24 Aug Dancer’s Diary – Week 28
Well, the Olympics are over now so my evenings are a bit emptier than they were – what better time for an update! I must say, we were blooming marvellous weren’t we! 27 Gold Medals – what an incredible achievement from a nation more known for their stiff upper lip than their spectacular back flips! I was rather impressed by that Valegro and his partner in crime Charlotte, and have been practising my canter half passes every day going onto the canter – Tokyo here I come! Unfortunately for the lads, some of the 2 year old’s seem more inspired by Simone Biles, and the occasional impression of the phenomenal gymnast have been rather less well received..
Anyway, back to the real world, and unbelievably yearling sales have come round again. I have already ordered my ear muffs in preparation for the inevitable noise such little scallywags tend to bring to the yard. Ben marched off yesterday looking for the stars of tomorrow (or so every yearling thinks itself at this particular stage of life!) I was watching on the laptop, and was pleased to see him strike strong and early with what looked like rather a good looking Camacho colt (left). A half brother to a Group 1 winner, not an easy thing to find, he looks to have a bit of scope about him and will, I suspect, grow plenty in the next couple of months. Satisfied, I thought that might be the spending spree over, and nearly had a heart attack when I saw him bidding for another one nearly 90 lots later!
The second buy looks a real goer, being a very solid, sharp looking son of Dandy Man out of a half sister to Cadeaux Generaux (below). I wouldn’t want to fight over food with him – he looks like a right bull and has that expression of rather thinking he is the best thing since sliced bread – I will soon be informing him otherwise! Anyway, both have arrived safely in Middleham and will be starting the next stage of their life soon: it’s a long time since I was a young ‘un, but I do remember it being rather a shock to the system finding out there was more to life than food! Looking at the pictures, we appear to have gone with rather an orange theme this year!
It looks like being a busy enough week ahead, with Bourbonisto (Toby)(left) heading to Hamilton for a 6 furlong handicap. Having managed to spend most of the summer since his last run acting like a dopey teenager whilst growing almost visibly every day, he seems to be really bouncing around now and is once more being highly irritating: I have to remind myself this is a good sign sometimes! He has leveled out a lot, and I am looking forward to seeing him back out, especially if the slight give in the surface remains. He is extremely popular on the yard, and it would be cracking to see him in that winner’s enclosure, especially for his wonderful owners Daniel Shapiro and David Clifford.
Saturday may well see two colts making their debuts for us at Redcar, though I imagine if Prancing Oscar (Percy) has his way, something will come up that requires his attention elsewhere! I am not sure I even want to jinx the chances of him making it by talking about it – but maybe just don’t let him know I mentioned it!
Skellig Micheal (Bertie) will be looking to get his career off to a nice start in the 6 furlong maiden. A bonny colt by Arakan, he has taken his time strengthing up, but has put in a few nice pieces of work recently and looks ready to take his chances. A bit of a baby in his head, I think he will learn a hell of a lot for the experience, but he is looking forward to it immensely!
Until next time,