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1st Mares In-Foal To UK Sire Norse Dancer
Also in the UK, the initial mares have been scanned in-foal to Littleton Stud-based 7YO stallion Norse Dancer (Halling-River Patrol, by Rousillon) reported racingpost.co.uk. Norse Dancer's successful mates include: Lochsong (winner of 15 of 27 starts, including the Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes & 2 editions of France's Gr1 Prix de l'Abbaye) who is already a black-type producer; & Optaria (dam of Grey Shot & Gr3 Solario Stakes winner Opera Cape). Norse Dancer stands for £4,000 (A$9,600); he won 4 of 35 starts (including the 2004 UK Gr3 Sovereign Stakes & 2005 Gr3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes) but also finished in the first-four in 10 Gr1 races (including runner-up in the 2004 UK Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes, 2005 Gr1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes).