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Lot 329: Ernest Waldron West, (British, 1904-1994) Portrait of

To be sold at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on 17th Mar 2016

Catalogue Description

Ernest Waldron West, (British, 1904-1994) Portrait of Dancing Brave 1983-1999 and Guy Harwood the trainer, oil on canvas, signed and dated 1988 bottom right, framed, 55.9 x 91.4cm. Dancing Brave (1983-1999) was a thoroughbred racehorse, foaled in 1983, a bay colt sired by Lyphard out of Navajo Princess. He was purchased as a yearling by Khalid Abdullah for US0,000 in Kentucky. Trained in England by Guy Harwood, after winning twice as a two-year-old, Dancing Brave opened his three-year-old campaign in 1986 with a victory in the Craven Stakes - a 'Guineas Trial' at Newmarket, and followed it up by winning the 2,000 Guineas itself, beating Green Desert by three lengths. Next on the agenda was the Epsom Derby, although there were concerns about whether he would see out the further distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs (2414 m). Close to last place entering the home straight, Dancing Brave made up a lot of ground, but Shahrastani beat him by half a length. His jockey, Greville Starkey, was criticised for his tactics, but kept the ride for Dancing Brave's next race, a win in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. However, when Starkey was unable to ride the horse in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes he was replaced by Pat Eddery who became the preferred choice by the time of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Both of these races were also won. The 1986 'Arc' was one of Dancing Brave's best performances, with a devastating late run winning by a length and a half in record time against a high class field, including his Derby conqueror Shahrastani who finished in fourth place. Dancing Brave's racing career ended on a disappointing note in the United States, finishing fourth behind Manila in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park. After being retired to stud at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket, he sired numerous winners, having a particularly good crop of three-year-olds in 1993, including Commander in Chief, who won the Epsom Derby, and White Muzzle, second in both the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. After five seasons standing at stud in Britain, Dancing Brave was sold to the Japan Racing Association and brought to the Shizunai Stallion Station at Hokkaido. He died on August 2, 1999 of a heart attack. Guy Harwood (born June 10, 1939 in Pulborough, West Sussex, England) is a retired British racehorse trainer. Harwood was born in Pulborough, West Sussex, in 1939. Harwood began riding at the age of 18 and won 40 point-to-point races and 14 National Hunt races over the next few years. He began training horses in 1965 under permit, and took out a training license in 1966, establishing the Coombelands racing stables. He trained many winners there, including Dancing Brave, winner of the 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and European Horse of the Year for 1986. In 1996 his daughter, Amanda Perrett, took over the reins at Coombelands. Harwood received the prestigious Goodwood Racecourse Media Dinner Award for 2007.

Value

Price Achieved: £Unsold

Sale Details

This lot was presented at at our Fine Art & Antiques, Wine, Clothing & Textiles on the 17th Mar 2016

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