Monday, 03 September 2018 10:47

September 3rd

Its starting to feel quite Autumnal now, a thick fog greeted us on Saturday morning, although it was still very mild.  

Happily the sun had got through by the time our visitors arrived for our monthly 'Open Morning'

A great turn out of familiar faces & new ones too.

As always a big Thank you to Terry & Mandy Poulson for amazing cakes & making teas & coffees!

Several of the National Hunt Racing Enthusiasts Club here to see Scorpion Sea, who they have leased from Jo Rose for the season. A full sister to All is Good she is shaping up well, and isn't far off a run now.

All the horses are looking incredibly well and we are starting to contemplate some rain dancing as the forecast does not promise much.

Nice to see Jane Nicholls here last week to see her and Andrew's horses. Nomination Game is coming on well, and Oneida tribe is back from his summer holidays with Chris Henn, and looks a picture.

Also good to see members of Just 4 Fun & The Trotters here on Friday to see Cheers Delboy & Lara Trot over a few drinks & a BBQ. 

The farm is looking green again now, its incredible how the grass has recovered after being burnt to a crisp back in June! Mushrooms a plenty too.

The new partnership in Mr Palmtree (see in Horses for Sale) is coming together well now - still a few shares left so do get in touch if you would like to get involved in this lovely young horse. He won't be too long before he runs so don't hesitate for too long!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 08:54

Cliff Beech

Very sad news on Saturday with the passing of Cliff Beech, an owner with us for 20 years, yard sponsor for 12 and a great friend.

Cliff was passionate about his horses, had an excellent racing knowledge and followed the yard diligently. He never missed a runner and was always on hand to offer an opinion or advice.

He was an astute business man, and his 93 years had not dulled a sharp & enquiring mind right until the end.

A kinder man would be hard to find, and his horses and stock all were well looked after on his farm until the end of their days.

Our sincerest condolences to sons Colin & Mick and to the rest of Cliff's very close knit family.

The world has been a better place for us, having known Cliff & he will be much missed.

 

 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 09:28

August 22nd

Back into the swing again now, with everyone in from their summer hols. Staff & horses alike!

The horses look very well and are probably a little ahead of schedule as the new hill gallop is proving to be a brilliant asset, a great surface and the incline great for getting fit without a lot of galloping work.

The new yard is also proving to be a massive hit, and SO much easier than running up and down the drive.

The team also looking tip top after their summer breaks, great to have the same crew as last year, with the exception of Megan who, after passing her law OU final exam has gone over to the 'dark side' and is now working for the BHA in Disiplinary!! Hoping not to see her anytime soon!!

We have even manged to get a holiday in this year and have just had a lovely family week in Spain with Chris & Lou & their children. Nice to be away, but nice to be back & thanks to Darren & the team for holding the fort whist we were away. 

As always hitting the ground running and plenty to catch up on after being away. A week in the office awaits!

Lovely to see a good turnout of Crappers, Park Laners, Some Finishers & Goodies on Friday for a little get together, and the Point Of Attack crew a couple of weeks before, again for a little pre season drink. Not long now until we see some action. 

Lovely to have got three winners on the board already, and hoping to beat last years score this season.

Charlie & Jack & James all in riding out again along with Tabitha when she can.

 

We were particularly saddened to hear of the passing of Gary Allbutt, who built the new barn & installed the original gallop here. Gary was an all round top man, and many could learn a lot from him. He was always there in times of 'Oh S**t'' we need help, either mending broken things or putting out muck heap  fires! Our sympathies to his partner Natalie & sons Lewis, Dan & Chris. He will be much missed.

 

 

Monday, 02 July 2018 09:48

Yard Sponsorship

After generously sponsoring the yard for the last twelve years Cliff Beech has decided that as he is now unable to get to the races in person, it is time for him to take a step back in terms of sponsorship.

We are so grateful to Cliff and his family for their generosity over such a long period and have been very proud to carry the 'Beech' name at the races and beyond.

The familiar burgundy will still be carried by Cliffs' own horses, but a change is afoot for the rest of the team.

We are delighted to announce that as from this week Clay Street Property Consultants  will be taking over as yard sponsors.

A change of colours at the races, to grey & blue, with the Clay Street logo which will soon become familiar on the Dickin horses.

We thank Clay Street very much for taking the sponsorship on and will be proud to be associated with such a successful company, and hope it will be a mutually beneficial relationship!

