Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:08

Thursday 21st February

Its been an interesting couple of weeks with all the goings on regarding the flu outbreak.

Happily we were balloted out of Ludlow the week it all kicked off, which at the time we were not very happy about, but actually turned out to be a blessing!

It meant that we were not on a mandatory lock down, but we did implement a  self imposed one, and had no horses in or out for the duration of the suspension of racing. 

We did not have to be swabbed, but have been taking temperatures twice a day, on top of our normal bio security measures.

Absolutely support the BHA's stand in acting so quickly at the beginning of the scare, but do think that a heads up on the 6 month jabs might have been in order at the beginning of the week off, rather than just as we were getting going again. Frustrating, but the same for everyone, so we just had to get on with it.

Some new protocols now in place for race days, and more forms to fill in. They have now upgraded the ones that there was actually nowhere to write a horses name on!!

All except one of ours breezed through the jabs, without a reaction. The one just under the weather for a bit and a few days off in order.

The danger now probably lies outside racing, with horses that are not vaccinated and who's owners choose to keep going out and about regardless. Madness that a multi million pound industry shuts up shop, but the uninformed choose to stick their heads in the sand, and insist on still going out and about when its really not necessary.

No runners at least meant some time to catch up on some jobs around the place that always seem to get to the bottom of the 'to do' list.

We have just taken delivery of a new lorry , which is very exciting. As we have our smart new 'CLAY STREET' sponsorship logos, it seemed an appropriate moment to upgrade to one with a lot less miles on, although our old faithful, Flo, has done a brilliant job over the last eight years & nearly 200,000 miles!  

All is Good has been a proper sick note this winter, after running disappointingly, he had a soft palate operation, from which they come back very quickly from. Unfortunately he also chose to have a foot abscess just as he was due to run, which was not a usual straight forward affair, but niggled away for what seemed forever! Plenty of swimming at Arden Equine kept him going, but of course then no racing! We didn't mention the flu to him as it might have been yet another excuse, so it was a relief to get him to Huntingdon last Sunday. Ideally he wants the ground a lot softer, but jumped like a stag & travelled well throughout the race to just be a bit one-paced from the last to finish third only beaten 31/2 lengths. He will come on for the race.

Mr Palmtree had his first run over fences at Ludlow, he needed a third run for a handicap mark, and a chasing run counts. He jumps really well & as his future lies over fences we thought he might as well take that route with him. Funny old race with the favourite a 1/10 shot! rated 137 & we only got 6lbs off him! we finished second only beaten 8 lengths & were delighted with Mr P who jumped like a proper professional, and stayed on well. We will await Tuesday with interest!

There are a couple of shares left in Mr Palmtree, so do get in touch to get involved with a lovely young horse at the start of his career. A fun partnership &  very affordable package.

Back to Huntingdon today with Vocaliser & Galactic Power, both of whom probably want softer ground, but with not even one raindrop on the forecast, its a case of taking advantage of Good to soft, before it gets even faster.

Neither of our two declared for Warwick who are having to water - nuts in February & really don't envy Simon Claisse having to decide what to do with Cheltenham, where he'll'' be in a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation!

Finally a 'big 'Get Well Soon' to Anna Lisa Kinnersley (a friend & owner with us and also used to run our partnerships) who has had a little stay in Warwick hospital recently. Home now but hope she is soon back on her feet.

Friday, 25 January 2019 08:04

WINNER! Lara Trots in for winner #6

The weather just not knowing what to do with itself at present. Warm one minute, cold the next, but very little in the way of rain. Can't remember when we have had so little & apart from a couple of places there has been no real winter ground yet.

Several of ours really needing the testing conditions & the likes of Dontminddboys really missing Towcester in a bog! Even Chepstow the other day was relatively fast & although the ground was turning over it only really rode on the good side of good to soft. No doubt once it starts it wont stop - probably in June when they are all in the field!

a busy couple of weeks & some nice results - Nomination Game really getting his act together now, and finished second at Leicester - Jamie slightly frustrated at himself as thought he hit the front too soon, and NG was a bit green in front. Hes not an easy ride as he pulls so hard in the early stages & is also very inexperienced, but massive steps forward with him from where he was.

