02 Apr Dancer’s Diary – Week 59
It is, unbelievably, once again snowing, so I thought it might be a good time to put hoof to paper once more!
I can hardly believe it, but less than a fortnight after celebrating our first double, we were in the same position once again last week! Back to Newcastle on Wednesday night, a track we are fast becoming very fond of, we had the small but mighty Cherry Oak and the rather larger Lord Caprio on board, and were hopeful both would run well.
Holly (Cherry Oak) was looking a bit overpriced at 12-1 for the 5 furlong handicap, seeing as she has had an extremely consistent winter here without quite getting her head in front. The crowd clearly agreed, as she eventually went off at 9/2, and boy did she do her backers proud! Paul Mulrennan jumped her off nicely out the back, where she settled sweetly. Coming into the final furlong, she really started to motor and asserted her dominance by a length and a half. Finally strengthening up, she is one of the toughest, most genuine fillies you could ever meet, and we were all so proud of her. There were tears in the winner’s enclosure for her Ontoawinner owners, and co-owner’s Daniel Shapiro and David Clifford have now watched their last three runners pass the post in front – not a bad start to the year! She is overjoyed with herself and may head to Catterick on Wednesday to see if she can make herself any prouder – if possible! It was also fantastic to have Faye Bainbridge saddle her first winner for us solo!
Lord Caprio was up next, again with Paul, and we all nearly cried watching as they set off over the mile at a crawl, as he is a horse who likes to swoop late from a fast pace. Paul didn’t panic, had him nicely mid-division, got to work early, and collared the leader to claim our second victory of the night. Shanny has done us very proud this winter, winning three times and an unlucky second, and he is proving a fantastic horse for his Blue Lion Syndicate. It is a particular pleasure for Ben, as he trained his dam to five victories as well, but I have a feeling this lad is going to surpass her! Cathal also continued his near 100% record for us of leading up winners – an Irish lucky mascot if ever there was one!
So, another double to drink our Dampney’s Gin to celebrate, and keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the rest of the season continues in this vein! 50% of our runners this season have been in the top two this year, and 20 of the 23 have been in the top four – not bad!!
Middleham Open Day was a roaring success, and Racing Welfare did an amazing job. The yard was packed and the horses loved all the attention – and Alice topped of a winning week by taking the spoils in the Donkey Derby, Cathal nearly managed an effortless clear round in the showjumping, whilst Robbie Fitzpatrick was doing a sterling job on his pony, before jumping the wrong jump – jockeys!!
Until next time,