Saturday, 17 September 2016 12:04

September 17th

A busy week and the work increasing as the horses get fitter.

 First entries of the new season proper on Tuesday at Warwick with Garrahalish & Bally Lagan entered.

 Charlie & Chris in as usual and joined this week on various days by Jack Quinlan, Conor Shoemark & Jake Hodgson. Great to have the extra help and for different feedback on the string.

 The home team doing sterling work and the new faces settled in well to join the old guard!

 Rhona O’Connell here on Sunday to see Vocaliser, John Porter & Bryan Daniels here to see Garrahalish and Get Involved  and Jane Nicholls here today to see Myroundorurs & Oneida Tribe. Bert & Angela Thompson here to visit  their Pastoral Pusuits yearling who is still at Fran’s but will be joining us next week.

 A couple up to Upton Viva for an ‘awayday gallop’ on Thursday and working well under Charlie & Ceris.

 Graham Potts back fresh from the Olympics, and giving a couple with injuries the all clear to start work again which is great news. Just need to find the glue after they have been standing in for a good while!

 The torrential rain missed us last night & today although it seems as if those who had it, had plenty!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:01

Blenheim

Bit of a long one here!

don't get any ideas Charlie!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:47

Blenheim

a couple of pics for those that have asked how Harriet got on at the w/e!

First CC!3* completed - Mother a nervous wreck - daughter buzzing!!

Thank you all for good wishes etc - always very grateful for the support.

Racing blog coming up shortly!

Monday, 05 September 2016 10:20

Monday 5th September

Monday morning again and a busy weekend with the first of the new season Open Mornings on Saturday. After a promising start the weather did its usual and decided to bucket down! Plenty of hardened NH supporters here though and Terry & Mandy Poulsons’  awesome baking skills much appreciated. (the Coffee & Walnut cupcakes a particular favourite!)

 The string are coming together well now and just starting to pick up the pace a little – still a fair way to go but they all look well and will hopefully carry on what the summer boys have started!

 Its a big relief to have got 7 winners under our belt so early on, and makes us even more determined to keep up the strike rate as the season proper kicks off.

An exciting new addition to to the flat team in the shape of a Pastoral Pursuits yearling purchased at the recent Goffs Doncaster sale. Albert & Angela Thompson the new owners of 'Pee Wee' who is currently at Charlie & Frans' yard for a couple of weeks quarantine and education. Thanks to The Thompsons for ther support and the best of luck to them with their new venture. Pee Wee will be joining us next week.

No jump racing this week, but a big week for Harriet as we head off to Blenheim International Horse Trials for the CCI 3*. This is her biggest challenge to date, (I always thought Blenheim was a venue for shopping with the girls!) Its competing at the highest level and I am frankly feeling pretty bloody scared! Massive luck to H and Bean – a safe completion please!

 Good to see plenty of jockeys in lately – Charlie & Chris (Ward) regulars, but also joined by Will Featherstone, Conor Shoemark, Jack Quinlan of late. Emily has gone back to Uni, thanks to her for being so much help through the last few weeks – come back soon please! Harriet Turner off this week on a well deserved break with her family.

Megan completed her first 5K run yesterday finishing an extremely respectable 15 th overall and 7th best female. Well done Meg great effort.

 As we are so busy, we are on the lookout for another experienced member of staff, if you are interested please get in touch.

 We are planning a bigger ‘Open Morning’ for October 1st with a deviation from the regular format, and a parade of the horses. Entry free as usual but donations for the Air Ambulance will be much appreciated – watch this space for times & hope to see you on the day – also hope that its not raining!!

 A few shares left in some exciting horses for this season – again do get in touch if you would like to join one of our exciting partnerships – they work well and its all the fun at a fraction of the cost.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:33

WINNER # 7

 

Winner #7!

 Great to be able to get the red ink out again so soon!

 

Anti Cool due to go up 12lbs for his Stratford victory so a quick turn out necessary to stay ahead of the handicapper – a 7lb penalty the lesser of two evils!