 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:04

Tuesday 19th June

Not many in at the moment as the dry weather has prompted us to get everyone out for their well deserved holidays. It was a long winter for everyone - human & equine alike, and even though some of the equinnes did not get to the track too many times when the ground was so deep its still a long time for them to be in.

One of my favourite times of year is seeing them all out with full tummies and snoozing in the sunshine.

The flies have been late appearing this year (we were hoping they had all drowned!) but they have just started make their presence felt, so very early morning exercise is beckoning, and we will then have the rest in in the day and out at night.

Everyone's favourite jobs currently under way & actually nearly finished. Pressure washing stables and mats is a rotten job, but important to get everywhere cleaned and disinfected before we start again. Strimmers going, rugs getting washed all part of our summer fun!

The team getting some well earned holiday in too, and several tanned faces looking well rested which is great to see.

Great to have got off the mark for the new season with La Fille Francaise, and a fun day at Southwell a couple of weeks ago with The Lion Man & Celestial Chimes both finally getting their act together!

Rarely would Robin not go to the races with a runner, but thinking that both would get balloted out, we had arranged to have supper with Andrew & Jane Nicholls. and Harriet was despatched to the races to saddle the runners! Her first time going solo in such a role!

Watching from home we were relieved to see both runners still travelling well two out, and gobsmacked to see them still at the head of affairs at the last! A great race with our two fighting out the finish with another runner, and much encouragement from the kitchen! The Lion Man came out on top - by a nose - from Celestial Chimes! What a result - suffice to say we were all pretty surprised, but it made for a celebratory evening!

The girls not back till after midnight after a shocking run back - but still up for a glass of fizz! Harriet now keen to saddle more regularly! 

Well done to the team for being so professional & to John & Margaret Cooper who have been SO patient with The Lion Man, and to Lilian Barry who was nearly audible from Fermoy shouting Celestial Chimes home!

Ceris had her second ride over hurdles on Under The Phone at Warwick - thank you to The Trixters for giving her the chance to ride him. A bit free early we were worried he wouldn't get home - especially as we were upping his trip a lot! But having been headed turning in, he rallied well and finished a running on fourth. Good effort from horse & rider.

A couple of disappointing runners around Stratford, but races run at breakneck speed, and horses will be fine on a slower track.

The new look Hill Farm is now pretty much done - at last! Both gallops all done & just fencing to do now. Its been a trying 12 months with all the redevelopment, but actually well worth it now that its all done!

Several new faces of the four legged variety - firstly a bay filly by Frozen Fire ex Dancing Daffodil, then a chestnut filly by Native Ruler ex Kaddys Girl, giving a cutness overload. terrible time wasters, but lovely correct winners of the future!

Four youngsters to break in, which are well under way & a new five year old by Robin de Pres from Ascot sales last week. 

Mr Palmtree is a lovely athletic five year old who has been placed second & third pointing in Ireland, and we just could not resist him at the sales!

He just needs an owner/owners now - so do call and see him or just ask if you would like more details!

A couple of runners at Stratford this afternoon, and Uttoxeter tomorrow. 

 

 

Monday, 16 April 2018 07:24

Winners 14 & 15

I am afraid that I seem to have been very lax on the blog front over the last couple of weeks - started several time s but not got round to finishing it, so apologies for a news blackout!

The weather has probably blighted us having our best season ever with several abandonments when we had horses in with good chances - frustrating, but its the same for everyone. Happily the forecast much better for this week, although I expect that in a minute we will all be complaining that its too firm/hot!

The horses have been running really well, and we added another two winners to our tally since the last blog.

Young Lou has not had a smooth run of things this winter & nor has Tabitha Worsley, so it was brilliant to see them form a great partnership to win convincingly at Warwick, for our long time supporter and yard sponsor Cliff Beech & Brian Wilkinson. Sadly Cliff not able to come racing these days, but was I am sure cheering Lou & Tabs on from home! Tabitha's first winner after breaking her back at Ludlow only three months ago. Tough stuff from her and a delighted team here.

Galactic Power & Oneida Tribe (Andrew & Jane Nicholls) also ran at Warwick. OT tribe making an uncharacteristic error and parting company with Adrian Heskin (both fine after) and little GP (EPDS Twitterati) characteristically running his usual solid race to finish third. 

