07 Jan Dancer’s Diary – Week 38
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year, and have taken plenty of time to recover! As you can see, it has taken me a whole week, but I think I am finally getting there – rather over indulged on the fermented carrots I must say!
Our year has kicked off with a positive, if not winning, start, beginning with Hawkhurst performing much better at Catterick on New Years Day (a racing fixture that rather set Ben and Alice’s bed time for 9 PM – the joys of training!) After an interesting chase debut at Carlisle where he still thought he was a hurdler at the fourth fence, he actually jumped very well round the three miles of Catterick, picking up some prize money in 4th place. Quirky, he had a little pop at the jockey after the last fence (obviously just checking he hadn’t been celebrating too hard the night before!), but it was a much more positive performance. He has an entry at Catterick on Thursday and Sedgefield on Friday, so full steam ahead!
Next up was The Doorman, who set off to Scotland with Ben on Monday. It is always fun leaving at half five in the morning when the course is inspecting for frost at half past eight, but luckily the combination of crossed hooves and fingers worked, and it was all systems go at Ayr. He has appeared to be really getting his confidence back at home, and we were really hopeful of an improved run, and he certainly gave us that, finishing a very gallant 2nd under Richie McLernon to an exceptionally well handicapped winner. Hopefully with that boost under his belt, it won’t be long before he is taking prime position in the winner’s enclosure.
Away from the track, we have had some very exciting news! Our very own June Palmer Kimpton (right, on Castle Hill Cassie)has made it to the top three of the David Nicholson Newcomer Award at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, which is certainly not to be sniffed at from a great number of entries! A wonderful idea, it is nice to be able to recognise the achievements of those who work so hard in the yards, and hope it serves as an incentive for all in the Industry, as the prize money is extremely generous. After all, if us horses are to be asked to try our hearts out on the course, we need the very best of care at home, and anything that can support the staff who look after us so well is only a good thing.
The yearlings are flying along after their winter break, and the lads are flying along bringing the older flat horses back into work after their break! This is always an entertaining time of year for me, and we often take bets amongst us horses on who can send their rider furthest – sadly no luck so far, but we will continue trying! The two Sayif girls (left, with the Showcasing and Champs Elysee fillies) are now joining the others on the Moor, having taken to their riders well, and we are pleased with what we are seeing at the moment with them all – the dream is still alive!
Bertie (Skellig Micheal) has a couple of entries at Newcastle on Thursday, though looking at his tummy after a winter of eating, he may need it! As And When, a new arrival from JP McManus, also may head to Catterick with Doorman, and it will be interesting to see how this scopey, good looking horse gets on, though he looks a chaser in the making.
Until next time