Wednesday, 02 March 2016 07:46

March 2nd

More seconds!! AND a WINNER!!

 Young Lou ran a super race at Warwick giving our new conditional Cathal Courtney his first ride under rules. She travelled really well all through the race and looked to be the winner three out when one fell in front of her and brought her to a complete standstill. Cathal did well to keep the partnership together, but you would have to think that it cost them the race and they finished a good second – the rest nowhere! Good effort from a young jockey who could just be a future star, and poor Lou So deserves to get her head in front.

 One of our biggest supporters and possibly the most patient man on the planet with his horses Mr Beech owns Young Lou who he bred, and also bred Blackcountry Boy out of Simple Glory who also won for us. BCB has taken some time to grow into his considerable frame, and he made his debut on Sunday at Southwell. He made a super start to his career by finishing a flying second, and looks to be a very exciting prospect.

 Hoping to add to Mr Beech’s winners tally very soon!

 Some Finish put a stop to the seconds yesterday at Leicester when following up his previous course & distance win with an emphatic victory under a great ride from Charlie. He made all, jumped and travelled well and galloped he rest of the runners into submission! Delighted with him and delighted for his supporters who were out in force yesterday!

 Unbelievably I still have shares in Some Finish for sale – he is a half brother to State of Play – so why not take the plunge and get involved in a fun horse who is now a dual winner?? Give us a call to find out about our very affordable partnerships.

 

Open Morning this Saturday so the perfect opportunity to come and see Some Finish and his mates. Do come along and see what we get up to on a busy Saturday morning and meet the horses and team. No entry fee – just turn up!

 

Friday, 19 February 2016 13:46

Feb 19th

Very frustrating day at Towcester on Wednesday with two excellent runs from two very gusty and brave fillies But with TWO seconds!!

 We all hate second (which is better than third but more frustrating!!) but also feel that we should also be pretty damn chuffed with both Young Lou & Timons Tara yesterday who both ran really good races to be second.

 Both jumped exceptionally well and were just unlucky to come up against ‘one’ on the day!

 Both horses also won the BTO for Megan & Hollie – although you could not tell one end from the other when they came back in the conditions were so bad!

 Towcester excelling itself in the canteen dept again – the girls reporting that the service still dire and the food worse. Topped off with the manager refusing to speak to me although then eventually saw sense! Great PR!

 Come on Towcester do something about it.

 On to Leicester yesterday with Some Finish, who we bought after one of the Cheltenham sales last year. SF is by the prolific Kayf Tara and its taken a little while for the penny to drop with him. He actually ran a really good race last time in horrific ground at Uttoxeter and we were quietly confident that the slightly shortened trip would help him. He jumped much better (has had a tendency to jump right) but looked booked for third at the last, which we would all have been chuffed with – however about eight strides after he landed and was still  running on – the win suddenly looked attainable! Produced down the rail under a strong drive from Charlie, SF got his head in front and then ran away from the others to WIN by an easy six lengths. I think the collective screaming from supporters at the track and from various other locations around the country must have been what got him home!

 Still a few shares left in Some Finish who has now proved himself and will be better again over a full three miles – has to be good value so why not get involved with a friendly partnership and a really nice horse?

 Brilliant for the partnership and great for the team here after three seconds in a row!

 Its such a relief to get a couple of winners in as its been such a frustrating season for the team. The horses on the whole not running too badly but its no fun being in the placed position when all we want is winners! You certainly find out who your friends are at times like this and a huge thanks to all our owners & supporters who have ‘kept the faith’ – hopefully plenty of reward to come their way from now on.

 No runners till next week now – off to stimulate the brain at a ‘Backs, Balance & Biomechanics’ conference tomorrow which should be interesting as long as I can stay awake!

Friday, 05 February 2016 15:57

February 5th

After a long drought it was great to get back in the winners enclosure at Ludlow on Wednesday.

 The horses have on the whole been running well, with plenty of placed efforts but with the win being very elusive!

