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Kempton – 32 Red Handicap

By On 18th March 2019

The Way You Dance – 11th March 2019 – Finishing Position 7th of 10

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A third run of the season and a return to the all-weather for The Way You Dance after being well beaten over hurdles last time.  The meeting took place the evening before the Cheltenham festival and Phil & Sarah Boyle were joined by Cathy Boyle, Steph Joseph, Ron Brown, Lawrence Grima and Rory Murphy at the track.  The evening meeting opened at 5.30pm leaving a two-hour window before The Way You Dance’s race, most of which was spent in the owners and trainers bar with occasional trips out to watch the races.

Quickly enough however it was time for “the main event” and we headed over to the saddling area where Liz Harrington and Maisie Bush were preparing The Way You Dance for his run.  The Way You Dance seemed calmer than he had been last time at Ascot and he was quickly off to the paddock.  We met with Shane Kelly who was riding for us and it was agreed that he would follow the pace and if good enough he would challenge in the home straight.

Shane actually had a perfect ride until the home straight as he was always in position and travelling well.  He later reported that he thought that turning for home he was in with a chance of challenging for the win, but unfortunately, The Way You Dance “emptied out” quickly and was not really going forward at all in the last two furlongs.

Post-race, Shane’s immediate thought was that The Way You Dance did not “stay” the distance, but this is at odds with the fact that he has won and placed over the distance before.  This was, however, a fast run race and it is possible that he was unable to stay as well when compared with past races which may have been slower.

He seemed fine though and we were all able to look forward to running him again soon.


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