What a week it has been for owner Steve Parkin. His horses, running in the silver colours of Clipper Logistics, have produced some memorable results at the Ebor festival. After capturing the Gr2 Lowther, he then gained a creditable 2nd place in the Gr1 Nunthorpe. Whilst all that was going on Kevin managed to get another winner on the board as She Can Dance gained her first success in the 5f Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Nursery Handicap at Chelmsford.
The daughter of Acclamation was on the track early on in the season, making her debut back in May. She had always shown enough to suggest that a win would be no issue at all and that promise was proved on debut. Running at Thirsk she showed plenty of speed but raced on the wrong side, with the action unfolding away from her. A solid fifth spot was backed up with the form working out well. Unfortunately she just stuck in soft ground next time out but then pushed a smart colt close at York on her penultimate start.
Three runs qualified She Can Dance for a handicap mark and 77 seemed fair on the form she had shown so far in her career. Recent rain had turned the ground soft over most of the country and knowing she didn’t enjoy it Kevin was a little limited with options. She Can Dance was ready for a run so when the race at Chelmsford came up it seemed the right call with the AW surface riding on the quick side.
It was a small field with only 6 runners declared to run but it did look quite a decent little nursery. The surface was the only question mark that She Can Dance had and connections were confident of a big run. There were a few winners in the field but it was actually the maidens who looked to bring the strongest form. She Can Dance and Point Of Order, both owned by Clipper Logistics, were well supported with their form working out. Sam James travelled south for the ride and She Can Dance would eventually go off 4-1 for the contest.
Wide draws are not ideal at Chelmsford and She Can Dance was in stall 5 of 6. Despite the small field the draw would be important as there looked to be plenty of pace in the race. She Can Dance was well away and immediately got into stride vying for the lead. Point Of Order, drawn inside, was going forward as too the favourite Dandizette, drawn outside. There was a row of four looking to lead but Sam immediately sensed he could not take control and would not be able to move over from his wide draw. As She Can Dance was settled heading to the bend it allowed the favourite and Point Of Order to go on to enter the turn with the overall lead.
With the two leaders burning off in front She Can Dance tracked them through vying for third spot. Despite having a good pitch she did have to race wide which was not the ideal position for Sam to be in. There were quickly around the left handed turn and beginning the run for home moving inside the second half of the race. The fractions had been strong throughout so there would need to bed something in reserve come the finish. She Can Dance Swung wide off the bend and entering the final 2f had around a length and half to make up on the leading duo.
Favourite and leader Dandizette also moved wide entering the straight and this forced Sam to try and go around. This had the entire field fanned out across the track and it was She Can Dance who came widest of all. Now the race was on and all 6 runners looked to be in with a chance but the race changed quickly. She Can Dance was picking up well down the centre of the track and started making good headway to pull alongside Dandizette. Sam was now in full drive with 1 1/2 furlongs to run and his filly was cracking up through the gears. The pacesetters were paying for their early work and this left those held up to come through and challenge.
Heading into the final furlong She Can Dance hit the front and although Dazzling Des was coming through too, down the inside, he wasn’t finishing as well as the filly. She Can Dance really hit her stride now and began to assert. In a matter of strides she had opened up a sizeable advantage and there was no catching her. Under an almost hands and heels ride She Can Dance strode clear to claim an impressive 2 1/2 lengths win.
She Can Dance has steadily improved with each run and her latest form really put her in there with a big shout. Having pushed a smart rival close the opening mark of 77 did look fair and any further improvement should see her make the most of that. She proved far too strong for this field and looks as though there is far more to come. obviously she will be landed with a decent rise in the handicap following this win but She Can Dance is improving and she could be one to keep an eye on going forward.