Ben Haslam Racing | Dancer’s Diary – Week 49
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Dancer’s Diary – Week 49

Dancer’s Diary – Week 49

Good evening!

Apologies for my lack of recent diaries, we have had a very busy couple of weeks and it has rather been all hooves on deck!

The horses have thankfully continued their good form, and we had a very special day at Pontefract at the end of May, with Castle Hill Cassie (left) running for loyal owners Ontoawinner, Trojan Horse and James Pak. Ontoawinner are a great syndicate to be a part of, and we have had a frustrating time for them, recording a fair few 2nds and 3rds without quite getting them that win. However, hopes were high for Cassie on her fourth start, as she has run with huge credit so far, finishing 323! Having her first try over 6 furlongs here, she showed plenty of speed and just did enough in front to take the race in a photo finish! I am not sure Pontefract has ever seen such celebrations, as the ever enthusiastic Wood family went wild, and it was a very special moment for us all. Graham Lee gave her a perfect ride, and there should be plenty more to come from this nice, scopey filly who is only just growing into herself.

Eponina also made a nice turf debut, having had all her starts on the all-weather so far, finishing 4th in soft ground at Doncaster for owners Trojan Horse, James Pak and Nickie Wellingham. Still a big frame of a filly, we were very pleased with her, and may drop her down in trip next time as she is a very strong traveller.

The start of June has seen us hitting the crossbar, with Treacle (Time For Treacle) (right)and Dursey Sound putting up some fine efforts in defeat. Treacle went all the way to Scotland, and our rain dance had clearly worked for Hamilton! Owned by Daniel Shapiro, David Clifford, Bob Michealson, Marcus Rees and John Milner, she had already given us a nice surprise this year when finishing 3rd at 66/1, and she showed some great tenacity here to finish 2nd. Passed by all with a furlong to go, she fought back gamely, and whilst she was essentially well beaten by a horse who is going to Royal Ascot, she beat two nice types and there is certainly plenty of fun to be had with her.

Dursey ran a brilliant race under Richie McLernon at Uttoxeter, travelling really well for him and looming up large down the final stretch. Unfortunately, he decided to try and have a go at killing himself and Richie at the second last, but thankfully they got to the other side intact – however, I think it is fair to say that it probably cost him the race, going down by 3/4 length in the end. However, it is good to see him put two good runs in ground softer than ideal together, and hopefully he will be even closer next time for JP McManus.

Ben has been busy over in Ireland, and bought me over three new stable mates from the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sales – much aided by our new Bloodstock Agent Daniel Shapiro! All arrived safely last week, and I must say have been stunningly produced by their consignors. They have exceptional, laid back temperaments and are incredibly easy to deal with, much to everyone’s relief!

First up is ‘Lance’ (left and right)- a Bated Breath colt who is, even I must admit, exceptionally handsome. He is a big boy, and being a half brother to 8 winners, including a Listed winner, stands him in good stead. He is working nicely here, and looks like he will be ready for the 7 furlong maidens – I think it is fair to say he takes some pulling up at the end of the gallops!

Next is a very speedy looking filly by Society Rock – ‘Holly’ (left) – who’s sire has got off to an exceptional start this year with his first crop. The dam is 7 from 7, and this girl is seriously straightforward to work with, and has shown plenty of zip at home. She should be ready in the next couple of weeks. Both her and the colt will be running in Ontoawinner colours – please check out their website for details on how to get involved in these two gorgeous horses.

Finally ‘The Queen’ or, for race days ‘Porrima’, (right)a gorgeous grey filly by Kodiac. She is also showing plenty at home, and should be out this month – please check our sales page for details! She is extremely pretty and all the boys looked very excited when she walked in!

We have a few pencilled in for the week ahead, including The Doorman’s possible reappearance over fences – I don’t think Alice can eat she’s so nervous, but hopefully she was slightly mollified by an excellent schooling session yesterday with Richie coming up to put a few of them through their paces! Keep checking the entries page to see what is going where!

Until next time


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