22 Sep Dancer’s Diary – Week 53
We have had a cracking couple of weeks here at Castle Hill, with the horses running as well as they are looking!
The Doorman (left) set off for Sedgefield last week a fortnight ago, meaning we all had to deal with a very nervous Alice who is struggling to come to terms with his chasing career being resumed. Door, typically, thinks she is being totally ridiculous, and proceeded to shut her up in spectacular style. He looked a beast in the parade ring, and an ever bigger beast winging from fence to fence under a supremely confident Richie McLernon. Coming round the home bend, he was traveling the kindest, and after a huge leap at the last came storming up the hill to record his first chase victory on English soil. Many joyful tears later, he now thinks he is king of the yard (ahem!), though he may have a point as it is an impressive third win this season… don’t tell him I said that!
Elysee Star (Betty) is also doing fantastically well, and proving to everyone that horses can make fools of you every day! A relatively cheap yearling, we told her lovely owners, The Go Alfresco Syndicate, that we would be lucky to see her on the track last year (as she, in her previous disguise of woolly mammoth, came lumbering up the canter!), but she has suprised us all by managing four runs so far, never being out of the top four! She made her nursery debut at Carlisle in unsuitable heavy ground, and hit the front much to our excitement in the last furlong – however, I think she was a little surprised to, thought she had it won, and the silly filly let three go past in the dying strides! Only beaten about half a length, it was very promising and we know she is going to improve loads over the winter as she is still a bit of a massive frame.
Finally for the fortnights excitement, Castle Hill Cassie (right) headed to Newcastle for the lucky last – and believe me, when they run at 9.10 at night and you have a 5 a.m. start the next day, you want it to go well! She looked an absolute picture in the paddock, and we all felt 14-1 was a little unfair – not that we are complaining! Held up by Graham Lee on her return to 7 furlongs, she settled beautifully at the back, and then when he switched her left – well, she grew wings! Overtaking her rivals in three strides, she hit the front – and stayed there! We were so pleased for all her owners, the wonderful Ontoawinner syndicate, James Pak (who’s celebrating was frankly spectacular!), Lynn Douglas and Gary Walker and the Wood family. We have always had a lot of faith in this filly, and she has been a picture of consistency, never once out of the top 4 in 7 runs. This was her second victory this year, and the manner in which she did it suggests there is plenty to look forward to.
Ben has been off shopping again, this time in Ireland, and has delighted us all by returning with another couple of absolutely belting yearlings! Happily, both looked massive bargains to boot! His first purchase was a very speedy looking son of Zebedee (left), renowned for his sharp fast two year olds. This lad looks no exception, and he has loads of quality and class about him. he is a stunning mover on the lunge and we cannot wait to get started with him.
The second lot is a very cheeky chappy by Intikhab (right), another source of precocious two year olds. He is as strong as an ox and looks ready to run now! He is quite the show off, and has all the fillies fluttering their eyelashes already – women!! Check out our for sale page for more information on both of them.
The other boys who came from the Doncaster Sales are trapping along well, and all being ridden away now. All are behaving beautifully, long may it continue!
Until next time