22 Feb Dancer’s Diary – Week 7
We had a right good knees up this weekend when the brilliant Ontoawinner syndicate came to visit us (left). Whilst I was slightly put out no one seemed to want to see me on parade, I did concede that Cassie (Castle Hill Cassie) and Henry (Sir Prancealot x Greenflash) (below, posing like the show-off he is) should get the chance to strut there stuff. Both had taken my advice on board about being on best behaviour when it matters, and I had a good birds eye view of proceedings to keep them in check.
I’m extremely keen to come along with Ontoawinner on their next day racing – what a fantastic, enthusiastic bunch of people they are. I sadly wasn’t allowed to the pub with them, but judging by Ben’s bleary eyes, the fun continued! It was a pleasure to meet some of Cassie’s owners, who had lots of lovely children giving us plenty of attention – I’ve told little Ethan Wood he must start riding lessons so he can have a go on me at some point! I’m sure our two will do them all proud, and it certainly looks like we’ve got some good times ahead of us – I can’t tell you how highly I recommend them to anyone wanting to give racehorse ownership a go – and thats praise indeed from a man whose seen it all! Find out more at www.ontoawinner.net.
We have a busy week ahead of us at Castle Hill, with the best coming first of course: myself at Wetherby in a 2 mile Conditional Jockeys Hurdle. Ben has promised me the blinkers will be left at home this time, though I’m not sure if I’ve forgiven him enough to put my best foot forward just yet. I guess Ben will find out tomorrow – on the plus side, I’ve had loads of field time with Charlie (Camanche Grey) this week, and we’ve had right old run round which cheered me up no end.
Whisky (Whisky Marmalade), meanwhile, is off on the road to Wolverhampton where she is seeking the double-up for Middleham Park Racing. She showed rather a liking for the winners enclosure there last time out, and hopefully if a strong pace is set and the little maestro Raul Da Silva can settle her at the back for another late run, things may well go her way again. She’s been pulling poor Terry’s arms out of his sockets all week – I thought I was strong until I watched her in action! – so hopefully will once again transfer her enthusiasm to the course!
Friday sees the lorry winging itself around Wolverhampton’s many, many roundabouts once more (it’s a miracle any of us can run in a straight line once we get there), this time with Fridge (Freeze A Crowd) (left) and Charlie (Camanche Grey) on board. Fridge has been begging for another run ever since she’s discovered the ability to breathe, and has been showing off her well being with some impressive pirouettes on the Moor – I keep telling her four legs is two to many for the Royal Ballet, but as usual its in one ear and out the other! She’s in a six furlong Apprentice handicap and has solemnly sworn not to suck the cheekbones in, so hopefully she’ll do Middleham Park Racing proud and go one place better then last time.
Charlie (below)is a tricky horse to predict, though I’m sure our field time has been doing him good as I’ve given him plenty of counselling. It seems to have worked, as his last piece of work was blistering – June came back in a state of shock and even Ben looked rather surprised! If he decides to show it on Friday he should be in with a shout in the five furlong handicap, but then again he’s probably even more fickle then me. I will be doing my best this week to persuade him a third win would look impressive on his resume, as well as giving Ben a bit of fun – no one is better craic then his owner Lee Ashmore after a win!
Wish us all lots of luck and keep your fingers and eyes crossed that those silly fillies and grumpy geldings (I can say that – I’m one of them) can do us proud!
Bye for now