Dancer’s Daughter winning the Empress Club Stakes (Gr1)
(Photo : Phumelela)
David Thiselton reports that Dancer’s Daughter on Monday checked into Clairwood for the Champions Season 2009.
Trainer Justin Snaith rode Dancer’s Daughter out yesterday and said that the superstar grey mare was very well. Jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe will work ride her today.
“She has been in a very bad mood today,” said Justin Snaith, who has always stated that a foul mood is the signal to him that the mare is in the mint of condition.
Pocket Power, arch rival to Dancer’s Daughter, settled in at Clairwood just under two weeks ago, with the pair’s rivalry promising to feature epic in the Champions Season.
The first Dancer’s Daughter versus Pocket Power clash might once again be delivered in the form of the Grade 1 Gold Challenge over 1600m at Clairwood, come 13 June.
To date the score stands at : Pocket Power two-and-a-half and Dancer’s Daughter one-and-a-half; with Dancer’s Daughter beating Pocket Power when taking victory in last season’s Gold Challenge, the pair dead-heated in the 2008 Vodacom Durban July thriller and Pocket Power beat Dancer’s Daughter when finishing second in the 2008 Champion’s Cup.
Pocket Power took an historic third victory in this year’s renewal of the J&B Met and Justin Snaith will be determined for Dancer’s Daughter set the score straight in the 2009 Vodacom Durban July.