08 May Dancer’s Diary – Week 46
Apologies for my absence recently, things have been a little hectic here and I have on occasion even been enlisted to help sweep the yard – the cheek of it!! However, I insisted on taking some time for myself tonight so I could keep you all updated on our going ons!
First of all, I have to announce a couple of retirements. First of all, and I am sure not totally unexpected, the decision has been made to let the enigmatic, brilliant Mr Mole go and do what he loves most – hunting (left). We have tried everything possible, and had him in the form of his life for Perth, and after looking something like the horse he used to for a while, when push come to shove he made his intentions to not race anymore very clear! He has been an absolute pleasure to have in the yard, and whilst I am sure some will question why we didn’t do this sooner, you would only have had to see him roaring up the gallops at home to understand why he liked to give us so much hope! He loved being in training, and to be fair certainly didn’t find his days racing with us stressful – indeed he would come home with not a bead of sweat on him, having not exactly exerted himself – I think it is fair to say he was easily the least stressed horse at the races every time! Our horses always come first here, and we would never have let him continue if we thought he would come to any harm, but I am delighted to say we have now found him the most wonderful home with a man who loves his hunting! I am sure he and Mole will have some amazing days, though Alice seems to be determined to steal him back for a couple of them! We will miss him loads here, but it will be such a pleasure to see him out and about tackling some nice big hedges, knowing he is without a doubt the ferrari of the hunting world!
Secondly, Bertie (Skellig Michael) (right) suffered a career ending injury on his latest run at Thirsk. Always such a brave horse, he gave his owners James Pak. Nickie Wellingham, Lynn Douglas and Gary Walker some great thrills this year, winning at Kempton and finishing a close 2nd at Newcastle, providing James with a first win in his colours along the way. He always gave his all, and will be hugely missed by us on the racecourse this year. I am pleased to report, however, that whilst he won’t be able to race again, he will be able to go on and have a happy life in a hacking/low level competition home, so if there are any wonderful people out there who would like to own the sweetest, nicest gelding you could ever meet, please do get in touch!
On the course, our fillies have been supplying us with some near misses, running well in defeat. Cassie (Castle Hill Cassie) (left) went to Catterick for a 7 furlong maiden, running a really nice race to finish 3rd. She is yet to finish out the top three, and surely has to be claiming top spot sooner rather than later! She is a really lovely filly who is still growing into her frame, and she has a bright future ahead of her for owners Ontoawinner, James Pak and Trojan Horse.
Eponina (right) headed to Southwell tonight for Bertie’s owners. and we were quietly hopeful that she would provide them with something to cheer them up! She was a little disappointing first time out this year, but she really is a massive filly who is only just starting to strengthen up, and we thought she’d do well provided she handled that dreaded beach surface! She jumped out a little late, much to collective despair as the kickback there is truly horrendous, then came round the last corner pulling Cam Hardie’s arms out, but with nowhere to go! Never have I prayed so hard for a gap to open, but it just wouldn’t, and she had to switch out wide at the last moment. She made up a huge amount of ground to just get beat 3/4 length, and surely with a little more luck would have been the victor! However, it was a really decent run and gives us plenty of hope for the future of this lovely girl.
Last week also saw the debut of our lass June Palmer-Kimpton, who was making her first visit to the racecourse to don jockey silks! June has got her amateur licence out this year, which is very exciting, and Op (Operateur) was the selected first ride – he is an absolutely brilliant schoolmaster on the track, and no one could ask for a kinder horse to learn on. In what turned into a horribly messy (and quite scary race) June stayed sensibly out of trouble and learned plenty from the experience – onwards and upwards!
This week looks a busy week, but Ben is yet to reveal who is going where so keep checking the Racing Post!
Until next time