 Unfortunately the best option was to go all the way to Sedgefield! Not a track that would suit him greatly but the race option was in his favour.

 AC not a fan of the small lorry so Brian back in harness to take him the four hour drive with Megan in charge!

 Given a super ride by Charlie AC jumped right slightly all of the way but jumped soundly until slightly fluffing his lines at the last when getting in a bit tight. Charlie did have to shake the reins at him but he won cosily to bring up his HAT TRICK!

 Can’t remember when we last had a horse do that, and its particularly satisfying after all of the trials and tribulations that AC and his loyal owners have been through.

 Plenty of EPDS members on hand to cheer Andy home, although sadly John & Ellie not able to be there. The icing on the cake for them as another of their horses Our Reward brought up a double for them in the last.

 Megan won the BTO so it was an all round fantastic day and winner #7 equalled our total for last season!

 Well done to the team – owners and the team here alike and of course Anti Cool who has earned himself a few days off!

Friday, 26 August 2016 10:50

Winners 5 & 6!

Two more winners since the last entry here, and a delay in getting anything up thanks to BT and their efficient repair service – over a week with no phones and no broadband in the office – great!

 Winner #5. Wildmoor Boy has tested the team to the limits, and after an initial excellent run in a championship bumper at Cheltenham, has been very disappointing. Easy as you like at home, he turns into a raving lunatic at the races in the preliminaries – Ok once out on the track. An improved run last time was followed  by an even better one last week when he won comfortably. Making all under Charlie, he jumped much better and the race was put to bed going to two out. Well done to Cliff Beech &  Brian Wilkinson who have been so patient with him, and a special well done to the team here who have had to cope with his antics at the races – better this time and he did condescend to stand still for pics in the winners enclosure! Thank goodness for Stratford being so near to us as its enabled us to arrive at the last minute and go home quickly afterwards! Just hope Warwick has plenty of suitable races for him in the winter! The handicapper got stuck in with a 9 lb rise for his efforts.

 Winner #6. Anti Cool has been another that has tested patience to the limits (although on the opposite end of the spectrum temperament wise!), but he too seems to have turned a big corner, although we were nervous heading off to Southwell that he would get it right twice! No worries though, and although lady luck was on our side at the first (when Charlie nearly got knocked off by one of our old inmates cannoning into the side of him) Charlie gave Andy a great ride and won comfortably. Great to follow up, and another for the EPDS team who have waited for what seems like an age for him to get to all together. He has always shown us plenty at home, so it’s satisfying to see him getting it so right at the track too. Shares available in him (although maybe not for much longer!) so do get involved either through us, or contact EPDS Racing direct.

 Both horses A1 after their races which is the best news

 Its great to get 6 winners on the board so early in the season, a bit of an improvement on last year!

 Lots of visitors lately – rather too many to mention individually after the latest news blackout (thanks again BT!) but always great to see everyone, think everyone’s getting itchy feet for the  proper winter jumping to start up again!

 Open Saturdays start again from next week, so do come along and meet the team for this season whilst the weather is still supposedly nice!

Friday, 12 August 2016 10:59

Winner Number 4!

Winner number 4 for the new season.

 Anti Cool has always been a particular favourite of mine, and shown us plenty at home. He transferred that to the track when he was third in both his bumpers, but it has all been downhill from there!

 He struggled to complete in his hurdle races due to bursting blood vessels – he then had a break, a wind op and we waited for better ground. He then ran over fences and still struggled to complete – don’t think he was confident enough to see it through after all his previous issues!

  BUT he finally got his confidence back last night and under a masterful ride from Jack Quinlan  got his nose in front and won tidily!

 Coming from off the pace – there was a lot of screaming required from two out by the team who had all gone to support.

  Delighted to train another winner for EPDS Racing who do such a great job with their partnerships, and also great for all the members who have ‘kept the faith’ and been so patient.

 Shares are available in Anti Cool and also Dontminddboys, so do get in touch if you would like to become part of a winning team.

