti­fully for her.’’ The daugh­ter of Master­crafts­man is now likely to press on to the Zabeel Clas­sic (2000m), at Eller­slie on Box­ing Day, be­fore a cam­paign across the Tas­man is con­sid­ered. ‘‘We will prob­a­bly have to start plan­ning some­thing for Syd­ney as a fresh cam­paign,’’ Gibbs said.

‘‘The­way she goes fresh, we prob­a­bly have to look at that, but that is some­thing that Kylie and our­selves will talk about.’’ The vic­tory capped a stel­lar day for cham­pion hoop Bos­son, who ear­lier part­nered Aotea Lad to win the Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes (1100m), and also scored in the last aboard Lin­coln Raider.

‘‘She is a very smart­mare and it was some train­ing ef­fort,’’ Bos­son said.

‘‘I was a lit­tle bit skep­ti­cal com­ing into it fresh-up over a mile with a bit of cut in the RACE IM­AGES PN ground. It was a bit pushy [early], but I got in a three-wide po­si­tion and wasn’t go­ing to be pushed around. Turn­ing for home I was just hop­ing I wasn’t go­ing to get there too soon, but she is a very classy mare.

‘‘I didn’t re­alise the turn of foot she had.’’ For Bax, it was the per­fect re­sult for her syn­di­ca­tion busi­ness, in ad­di­tion to a suc­cess her fam­ily could savour.

‘‘I’m still shak­ing. I can­not ex­plain the ex­cite­ment. We shouted down the roof of the grand­stand. It’s lucky to still be stand­ing.

‘‘It is won­der­ful to have such a great group of own­ers. Shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence is in­cred­i­ble.’’

Danz­danz­dance and rider Opie Bos­son take out the Cap­tain Cook Stakes yes­ter­day.

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