Emma Berry, of Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder Magazine said that the ring “will be packed to capacity, with an atmosphere of feverish excitement” when Lot 1533, known to racing fans as Dancing Rain steps forward. She is not simply a Group 1 winner going through the sales, something that happens often enough, but the first Oaks winner to be sold at auction in over 50 years.
That would be enough in itself to generate plenty of interest at what Tattersalls bills as “the world's most international bloodstock sale”, but it’s the fact that the foal which eventually pops out of her is fathered by Frankel that guarantees a mind boggling sale price. Whoever buys Dancing Rain will be more than hopeful that they will have a top quality horse running in their colours in two or three year’s time.
Frankel has had a busy first season at stud, covering almost 140 mares. At £125,000 for a few moments work, he’s already earned £17.5m this year.
As his new career begins, Philip Myerscough, auctioneer at Tattersalls, is preparing for retirement after ten years overseeing horses in the sales ring. In the next couple of days he’ll also see Group winners Chrysanthemum and Danceabout sold after a visit to Frankel. With mares in foal to all the current top 20 active British and Irish sires up for grabs, it’s quite a time to bow out.
Myerscough is in no doubt that the money will be flowing in abundance. He told the Racing Post, “If I have one small regret, it’s that I won’t be around to sell any of Frankel’s foals or yearlings. The world will want the best Frankel progeny – I think records will be broken.”