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!

  

 

 

Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:02

What a Week!

What a week!

After two winners last week, it was so nearly three at Bangor on Saturday. Tara Well - who by rights should not be with us after fracturing a pelvis badly a while ago, had run well to be fourth at Uttoxeter, but was still a little 'ring rusty', and we thought that she would improve for the run. Turning in at Bangor we thought for a second that she had improved a lot, but annoyingly got collared by one up the straight. Given a positive ride by James Nixon she did everything but win, and finished a gallant second. Nearly as good as a winner for us, after her months & months of box rest and a very long rehab. 

I had not been to Bangor for a good while & was very pleasantly surprised at how they are looking after owners now. We were joined by Dave Jones (Some Finish - but absent for the win!), and Ruth Lancaster who runs a Facebook page for NH enthusiasts. Shame to waste the badges and very happy that they both  had a good day out. Well done Bangor - we might suggest that a few other tracks take a leaf out of your book!

Happily Tara bounced out the next morning and should be out again over the Christmas period.

Vocaliser has been a frustrating horse for trainer & owners, The Songsters alike. an expensive purchase from Jim Bolger, and a winner on the flat, we had high hopes for him, but his form was very inconsistent, and although he had finished second over hurdles & fences he was not really seeing his races out. Back to the drawing board over the summer, a long break & a wind op & everything crossed at Leicester on Thursday. His patient owners had put up with a few false starts when projected races looked too hot/ground wrong etc etc. but were out in force at Leicester. The whole team feeling pretty nervous - not helped by the fact that the race set off at breakneck speed, which had Vocaliser being a bit guessy early on. He soon settled into it though and given a perfect ride by Charlie went to the front and won going away from his nearest rival. (especially satisfying to see those particular colours behind us!) Some very excited Songsters nearly carried horse & jockey into the winners enclosure, amid much cheering. A plan carried out!

Having one winner in a day is always great but two is a rare thing! Dontminddboys has been the 'nearly' horse and run so well in virtually all of his chase starts without managing to get his nose in front. Three out  we were not feeling confident but a perfectly timed run by Jack Quinlan saw 'Caspar' break his duck and win tidily! Great for EPDS Racing for whom we have now won with all three of the horses that they have with us. Great for Caspar - can't think of a horse that deserved it more.

No BTOs as Leicester too mean to do them, which is a disgrace.

Great for the team at home who headed for The Huff Cap to celebrate a memorable double & thank you to both sets of owners who have stuck by their boys, believing they would get it right in the end!

Both horses fine the next day - Vocaliser have a squeal trotting up & Dontinddboys now thinking he is the kiddy, and very pleased with himself!

Cheers Delboy has pleased us immensely having arrived from Ireland in the summer, he headed to Sandown on Friday off a new mark of 113. He ran a very creditable race to finish 5th in good company. Only a four year old, he has a bright future. Terrible run back for the lorry & anyone heading back down the M40 - long queues, and Robin & Harriet T very pleased to finally come up the drive.

No runners over the weekend, but the arrival on Sunday, of the best part of a foot of snow. Made worse by strong winds which turned the dump of snow into some pretty impressive drifts! The horses has a rare duvet day & for the first time in forever, did not set foot outside the barns. It was a blizzard all day and most of the night so Monday morning was not met with a huge amount of enthusiasm! First job was to dig a way into the barns - second was to dig the lorry out and get Afterthisone off to Southwell. This achieved, and the gallop under three feet of drifts it was then a case of finding a safe place that we could get to and exercise in. Happily the snow was deep enough in the fields to canter on and it was cold enough that there was no balling in their feet, so everyone got out on both Monday & Tuesday. Wednesday trickier as the melt had started and it mad life very difficult with huge snow balls building up in feet.

The drive was safe though and plenty of work done trotting up the drive.

Afterthisone has not been the easiest character to deal with at the races & has disgraced himself on more than one occasion. However he has decided that he would behave better on both of his last two runs, and is now improving all the time. He didn't put a foot out of place at Southwell & ran a much improved race. Now he is giving himself a chance he will keep improving and will be better once he can go further too.

The snow is now nearly gone - just the drifts remaining and some fairly impressive ice sheets, which are very treacherous! A massive thank you to all of the team who have kept the show on the road with good humour, having had to clear walkers, drifts and ways out of the yard. They have ridden out in the freezing cold. and have still been smiling (it may have been a grimace??). 

Happy Birthday to Harriet T for yesterday!

Not such good service from our feed suppliers yesterday who thought it was OK to send less than half an order as they had run out of one type of feed - 20 bags arriving instead of 45?? No phone call, no communication until we questioned the quality of their service. Very impressive Dodson & Horrell - what were we going to feed them - fresh air??? Luckily an alternative supplier was happy to deliver a much better service so no one will be going hungry!

Really not good enough from a company who we spend thousands with - now reviewing our feeding policy!

Warwick off today (could never see it being on), so may be a day to start some Christmas shopping!

Charlie & Tom O'Brian in to ride out - just hope the remaining white stuff clears off quickly now & does not hang around waiting for some more to join it. 

 

 

 

Friday, 01 December 2017 12:19

1st December

Just like the proverbial bus - you wait ages for a winner and then two come along together!

Although all of the horses have been running well, an outbreak of 'placeditis' is always frustrating, although many of those places had been personal bests for certain individuals, and good runs after injuries, so have actually been very rewarding for owners & the team alike.