 Nice run from Betterlatethanneva at Worcester under Tabitha Worsley – plenty more to come from ‘Peggy’ when she goes hurdling.

 Great to get the season off to such a good start this year – Onwards & Upwards

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 10:44

End of News Blackout!

 

 So, finally back after a news blackout for a few weeks. Summer is supposed to be a quieter time, although it does not feel like it this year! No holidays for us this year, but a weeks slaving at Camphire Horse Trials in Waterford a couple of weeks ago was good fun.

A fair bit of Olympic watching this week with all the equestrian stuff going on - paperwork an excuse to stay in doors in a near vicinity to a TV!!

 The team have all been on holiday, and a few changes taking place as well. The main crew are still here but a couple of disappointments with people who have had big chances and then let everyone down in a big way. Everyone knows how hard it is in this game, so when owners have given people a chance and then to get let down is bloody annoying as well as disappointing. Always silly to burn bridges too, you never know what is around the corner!

 Charlie and Chris Ward in regularly, also Jack Quinlan in this week, Emily Hoare who is a great friend of  Harriet's in too during her uni hols. Welcome to Felicity & Alice who have joined the team.

 Well done to Megan who passed her end of year, OU law exams with flying colours!

 The horses are all back in now, and have all summered well. The flies have thankfully cleared off for another year so normal routine is resumed, and everyone getting up at a slightly more civilised hour!

 Not too many runners recently but Myroundorurs definitely the star of the summer, winning two and then another two excellent runs in 2nd and 3rd, having been put up a massive 22lbs for his wins. Delighted for Andrew & Jane Nicholls, who have been such a big support over the last year or so.

 Anti Cool has us scratching our heads a bit, old problems out of the way, but not really sure he is digging very deep. Having said that a bad mistake was the reason for his last PU, so back to the drawing board with him a bit!

 Wildmoor Boy has been testing the team to the limit at the races. He is a breeze at home, but turns into a monster at the races! OK once you get the jockey on and out onto the track, but the rest is a trial to put it mildly! However progress now being made, although it's a good job we have Stratford on our doorstep! Everyone very helpful there, and the BHA allowing us to arrive late - although not so helpful when we had to go into the dope box for finishing about 6th. Think he frightened them a lot more than he frightens us!! However getting there now, and he finished 4th last time over a trip that was just bit too far. He has massive talent as long as we can keep his head going in the right direction!

 Nice to have some that missed last season back in action and the long slog back for them, lots of roadwork and hills for them on their return to action.

 Good to have three winners on the board already and looking forward to adding plenty to that through the season.

 The eventers also going well, and Tilt Du Chatelier who did not enjoy the racing too much proving to be a very decent event horse. Great to be able to provide him with an alternative career when Plan A did not work out. Several big competitions this year for Harriet which has been fun - if rather nerve wracking!

 Our 'Open Saturday's' will resume in September so put a date in your diary to come and see the team for this season.

 We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:14

Wednesday 29th June

Nothing too much to report since the last entry  here. Flaming June has been a complete washout and it feels more like November here today. The only bonus is that the hated flies have temporarily got washed away – or hopefully drowned for a while!

 The team have been starting earlier than normal (hardly worth going to bed!) in an effort to beat the bloody things. The field horses also coming in during the day to get away from the bites. We have also been turning the fit ones out at night and keeping them in through the day. Better for the horses, but although they get a very long lunch break – which involves plenty of sleeping - it does make a long day for the team.

 As ever though everyone mucking in and getting on with it.

 Great to see that its Stable Staff Week this week, and that the staff are getting the recognition they thoroughly deserve.  We are very lucky to have a team who are a pleasure to work with. Also sad to see some of the comments put on social media by some retired staff who have clearly not had a great time elsewhere in the industry.

 As someone who also has links to other parts of the equine industry it is reassuring to know that our staff have a proper wage and conditions structure – a far cry from many other types of yard who work totally ridiculous hours for a totally ridiculous wage. Shame HMRC don’t go and visit some of those!

