Garswood Colt Is Dancinginthewoods

SOLARIO RACING had its Naming Day yesterday at the stables for its lovely two-year-old colt by Garswood and the syndicate has called him Dancinginthewoods.

Prior to yesterday, the owners had come up with various names and then voted on each suggestion.  The process is something Racing Manager, Simon Double calls “an equine Eurovision Song contest….but without the singing!”

The winning name was suggested by owner, Mick White, who has had legs in many horses over the years, including 2010 Ebor winner, Dirar but this was the first time his own name had been chosen.  You could say, he was rather pleased!

The owners toasted their pride and joy with a glass of champagne and then saw him on the gallops.  It was a non-work day, so Dancinginthewoods or “Woody” as he is affectionately known, just did a gentle canter.  It was then photo time as he posed with his syndicate owners in the main quad.  Although a colt, he was as good as gold and didn’t turn a hair.   As is customary on Solario Racing Naming Days, it was then off for lunch and the odd libation…or two!

The colt, a very good-looking individual by Group One winner, Garswood out of an Inchinor mare, Pachanga, who has produced five individual winners from seven runners, was purchased by Solario Racing at Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

Last week he went down to Lingfield Park for a Barrier Trial.  This is a relatively new innovation, imported from Australia, which involves a mock race with horses from other stables and unlike a normal racecourse gallop, the horses jump out of starting stalls.

Despite being drawn 10 of 10, he gradually eased himself into the “race” and at the line was third, going away.  His “jockey”, stable lad, Luke Bacon, reported that nothing was travelling better than him at the finish.

So exciting times for Dancinginthewoods, who is due to make his racecourse debut proper during the coming three weeks.  There is however, one quarter share available, so if you are interested in getting involved in a very promising colt by exciting stallion, Garswood, please contact Simon Double at Solario Racing on 01442 877 597 or email