|Danedream is almost certainly Germany's finest racehorse to date. Trained in Cologne by Peter Schiergen, her story is a true 'rags to riches' tale of success from humble beginnings.
A daughter of the German stallion Lomitas she was a bargain basement purchase made by her owner Heiko Voltz at the Baden-Baden' Breeze Up' sales. Although the winner of a Listed race at Deauville as a two year old, it was as a three year old that she began to show real progress as she tackled longer distances. Her first Group victory was in the Italian Oaks followed by two more Group 1 races in Berlin and then Baden -Baden before being supplemented for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps. Although unconsidered by many beforehand Danedream, brilliantly ridden by her regular jockey Andrasch Starke, put up a stunning performance winning by five lengths in a course record time beating a high class international field in the process. Star Appeal had been the only previous German trained winner of the Arc in 1975.
Danedream followed this famous victory with another when she narrowly defeated Nathaniel in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stake at Ascot in 2012. Nathaniel had won he same race the previous year and had also won the Eclipse in the meantime. Danetime required all her courage to gain a last stride victory, but by so doing she earned her place in racing history by becoming the first filly to win both an 'Arc' and the' King George'. The following day her great triumph was celebrated in style at Hoppegarten racecourse in Berlin where her connections were paraded in a horse drawn carriage along the course to be presented to the spectators...
It was a year to the day when Danedream had won the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Berlin, a race she won easily simply sprinting away from her opposition. It is the
finish of that race that is featured in this painting.
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