Quickly on to Towcester the next day with Dontminddboys who has been a model of consistency this year, even though the ground has been against him all winter. Th is was his ninth run of the season, and he had not been out of the first three in all of them. He was not about to change that on the day & under a super ride from Jack Quinlan, stayed on dourly up the hill for his third win! Well done to EPDS Racing who were well supported, and cheered their lovely grey home.

Unbelievably there are still shares left in this stunning grey boy - get in touch with us or John Powell at EPDS for information on joining his partnership. Not sure what you could want more in a racehorse than one as consistent as DMDB, and he's beautiful too!

A blank week after Towcester as the world seemed to be waterlogged, with the weather certainly not helping the new gallop construction - its been a bit of a slog at home too! 

The team as ever just getting on with it - brilliant stuff from all of them.

Finally got out and about again to Kempton with Under The Phone, who has been twiddling his thumbs for most of the winter waiting for some better ground! As the word good appeared on the going report he had to take his chance - only to be greeted with more rain and no G word by the time his race came around! He ran a blinder though to finish third for The Trixters who have been patiently waiting for him to be out again! Great run under Charlie and very pleased with him.

Two at Ludlow the same day. and Lara Trot & Belles Spirit both running well under Jack. Both fillies for the future - remember the names!

In amongst everything going on at home we managed to fit in a quick Irish trip -and the result of that trip arrived on Saturday. A serious grey Milan five year old who has been placed pointing and who is now looking for an owner or owners. Come & see him - he is likely to be our next partnership horse unless he is snapped up first!

Big news is that the new gallop is now finished. lots of clearing up to do around it, but that will have to wait for some drier ground, but the surface is on and we are riding on it! Feels brilliant and a good hard pull up the hill is certainly a bonus to our existing facilities. Big thanks to our landlord Nic Allen who is always striving to improve our facilities here. A little way to go yet with all the improvements since the 'big move', but nearly there and we love it!

Aintree over for another year and some great racing, but the biggest cheer from this corner of Warwickshire was reserved for the last race -  a very hungry James Nixon (9st 11lbs!) rode a super race to win for trainer Tony Carroll. Brilliant result for James - well done!

The days are getting longer & the grass is at last starting to come through - no rain forecast this week and temperatures due to rise, so it appears that Spring is at last putting in a very belated appearance!

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 07:40

Winner #13

Cheltenham over for another year - hard to believe its come and gone again.

A great week, marred by events on the last day. A sad end to what had been some amazing racing, and personally I think that the new layout of the track works well & does make it feel less crowded outside (looked pretty standard crush inside!) Great to catch up with lots of friends and some that we hadn't seen since last year!

No runners for us sadly. Thomas Crapper was entered but balloted out - which actually was a good thing as the ground was far too soft for him. 

Kaddys Dream (Shaw Racing) and Belles Spirit (The Happy Horse partners) both headed off to Huntingdon on Wednesday, Bellles Spirit for another quiet run, and ran OK. Kaddys Dream came there looking all over the winner turning in, but then didn't really see it out. Jack thought he may have just got there too soon, but she may just want better ground. Chasing  is the  long term aim for her but no point in risking her novice status at this time of year.

One whose novice status has happily long gone this  season is Vocaliser, who has been a model of consistency this year. He headed to Kempton on Saturday for a big step up in class, but answered every question asked of him to win tidily for The Songsters. He travelled and jumped really well and quickened up well turning in to win by a couple of lengths going away. Great ride from Charlie, and very good performance from Vocaliser for a very enthusiastic group of owners.

Ten minutes before Vocalisers race, Tara Well gave it her best shot to give us an across the card double on ITV, when running a brave race to be second under James at Uttoxeter. Ridden patiently  she came there travelling well into the straight but just came up against one on the day! She beat the third horse by 16 lengths so hard not to be anything but pleased with her on a really filthy freezing cold day. They went to post in a blizzard and she had to have snow drifts brushed out of her cheek pieces at the start! Nice to see her number one fan (after her owners!) Ruth Lancaster there to cheer her on, and interesting to see some of the outfits on show on Paddys day! All I can say is that they must have been very cold!

Thomas Crapper was next up and travelled Ok for a good way, but he has always loathed the snow (won't go out of the yard in it at home) and was not at all happy in it during the race - he didn't really get home and we will be having another look at his wind, as well as waiting for some better ground before hes out again. (as well as a non blizzard day!)

All the runners home safely and sound - always the best relief however they have run.