However, there is nothing like a winner and Galactic Power who runs in the EPDS Twitterati colours, provided a welcome and brave win at Ludlow on Wednesday. Ably partnered by Tom O'Brian who was having his first ride for us, little GP came with his usual late run, and stuck his neck out up the run in to collar the favourite almost on the line! Massive amounts of vocal encouragement from supporters all around the country as well as at the track must have helped enormously! 

GP has been a model of consistency, after coming as part of a BOGOF deal that we did a couple of years ago, and that was his fourth win over hurdles. He is a very popular character & no one more pleased than his lass Poppy Butler.

Some Finish rather lost his way last season until being gifted a race at Towcester right at the back-end of the season, but ran well on his return before getting beaten by the track at Ludlow. He returned to Towcester yesterday, and went off favourite - not sure how because it wasn't our money! However, he seems to have got back to his old self, didn't jump right too badly (apart from at the second fence!) and won tidily under a super ride from Jack Quinlan. More loud encouragement from his delighted owners, and 'Sam' now off the naughty step!

Big day for Lauren Marcus who has been with us since the summer, and having only her second lead up, and winning the BTO as well.

Both horses fine after their runs, and plenty of smiles in the yard.

Tara Well ran a big race to be fourth at Uttoxeter - she will come on again for the run after her long absence and heads to Bangor on Saturday.

Good runs also last week from La Fille Francaise who ran a mighty race at Warwick to finish 4th under Jack Quinlan, just beating Cheers Delboy (5th) & Charlie up the run in. Del also ran a very good race and the winners enclosure must beckon for him shortly! 

Dontminddboys must be the most qualified maiden in the country & we were hoping to relieve him of that accolade later the same day at Warwick. He looked to be cruising until fluffing his lines at both four & three out and breaking his rhythmn. Second again! the third horse was miles behind him & he just came up against a very well handicapped horse on the day. His day will come!

Blazing Gold, (daughter of Playing With Fire) made her racecourse debut at Huntingdon and ran very creditably to be fifth under James Nixon. She was very green and will have learnt a lot from the run.

A very early call on Sunday morning, as a lorry arrived from Ireland at 4.30 am, with our latest new face in the form of Lara Trot. A filly by Scorpion who has been placed pointing. A lovely big filly she just needs an owner now! We may possibly start a new partnership in her, so please let us know if you are interested in getting involved. 

A visit to see Tabitha on Monday found her in good spirits, although hardly able to watch the racing yet for fear of extreme frustration. Still pretty sore & with a pretty impressive looking incision down her back, but at least now upright & rightly very pleased to be home. She will bounce back, but has a long stretch of mending to do first.

A busy few days coming up with Bangor & Leicester over the weekend and entries all next week as well.

Open Morning tomorrow so come and see the new yard, and the new horses, and meet the team. Terry's awesome cakes will be here so don't miss out!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:40

OPEN MORNING

Well November has flown by! which means only one thing as its the first weekend of December this Saturday the 2nd, it will be the last open morning of 2017, as usual gates open at 9am with coffee and cake!

Please do come and see us operating from the new yard! 

Monday, 20 November 2017 17:33

20th November

An extremely hectic week with the last of the building work going on, and all the finishing touches getting into place.

The last of the stables are now in and the sparkies are finishing off their bit. The yard has been resurfaced, the new walker is in and going, and the general muddles are fast receding, either to the bonfire or skip!

All good, but the stresses (& there have been many) paled into insignificance on Thursday, when The Lion Man, who was running a blinder under Tabitha Worsely, found no distance at the last hurdle and took a crashing fall. He was straight up but Tabitha, who rides very ably for us as an amateur, stayed on the grass with pain in her back.

She was taken to Hereford hospital, where after much waiting she was eventually scanned and found to have fractured her 12th Thoracic vertebrae. Happily everything was moving and feeling as it should, but it was a very worrying time.

Tabitha was eventually taken to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where the care improved significantly, and she was then operated on to stabilise the fractured bone.

The great news is that the op went perfectly and she is expected to make a full recovery, but it will be several months of rest & rehab, and she will have to behave herself in the meantime!

Absolutely gutted for Tabitha as the pointing season just getting under way, but she will bounce back, and we all wish her the speediest of recoveries.

We all accept the risk when you get into the saddle but it does just remind you of the risks the jockeys take every time they go out onto the track.

The Lion Man none the worse for wear, although I can't help thinking he had a lucky escape too.

Tara Well is another who got lucky. She fractured her pelvis in a race at Warwick 18 months ago. It was a bad one & by rights she should be dead now. No thanks to the veterinary care she received at the races that day, which I won't elaborate on here, but all thanks to our own vet Graham Potts and the massive care from her devoted lass Harriet Turner saw her survive nearly 6 months cross tied and unable to lie down - she was an excellent patient. 

Her first run at Plumpton a couple of weeks ago saw her right in contention three out, but she then blew up a bit before running on. Off to Uttoxeter on Saturday and plenty of rain here was only a good thing as she loves the really deep ground. Sadly none at Uttoxeter, but a much improved run to finish fourth. She will come on again after having a good blow & if the rains come won't be too far away next time. Delighted with the run and lovely to have her back looking so well after such a horrible injury.

Dontmindboys ran at Plumpton the same day & finished a good third under James Nixon. He must be the most qualified maiden around, having been placed in 6 of his eight starts over fences. There are share available in this beautiful grey horse - whats not to love about him? Give us a call if you would like more details.

Only a couple of shares left in the new boy Three Bullet Gate - he is pleasing the team at home  - a couple of 1/20th shares left - again do call or email for more details.

Very happy to show off the new yard if you are interested to come and see us. Just give us a call or email, and don't forget another Open Morning on the first Saturday in December.

 

      

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