16 May 2019
DANCINGINTHEWOODS won impressively at the Headquarters of racing on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile this afternoon at odds of 50/1 to the delight of owners, Solario Racing (Ashridge).
The 2yo bay Garswood colt was one of 19 runners in a Novice Auction Stakes over 6f and was ridden by Joey Haynes, who was having just his second ride for the stable. It was a close call at the line as “Woody” closed in on long time leader and previous winner, Apollinaire, to win by a short head!
During the preliminaries, one would have been forgiven for thinking that “Woody” might have thought he was auditioning in front of Simon Cowell as he was hollering for England! This very likeable half-brother to five winners has always been very professional at home but he showed signs of greenness in the pre-parade ring and one wondered whether that would carry on into the race itself. It didn’t!
The Racing Post comments in running read: “Held up towards rear, effort and headway when shifted right well over 1f out, stayed on well to chase leader well inside final furlong, strong run to lead last stride.” In the analysis, it also said: “Picking up the experienced leader, with the other market leaders just behind, took some doing and this half-brother to five winners (mostly 1m+) clearly has some talent.”
While 50/1 might make some think this was a fluke, the second and third were among the market principals. Also the way the colt threaded his way through the race and stayed on willingly at the line confirmed what we have always known at home that this is a colt with ability and a lovely attitude.
To win at Headquarters is special but to do it with a 2yo making his debut is very special indeed. Congratulations to the small but very select band of owners who make up Solario Racing (Ashridge)!