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Horse Racing: Stellar show imprinted on racing's memory; The great Arcs 1986 Dancing Brave.

Byline: John Randall

THERE may never again be an Arc field of such dazzling quality as the one that Dancing Brave trounced in 1986.

Among the Group 1 winners humiliated by the brilliant 2,000 Guineas, Eclipse and King George hero were dual Derby winner Shahrastani, his lucky conqueror at Epsom' French champion Bering, the Prix du Jockey-Club victor' champion older horse Shardari' champion fillies Triptych and Darara' and German ace Acatenango.

Bering swept into an apparently decisive lead a furlong out, but what happened next is imprinted on racing's collective memory. Unleashed by Pat Eddery from far back, Dancing Brave produced a devastating burst on the wide outside to cut down his rivals and score in record time.

He won by a length and a half (photographs show it was more like two) from Bering, who was good enough to win an average Arc, as were the next three, Triptych, Shahrastani and Shardari. Worse horses than Darara (sixth) and Acatenango (seventh) have won the race.

Dancing Brave's Arc ranked second to Grundy v Bustino among Flat races in our 2005 readers' poll of 100 Greatest Races. Twenty years on, we are still waiting for a performance to compare - not only in the Arc, but in any race anywhere in the world.

1 Dancing Brave 22-10f

2 Bering 11-4

3 Triptych 64-1

Owner Khalid Abdullah

Trainer Guy Harwood

Jockey Pat Eddery

Distances 1 1/2 l, 1/2 l


Pat Eddery produces Dancing Brave with a devastating run on the outside to cut down a dazzling Arc field in record time
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2006
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