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From Slow to Go for Jolly Sailor
Persistence has paid off for the owners of Jolly Sailor (Canford Cliffs-Rechichi, by Elvstroem) with the 3YO subject to several good offers from Hong Kong, reports racing.com. The grey gelding has now won three of his four starts and over $120,000, but trainer Henry Dwyer had a much lower opinion of him as a 2YO. "If I would have had my way, he would have been sold for $1,000 through a sale about eight months ago. But the owners persevered with him and wanted to give him another chance," said Dwyer. "And luckily they did, because he now has a pretty good record and has just risen to the task each time. I think he has still got upside as well." When asked about Jolly Sailor's early ability and how much he'd shown, Dwyer said: "Zero. I made the call to Danny Heffernan, the owner, and we gave him a couple of jump outs and we had to put blinkers on him to get him to win a trials and even then he was flat out doing it. Danny's sister Carol trains at Cranbourne and we thought he would be a nice horse for her to muck around with and then they could maybe send me something else. I'm happy that wasn't the case!" Dwyer revealed, "He has just been so unassuming the whole way through. You have to dig him up to do evens, really. Sometimes those horses … you don't know what the ceiling is because they just keep doing what they have to. And he is case in point. Each win he has had, he hasn't been uber impressive. But he gets challenged and finds again and I do think once he gets to better opposition that he will keep finding."