Happily Timons Tara, who was third on her previous outing, put in a solid effort to win under Jack Quinlan for owner Mark James in the 2m5f mare’s hurdle. Annoyingly we had a protracted battle against an EPDS horse, and whilst we always want to win it never feels very PC to beat your other owners – even if the horse was trained elsewhere! Sorry John!

 TT was game as a pebble and fought hard whilst giving the second horse over a stone in weight – once in command after the last she stayed on really well and a step up to three miles won’t inconvenience her! Ground was terrible – it’s worse now that it’s drying out as its gone sticky rather than sloppy and its very hard work for everyone!

 TT came out of the race fine, as did Some Finish last w/e after a much improved performance. Perhaps rather an odd comment after he pulled up but with the ground virtually unraceable  SF travelled and jumped really well until just getting tired three out – Charlie had gone a right gallop on him whilst making all and as only one finished which really explains the race/ground! SF had looked very disinterested at Taunton the previous week, and the visor certainly sharpened him up! (Harriet D won the BTO)

 Kaddys Dream & Must Meet MrsGrath both ran in the bumper at Doncaster, and whilst the ground there the previous day was OK for Under The Phone who ran his usual solid race to be fifth (needs further now) and mixture of rain & snow meant the ground was pretty atrocious by the end of the day and both fillies struggled to get home in the conditions – both will be better on good ground.

 A few changes at Dickin HQ as Kelly has gone off to work in an office! She has been doing an accounts course for a while now and whilst it was not a great time to change direction we wish her well in her new job, and look forward to seeing her dressed up in her smart office gear!

 Holly has taken over Kelly’s position at Hill Farm, and Harriet Turner is now in charge of all of the racing tack.

 We have a great team here, and they have been brilliant even though the winners have been eluding us, it’s a great testament to them that they are all working away even when the going is tough. So a big thanks to them all.

A blast from the past here last night in the shape of Darren, who is leaving Banbury to head back to London, it was his birthday too so' Happy Birthday Darren - 38??'

 A lovely Sunday lunch last w/e with Andrew & Jane Nicholls, a thoroughly enjoyable day and nice to catch up with some old friends and meet some new faces, as well as enjoy a delicious lunch!

 

Open Morning tomorrow – do come along and meet the team, but bring waterproofs as the forecast does not look very promising!

Friday, 15 January 2016 13:05

January 15th

Not a great deal to report this week – its still bloody raining – although we did have a bit of a change in type of precipitation this morning with some of the white stuff falling at six am! Yuck. Very slippery on the drive so the scenic route to the gallop today. Its gone now but relatively very cold compared to what we have had recently!

 No point in running many of  the horses on this ground as it simply wastes a run – if they don’t handle it they just have a hard time for nothing and of course recovery takes longer if they are ‘bottomed’ in it. On the plus side we will be very busy once we get some decent ground back and those that have been coping with the ground have been running well.

 Anti Cool had some form on heavy from his pointing days so running him not a silly option – unfortunately he burst a blood vessel – the ground probably a contributing factor – so another that will have to sit tight for some better conditions. Happily he was fine after the race and will be ready to go as soon as the word good appears somewhere in the going report!

 The Kayf Taras seem to love the wet going so at least we will have some runners in the next week or so!

 Nice to see Jane Nicholls here last week who came to see Myroundorurs along with Martin Lynch who was over from Ireland for a couple of days. Another Irishman here to ride out in the form of Connor Smith who is conditional for Philip Hobbs. Jack Quinlan also here to ride out last week along with Charlie, Chris Ward & James Martin.

 Good to see James ride a winner at Towcester for his Dad Andy – well done James.

 Well done also to Harriet who passed her HGV test this week at the first attempt! She can now drive anything except an articulated lorry – scarey stuff!!

Monday, 04 January 2016 11:50

New Year - More Rain

Firstly, Thank you for all of your Christmas greetings, cards and donations to the lads & girls Christmas fund – they drank a good deal of it in the Huff Cap just before Christmas and there were a few headaches evident the day after! The tree is down, the needles hoovered up, and the New Year has come in with a glug!

 They say it never rains but it pours – and currently we seem to be under a continuous deluge!

