|By Claire Eva Burton. Image size 40'' x 30'' (102 x 76 cms).
Dancing Brave (1983–1999) was an American-bred, bay colt racehorse with a white snip and three white feet, standing sixteen hands high.
The horse was British trained and had a racing career which lasted from the autumn of 1985 until October 1986 he ran ten times and won eight races. He was the outstanding European racehorse of 1986 when he won the 2000 Guineas, the Eclipse Stakes, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. His only defeats came in the Epsom Derby and the Breeders' Cup Turf. He was retired to stud where he was a successful sire of winners in Europe before being exported to Japan where he died in 1999.
In the painting, which is dated 1986, Dancing Brave is being ridden by Greville Starkey, who was an English jockey that rode almost 2,000 winners during a 33-year career on the flat.