Kempton – Bet At racinguk.com Handicap
By BG Racing Syndicates On 10th June 2018
The Way You Dance – 6th June 2018 – Finishing Position 3rd of 11
Only a week after his previous run, The Way You Dance was out again this time up in grade to contest a more valuable handicap at Kempton. A qualifier for a valuable final later in the season, this was certainly a level of opposition greater than he had faced last time, but despite this, he was still priced up as 2nd favourite when the betting opened the night before.
Only six shareholders were in attendance with Phil & Sarah joined for the trip to the course by Cathy Boyle and Peter Leonard. Meeting us at Kempton were Lawrence Grima and Alan Winstanley.
Our race was at 8.30pm, so there was plenty of time to watch the early races and sample the owners and trainers meal. Neil Mulholland arrived ahead of the 8.00pm race where he had another runner and joined us on the lawn to watch that race. His runner there was disappointing and we were certainly hoping for better from The Way You Dance.
We headed to the pre-parade ring and The Way You Dance was one of the earlier arrivals there ready for saddling. Before long we were all off to the paddock where we met Silvestre De Sousa who was riding TWYD for the third time in three weeks. The riding instructions were pretty simple, “you know the horse and you know what to do”!
In the race, The Way You Dance got a great position on the inside rail in third or fourth and he travelled well throughout. In the straight Silvestre went for a gap between the two front runners but TWYD did not quite have the pace to go through before it closed and Silvestre switched him inside the leader. He said that at that point he had a length and half to find and he thought The Way You Dance would pick up the leader but he felt that TWYD could not quite quicken as he had at Lingfield and thought that was probably down to the racing surface. Kempton described their going as “standard to slow” and the surface is quite “deep”. Horse are running through it more than bouncing off it and it probably suits horses that like softer ground more than those who favour a sounder surface as The Way You Dance does and Silvestre felt that it was even deeper on the inside where he ended up having to make his run.
In a driving finish The Way You Dance was 3rd. This was a mystery to those in attendance as even after watching the replay it looked as though TWYD had finished 2nd, but the official photo showed a clear short head difference between him and the 2nd. Silvestre was certainly surprised to find another horse already in the 2nd place spot in the winners enclosure!
After the race, the group spent some time with Neil. It was acknowledged that whilst it was disappointing to lose 2nd, the main takeout was that The Way You Dance had performed well at a level that looked almost out of reach a couple of weeks earlier, with no indication that he would not be competitive at this higher level in the future.