More of the white stuff over the weekend - and we woke up to drifts and a hurricane blowing on Sunday. Happily everyone back safely from racing as it would have been a bit of a mission coming up the drive had they been 12 hours later!

Yesterday not much better, the wind was literally roaring around the yard. Better today though a the sun out and drifts thawing - please go away winter!

Just a couple of entries at Ludlow on Wednesday,this week, hopefully everything drying up a bit for a while.

  

  

Friday, 02 March 2018 15:21

Winner #12 & more Winter!

The most important news was winner #12 last week - with little Galactic Power winning his sixth race at Ludlow.

Under a masterful ride by Jack Quinlan Little GP came from last to first, although we looked beat at the last hurdle, and indeed most of the way up the run in, but the pairs never say never attitude saw them wear down the long time leader and get in front where it mattered on the line! They nearly gave us all heart failure in the process, and Ludlow certainly knew Team Dickin were in town!

Galactic Power came as part of a BOGOF deal - although actually it was a 'Buy Three' GOF deal! He is such a popular chap both with the home team & of course the EPDS Titteratti, who own him! A more honest a likeable little horse you could not find, and he thoroughly deserved the win! (Up 4lbs for his trouble!)

He was our last runner of a busy day - Belles Spirit(The Happy Horse Partnership) Lara Trot(The Trotters) both putting in much better performances when not stopped by the mud , as they were at Towcester. Both really nice fillies.

Wildmoor Boy - back from a long layoff, unfortunately burst a blood vessel and pulled up. There will be other days for him.

Vocaliser, ran another solid race but was possible not really suited by the racecourse, and finished third but only beaten 2 1/2 lengths. He has hiked up the weights this term, he will be better suited by a bigger more galloping track. Form figures of 12113 this season not too shabby!

Strong effort from the team, both at  the races & those holding the fort at home. Another BTO for Harriet T.

The other unsurprising news of the week is that we are all thoroughly 'over' winter.

The beast from the east hit us yesterday - so windy that you could hardly either breath or stand up! Not be daunted the team girded their loins and got everything ridden. It was truly vile! We face east and it was so cold it hurt!

We woke up to massive snow drifts this morning, and the wind still doing its thing! we had to dig our way into the new barn, and some indoor drifts to contend with in the old one! Horses all snug though and I think every rug we own is now in use!

Just not safe to ride them today and too windy for the walker, so everything was hand walked to get them moving. 

The drive impassable, and five foot drifts just no fun, but the team here and still smiling (could just be gritted teeth!!) large amounts of cooked breakfast consumed inbetween the battle with the elements.

A massive thank you to Darren, Megan, Harriet T, Ceris, Alice, Poppy Lauren & Frankie, also Charlie, Jack & James who have also been in riding out. 

Hoping for a rapid rise in temperature, although watching heavy snow falling again now, so not feeling hopeful.

No Open Morning tomorrow for obvious reasons!!

Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:17

Winner #11 Justice is Served

Winner  #11 for the team yesterday!

Oneida Tribe was technically winning his second race of the season although on paper it shows up as the first.

The debacle that was Bangor a few weeks ago is something the Bangor stewards should be ashamed of.

Photo called a dead heat - (later revised to a winner for OT), only to be then disqualified for some imaginary interference.

An inquiry into the inquiry, then conducted at a flat meeting with none of the trainers or jockeys involved present!

Class! But there are times when you just know the establishment is going to stick together and however much time, effort & money is spent on an appeal they were not going to back down twice!

A morale victory only, and back to the fray yesterday for 'Big Ian'. Blinkers on for the first time saw him a bit keen early on, but given a great ride by Adrian Heskin, and jumping very well. Andrew & Jane Nicholls' giant bay powered clear up the infamous Towcester hill.

Sadly Andrew & Jane not able to be at Towcester, but enjoying the win from afar.

Some Finish (BTO for Lauren) not enjoying the awful conditions yesterday, and his jumping rather falling apart in the desperate ground. Oneida Tribe had gone very wide to fine the best of the ground, but as SF has a tendency to jump right the same tactics could not be applied and Jack reported that his mistakes were purely from landing knee deep in a bog. Jack quite rightly pulled him up after three out - there will be another day on better ground.

Both horses fine this morning, and the team heading off to Leicester with Timons Tara & Bally Lagan. A grey day out, but a strange yellow ball has just appeared in the sky so hopefully no more rain for a while.  