 Having said that that there is plenty of room for improvement in our own industry. The ability to charge a higher training fee is a starting point – this of course driven initially by better prize money – would enable trainers to pay above the required minimum. Sensible prize money would enable owners to fund the increased fees – its not rocket science!

 The racecourses also need to make a lot more effort. Jockeys are paid to ride and get free food (no gripes about that) so why not the same for the staff?? When you go to tracks and not only have to queue behind racecourse staff to get fed in the first place – but to see that they are getting free food too, adds insult to injury. Nobody is asking for a three course feed, but just a simple and healthy meal should be available to all stable staff. Obviously some of the bigger tracks are already there, but it would not cost a fortune for all to follow. Some of the canteens are a disgrace and that is not acceptable either – Towcester,(Terrible) Worcester(inedible) Taunton Warwick (the only place that can kill a baked potato!) – take note!

 Things are so much better now – and rightly so – but improvement still required. Coming from a farming background long hours are the norm, and anyone who is self employed also knows the score. We try to balance out the long winter hours with shorter days and a lot less to do this time of year, but its often hard to remember that when the rain is running down your back in November!

 Thank you to all at Team Dickin for their dedication and good humour -  they do keep us entertained as well as looking after their horses to a very high standard.

 Holidays still being taken Rachel off sunning herself this week, and Harriet T & Ceris in Dublin for a few days last week (they survived!!). Cathal off to teach the French Irish next week, & Megan off to teach the Irish South African the week after!

 We are looking for another team member for the coming season, do call the office if you would like to come and join us.

 Not too many runners although those that have run all running pretty well. Great to see Anti Cool back on the track after all of his problems. He ran creditably to finish fourth just blowing up a bit going to the last and Charlie sensibly looking after him. No sign of the old problem which was a profound relief – delighted for John & Ellie and the EPDS team who have been so patient – just got to do it again now!

 Vocaliser ran much better at Newmarket. Another who has been working through some issues - we were delighted to see him run all the way to the line and although last of 6 to finish only beaten about six lengths. All about confidence with him and that would have been a good boost for him.

 Wildmoor Boy has been testing everyones patience and skills. He was an amazing third in a listed bumper at Cheltenham on his first run, then had a couple of problems in running, which I think frightened him. He then turned into a deranged idiot at the races. WB is very easy at home but seems to get claustrophobic in a strange stable. He has been here there and everywhere to try & desensitise him, which has worked to a degree! Testing Megan’s handling skills to the nth degree! Lots of help from Charlie & Fran & also Eric at Stratford races saw us actually get him to the races last night. Very late arrival and plenty of skill from the girls saw him get out onto track without too much fuss (relatively!) he ran Ok but Charlie pulled up at the second last – plenty more to come from him and a better experience will have helped his confidence no end.

 The Lion Man has been crying out for better ground and having got it at Uttoxeter ran a massively better race. Running on to be fourth not beaten far. Just showing what a hard time the wet winter gave some of the horses. He runs again today and just hoping the pouring weather we are getting at the moment does not manifest itself there.

 

A recent addition Betterlatethanneva ran a blinder in the bumper on the same day to finish second for Charlie's better half Fran Nimmo. The filly now heads for Ascot sales in July and will be a really decent filly to train on. We would be delighted to retain her to stay in the yard so do call if you would be interested.

Monday, 06 June 2016 13:15

Winner Number 3 of the season!

 

WINNER!

 Myroundorurs back to Worcester on Saturday to try for a repeat performance of his win a couple of weeks ago.

 Up 16lb as a reward for his efforts (thanks for nothing Mr Handicapper!) it was a big ask to follow up with another win, but Myround did not know that and just got on with the job in hand. He is getting much better at coping with all the preliminaries as his confidence grows, and looked picture in the paddock. Megan who does such great work at keeping him calm -  robbed of the turnout, but still appreciated by us and also Andrew Nicholls who had managed to get some time out of his busy schedule to get to the races.

