"Woody" cantering earlier today

“Woody” cantering earlier today

DANCINGINTHEWOODS following a holiday at Childwickbury Stud, has come back into training and he looks fantastic.

The son of Garswood could not have made a better start to his racing career when winning at Newmarket on his debut over 6f last May.  Sceptics at the time might have thought his 50/1 victory was a fluke but his next two runs proved it was certainly no flash in the pan.

He was fourth at Epsom in the Woodcote, behind none other than Pinatubo, who finished the season unbeaten in five starts, is officially rated 128 and is a hot favourite to win this year’s 2000 Guineas for Godolphin.  Next time at Doncaster, “Woody” was second, giving away a 3lb penalty to Thunderous who won his next two starts, is rated 103 and has an entry in this year’s Epsom Derby.

In his first foray into handicap company, “Woody” disappointed at Newbury in a 0-90 nursery in September but the run can best be forgotten.  He was found not be right and was sent for a break to nearby Childwickbury Stud.

The horse has really blossomed and strengthened up over the winter and came back to Harper Lodge Farm earlier this year looking in great condition.  Since arriving back at the stables, he has been walking, trotting and cantering in the indoor school and in the canter ring and I was him earlier today with some of his owners and the colt was on good terms with himself.

The plan is to prepare him for the start of the turf season which is just two months away.  As he is a compact, neat horse, he shouldn’t take too much getting ready, so all being well, he should start his campaign soon after the start of the new season, probably over 7f.

Solario Racing (Ashridge) has a lot to look forward to in 2020!