 

  

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:58

Winner #10

 I think it fair to say that we are all completely over winter now!

Enough rain, wind and mud this year to last a good while & really longing for a few dry & sunny days.

Not to be this morning though as the wind is howling and rain battering onto the window as I type this!

Typing in our new office which is finally complete! Its great to on the yard with a view to the gallop one way & into the yard the other - concentration may be tricky!

Just got to sort out the organised chaos after two office moves in as many months!  Getting there now, and only a few tescos' crates to sort out!

We have a a great run with the horses lately, but the nature of the beast always makes you think it can't last! I must be more optimistic!

Timons Tara made the long journey up to Catterick with a great chance in a tight little race - she finished third in a cat & mouse sort of race. Perhaps the race coming a bit soon for her. She was due to head off to Goffs sales but happily a change of plan sees her staying till the end of the season.

Taunton beckoned again for the in form Vocaliser, hard to believe he would manage to pull it off again even though the race looked his for the taking. Top effort from Matt & Jenny FitzGerald who flew back from Ireland especially for the race, and great to have Chris Dickin and daughter Nina on hand as well. Despite nearly fluffing his lines as the second down the back Vocaliser took it up two out and cruised into the lead. The long time leader fell at the last but Charlie sure he had him beaten anyway. Once in front Vocaliser rather sauntered up to the line - just doing enough to see off a late challenge, and won by 1/2 length! Very pleased to see the faller get up having been down for a good while.

Big celebrations from all Vocalisers' supporters and a BTO for Harriet T. 

Winner number 10 for the season so far.

Southwell on Monday. Myroundorurs is a good ground horse, who had been keeping the vets in luxury for a good while last year. All dressed up and nowhere to go with a bog everywhere, so it was decided that he would have to take his chance in the mud. He has not been an easy horse - two gears - zero & flat out! However he has been a reformed character lately, and despite setting off in his customary lead, he was settled in front, jumped well and dug deep when joined two out. He finished third, which after 580 days off the track was a solid effort. Delighted for Andrew & Jane Nicholls who have been so patient with him.

Tara Well, back quite quickly after her lovely victory at Leicester did not quite see the trip out on the very soft going, but finished fourth, hard to be disappointed with her!

However apparently others - or another was very disappointed at losing his money & thought it OK to send James a horrible text. I was pretty mad about this & you may have seen a comment on our facebook page. Seems that plenty of others were disgusted with the lesser form of life who saw fit to send the text. Over 600 reactions and countless messages of support for James did rather restore our faith in human nature!

Kaddys Dream ran another super race back at Huntingdon to finish third - delighted with her and she is definatly one to keep an eye on - especially when fences come her way. Shaw racing have unexpectedly had a couple of spaces in her partnership - contact us or Shaw Racing if you are interested.

The bubble rather burst then with a couple of babies puling up at Towcester. Ground disgusting and in hindsight wished we had stayed at home with them. Both lovely fillies but both finding the combination of the Towcester hill and glue pot ground a bit too much. Both Belles Spirit (BTO for Frankie) & Lara Trot both jumped & travelled well till three out & there will be other days for them.

Mr Consistent - Dontminddboys (BTO for Poppy) also hated the ground but had his brave pants on and fought his way through it to finish a gallant second. 14 runs without being out of the first four. What a boy! He has it all - charm, good looks & consistency. Can't believe it but EPDS still have a few shares left in him - if you haven't already got one - get one! He is a solid fun horse owned by a lovely bunch of enthusiastic owners.

Getting groups together to celebrate a win is always a logistical nightmare, and as most of Vocalisers' owners are London based it made sense to get together there - that was before we were at two meetings and Harriet was away competing as well! However the impossible was achieved and after racing, we, along with Charlie, Fran and the two Harriets all managed to get onto the same train and arrive in London in time to meet up with The Songsters for a very enjoyable celebratory supper. we even managed not to miss the train home! Thank you Songsters it was a fun evening!

Big day on Saturday with Thomas Crapper back after a bad injury to his knee last April. Surgery, box rest, rehab, walking, more walking, plenty of clinging on when he was VERY fresh, saw him ready to run, but like Myroundorurs - no ground. We are hoping to go back to Newbury with him, and really wanted to get him to the track. As predicted he hated the ground, was a bit rusty over the first couple then jumped well, Charlie pulled up two out as he felt the job was done and no point in risking a fall to finish fifth or sixth. Another BTO for Harriet T, and happily Crappy fine after.

