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Dancer’s Diary – Week 68

Dancer’s Diary – Week 68

Good afternoon,

It is a pleasure to be able to report that our horses have continued their rich vein of form as we reach further into 2019!

The magnificent Rey Loopy (right) really has been the star of the show this winter, and after being very unlucky to be denied by a short head on the 20th February, he was given a little break before being unleashed again on the 29th March in a competitive looking 1 mile handicap a his usual haunt, Newcastle. Him and Andrew Mullen set out with two very determined faces, and for a few agonising moments it looked like they might not quite get there – however, thankfully this gutsy horse prevailed by a short head this time! We were so pleased, especially as owner Daniel Shapiro had come back from Spain to see him! His record on the all weather now reads 2121221 this year and we are so proud of him!

So far rather unsuccessful on the turf, we all felt this was more due to unsuitably soft going in the past rather than a lack of ability on it, so Loopy found himself rather suprised to be turning right on the A1 instead of his usual left as he headed off to Redcar where the going looked firm enough to be able to do himself justice. A furlong out, it looked like we might be wrong, but he quickly got motoring – however, his luck had deserted him this time and he just took 2nd in a photo finish, leading in the strides after the line. However, we have now laid the turf theory to rest and hopefully he will be able to take advantage of his turf mark this summer!

April Fools Day saw Blazing Dreams (left) head to Newcastle for very patient owners The Champagne Charlies. A little monkey, Murphy as he is known at home, has always shown more at home than on the track, and we have felt he’s had a decent chance off his mark for roughly the last five starts of his life. In his defence, he has always run his race whilst nothing has gone on his favour, and typically it would be April Fool’s Day that finally saw him get off the mark – sometimes I feel this cheeky chap is genuinely just laughing at everyone! Another fabulous ride from Andrew Mullen, he ran out a pretty effortless winner and SHOULD be able to go on from here!

Finally for this report, I am delighted to report we have had our first winner on the turf, with our emerging star Sandret (right) making it two out of two in his career! Still quite green in the early (and late!) stages, Andrew Mullen was once again fabulous, and clearly on a mission after Loopy’s narrow miss on the same day. Sandret has surpassed all expectations for us and his owners, The Ben Haslam Racing Syndicate, who were quite giddy with joy afterwards! He looks a really decent prospect for the future and we are excited to see him progress.

We were very nervous about starting a syndicate under our name in 2017, and to be honest without the help of Gary Walker and Lynn Douglas probably wouldn’t have taken the plunge. However, shares sold well and we were pleased to get a really fun group of people on board. However, it is nerve wracking, as you need the results, which is why we started with three horses, in the hope that by spreading the cost over cheaper buys, we were more likely to get some winners in. It took a little time to get the ball rolling, but Epeius and Sandret have given some serious bang for their buck this year, and we hope that through this it’s popularity will spread. It certainly hasn’t been the worst start!

Until next time,

Dance

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