 Myround does not do waiting around and is not a ride for the faint hearted  - Charlie not at all worried by that and gave him a great ride – pretty rapid over the first four he had a healthy lead down the back straight and Charlie managed to get a blow into him going into the turn. Not travelling as well as last time as he turned in we thought the writing was on the wall, but horse and jockey had other ideas, and went on again over the last three. Clear jumping the last the race looked in the bag but a late challenge from the runner up meant a lot of screaming from us and a determined effort from horse & jockey!

 Happily we prevailed by a neck – a really good performance after such a big hike in the weights, and delighted for Andrew & Jane .

 Very rewarding to win with a horse that has plenty of talent but has caused plenty of blood, sweat & tears to work him out!

 Worcester had done a good job with the ground, and happily Myround fine afterwards, and out for a mini break with his mates. He can’t handle soft ground but as he is such a big horse won’t want it too fast either. He will continue to run through the summer, but only on decent safe ground.

 Great to have had three winners so early in the season.

 Vocaliser ran on the flat at Kempton, and travelled well for a long way – just blowing up a bit in the straight. He has had a fairly life changing operation since his last run and is now a gelding so has an excuse for not quite getting home. He may have one more run on the flat or may head for the field – jury out on that one at present!

 Most of the team now out to grass  - of which there is an abundance this year – 40 ewe lambs arrived from Turnstone Farming to help get some of it munched off – also great for the pasture to have some sheep following the horses, who are notoriously bad gazers! The woollies caused a lot of snorting and puffing by the holiday makers who eventually decided that they were actually quite boring and not aliens landing!

 The team still slogging away with the power hose and getting there slowly.

 Supposed to be a quiet time of the year but always plenty to do, especially as the troops are all trying to get some holiday in. Cathal back to Ireland for a week to catch up with his family. Megan looking a little less traumatised after her  end of year OU exam done and dusted!

 Southwell with Anti Cool tomorrow. Feeling pretty stressed about him, as he is a horse with bags of talent but has had some difficult ‘issues’ which we have thrown everything at over the last few months. Hoping and praying his patient owners are rewarded with a solid run tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Monday, 23 May 2016 12:59

WINNERS!

Off the mark for the new season – and happily a lot sooner than last year!

 Myroundorurs has not been easy – either at home or at the races!! He pulls like a train and is very sharp as well. Soft ground is not for him so Andrew & Jane Nicholls have had a long winter waiting for him to have his preferred conditions! Getting him to settle over hurdles has proved impossible so a change of tactics first time over fences. Not a job for the faint hearted up the straight at Worcester with four fences coming up very quickly, but no better man for the job than Charlie, who was wiping the flies off his forehead by the time they went past the post the first time!

 Once they turned down the back he settled better and jumped like a stag – no one could get near him – still pulling going to the last he won as he liked by 20 lengths!! A great ride from Charlie and a very good effort from Myround and the team delighted to train a winner for such patient owners in Andrew & Jane. Sadly neither of them could be here but think there was plenty of encouragement from afar – there certainly was from Dickin HQ!!

Having just recovered our voices it was off to Stratford on Saturday evening with Jackfield (Jack Quinlan on board) – the horse has had a few placed efforts,  but a downpour prior to the race did nothing to get our hopes up, however we need not have worried as JF was always travelling well and ran out an easy winner.

 Great to have two early winners on the board and hopefully these two will follow up!

 Many of the string on holiday now and at last the weather warming up for them. Plenty of grass and those trim waistlines expanding by the day! Lovely to see them out and relaxing.

 The team now busy with power washing and general spring cleaning – no-ones favourite job, but it has to be done!!

Monday, 16 May 2016 09:25

New Arrivals!

New arrivals!

 

Delighted to announce the arrival of Dancing Daffodils first born!

 A bay colt by Native Ruler who stands at Batsford Stud, and who is himself a son of Cape Cross.

 Daffodil won 5 races for us and is a homebred herself so pleased to welcome ‘ Sweet William’ (who is very opinionated for one so young!!)

 

 

The other new arrival is a beautiful daughter for Chris & Louise Dickin who was born on April 22nd. Careena Elizabeth Shirley.