Three Bullet Gate is a lovely young horse, and ran well at Warwick to finish a running on 6th, only beaten 8 lengths - trip a bit short & 21/2 miles for him next time. Still learning about him, and he will be a serious chaser for next season.

Oneida Tribe is a massive horse, who also needs testing conditions so its been a frustrating winter with him, however with the benefit of a first run under his belt he ran a blinder to finish second at Warwick - only collared up the run in by one of next doors progressive types. Given a top class ride by Jack Quinlan, he jumped like a bunny and finished well ahead of the rest of the field.

Lara Trot has given us a bit of a hair pulling time as well, and picked up a nasty injury in her first run over fences, when losing a hind plate, which ripped into her foot and left her very lame for several weeks. She was very badly handicapped as well, being given an opening mark of 104 - ludicrous - and of course it takes several runs for the handicapper to get her down to where she should be. Race planning not helping either and no three mile novice chases anywhere in the calendar, so back to hurdles for her in what we thought would be too short a trip at Leicester. Desperate to get a run into her it was the best option. Tara Well, who won the race last year also entered and again she is crying out for some [proper soft ground - so not really that hopeful for either mare.

We need not have worried though as the two of them set off to make it into a staying race with Charlie Hammond on board Lara & Ceris having only her fourth ride over hurdles on Tara. Coming to the last it was a battle between the two of them - who to shout for?? 'Come on Girls' had to cover it and a better jump at the last sealed it for Lara Trot, who finished half a length up. 

Much celebrating all round, and delighted for The Trotters who have kept the faith with Lara. She is big mare, and we have always said that staying chasing will be her job, so to win a hurdle race on the way is a  bonus!

Tara Well's journey has been well documented here, and there is much love for my gallant little mare here, and afar. The National Hunt Enthusiasts Racing Club considered her before last season, but understandably as she was coming back from a serious pelvis injury decided to go elsewhere for a leased horse. However Ruth Lancaster was smitten with Tara & we have kept in touch, The NHRE then leased Scorpion Sea this season. She had a couple of promising outings, but then sadly picked up an injury just after Christmas in the form of a hairline fracture to a cannon bone. She will make a full recovery but obviously this left the group with nothing to run from here, so Harriet Turner (co owner of Tara) & I decided to let the group have her as a courtesy car until the end of the season!

This was a first run in their colours and the tough little mare certainly gave them something to shout about! Not sure that the winners enclosure knew what had hit it at Leicester with much support for both horses! Great end to a cold and gloomy day. 

Mr Palmtree ran a better race earlier in the day, he is still learning his job, on the track, he is showing us plenty at home, just taking a bit of time to learn his trade. Still a couple of shares available in him with a really nice group of friendly folk. Nomination Games'run just too badly to be true - probably too soon after his last run, and a furious gallop also didn't help him to see the race out. Jack sensibly pulled him up to save him for another day.

A day at Doncaster sales proved very unproductive on Wednesday - a lot of expensive looking pointers, some very uninspiring horses off the flat, and only two that we would like to have brought home that made too much money. Very hard to buy a nice horse these days without a fairly big budget, and many that look hugely overpriced. It would be nice to have the time to follow the ones that we like the look of through to see how they end up. One in particular we have done that with, that Charlie & I bypassed in Ireland as we didn't like it, only to see it win its point, and then make massive money at the sales (& I do mean massive!!) only to have had two absolutely dire runs over here. Nice that we got that one right!

A day across the water coming up, and a hunt for some new inmates, so if you are interested in forming a new partnership or getting involved in a horse do please let us know. The beginning of a journey with a new horse always exciting.



Monday, 07 January 2019 10:20

2019 has arrived!

Well Christmas all over and done with for another year, and we are now well into 2019! Scary how fast last year seemed to whizz by - sign of getting older I guess!

