War Chant (USA) unveiled another filly with black-type potential when Dance Music outclassed her rivals in the Cystic Fibrosis Plate (1100m) on Saturday.
Sitting three-wide without cover at Ascot, she left front-runner Stares And Whispers flat-footed for an authoritative win over Pablo’s Poem (Lope de Vega) and Cup Night (Maschino).
Dance Music had been on track for the G3 Champion Fillies (1600m) after runaway wins at Northam and Belmont earlier this season. “Then she got rolled as an odds-on favourite at Belmont and I realised it would probably come too soon,” trainer Simon Miller said. “I put her in the paddock and brought her back for some shorter races over the carnival.”
Miller trains Dance Music for owner-breeders Neven Botica and Matthew Sandblom. Her dam Fast Flowing (Dubawi) won at Ascot before being covered by War Chant first-up at Yarradale Stud. Second-dam Deutsche (Quest for Fame) is a Sydney-winning sister to The Rhine (LR Debutant Stakes).
Fast Flowing has a 2yo filly by Blackfriars and she has since foaled another two fillies by Bull Point. A Group 3 winner by Fastnet Rock, he stands at Sandblom’s Kingstar Farm in the Hunter Valley.
There’s not much of Dance Music but, what there is, impressed Willie Pike. “She kept going even though we were caught out in the cheap seats. All credit to her, she came off the bend smoothly and was ready to go again in the straight.”
Dance Music’s immediate mission is the LR Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) on November 24. The following Saturday, War Chant mare Dainty Tess steps out for her biggest test in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
War Chant (USA) heads the Yarradale Stud roster at an $11,000 service fee alongside Bradbury’s Luck, Gingerbread Man, Heritage and Vital Equine (Rosalee Stud) at $4,400. All fees (inc gst).