SEATTLE DANCER wurde von Vincent O´Brien in Ballydoyle trainiert. Er lief in den Farben von Stavros Niarchos.
"He was one of the sick
horses in my yard last year and it was not possible to do anything with
him in the way of work. So he approached this season totally without
experience of any kind. In November it was obvious he had got over what
sickness he had. Then he began to transform and he got to be a very fine
In his first race at Phoenix Park there was a bit of trouble and Seattle Dancer could not get out and finished third. His next run in last Saturday's Derrinstown Trial at Leopardstown I put in Ancient times to ensure a good gallop for him, at the same time both horses taken their chance.
Ancient Times was still in front entering the straight and his jockey Declan Gillespie kicked and pushed his mount for home. Seattle Dancer had to come four wide and because of that Ancient Times got quite a bit away from him.
And yet Seattle Dancer was able to pick him up and then go three lengths clear and win easily." Vincent O'Brien quoted in the Racing Post 16/05/87
"Seattle Dancer was a real good mover." Cash Asmussen
"Seattle Dancer won well at Leopradstown on Saturday and the time he recorded in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes was second best behind 1982 winner Golden Fleece." Irish Field 16/05/87
"Saturday's win was more impressive than his Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial success at Leopardstown two weeks earlier. Turning into the straight the 1-2 favourite was 5 lengths adrift of his pacemaker King's College but quickly picked up that colt two furlongs out and soon forged clear." Racing Post 25/05/87
Mitbesitzer Robert Sangster nach dem Derby Trial "IMPRESSIVE"
1. WINDFIELDS FARM GALLINULE Stakes, Curragh Gr.2
1. DERRINSTOWN STUD DERBY TRIAL Stakes, Leopardstown Gr.2
2. GRAND PRIX DE PARIS, Longchamp Gr.1
und Kenner der Internas sind der Meinung, dass der Druck, der auf dem
Trainer lag unermesslich hoch war. Bedingt durch seinen hohen Kaufpreis
sollte versucht werden, die optimale Vermarktbarkeit zu erreichen.
Dadurch wurde SEATTLE DANCER zu stark gefordert und ihm zuviel
abverlangt. Bei entsprechendem Aufbau wäre die Rennleistung wohl
wesentlich besser gewesen.