Saturday, June 26, 2010

Great excitement

There's great excitement in this corner of the world because Jenny Dawson makes her debut at Windsor tomorrow. It's been a long time coming because she arrived here as a September yearling and is now a June four-year-old. I'd like to think that she'll prove worth the wait, even if I'm not expecting much from her run tomorrow: she's been a very slow developer and that development is far from over as she's still far from the finished article and far from the horse which in time I think she will have become. She's not very big (as this photograph, taken on a wet morning in the spring, shows as in it she makes Gemma look like a giant, which is far from the case) but she is at last starting to look like a little athlete. Anyway, she has at last reached the stage where she's done enough to have a run and to come on for it, so we might as well get her started out on the long road towards becoming a seasoned racehorse. Her never-to-be-forgotten elder half-brother Jack made his debut for us at Windsor (he'd had three unplaced runs for his previous trainer, Jeremy Noseda) - ridden, funnily enough, by the Melbourne Cup- and Cox Plate-winning jockey Greg Hall - and, although he was unplaced on that occasion, that outing proved to be the start of a very rewarding career for the horse from this stable. Jenny is unlikely to cut much ice tomorrow, but let's hope that tomorrow she too can set out on a journey to ultimate success in the red and white colours of the Premier Cru.


It looks set to be another lovely hot day tomorrow, with the week seemingly set to be as glorious as this one has been. I love this hot, dry weather as it really is a pleasure to get out on the Heath on mornings such as the ones we've been having. I think that the person who is getting the best of the summer, though, is David Hayes' employee Lizzie Jelfs, who remains in town with Nicconi. She's clearly industrious because she's been kind enough to step into the breach to help out with two of the other overseas visitors. Toby Coles had been riding Gold Trail in the run-up to Royal Ascot, but that partnership seems no longer to be intact and Lizzie has been taking that lovely chestnut gelding, who is seemingly being set for the Nunthorpe Stakes, out as her first horse in the mornings prior to riding her own charge Nicconi. I've been finding that my first arrival on the Severals in the mornings coincides with Gold Trail's (pictured) - and then, after riding Nicconi, Lizzie's been ending her mornings by taking over from Carl O'Callaghan, who I presume has gone back to America for a while, on Nicconi's intended July Cup rival Kinsale King (again pictured). I don't think that you could ask for a better morning, could you? Riding three horses in perfect weather, all of them Group One winners this year and (the icing on the cake) all seeming really lovely horses to deal with. It's a pleasure just to watch them.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Congratulations of having a debut with that horse...Its great. do you intend to tips for horses?




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