 Ground conditions horrendous everywhere, and the horses not really loving any of it. We have even stopped turning out for a few days as the whole place is like a bog, and after a quick wallow the horses are standing at the gate waiting to get back in!

 Plenty of runners over the Christmas period and some good results – plenty of places, but frustratingly no winner.

 Tara Well ran a blinder in the bumper (BTO for Harriet Turner) at Uttoxeter, to be second behind a hot pot of Hobbs’ – the race run in a monsoon like storm – she beat the third horse 17 lengths and skipped through the mud very easily. She will be a real fun horse for someone, and is schooled and ready to run over hurdles – and is FOR SALE to stay in the yard and if sold before she runs next will incur no training fees until she wins! What an offer – do call for further details.

 Timons Tara also ran very well the same day to be third – jumped and travelled really well – just could not quicken in the ground but only beaten a few lengths. Holly and Harriet T doing sterling work in horrendous conditions.

 Three at Warwick the same day – Young Lou running very well after a long lay off to be third – she fluffed her lines a bit at both of the last two hurdles or would have given the winner a run for his money! Myroundorurs and Kaddys Girl both hated the ground and will do well once we get something less like a swamp to run on.

 Thomas Crapper ran much better at Cheltenham in a very hot race – again on very unsuitable ground for him, Wildmore Boy behaved himself well which was a huge step forward after the end of last season when he was losing he plot at the races badly! He is another who will appreciate better ground.

 Garrahalish went to Sandown on Saturday expecting soft, good to soft in places and was greeted with heavy soft in places! The day was a wash out and Gary ran well to be fourth – not sure there can be much track left as most of it was stuck to the horses and jockeys as they came in! Three and a half hours to get home in more rain made for a very long day!

 Some Finish ran well at Leicester and should have a rating tomorrow –

 Not too much action this week unless the ground has a quick turn around. Anti Cool has entries at Huntingdon & Doncaster.

 Happy New Year from all of us here

Monday, 28 December 2015 09:20

Belated Seasons Greetings!

A very belated entry to the blog - entirely due to the pressures of a last minute Christmas! We only have 364 days to get ready for it each year, but every year its a last minute rush! The cards that were written are still sitting on my desk - early for next year??

Apologies for lack of Christmas greetings but we hope that you all had an amazing Christmas and Santa brought everything you wanted.

I am just hoping he brings some winners and soon!

I will get in quick with wishing everyone a Happy, and most importantly a Healthy New Year!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year - when the going gets tough you certainly find out who your friends are.

Thank you most especially to all of our fabulous owners who trust us with their precious horses - and to our team at home who have worked away all through the Christmas period looking after the four legged team, all with a smile (and the occasional headache!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 18 December 2015 08:03

Friday 18th December

An attack of placeditis upon us at the moment – an improvement on unplaceditis but mighty frustrating!

The horses at last seem to be finding their form and pleased to see Garrahalish run a big race at Ascot – annoying to come up against a well handicapped one of Venetia’s but glad to put a poor run at Chepstow behind him. He jumped really well and made most until turning in, got outpaced but then fought back really well to finish second.

 Bally Lagan has just returned from a long lay off due to an injury so really pleased to see him running so well. First run back at Leicester saw him only beaten four lengths by the winner, he then followed that run up with a frustrating, but good second two weeks later at the same track.

 Myroundorurs ran a really good race to be fifth at Warwick – he still need  to learn to settle in the early part of a race – Charlie’s arms definitely looking longer when he got back – but huge improvement all the same. Another who has improved a lot is Jackfield who has finished third on his last two runs. Timons Tara is learning how to behave in the preliminaries now which is helping her cause no end!

 Some Finish has run twice and needs one more for his handicap mark. He is a lovely chaser in the making and still a few shares available.

 Get Involved finally back to the track after a slightly rock preparation and running really well until getting a bit tired up the straight. The Lion Man hated the ground at Ludlow and will wait for something better now.

 A new filly arrived from Ireland a couple of weeks ago and has settled in well – Mustmeet MrsGrath will run for the EPDS partnership – she is only small but jumps really well, and hopefully will be some fun.

