05 Feb Dancer’s Diary – Week 57
Whilst we have remained relatively quiet on the runner’s front, I am delighted to report that everyone we have sent out has done us proud, and more importantly we are off the mark for 2018!
Firstly, I am feeling very sorry for little Cherry Oak (above), who really does have the heart of a lion. After her brave second, she went back to Newcastle for another go the week after, stepping up to 6 furlongs. Unfortunately, she travelled far too well and left Paul Mulrennan no choice but to hit the front a little too soon. Ecstasy turned to agony as she was caught in the dying strides, 7 lengths clear of the 3rd. She truly deserves a win for owners Ontoawinner and Daniel Shapiro, and hopefully it won’t be far away though she has having a little break after two big efforts.
Next up was Cash Again (left) at Sedgefield, for owner J.P. McManus. A horse we feel has been steadily improving both mentally and physically (probably after I mentioned to him that going forward rather than backwards up the canters help – youngsters!!), our only worry was that 2 mile 3 furlongs might be a little short. The punters were obviously worried about plenty else, as he was sent off the big outsider, and Alice was mainly worrying about the tack, having had the rein snap last time out at Southwell – embarassing wasn’t even the word, but thank god cool as ice Richie McLernon was on board!
So, after checking, checking and rechecking the reins, Cash proceeeded to look rather outpaced as expected early on. Luckily, the others had realistically gone much too quick in bottomless ground, and coming to the last our lad has absolutely cruised into contention, eventually drawing an easy 7 lengths clear. I am absolutely thrilled for him, and it was a delight to see him get off the mark over fences on technically only his second attempt. Richie gave him an absolute peach, and the pair will hopefully be attempting to double up tomorrow unless the frost arrives!
Finally for January, Displaying Amber (above) headed off to Newcastle for her handicap debut over five furlongs. Again, we were concerned it might be a little short, but it was very much the right race for her. We gave her plenty of time after her first couple of starts, as she was still very weak and falling in a heap at the end of the race, but we saw a different filly here! Held up, she made up a phenonomal amount of ground in the last furlong to take an eye catching third, and she should fingers crossed be winning soon for owners Middleham Park Racing.
This week, things are starting to look a lot busier, and hopefully the horses will continue their good form. We have also had some brilliant new staff to join the team, which is really exciting for us all!
Finally, Alice came to the conclusion that their still seemed to be a lot of Christmas Weight around the yard, so took it upon herself to sign Cathal, Dragos and the unwitting Ben up for the Racing Welfare charity Boxing match. All three are now in some intense training (at least they know how it feels!!) and there is some fairly ridiculous groaning and moaning on the mornings after a session!! It should be a really good night at the Doncaster Sales ring on the 17th March, so if anyone wants to come watch potential carnage please get in touch with Mary-Ann Sandercock on 07790 877844. All the boys have just giving pages as well of you would like to donate for a great cause!
Until next time