Firstly thank you for all the goodies, and donations to the team party (which we haven't actually managed yet!) everyone did come to us for a pre Christmas dinner, but for a variety of reasons we haven't managed to actually go out yet! For a small team it all seemed to be very complicated before the holiday to get everyone out together but we will manage it now its all over! Actually quite nice to go out now when it all goes rather quiet for a bit!

A million thanks to the troops who kept the show on the road over the Christmas period - we did manage to get everyone home to where they wanted to be and they either had Christmas Day or New Years day off plus an afternoon, plus a few shorter days so at least it was a a bit of a break for everyone. No runners Boxing day which was actually lovely so we were glued to the TV watching instead! 

The weather has been unseasonably mild & unfortunately also very dry now with no raindrops on the forecast for the next ten days, which is not ideal!

Horses are running much better now, a lovely winner at Hereford last week - Some Finish has been a bit of an enigma since he arrived, and had actually been rechristened Can't Finish! He was running well at Exeter before Christmas until he was badly hampered and made a mistake, but in all honesty we were not going to Hereford with a massive amount of hope! However he looked like a different horse from flag fall and made all and actually pulled (he never pulls!) for the whole three miles, jumped well and fought bravely when challenged from the last. No voices left and a first class ride from Tabitha. BTO for Lauren (cider!)

Bally Lagan ran much better for a long way under Ceris, but made a mistake two out and was pulled up but travelled and jumped well up to that point.

Vocaliser has had us scratching our heads after a couple of lack lustre runs. He travelled with no enthusiasm at Newbury & too much at Haydock! However reunited with his partner in crime from last season (Charlie) he looked much more his old self at Sandown on Saturday, and jumped and travelled really well to finish 4th, & not beaten far. Much more like it! 

La Fille Francais & Oneida Tribe both ran well at Warwick - effectively first run of the season for them both. Tara Well had a couple of good runs - ground needs to be a lot softer for her.

Dontminddboys ran awfully at Hereford, but was impeded by a faller early in the race - we had done wind checks etc with him & found nothing so went to Uttoxeter with heart in mouth slightly! Heart stayed there over the first three fences when he jumped left and ballooned his fences. Jamie Moore would have been entitled to pull him up but kept on at the back of the field, and eventually Caspar started to get his act together. By the time they got back to the stands he had passed one and then seemed to start to enjoy himself, and then fought his way home to finish third only beaten 4 lengths - another furlong and he'd have won! Much more like the Caspar we know & love & a top riding performance by Jamie.

Little Galactic Power ran another solid race to be 4th at Ludlow - he really is a favourite, such a little trier, everyone loves him!

Harriets first runner pointing finished fifth - Coyaba just got a bit tired going to the last, which he was entitled to do, having had two years off the track. Jumped really well under Tabitha and should go close next time for Liz Prowting. Liz isn't too well at present so we wish her a speedy recovery.

Lots of visitors over the holiday period and an excellent turnout for our first Open Morning of the year last Saturday. Great to see so many faces, familiar & new. Lots of lovely pictures sent in - have a look at facebook!

A rather quieter couple of days now no runners till Thursday, but from all of us at Dickin HQ we would like to wish everyone a 

'Happy ,Healthy & Prosperous New Year, with plenty of Winners!'





Wednesday, 12 December 2018 07:23

December 12th - Seconditis!

A busy couple of weeks and the horses at last starting to find some form.

A slight out break of seconditis, but after a bout of nowhereitis  its been welcome!

Three Bullet Gate ran very well at Fakenham to be second in only his second hurdle race, he looks to be a very exciting prospect indeed. Anti Cool had his second run back after two years off and ran very well for a long way - possibly just running out of puff going to the last, but also not suited by the track, and a soft palate op also on the cards for him.

Fakenham is a bloody long way to go, and mostly a good experience, but very disappointing for the staff. A tiny breakfast for £5?? Come on Fakenham that's just not good enough. Also not good has been no follow up from a friendly query about it on the day! Not good customer relations! 

The lovely little Galactic Power who has given us so much fun, appreciated the softer ground at Exeter, and also finished second, putting a couple of disappointing runs behind him.

