TURF SEASON 2022 is just a week away and the Solario Racing horses are in good shape ahead of the new campaign.
It’s been a marvellous four day’s racing at Cheltenham with some fantastic performances, great rides and heart-warming stories. Constitution Hill, Flooring Porter, Willie Mullins and Rachael Blackmore are four names who hit the headlines at Cheltenham and rightly so.
Jumps enthusiasts (and I’m one of them) will be looking forward to Aintree and Punchestown for more superstars and stories to warm the heart but it’s also time to welcome the start of the new turf season which begins on Saturday 26 March at Doncaster.
Solario Racing will not have any runners at Donny but we should have some early turf runners with two possibilities at Windsor on Monday 4 April.
Dancinginthewoods, dual winner last year, winner of three races to date and in the prize money 14 out of 18 races, has an early season target over 6f. The 5yo son of Garswood had a long winter holiday at Childwickbury Stud and that seems to have done him the world of good. He looks fantastic and seems to have retained all his 4yo enthusiasm. Connections are hoping this could be his year.
Twilight Bay has been ploughing her furrow on the all-weather over the winter and has a third and a fourth to her name in five starts. She too is being aimed at Windsor in more modest company but also over 6f. Yet to race on turf, the hope is the switch to grass will see her improve and break her duck.
Sharp Distinction had a late winter holiday and although back in training, he’ll need a few more weeks while the unnamed Buratino 2yo looks fanstastic and is pleasing Amy Murphy as each day passes.
Can’t wait for the start of the turf!