All runners fine after their runs - always a relief!

Also a big well done to Jack Quinlan for his super victory at Newbury on Saturday - well deserved.

 

 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:20

WINNER #9 & a Mouse Moment!

After three winners from three runners the pressure was on for a girls trip to Huntingdon on Friday!

La Fille Francaise (Mrs Juie Venvell & Mrs Louise Merry)& Kaddys Dream, (Shaw Racing Partnership) two very different characters, but both ran blinders! LFF old head on young shoulders, KD very buzzy and back after a bad injury last year.  We thought a one two was on the cards turning in , but it turned out to be a three, four!

LFF finished third under James Nixon, and KD & Jack Quinlan fourth. The first four finished a good way in front of the rest, and this was a very good performance from both of our fillies - exciting for the future.

Timons Tara (Jack up) (Mr Mark James) off to Uttoxeter on Saturday - more rain - and the ground pretty wet, which suits TT. She seems to love the track and ran a stormer, only to very frustratingly, get collared close home to go down by half a length! A good run though & the horses all in good heart.

All is Good (The Tricksters & The Goodies) next up at Hereford on Monday (BTO for Ceris). We had not had a trouble free run with AIG between his last two runs & he blew up a bit going to the last at Warwick in his previous race, however he had not missed a day since, so we were pretty confident he would run well, and he did not disappoint. Making pretty much all, Charlie kicked for home after two out and put the race to bed. AIG scampered clear and won with a bit in hand. Good performance. We think a lot of this son of Scorpion - can't wait for fences next season, but he will stay over hurdles for now.

Plenty of Goodies on hand to greet the winning pair, Mr & Mrs Ludlow representing The Tricksters, but a good presence in several bookies around the country & plenty of celebrating afterwards!

The return journey not without incident as black smoke & no power in the little lorry caused a enforced stop at Newtown crossroads garage! A million thanks to John Gallagher, who (having gone the wrong way home) stopped and picked up AIG & Ceris and delivered them home safely. The RAC man turned up to rescue Robin - we were quaking at the thought of the bill looming over the horizon!

Having dismantled the air filter (which looked rather ropey inside) he then pulled on what he thought was a bit of string(??) hanging out of the air intake pipe! Out popped a dead mouse! Poor mousey had taken up residence in the filter (chewed!) and then tried to exit down the pipe, only to get stuck & block the air intake!! Back on the road minus a filter, a home safely! Lorry gone for a new filter and some mouse traps this morning!

Winner number 9 for the season, and just great to have the team in such good heart.

Thank for all the well done messages, texts etc and as always thanks to our great team for all their hard work.

Just got to keep those winners rolling in now!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 08:11

WINNERS # 6,7 & 8!

Time for an update!

Apologies for the news blackout from Dickin HQ - just not been enough hours in the day lately!

Despite being thoroughly hacked off with the weather ( we are SO over winter now), the team here are buzzing after a great few days.

Everything has been running well, but we have been hitting the cross bar a fair bit, which is frustrating .

None more frustrating than the Bangor Fiasco!

Oneida Tribes' race has been well documented so I won't go on about it for too long here, suffice to say that a botched call from the photo finish, and a very dubious stewards enquiry has been the subject of much discussion and legal advice.

An appeal was very much on the cards, but having had to eat humble pie over the photo, it was pretty unlikley that we were going to make the powers that be eat another slice! A moral victory for the horse & owners Andrew & Jane Nicholls, but safe to say we are all still left with a pretty nasty taste about it all.

The whole thing did not do our sport any favours, and the general inefficiency of how it was dealt with from above has not instilled any confidence in the system that runs racing.

However we have had to move on and put that one down to experience!

The last three runners have put a smile on a lot of faces!

Vocaliser headed off to Taunton last Saturday on ground that would not be ideal, but a valuable race & only four runners could not be missed. Sadly The Songsters were very thin on the ground at the track - but I am confident there was much cheering going on around the country as Vocaliser (BTO for HarrietT) jumped for fun under Charlie, and got the job done in a very business like fashion! We have always thought a lot of this horse, but its not been a straightforward journey with him, so its great that his very patient band of owners are now reaping the rewards of that patience. 2121 over fences is not to be sneezed at. Up 4lbs for the win, he bounced out of the race and hopefully will back in that #1 spot again!