 Under The Phone ran his usual good race to finish fourth at Leicester – Charlie and he did well to keep the partnership together after making an absolute hash of a fence down the back straight which cost many lengths and he certainly would have finished a whole lot closer without the error.

 One who would certainly have finished very close without getting mugged was Garrahalish (BTO for Harriet Turner) who was running a blinder at Cheltenham when getting virtually brought down by a faller at the top of the hill. A faller either side of Gary - who had not put a foot wrong anywhere – caused some nifty foot work by Gary to avoid the fallers which resulted in Charlie Deutsch falling off, and an outbreak of appalling language from Gary’s camp!

 Gary has run at Cheltenham four times and on three occasions has been so badly hampered that he has lost his jockey – he himself has never made an error – Not sure what he/we have done to upset the Cheltenham gods but they certainly are not on our side as far as he is concerned! Thank goodness he was fine and jumped the remaining fences and quickened up up the run in nicely to finish fourth with his ears pricked! He really does deserve a change of luck.

 Kaddys Girl (BTO for Kelly) ran a nice race at Ludlow on her second run over hurdles, and  Kaddys Dream made a nice debut in the bumper on the same card.

 Another open day came and went at the beginning of the month a saw some more hardened NH fans turn out in a howling gale to see the horses – lovely to meet some new faces, and hope they enjoyed the morning despite the windy conditions. Thanks again to Terry & Many Poulson and the Venvell team for all their help and cooking skills – also to Holly’s Nan for mince pies and lemon drizzle!!

 Next open morning is Jan 2nd which may or may not be a good plan after the NY celebrations – a good opportunity to blow the hangover cobwebs away! Do come and join us – or email for an alternative day if you can’t make that one.

 

A few having a midseason break as the ground is so soft at present. Kitegen & Spurned Girl both hate the heavy so will have a short break now, Kayf Tiger has gone home for some pampering from Nat Jameson, as has Storming Harry to get the same from Nigel & Jenny Thick.

 Next week not busy with runners and so really must get some Christmas shopping done before the big day arrives!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 09:33

Wednesday 18th November

Plenty of runners over the last few days, and another Open Morning.

 Runners first, and plenty of positivity from what we have run – several places but the number one spot proving elusive at present which is frustrating!

 Warwick saw Vocaliser make his hurdles debut – he pulled like an idiot for the first mile – but jumped beautifully – cruised to the leaders but blew up two out as a result of his early tanking. He is a stunning horse and showed enough to get us all excited. I believe there are a few shares left so do get involved.

 Tara Well ran in the bumper and ran a blinder to finish sixth only beaten ten lengths by the winner. She is a tenacious little character, and tough as you like. Schools really well and will now go hurdling. She will be lots of fun, and if you are looking for a fun horse you could do a lot worse than her! She is for sale.

 Towcester last Thursday and a typical Towcester wet one!

 Myroundorurs back from a break and a wind op – very strong for a circuit, but jumped well and made up ground strongly to the third last – then his long break just caught up with him up the steep Towcester hill. Delighted with the run though – he is schooling well over fences as well so lots to look forward to.

 Kayf Tiger jumped much better and the penny stating to drop. The Lion Man jumped two – slipped really badly on the turn away from the stands – nearly fell on the flat and that was game over, Charlie jumped a few more fences to get his confidence then pulled up. Kaddys Girl hated the ground, but travelled well for a long way until hitting the hill. She will be fine another day on better ground.

 The girls excelling themselves with BTOs – they won four with runners in only three races! The judges could not split the two of that ran in the same race so gave it to them both! Well done Holly Kelly & Cerys!

 The Towcester canteen still dire – slow service, cold food – watch this space for improvements!

 Ludlow with Under the Phone who ran a good race to be fourth, jumped really well. Timons Tara behaved much better and ran Ok; Jackfield ran a hugely improved race to be third under a good ride from Hannah Watson. Very wet at Ludlow and a BTO for Holly with UTP.

 Open morning dawned in a monsoon! Having said to the team not to worry as no one would turn up in a torrent we were amazed that about 25 hardy souls braved the weather to come and see the action! Terry & Mandy Poulson here again to help make drinks and Terry also supplying some very professional looking cakes! Thank also to Holly’s Nan as she also provided some equally yummy cakes as did Julie Vennvell.