 Huge congratulations to Chris & Lou  - and a little sister for Luca.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:33

Out with the old - in with the new!

Well another season comes to an end and I can’t say that we will be too sad to see the back of it either!! The early part of the season proved to be at the very least – trying – for the whole team.

 Horses running well but not well enough and winners proving very elusive. A lot of places and no indicators as to why the number one spot eluding us.

 The weather not helping at all and incessant rain giving us heavy ground for most of the winter. Plenty of ours not wanting the ground deep and spending a lot of time at home!

 With no changes to our daily routine or feeding regime the tide suddenly turned and  Timons Tara breaking the duck to a collective sigh of relief from Team Dickin. Then as often happens the tide turned and everyone running much better.

 Delighted to train a winner at last for Mark James – after a really annoying amount of places!

 Get Involved was bought as a replacement for the ill fated Point of Attack, and is a lovely horse but cannot handle soft ground so his loyal supporters have had to be very patient this winter, especially as Some Finish who was bought on the same day managed to bang in two consecutive wins, whilst their horse stood in his stable looking at the mud!!

 They were repaid however with a class performance at Newbury followed up with a really great effort to be second at Cheltenham first  time over fences. A horse with an exciting future.

 As mentioned Some Finish notched up back to back wins at Leicester – he is still a big baby and will benefit from a good break this summer and be back bigger and stronger next season.

 Young Lou adding another to Cliff Beechs list of winners and a first winner for our new conditional Cathal Courtney. A day he won’t forget! Great to have another winner for Cliff especially as the filly is a homebred.

 Under The Phone has proved to be a real little warrior for The Tricksters and rarely runs a bad race – he lost his maiden over fences tag at Market Rasen and is sure to win again through the summer – another that does not relish the heavy ground.  

 Thomas Crapper had a frustrating start to the year with a couple of under par performances – his blood eventually showed up a problem and took some time to correct – he hates heavy ground so more patient owners required! Again repaid with a great performance at Newbury to win a valuable prize.

 Great to have him back on form and then following up with a good run at Sandown on the last day of the season.

 Plenty of others in the team running well without getting their noses in front and plenty to look forward for the coming season.

 As well as the winners, we ended up with 15 seconds, 19 thirds and 15 fourths!

 A huge ‘Thank you’ to all of our loyal owners who have stuck with us through the choppy waters as well as when things are going well .

 Thank you to the team at home who have worked so hard all season and again have kept grafting away even when things were not going great!

 We could not do it all without such great support from all quarters.

 Masses to look forward to in the coming months with several that missed this season back in action, babies now growing up and a few with ‘issues’ now sorted!

 Plenty to run through the summer who have missed so much through the wet weather.

 Onwards and upwards ............watch this space!

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:28

Winner!

Weather still pretty inclement, and the grass not making much attempt to grow! Although there was a glimpse of sun on a couple of occasions!

 Grand National weekend and some great racing, unfortunately a chance for the ‘Great Uninformed ‘ to pop out of the woodwork and try and sound as if they know what they are talking about – and as usual failing miserably!  Back to hugging their trees again now no doubt!

 As always a story behind the winner – well done to Mouse Morris & Rule the World, an emotional day for them.

 The action for us on the other side of the country at Market Rasen on Sunday and the very likeable Under The Phone making the trek up there well worth while when winning tidily under Conor Shoemark. ‘John’ as he is called by Hollie who looks after him – ‘Walt’ as he is know by his owners – made virtually all and had the race put to bed as they turned in. An amazing leap three out caused a collective intake of breath by his loyal supporters and he won by a cosy 6 lengths, putting a disappointing run last time out, behind him.

 Great to get another winner on the board, and to get our season looking a bit more healthy! It was a very trying time up until the new year with no obvious explanation either, which makes life pretty tough. Recently though the horses have been running very well, (with a couple previously documented low points) which does make it easier to get out of bed in the mornings!!

Well done to The Tricksters yesterday, and well done to the team at home.

 Entries this week at Cheltenham and Ayr,  

 

 

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