Dontminddboys was our next runner at Leicester yesterday. He came in from the field with a big bruise on a hind leg the evening before, and Poppy & Darren were up for much of the night with ice packs to get rid of the swelling.

Their dedication paid off, as all fine by the morning, and the handsome grey was able to head off with his next door neighbour Tara Well.

EPDS supporters out in force and happily able to cheer 'Caspar' up the run in for a hard fought victory. Given a great ride by Jack Quinlan, he is another that will appreciate some better ground, but showed great courage to fight off a late charge from the placed horses. He is the model of consistency & great for him to follow up his previous Leicester victory.

Tara Well is another who has been running very well in defeat, with form figures of 4223. Not in the slightest worried about the ground for her (wetter the better!), but thought we were beaten going to the last. Tara, however had other ideas and battled on to get her head in front and win by a couple of lengths going away! Well done to our conditional James Nixon who was riding his first winner for us - first of many we hope! 

A gamer little character would not be found & Tara certainly deserved this victory. Particularly well done to her dedicated lass Harriet T, who nursed her through 6 months of cross-tie after her pelvis fracture and who was as emotional as her owner after the race! 

Both horses fine today.

No BTOs at Leicester - still to mean to do any!

Our last three runners - three winners! Not too shabby!

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:51

The Day after Boxing Day!

Well the festivities have come & gone for another year and we were hoping to get back to a proper routine today. However the weather interfered with that after a blizzard overnight accompanied by a howling gale!

Horrible slush first thing & a water taxi service for Megan & Lauren who could not get their cars through floods to get to work. Always a bit nerve wracking driving in flood water, but in the dark with snow as well was not a pleasant experience! At least we did not have to resort to the tractor,and most of it gone by afternoon. The river had burst its banks by this point though so different routes out required!

We had a busy few days leading up to Christmas with 2 runners at Southwell on Sunday, 5 at Towcester on Thursday (morning after the Christmas party!) & two at Uttoxeter on Friday, interspersed with gallopers, vet visits and goodness know what else - the shopping was a very last minute affair (as usual!!)

A girls day out at Southwell, La Fille Francaise was fourth- awful ground, and a decent enough race so pleased with her - she is shaping up into a lovely horse. Kaddys Dream back after a very long break after picking up an injury, ran really creditably before getting tired from two out. She will strip much fitter next time and is a really nice filly. No BTOs - Southwell right up there with Leicester in the mean stakes!

Some Finish has been much improved this time but could not repeat his win from the previous meeting at Towcester. Up 6 lbs, and a fast run race he was just a bit out of his comfort zone all the way, but ran OK - no jumping right which is a huge step forward!

Young Lou - first run of the season, ran well for a long way, but had stripped a bit tubby and will improve for the run. The Lion Man (BTO for Alice), back from his horrible fall at Ludlow ran Ok in ground he did not relish, but jumped well and a clear round was the order of the day which he did well.

Oneida Tribe (BTO for Frankie)another back after a long lay off ran really well, and will not be far away next time. He jumped for fun and looked the winner at the bottom of the hill, before just going for his girths two out. He ran on well despite being tired and more rain & a longer trip will suit.

Belles Spirit making her racecourse debut, and a first runner for us for new owners The Happy Horse Partnership.  We welcome Andy & Anne Sumner to Team Dickin, and wish them every success with Belle's Spirit. only a 4 year old, she is still very green,. but will have learnt masses from the run, and with relatives in Arctic Spirit, Bill Brown & Autumm Spirit is very much one for the future.  

First lorry out of the yard at 6 am on Friday with Dans Quest & Under The Phone off to Towcester for a racecourse gallop. Ground not great but both will have benefited from the outing. Second lorry off to Uttoxeter with Timons Tara & Tara Well. Both fillies by the prolific Kayf Tara and both ladies with attitude! TT especially likes to have things going her way - immense talent, but hated her last run at Exeter. Much better effort until routing the fourth last, which horse &  jockey did well to survive! Finished 4th, which considering the error was an OK effort.

Tara Well - up a pound for her previous run, and without James' claim (banned for 7 days for one slap in the wrong position - ridiculous!), so effectively up 8lbs, ran another solid race to be b****y second again. Frustrating not to win, but at the  same time feeling very proud of this game filly. (shares available if you fancy some fun!)

All runners home safely & in good order after their runs, which is great. All well able to win races and their days will come.

