14 Sep Dancer’s Diary – Week 30
Summer appears to have rather belatedly arrived, which is lucky as Ben has been mollifying me about the arrival of Mr Mole with plenty of field time, and I have nearly come round to the idea of him being here – indeed, I even escaped the other night to check him out quickly. He’s not so bad really, though as you can see from my face (left) I’m not that impressed yet! I had to be in full nanny mode for the barn last night, as the most unbelievable thunder and lightening storm broke out above our heads. The fillies were a bit worried, but a few calming words from myself seemed to sort them out.
Two horses in the barn who weren’t at all bothered by the storm were Viv (Vivardia) (right) and Bertie (Skellig Micheal), who were too busy dreaming of their heroics that afternoon. Both went to Thirsk, where Viv was making her first ever racecourse appearance. Owned by Kildaragh Stud and the Blue Lion Syndicate, she is a very sweet little filly, and I must commend those two owners managing to join up on two of the most genuine horses in racing: her and Moon Over Rio. A tad slow out the stalls, she than got knocked off her feet by a much larger opponent, leaving her rather trailing in the wake of the field. However, she ran a really good race under Graham Lee, digging deep in the last furlong to stay on into 4th. She showed plenty of promise for the future and we are looking forward to seeing what she can do with this experience under her belt.
Up next was Bert (left), who was the subject of rather a lot of prayers the night before that he might have got his act together. After we all pretended not to be connected with him after his dismal debut at Redcar, he was clearly sick of being ostracised by the entire yard and went with a whole different attitude. He managed not to use the parade ring as a dating service this time and set off to the start with a highly determined look on his face. He absolutely pinged the gates, found himself in front (which must have been a shock!) and stayed up with the pace really well to also take 4th. Graham Lee was delighted with him and his attitude, and he showed plenty of promise this time around for his wonderful owners James Pak, Lynn Douglas , Gary Walker and Nickie Wellingham – and we must thank them for their patience shown towards him when many might have despaired! He is very pleased with himself and is insisting on calling himself ‘The Racehorse’ – I keep telling him he has a little way to go yet but he doesn’t listen!
Hopefully he has had a good chat with Cloudy (Violet Mist) (right), who is going out tomorrow also looking to make amends after a not so brilliant debut. In her defence, she was the only unraced filly in the field, and the winner did go on to win the Lowther… But hey ho! She heads to Pontefract for a crack at a 5 furlong maiden, and we are very pleased with her at home. Like Bert, she has had a few sharpeners through the stalls and hopefully this will pay off, as she has plenty of speed in her if she can get away well. She runs in the famous yellow and white colours of Ontoawinner, and I made sure she had a quick chat with their wonderful super-filly Quiet Reflection when we bumped into her on the Moor on Monday – I think she knew she was in the presence of greatness as she suddenly became very well behaved in front of her!
We are back over the jumps on Friday, with Dursey (Dursey Sound) making his way to Hexham for the 3 mile handicap chase. Whilst his last run doesn’t inspire on paper, we were delighted with his attitude and the way he jumped, and he has been flying at home since than, so hopefully he and superman Richie McLernon can cook up a nice result for us. I have to say, I am rather a fan of this horse and he has become a bit of a favourite on the yard.
Joy (Any Joy) and George (Epeius) have a lot of options over the next week or so, and both are in good form. George will only go where the ground is good, as he has now shown us pointedly his distaste for slow ground. Unfortunately, every time we make an entry for him the heavens open – he was meant to go to Carlisle last night, and on one of the hottest days of the year, guess where it was raining! He also has an entry on the all weather at Wolverhampton on Saturday, so hopefully they can’t magically turn that into a bog! He is in rude health, and has improved massively for his gelding, so we await his next run with interest.
Finally for the week, the game Rio (Moon Over Rio) will head to Uttoxetor for a 2 mile Novice hurdle, or alternatively a mares handicap hurdle. An electric jumper, hopefully she will get her just reward here after so many near misses on the flat this year: she is certainly better handicapped over the sticks!
Until next time,