Oakley Dancer (GB)

5-year-old filly by Black Sam Bellamy (Ire) ex Stravinsky Dance (GB) (Stravinsky (USA))

Trainer Olly Murphy, Stratford-upon-Avon

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This is a smart looking mare by the late Black Sam Bellamy, a Group 1 winning brother to the great Galileo. He has produced countless classy National Hunt horses, including The Giant Bolster, who was runner up in a Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the enigmatic Grade 1 winning hurdler, Sam Spinner.

He is also the sire of three-time Group 1 winner on the flat, Earl of Tinsdale. Black Sam Bellamy’s flag has been flown this season by the admirable Molly Ollys Wishes, a very tough mare who has won two Listed races for Dan Skelton. Let’s hope our BSB filly is as good as her! The dam, Stravinsky Dance, was a prolific and Graded level winning hurdler in France, before moving to the UK to run in top class company for Robert Waley-Cohen. She was then retired to stud and has produced three decent horses from her three runners to date in Versatility, Igor and Storm Force Ten. This big, scopey mare ran once in a bumper this spring before heading out for a summer holiday to mature, both mentally and physically. She has schooled well over hurdles and is a very exciting prospect on softer ground over obstacles this season.

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Olly Murphy grew up on the Point to Pointing field, riding thirty winners before turning his attention to the training side of the game. He burst on to the training scene in 2017 after four years as assistant to Gordon Elliot in Ireland, where he experienced success at the highest level. Olly has trained hundreds of winners in his short career so far, including a Grade 1 winner when Itchy Feet won the Scilly Isles Chase in 2020, and several other Graded and big handicap winners. Olly trains from Warren Chase stables near Stratford-Upon-Avon, where the facilities are second to none. The yard boasts three different gallops, excellent schooling facilities and all the luxuries that give a young horse the best chance of success.

Oakley Dancer (GB) Black Sam Bellamy (Ire) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Northern Dancer (Can)
1961
1981 Fairy Bridge (USA)
1975
1999 Urban Sea (USA) Miswaki (USA)
1978
1989 Allegretta (GB)
1978
2017 Stravinsky Dance (GB) Stravinsky (USA) Nureyev (USA)
1977
1996 Fire The Groom (USA)
1987
2005 Numberonedance (USA) Trempolino (USA)
1984
1995 Ivory Dance (Can)
1986
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Olly Murphy, Trainer

Warrren Chase Stables
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 9XG

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