05 Jun June 2016
Another excellent run from Hi Dancer as the 13 year old narrowly fails to make all at Cartmel
Whilst our stable is in such excellent form Ben starts June off by taking Hi Dancer to Cartmel for a 2 mile 1 furlong handicap hurdle on the first day of the month. Although it is Hi Dancer’s 112th race under rules it is surprisingly only Robert Tocher’s 13 year old’s second trip to the picturesque Cumbrian course.
A winner at Sedgefield on his last outing 3 weeks ago Hi Dancer is again ridden by Richie McLernon, and as at Sedgefield, attempts to make all, leading at the first hurdle and not being headed until after the second last when the eventual winner comes along to spoil the party, although our honourable veteran still stays on in determined fashion to retain 2nd place. Hi Dancer has had a new lease of life recently and this is unquestionably another excellent performance. Whilst he is at the top of his form Ben will look to get Hi Dancer out again in the near future.
Bourbonisto still seeking that deserved , elusive first victory
On 2nd June Bourbonisto and Lord Bopper make the trip up to Hamilton. In an attempt to achieve a deserved first success Bourbonisto runs in a 5 furlong novice race for 2 year old’s under Joey Haynes for the first time but he is soon chasing the leaders and although making progress a furlong out can only keep on at one pace in the final stages and he has to settle for 4th place, albeit beaten just under 2 lengths. Another decent run from our promising 2 year old but frustratingly the chestnut colt is still seeking that elusive first victory.
On the same card Lord Bopper, a 3 year old gelding by Frozen Power, makes his racecourse debut in a 6 furlong maiden race and although prominent early on weakens in the later stages and hopefully he will come on for the experience.
Good performance from Lady Lekki as our filly finishes 3rd at Thirsk
In the middle of the month, 14th June, Ben takes our 4 year old filly Lady Lekki to Thirsk to contest the Theakston’s Best Bitter Handicap, a Class 4 race over a mile and a half. Joey Haynes, riding the filly for the first time today, has Lady Lekki nicely positioned in second place throughout the race until reaching the 2 furlong marker when she is passed by the eventual winner. Lady Lekki still keeps on to finish in 3rd place for her owners the Go Alfresco Racing syndicate. Lady Lekki has now only failed to finish in the frame in one of her 6 races to date.