17 Nov Dancer’s Diary – Week 34
It has been another busy week here at Castle Hill, and I am frankly exhausted from keeping these yearlings in check! We are now all going down to the Lowlands every day (right, Camacho, Lord Shanakill and Dandy Man), which is a nice grassy expanse on the Moor where we can all get into plenty of trouble: though the yearlings still aren’t taking the bait (Lord Shanakill behaving beautifully, left)! However, I did manage to get Amy dropped which made me chuckle: I think she saw the funny side, I know the baby definitely did! All three colts are going very nicely however, enjoying the work immensely and finding it easy which is what we like to see.
I am delighted to be able to tell you this week that the fantastic syndicate Excel Racing have now joined the team, and the lovely, strong Camacho colt (below left) will be parading in their colours in 2017. A really exciting team to have on board, hopefully he will be lucky for them. A relatively new syndicate, they have heaps of enthusiasm for the sport and have had plenty of success already, and it is well worth checking out their website at http://www.excelracing.co.uk/.
Fortunately I got a break from babysitting today when Richie McLernon came in to take me over the Chase fences: I thought I better give him some reminders on how to do it properly! He said i was excellent (Obviously!) and my return to the world of fences comes on Tuesday at Sedgefield, a mere 7 years after my last go. Alice is still shaking nervously about it, but I do know how to look after myself! Richie also had a sit on Giant Redwood, who schooled over the brush hurdles alongside Moonie (Moon Over Rio), who may well be joining me on Tuesday for a 2 mile hurdle. She has had plenty of recuperation time, so hopefully we will see a return of the filly who came such a gallant 2nd at Uttoxeter. In regards to Giant, my teaching has clearly paid off as he jumped like me: quick, clever and neat! Hopefully he will be making his hurdle debut mid-December all being well.
He may have also benefited from another teacher last week, though I am not sure Yogi Breisner (right, with Alice and Mr Mole) is really in my league – admittedly some may disagree… Anyway, June, Alice, Giant and Mole (Mr Mole) were lucky enough to go off for a lesson with the Master, and it was a brilliant experience for all of them. He is labelled the best for a reason, and all four look to have benefited massively for being rather torn to shreds under his expert eye! He too was a big fan of Giant’s jumping, so let’s hope it all translates to the racecourse!
I finally have some runners to report, with the lorry heading off to the bright lights of Newcastle tomorrow afternoon. The very elegant Eponina will be having her second start in a 7 furlong maiden, having run an absolute cracker first time out. A big gangly filly, she ran very well for a long way before fading in the closing stages to come a close 6th, but she is really starting to fill out now so will hopefully be able to sustain her effort a little longer. Regardless of tomorrow’ result, she is a girl for next year and will be put away to strengthen up after the race.
Gorgeous George (Epeius) is also off to strut his stuff in the 6 furlong maiden, having also run a belter at the track to come 3rd last time, not beaten far despite nearly being bowled over by a rival! He is in absolutely cracking form at home, and really deserves to win a race so fingers crossed tomorrow is the day! Both horses run in the colours of the brilliant Trojan Horse Partnership, so hopefully we will be giving them something to cheer about!
Sunday may see The Doorman heading to Uttoxeter for a 2 mile 3 furlong handicap hurdle. A really lovely, gentle giant of a horse, he lost his way in Ireland a little bit and we were thrilled with his debut run for us here, where he came mid-division at Carlisle, but jumped well and really enjoyed himself. We have been working hard on him at home, and he has enjoyed plenty of field time with me, so I am looking forward to seeing what else he has to offer.
Until next time (and wish me luck on Tuesday!)