30 Nov Dancer’s Diary – Week 55
The weather might be getting colder up here in North Yorkshire, but I am pleased to say that we have had plenty of excitement recently to keep us warm! Most of this has come courtesy of a two year old gelding called Lord Caprio, who came of age with a bit of a bang at Newcastle – a big, lanky horse with plenty of filling out left to do, we had put him away for a bit earlier this year after three runs in which he looked like a baby spider clambering up the track. However, a small break for a spot of growing, an upsetting removal of his wedding tackle and the addition of a tongue tie sure made a man of him on his handicap debut! Sat way out the back, he had a lot to do in the last couple of furlongs, but he made mincemeat of him, cantering past his rivals to record a very convincing three length victory, and he must have been having a little chuckle to himself anout his 40/1 starting price! I think the hardest thing for his jockey Paul Mulrennan was pulling up at the end to be honest (left)!
Keen to get him out under a penalty, he returned to the track for owners Blue Lion Racing a week later, this time with Tom Eaves on board. Up in grade, we were hopeful, but aware that it was two quick runs for a big lad. However, he brushed any worries aside, and whilst he had to battle a little bit this time, he was good value in the end for the length success (right). We were over the moon with him, and there should be plenty of improvement left for next year! It was particularly sweet for all concerned, as the same trainer, owner and jockey combination had joined forces to see his mother Azzurra Du Caprio record five victories for the yard, and with Lord Caprio being her first foal, hopefully she is all set for a successful second career as a broodmare.
Rey Loopy (left, with Lord Caprio) also went to Newcastle, where he was victorious two weeks ago, and again we were hopeful of a good run from another giant! We were so agonisingly close to a double on the night, with the winner just getting first run on him to leave him second. However, he should have an exciting year ahead of him next year for his owners Daniel Shapiro, David Clifford and the Wood family, as he continues to grow and improve on a daily basis!
We are also busy on the yard, with the yearlings now absolutely flying along, as well as some nice new recruits amongst the older horses. The babies have settled into their routine now, and I have been bought back in for my usual role of teaching them all I know – mainly how to make your rider look like an idiot whilst you charge off up the gallop with your head in the air… Sadly, none of them seem to think I am funny and are being models of good behavior behind me – how boring!
We are delighted to welcome The Champagne Charlies on board as well, and they have made an exciting looking purchase in the shape of Musbaq (right). A good looking two year old, he is already bigger than some of our jumpers, and looks to have a nice future ahead of him, his dam being a half sister to a Dubai World Cup winner! He is a bit of a legend and already a firm favourite on the yard. He is clearly still growing plenty as he spends a lot of time keeping me awake with some epic snoring in his stable, but he finds life very easy on the gallops and we should have a lot of fun with him.
Until next time