04 May Dancer’s Diary – Week 16
I am in a bit of trouble with Ben tonight, as apparently I have been spending too much time sunbathing and not enough writing my diary this week – what a taskmaster! What he fails to take into account is the fact that I am exhausted from my nannying that overly exuberant Henry (Vaux) everyday up the 7 furlong canter – enough to tire out any respectable pensioner! Anyway, he’s threatening not to feed me until it gets done, so I thought I better get on with it.
We have had a quiet week here, where Yorkshire has varied between resembling the Antartica and Spain within a couple of days. I’m not sure why I’m suprised after my 12 years up here, but snow at the end of April does seem a little unneccesary! We were all delighted when Lynn and Gary of the Trojan Horse Partnership came to stay for a couple of days, and got to admire there rather pretty new purchase from the Doncaster Breeze Up Sales. Tequila (Harbour Watch X Ronda Alla Turca) is brilliantly named and all the lads here seemed to endorse it wholly! I’m more of a whisky man myself, but can certainly see the attraction where this girl is concerned – as can most of the two year old colts! George (Epeius) (left) was hoping to get there season off to a flier, but has had to wait for the good ground to arrive as Mr Gorgeous isn’t a fan of getting his feet muddy. However, hopefully the rain will stay away and he can make a delayed start at Musselburgh on Monday in a 7 furlong handicap. Nothing would give the team here greater pleasure than giving his two wonderful owners the chance to drink a lot of champagne, so I am applying the pressure on him!!
I am sincerely hoping I will be on babysitting duty on Friday, as Joy (Any Joy) is heading to Chester – I am not missing a trip to this wonderful track for the world! I swear if Ben leaves me at home I am going on strike. I’ve had plenty of field time with Madam Joy this week, and I’ve been herding her around in ever decreasing circles in preparation – small and neat, it certainly doesn’t seem to worry her, and I have to admit I think she might even be a bit nippier than me. If she has learned from her good debut at Doncaster, and gets a bit of luck in running, we should be in with a squeak – and what a celebration that would bring from her highly enthusiastic owners! I am very pleased to see the emerging talent George Wood on her – he’s on fire at the moment, riding three winners and 2 seconds in his last five rides. A man in form, he’s looking good value for his 7lb claim and I’m pretty sure I am not the only one whose noticed! I’m trying to persuade him to have at go at jumping, then I can show him where the real sport is!
Thirsk looks like a busy day, so I am going to prop my feet up and take it easy in front of the TV with a big bowl of grass. First up is the ever stubborn and determined Lekki (Lady Lekki) (left), who appears to be cracking form if the way she is terrorising the lads is anything to go by! Personally, I’m delighted my stable is down the other end when I watch those teeth fly, but she is sweet as pie on the gallops so I forgive her. She is heading for the 1 mile 4 furlong handicap, where we hope to see a continuation of her excellent form for her brilliant syndicate Go Alfresco.
Following her is Mr Consistent (haha!) Camanche Grey, who is looking relieved to hear he is going back to his beloved turf surface. Hopefully this will stop him moaning about how much he hates sand, as well as producing a rather more exciting performance than his latest outing at Southwell. A winner at Thirsk last year over the same trip of 5 furlongs, let’s hope he can reproduce the magic and I don’t have to biff him over the ears with my hoof again. I wouldn’t mind, just I know he’s perfectly capable – it’s just persuading him to show everyone else that! Anyway, patience is a virtue and hopefully he will reward his owner Lee Ashmore here.
Lee has a busy day. as Charlie’s Approval is next up in a 6 furlong seller. Whilst it is hard to find too much complimentary to say about her runs so far (don’t let her know I said that, she’ll be dreadfully upset!), it may well have been that Ben has simply been asking her to go too far – silly trainer! Anyway, she is a bit gormless about life so I suggested putting blinkers on, and it hasn’t half woken her up! Hopefully this is the trick she needs, and we will see an improved run from her on Saturday. At which point I will, naturally, take full credit.
Luckily it looks like I might get a break from trying to control Henry on Monday, as he holds an entry at Musselburgh on Monday. I have a feeling he has learned a lot from his debut, and he seems to be attacking the gallop with renewed energy – which is saying something! He is currently lording it over all the two year olds, and I have to remind him he has a little way to go before he catches up with me! He does look fantastic, and if he manages to concentrate a little harder next time out should do his owners Ontoawinner very proud – I have been watching his first season sires progeny with interest, and a slight lack of attention mixed in with a fair bit of ability seems to be the common denominator, and they definately improve with experience, so watch this space!
I thought I’d end with a couple of photos of Toby (Bourbonisto) (left and right) having a particuarly good time in the spring sunshine – I told you these two year old colts were exhausting!
Until next time