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Rain on target for Ascot return

Wed, 03 October 2012

Dancing Rain is due to make her return to action in the Qipco British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes at Ascot on October 20, a race she won 12 months ago.

William Haggas' 2011 Oaks winner has been off the track with injury since finishing well behind Snow Fairy in Japan last November and is one of 24 acceptors in the Group Two event. Liam Norris, who purchased Dancing Rain and oversees the racing interests of owners Martin and Lee Taylor, said: "She is on target for the race.

"She had two small chips removed from both front fetlock joints earlier in the season. She came back to me after that and we nursed her back through. She did really well. She looks fantastic now and is a big, strong filly - much bigger than she was last year."

He added: "We were going to go to York with her which was her aim but she just had a couple of niggly muscle issues that shoved her back a little. We just had to go steady with her.

"We took her to Kempton last week and gave her a spin. She worked with Beaten Up and blew for 25 minutes afterwards so she needed it. But she is in good form now and we are keeping everything crossed that we will have her at Ascot on October 20.

"She might be a bit rusty but she likes the track and won the race last year."

Dancing Rain could face a strong contingent of classy three-year-olds, with this year's oaks winner Was, Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens, Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway and Hughie Morrison's Shirocco Star may all run.

Wild Coco, I'm A Dreamer and Sapphire are also engaged.