A revitalised Thomas Crapper followed up his win with a super second at Sandown, with Tabitha Worsley in the saddle. Crappy had a ball and jumped for fun only getting collared at the last. Great to see Tabitha riding so well after breaking her back only 12 months ago.

Vocaliser ran very well in very deep ground at Haydock and would have made the first four at least but for a blunder two out which stopped him in his tracks. 

Nomination Game is starting to put his problems behind him, and had his first run over fences at Ludlow. Very keen early, but not manic, he jumped very well under Jamie Moore, and finished a pleasing fifth. A massive improvement on what he has been achieving and more to look forward to with him. 

A less good day at Fontwell yesterday.

A few away days galloping and plenty else going on in the lead up to Christmas. Great to see Charlie win the ATR Ride of the Month for his efforts on Thomas Crapper at Southwell.

The gallop refurb finished for now, the circle at the end all mended and the school also finished its face lift, which is a great relief.

All of the changes have been tough to cope with, and although its great to have everyone in the same place, in the yard, new gallops etc do take time to get used to and getting the finishing touches in place does seem to have taken forever! Still fencing to do, and some groundwork in progress, but we're getting there!

We weaned the two foals a couple of  weeks ago, and they didn't seem to be bothered at all! The mares back out but the babies are loving being in at night and benefit from plenty of handling. They soon get used to the routine and love a fuss!

An exciting day for Harriet this weekend as she sends out her first runner! She has a pointer to train for Mrs Liz Prouting - the first one she has done herself, so nervous times for her! Tabitha takes the ride. A bit different to the eventers who are mostly on holiday at the moment.

Christmas looms and as usual not much done towards it yet in the Dickin house! Must get to it before the New Year!!



Tuesday, 27 November 2018 11:07



After a long lean spell it was great to have a visit to the winners enclosure last week Thomas Crapper. Crappy has been an absolute legend for us, but has had a difficult 18 months after fracturing a bone at the back of his knee at the Cheltenham April meeting, we thought that it could well be a  career ending injury for him, but thanks to the skill of Mark Georgetti at Three Counties, who took out bone chips, the absolute patience of the home team - especially Harriet Turner who looks after him, miles of rehab walking, the patience of his lovely owners who have stood by him through it all and a few days of hunting with Harriet Dickin - Crappy got it back together under a great ride from Charlie to win a vetrans chase at Southwell!

Lots of screaming and a good bit of emotion from everyone involved and plenty of folk who are part of the Crappy Fan Club! He seems to have a great following which became evident after he was injured. Hundreds of messages and a good few packets of polos arriving here for him, and so many people delighted to see him back in the winners enclosure.

 Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to wish him well - its so great to have the support.

 That support is equally important when things don't go to plan, as was the case at Bangor the week before when we tragically lost Park Philosopher. a lovely big horse by Milan, for whom we had high hopes. His owners Angela & Bert Thompson had given him all the time he needed to strengthen up before his first tun over hurdles. Sadly all the dreams were shattered,  when he broke a hind leg going to the third last. Thank you for all the lovely messages, and our hearts go out to The Thompsons. RIP lovely Neville.

 The Team, ever professional, were back at it the next morning with gallopers leaving the yard at 6.30! Hard as it is, the only thing to do is take a mighty deep breath, square up the shoulders and go forward.

Plenty running well. Thee Bullet Gate making his debut over hurdles at Chepstow ran a blinder to be 6th, Mr Palmtree ran very well in the hottest bumper of the year so far, and looks an exciting prospect.

Nomination Game getting his act together better at each run and finished a decent third on his last run. 

The weather as ever trying everyone's patience and plenty of ours still waiting on some proper winter ground. Its raining now (at last) and is also very cold! Storm Diana apparently approaching!

First Saturday of the month this week so don't forget its our monthly Open Morning! Terry is warming up his baking tins, and it'll be the last one of the year so every chance of a festive theme to his ever popular cakes!!

If you are stuck for Christmas present ideas, a share in one of our partnerships never disappoints!!




Friday, 26 October 2018 09:11

October 26th

Its been a bit of a roller coaster few weeks here, and still a massive rain deficit!