We pushed the weekend on a day to deal with the Christmas holiday - half on half off for each bank holiday. Luckily several having a few days off after their runs so not too much pressure with riding out, although quite a bit of pressure with mud removal for the day off ones that had been in the field!

In amongst the racing we did manage to have our Christmas party on Wednesday at The Stag at Redhill. We had a good evening although with some very dodgy secret santa presents, photos cannot be published!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the drinks fund - much appreciated and put to good use!!

Its been lovely to see so many of you over the Christmas period - thank you for cards, gifts, choccys & especially for the cake! not much left but has kept everyone well fuelled!

  

 

 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:30

The Day after Boxing Day!

Well the festivities have come & gone for another year and we were hoping to get back to a proper routine today. However the weather interfered with that after a blizzard overnight accompanied by a howling gale!

Horrible slush first thing & a water taxi service for Megan & Lauren who could not get their cars through floods to get to work. Always a bit nerve wracking driving in flood water, but in the dark with snow as well was not a pleasant experience! At least we did not have to resort to the tractor,and most of it gone by afternoon. The river had burst its banks by this point though so different routes out required!

We had a busy few days leading up to Christmas with 2 runners at Southwell on Sunday, 5 at Towcester on Thursday (morning after the Christmas party!) & two at Uttoxeter on Friday, interspersed with gallopers, vet visits and goodness know what else - the shopping was a very last minute affair (as usual!!)

A girls day out at Southwell, La Fille Francaise was fourth- awful ground, and a decent enough race so pleased with her - she is shaping up into a lovely horse. Kaddys Dream back after a very long break after picking up an injury, ran really creditably before getting tired from two out. She will strip much fitter next time and is a really nice filly. No BTOs - Southwell right up there with Leicester in the mean stakes!

Some Finish has been much improved this time but could not repeat his win from the previous meeting at Towcester. Up 6 lbs, and a fast run race he was just a bit out of his comfort zone all the way, but ran OK - no jumping right which is a huge step forward!

Young Lou - first run of the season, ran well for a long way, but had stripped a bit tubby and will improve for the run. The Lion Man (BTO for Alice), back from his horrible fall at Ludlow ran Ok in ground he did not relish, but jumped well and a clear round was the order of the day which he did well.

Oneida Tribe (BTO for Frankie)another back after a long lay off ran really well, and will not be far away next time. He jumped for fun and looked the winner at the bottom of the hill, before just going for his girths two out. He ran on well despite being tired and more rain & a longer trip will suit.

Belles Spirit making her racecourse debut, and a first runner for us for new owners The Happy Horse Partnership.  We welcome Andy & Anne Sumner to Team Dickin, and wish them every success with Belle's Spirit. only a 4 year old, she is still very green,. but will have learnt masses from the run, and with relatives in Arctic Spirit, Bill Brown & Autumm Spirit is very much one for the future.  

First lorry out of the yard at 6 am on Friday with Dans Quest & Under The Phone off to Towcester for a racecourse gallop. Ground not great but both will have benefited from the outing. Second lorry off to Uttoxeter with Timons Tara & Tara Well. Both fillies by the prolific Kayf Tara and both ladies with attitude! TT especially likes to have things going her way - immense talent, but hated her last run at Exeter. Much better effort until routing the fourth last, which horse &  jockey did well to survive! Finished 4th, which considering the error was an OK effort.

Tara Well - up a pound for her previous run, and without James' claim (banned for 7 days for one slap in the wrong position - ridiculous!), so effectively up 8lbs, ran another solid race to be b****y second again. Frustrating not to win, but at the  same time feeling very proud of this game filly. (shares available if you fancy some fun!)

All runners home safely & in good order after their runs, which is great. All well able to win races and their days will come.

We pushed the weekend on a day to deal with the Christmas holiday - half on half off for each bank holiday. Luckily several having a few days off after their runs so not too much pressure with ridding out, although quite a bit of pressure with mus removal for the day off ones that had been in the field!

In amongst the racing we did manage to have our Christmas party on Wednesday at The Stag at Redhill. We had a good evening although with some very dodgy secret santa presents, photos cannot be published!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the drinks fund - much appreciated and put to good use!!

Its been lovely to see so many of you over the Christmas period - thank you for cards, gifts, choccys & especially for the cake! not much left but has kept everyone well fuelled!

  

 

 

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