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Goodwood: Danceabout snatches Oak Tree.

PUNTERS got off to a flying start when favourite Danceabout landed the Oak Tree Stakes in a finish that was as dramatic as the weather, writes Sonia Wilson.

If the brief thunderstorm which had soaked Goodwood only an hour before had lasted a little longer, 66-1 outsider Claranet might have won.

She led from the start in this Listed event and the winner did not stick her nose in front until inside the final furlong. It was an impressive performance in which Claranet was beaten by a head.

"Kevin [Darley] said the ground was very loose on top," said Danceabout's trainer Geoff Wragg. "He asked her to go and she stumbled a bit until she got herself together."

Danceabout came back into training in March after breaking her pelvis. "She's been 100 per cent since," said Wragg. "She's a very laid-back filly but really needs a mile."

She could step up to Group company at The Curragh or Deauville later this season.

This is the second time in four years that Bloomsbury Stud has won the Oak Tree, with Thrilling Day winning it in 1996. The descendants of Mrs Moss, the grand-dam of Danceabout, have now won more than pounds 2 million. The stud also bred Royal Rebel, who won the Goodwood Cup an hour later.

Claranet's trainer Kamil Mahdi said: "She loves the soft ground. She ran well in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas and is a good filly when she gets the ground she wants. She may run in the Shergar Cup."

The high draw once again proved important, as those from stalls nine, 10 and 11 came home first, second and third.

Barry Hills, who trained the third, Last Resort, and also Out Of Reach, who dead-heated with Incredulous for fourth, said: "They've both run very well and I'm sure there are more races in them.

"I think the City of York Stakes might suit Last Resort."
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Author:Wilson, Sonia
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2000
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