Dawn Approach's Tahitian Dancer Opens Her Stakes Account in Nudgee Quality
Mark Smith - Saturday December 28

The $1 million Magic Millions Fillies and Mares race at the Gold Coast on January 11 will be the next stop for the Shane Nichols-trained Tahitian Dancer after the daughter of Dawn Approach (IRE) came from near the tail of the field under Damien Oliver to earn a maiden stakes success in Saturday’s Nudgee Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Oliver found a seam near the rail and Tahitian Dancer charged home to defeat Multaja (Medaglia d’Oro) by a short neck with another short neck to Epic Girl (Shamus Award).

“If you ride her quiet she has got a big finish on her. She beat a good field today and this track really suited her,” Oliver said.

“This was a perfect lead up race for her before the Magic Millions.” Tahitian Dancer as a yearling

“Looking at the form of the race they were always going to go lickety-split and she was always going to be strong late,” Nichols said.

“We flew her up the Tuesday before last and she has been staying with John and Chris Meagher so I thank them for their effort.

“There is still a bit in the tank because her grand final is in two weeks.”

Purchased by Hillside Downs for $80,000 out of the Willow Park Stud draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Tahitian Dancer advances her record to 5 wins and 2 thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $346,000.

She is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the stakes-winning Vital Equine mare Takanori who has a Lonhro colt in the Willow Park draft heading to the Gold Coast.Willow Park will consign this Lonhro half-brother to Tahitian Dancer at the Magic Millions

Takanori foaled a Spirit Of Boom colt in September.

Tahitian Dancer becomes the 11th stakes-winner for the former Darley shuttler Dawn Approach (IRE).










Dawn Approach in upcoming sales:
Magic Millions Nudgee Stakes LR 1200m
Eagle Farm Track: Good(3) Time: 1:09.87
Tahitian Dancer
T: S P Nichols J: D Oliver 55.5
4m Dawn Approach (IRE) x Takanori (AUS) (Vital Equine (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $80,000
V:Willow Park Stud Scone NSW
B: Hillside Downs Pty Ltd
T: James Cummings J: Ryan Maloney 57.5
4m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Shelters (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Epic Girl
T: Chris Anderson J: Ms L J Meech 55.5
4m Shamus Award (AUS) x Rosekay Heart (AUS) (Show A Heart (AUS))
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 55.5
4m Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Vital Mist (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Amarina Farm Denman NSW
B: Triple Crown Syndications
La Tigeresa
T: Jason Warren J: A Mallyon 55.5
5m Street Cry (IRE) x Tellora (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Rothwell Park Murrurundi NSW
B: Jason Warren Racing
Musical Genius
T: B J Lockwood J: Boris Thornton 55.5
5m Swiss Ace (AUS) x Symphony (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
River Racer
T: L G Ross J: M Mc Gillivray 56.5
6m Hidden Dragon (AUS) x Royal Yangtze (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
T: T J Gollan J: Baylee Nothdurft 55.5
5m O'Reilly (NZ) x Futoon (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Enterprise Louise
T: M J Lakey J: M R Du Plessis 55.5
4m Show A Heart (AUS) x Lucy Louise (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: N Callow 56.5
4m Zoustar (AUS) x Fast Talker (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA)
Sugar Boom
T: T J Gollan J: Ms S Thornton 55
3f Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Acupuncture (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Book 2 $100,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Simon Miller Racing
T: D J Duryea J: A Spinks 55.5
8m Time Thief (AUS) x Goanna (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book $21,000
V:Marquee Stud, Willow Tree
B: Kim Waugh Racing Stables
Echo Gem
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: R Fradd 55.5
4m Squamosa (AUS) x Porcellanus (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Spirit's Choice
T: M A Kropp J: G Geran 55.5
4m Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Deb's Choice (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))