21 Jun Dancer’s Diary – Week 22
Apologies for my absence over the last couple of weeks – I have been extremely busy out in my field and running away with Alice, as well as still recuperating from my heroic efforts at Cartmel! The yard has had a quiet few days in terms of runners, so I didn’t think you would miss me too much! Anyway, I thought I better write today as an escape from Mo (Ever So Much) and his grumbling – all his running plans have been foiled recently by the incessant rain, so I am praying for a dry week so that he can go to Cartmel on Friday, which will hopefully shut him up a bit!
Our only runners in the last couple of weeks have been Lady Lekki and Lord Bopper (below, left), who both went to Thirsk. Lekki ran a decent race to finish 3rd, though she was terribly upset to lose her 50% win strike rate! She isn’t the speediest horse around, but stays all day, and I can see I may have my work cut out teaching her to jump hurdles this winter!
I was, though this may suprise a few who look at the result, delighted with Bopper. I personally know how fast he can go (he never stops chasing me round the field, and it is always a huge relief when he is put back in his stable for everyone), and a week of telling him this after his rather tame effort first time out at Hamilton seemed to have some effect! Unfortunately, I forgot to tell him the race was a furlong further then before, and Ben, I and the jockey were in shock when he set off pulling like a train, his only thought seeming to be to go as fast as possible: rather a change from normal! He faded rapidly in the last half furlong on the race, but the change in enthusiasm and speed was encouraging for his future, and gave hope that his wonderful owners, Carol and John Aldridge, will be in the winner’s enclosure with him one day! Since then, he has been highly enthusiastic in his work at home, and my drilling seems to be having the desired effect!
Tonight, Moonie (Moon Over Rio) (right) is heading to Leicester for some racing in the dark – 8.45, can you believe it! Luckily, her best friend Amy is devoted to her and is willing to embrace the late night in the hope of a good performance from the over excitable one. After a disappointing run on ground that was far too quick last time out, she is getting her beloved heavy ground tonight, so hopefully we will see a vast improvement for her owners Blue Lion Racing. She deserves it to be fair, I have never known a horse put so much effort in on a daily basis! She goes over 1 mile 4 furlongs today, and Joey Haynes takes the ride.
Friday may well see us at Cartmel with Mo, who has an entry in a hurdle race there and is pretty confident he can do the hat-trick – I’ve promised him my hay for the week if he manages it, so I approach the race in two minds! Saturday, meanwhile, might see one of our newest recruits here making her stable debut at Doncaster. Bondie (Bondstar Princess) (left) is a lovely 4 year old mare owned and bred by Richard Phizaclea, and came to us from George Moore’s yard when he sadly retired from training. A dual purpose horse, she looks the type to improve with age (in her words, like a fine wine!), and her work in the last few weeks at home has been good.
The two year olds have been in grand form at home – there are so many of them now I feel like I am running a Nursery school! We will be getting a few of them out in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space for updates! The two big boys, Loopy (Rey Loopy) and Percy (Sir Prancealot X Beguiler) now tower over even Mo, and we are really looking forward to getting them out after a few encouraging pieces of work in the last couple of weeks: finally, they are growing into those long, long limbs!
Until next time