Originating in the contredanse
, by the late nineteenth century this step had become one of the two commonly used travelling steps for dances in fast time.
They imported, among other genres, the contredanse
, and the classic trio of piano, violin, and flute.
Another with Group 1 form is E P Taylor Stakes fourth Contredanse
, while Pachattack landed a valuable pot for Gerard Butler in Canada last November.
made great progress from winning a Windsor handicap off 75 last April to running well in Group 1s at Goodwood and Woodbine.
L Cumani Luca Cumani made sure he grabbed the fresh ground on the re-opened Watered Gallop by pulling his team out soon after 5am and last year's Italian Oaks winner was a fitting conveyance for Frankie Dettori when showing ahead of Forte Del Marmi (Sara Cumani) over a mile.
Planteur and Contredanse
were each Group 2 winners in Europe while Rebel Soldier beat subsequent St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos when landing the Gordon Stakes before his sale to Hong Kong.
4-1 shot came home in front of Miss Keller and Shalanaya, with the Luca Cumanitrained Contredanse
doing best of five British runners in fourth place in the Can$1m event.
Last year's shock 44-1 winner Lahaleeb is back for more for Paul d'Arcy, but Luca Cumani's Italian Oaks winner Contredanse
(Garrett Gomez) looks the pick of the five British-trained runners in this Can$1m event.
We've got runners in Caulfield on Saturday morning, Newmarket in the afternoon and Contredanse
in Canada in the evening and I'll be staying here, although I will be heading out to Australia next week to join my wife Sara and daughter Francesca.
The Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares will feature several British raiders, among them last year's winner Lahaleeb, who is now trained by Paul D'Arcy, plus I t a l i a n Oaks winner Contredanse
(Luca Cumani), Silver Grey (Roger Ingram) and Pachattack (Gerard Butler).
Cumani will also take charge of a 110,000gns Iffraaj colt - who showed a sharp advance on his EUR22,000 foal price - when bought from Lynn Lodge Stud by Rachel Boffey on behalf of London-based and Australian-born owner Stuart Stuckey, who campaigned this year's Italian Oaks heroine Contredanse
But it was Hugo Merry, acting for Jim and Fitri Hay, who put in the successful 600,000gns bid Lot 583 This sister to Jan Vermeer was knocked down to Gordon-Watson for 400,000gns, but only after he had fought off Merry/Brian Meehan and Paul Cole Lot 600 Rachel Boffey, who bought this year's Italian Oaks winner Contredanse
for London-based Australian owner Stuart Stuckey, dug deep for this Oasis Dream colt, but ultimately it came down to a Maktoum/Coolmore duel, with Angus Gold seeing off John Magnier at 480,000gns Lot 649 Magnier, buried in a crowded gateway, had more success for this striking Montjeu colt.
Interesting, too, was the sequence of contredanses
by Mozart, mock bucolic numbers scored without violas.
Joy Gim and newcomer Stephanie Powell, the lead soloists in Friday's all-female cast (the ten-person cast changed with each performance, ranging from men only to women only and finally to mixed-gender pairs), performed the initial section of prancing little walks forward and backward to Beethoven's Twelve Contredanses
with a splendid naturalness and ease that suggested the synchronous grace of trotting race-horses.
Three Beethoven Contredanses
made the perfect encore.