It seems that it either pours or there is nothing, and we are still waiting on some proper winter ground.

Much chillier here this morning, and apparently we are going  to have a colder weekend.

Lots going on at home, with a refurb for the arena and the old woodchip gallop also getting a facelift. 

The horses all looking fantastic but results from the few we have run have been a bit in and out to say the least!

On paper it looks a bit gloomy but actually once you go into the runs there are plenty of reasons to explain some disappointing performances.

Cheers Delboy finished a good fifth on his debut over fences - only to pull up lame having picked up a significant injury during the race. Gutting for the team that own him, but we bought them a 'super sub' at Doncaster yesterday - Bob Maxwell who has been running on the flat and will hopefully give the group some fun whilst Del recovers.

A busy day at Warwick, Scorpion Sea ran a good race on her debut for the yard and the NHRE Club. Brilliant to see so many there to support her and enjoying their day at the races. 

All Is Good ran well as did Bally Lagan and Under The Phone - both the latter possibly needing their first run of the season.

All fine after.

River Argentee ran a solid race at Southwell to be third, but then ran disappointingly at Catterick (it was a long way home for Brian & Ceris!)

Nomination Game is a bit of an enigma - straightforward enough at home, and going down at the races, but once the flag falls turned into a raging bull at Warwick! Pulled too hard and always going right - better next time at Market Rasen but has to learn to settle better.

The Lion Man not enjoying fences at Southwell & will go back over hurdles next time. Lara Trot missed the break rather and then always behind - fences for her next time. She does want further but options rather limited at present.

Three Bullet Gate was bought to replace the ill fated Get Involved, but arrived with chronic ulcers, and the Point of Attack partnership have had a long wait whilst we sorted out his problems. they were well rewarded for their patience when we finally got him to the track at Southwell in what looked a hot bumper. He ran on really well having been given a lovely patient ride by James Nixon, to finish a very pleasing third. One to keep an eye on!

Galactic Power ran well at Huntingdon, just finding the pace a bit hot and possibly just needing his first run of the season. Some Finish did not like Huntingdon at all!

Great to have Twycross Warrior & Anti Cool back on the track after very long layoffs. Both ran pleasingly for their first runs for two years.

All Is Good emptied very quickly yesterday at Southwell & is off for a wind op, La Fille Francaise ran well to be fourth & Galactic Power had a rare off day & also is better right-handed!

New gallops always take a bit of getting used to, so we have been taking runners up to Robert Waley-Cohens to have an away day before their runs, and also as its too firm to school on the grass have taken several to Warwick to use their watered schooling ground, which has been immensely helpful for many local trainers during this very dry spell.

We are running some tests just to be sure that nothing unseen is lurking, but think its unlikely at this stage!

The team in great form and winning lots of turn outs (except at Southwell where they are too mean to give any BTOs at all) Four runners and four BTOs at Warwick for Ceris & Lauren - that takes a bit of beating!!

They are all an absolute pleasure to work with.

We are actually a man down at present as poor Frankie stepped off one that whipped round the other day and twisted her knee badly. Always better to land on your bum apparently! MRI yesterday so just waiting to see what the damage is, (minimal we hope)

Myroundorurs & Dans Quest have both gone off to start new careers. We saw Myround at a team chase the other day looking fantastic & pleasing his new owners. Great reports re Dan too who has settled in to his new life too.

Timons Tara is safely in foal to Dartmouth, and out with Susiebell who is in foal to Olympic Lux. This years foals about to be weaned, so lots to look forward to with them.

The eventing season drawing to a close and our last International last week in sunny Devon. Its been a mostly good season for Harriet who has some lovely young horses coming through, with the inevitable downs along with the ups! Great to see some of the racehorses who have come to the end of their racing careers taking to another discipline. It does underline how important it is to start them correctly so that they have options once their racing career is over. Custer of the West who belongs to Liz Prowting, particularly pleasing last w/e finishing his season with a double clear.

No runners over the w/e, next entries at Bangor on Tuesday.




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!!

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