28 Jul Dancer’s Diary – Week 26
I must apologise for my prolonged absence, and don’t really have any excuses except that I have been very busy in the field bonding with my new best friend, Saint Charles. Now, it takes a bit to earn my respect round here, but the big guy has certainly done it, and he seems very content to listen to my tales of former glory whilst he follows me round adoringly – and as you all know, I cannot resist a captive audience!
We have only had the one runner this week, with Sassy (Quiet Moment) (left) going to Beverly on Monday for Ontawinner and Spee Fox-Andrews in the 5 furlong maiden. Now, I felt a bit sorry for her as she is held in rather high esteem round here and the weight of expectation emanating from the yard must have made her feel like Atlas holding the world upon his shoulders! However, whilst 5 furlongs was grand for her on her debut on soft ground at Nottingham, on the quicker going everything went a little fast for her early on, and she was struggling at halfway before putting in a Hereculean effort late on to grab 3rd. Whilst it was a decent display, I was initially disappointed she didn’t win, but with a bit of time and reflection realised it wasn’t her fault at all, which I was quick to reassure her about. Only her second start, she got caught wide and lonely again, and will definitely improve for a step up in trip which she will be tackling next time out.
I have exciting news for this weekend, which I am sure you will all be delighted about – I am penciled in for my next racecourse appearance! I shall be heading to Market Rasen for a crack at the handicap hurdle there, where I will be reunited with my partner in crime Richie McLernon. I am hoping very much to be able to add to my brilliant exploits so far this year, and am very grateful to Ben for giving me plenty of time to recover from my exhausting efforts at Cartmel. I don’t think I have put much into it since I was a spring chicken of 9 years old! Anyway, wish me and Richie luck, I have a bit of pressure on me from the impressive form of the jumps team this year.
Monday could see Fridge (Freeze A Crowd) and Bopper (Lord Bopper) (right) heading to Ripon, where they may well go head to head in the seller there. I have to say, I am so gunning for Fridge to get her first win, as she really is quite the most genuine filly I have ever come across. She ran well for a long way on her comeback two weeks ago, but went very hard early on which proved her downfall over the 7 furlongs, and hopefully the speed she showed there will come into play over the five furlongs here.
Bopper is also possibly in for a bit of a shock, as he will be donning our pink visors this time (he seems to quite like them – less said the better!) He has certainly enjoyed his first three outings to the racecourse, and thinks racing is great fun, but fails to yet realise the essential point of it is trying to win. Luckily for him, he has some of the nicest owners in the world with Carol and John Aldridge, and hopefully the visor will see him finish the race as well as he starts it this time and give them some reward for their patience!
Percy (Prancing Oscar) has asked me to send an apology to his Middleham Park owners for his absence from any of his engagements: Ben is fairly pulling his hair out, as every time he looks ready to rock and roll, he then goes through yet another growth spurt. I am worried we are going to have to find an elephant enclosure for him to live in soon! However, he assures me he is worth waiting for (his ego is nearly as big as he is!), so I look forward to watching him eventually live up to his own inflated opinion of himself!
Until next week,