 Do hope everyone enjoyed their morning despite the downpour! Thanks for coming! We have raised £100 for the Air Ambulance from the two mornings so far – a great cause.

 The next one is on December 5th – do tell your friends and come along and see us. What better Christmas present than a share in a racehorse!

Monday, 02 November 2015 12:52

Monday 2nd November

Our next OPEN MORNING is this Saturday coming, so do tell your friends and come along and meet the team here at Alne Park.

 The gates are open from 9 – 11. Entrance is free – we are hoping to raise some money for the air ambulance from donations if possible.

The horses will be exercising at 9.30 and tea, coffee and a few fattening goodies will be available! Just hope it’s not as foggy as today!

 Not much to be seen up here today, in fact I think the team are having trouble seeing their horses’ ears the fog is so thick!

 A busy time since the last blog, but not too many runners.

 Thomas Crapper ran rather under par at Cheltenham, but a combination of being hampered by a faller, no real gallop, top weight and a post race blood that could be a lot better explains a lot!

 Desroaches ran poorly at Stratford, but came back with a horrible over reach, which was bad enough to have stopped her and Spurned Girl ran a solid race at Uttoxeter to be sixth – she jumped really well and is coping much better with all the preliminaries now, although Kelly still looked pretty warm when she let her go to post!

 A couple of the new partnership The Songsters called in to meet their boy before Cheltenham. Jenny Fitzgerald and Rhona O’Connell hopefully enjoyed their visit – I was sad to miss them as I was in Somerset with Harriet at the last event of the season.

 Tilt Du Chatelier who was very moderate as a racehorse, had a change of career when Harriet took him over to find him an alternative career. The pair have had an amazing season going from BE90 to CIC1* in twelve months. His first international was a credit to them both finishing 12th out of 100 starters – a fun weekend, and proud of them both. Great for a horse that was so difficult in training to take to another discipline so well. A great advert for the retraining of racehorses.

 More visitors from C&D Tours last week, with Stephen Toms here on Friday and three members of Marshall family here on Saturday – hope they all enjoyed their visits! Stephen having a less good weather morning on Friday when along with Terry & Mandy Poulson chose the wettest day of the week to come over!

 Annoyingly The Lion Man was balloted out of Ascot on Saturday, a race which we had had in mind for a long while! Entries at Warwick and Towcester this week.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 10:42

Tuesday 20th October

We held our first open morning at the beginning of the month – and it seemed to go well. Rather remiss on my part as I found myself double booked and so Mandy & Terry Poulson and Julie Venvell kindly came to hold the fort! We had a nice turnout and hopefully everyone enjoyed the morning.

 The open mornings are set up so that anyone who is interested can come and see the horses work and see what goes on at Alne Park! Although we have a very open house visitors policy, not everyone likes to ask about coming, so we thought it was a way of overcoming that. We raised some funds for the air ambulance which is such a great cause, and will be holding our next one on the first Saturday in November.

There is no entry fee so if you would like to come along do feel free, email or call if you would like more information.

 My double booking was with Harriet at Osberton horse trials where she and her horse Dargle Looks, aka Bean did the CCI2* - big and scary, they both made light work of it to finish 26th out of 120 starters which included plenty of our top riders. Getting near the end of eventing for the year now and it will be nice to have a few Sundays at home.

 The horses on the whole running well without getting into that number one spot. Kitegen was fourth at Fontwell, he made an uncharacteristic howler at the second last otherwise would have been a lot closer – but a good run and not beaten far. Twycross Warrior made his racecourse debut and did not really get his breathing right  - tried to do it all in one breath and then unsurprisingly did not get home!

 A busy day at Towcester – nice to be back there, but oh dear they do need to get their act together re looking after our staff. The canteen food is dire and usually freezing cold – and no offence but I don’t think the staff in there have a clue!

 The track has been ruined by the addition of the dog track, but the plus was that they had made great efforts with the ground which looked lush and green and rode well. It seems that the management have lost some direction, although the Robert Bellamy and the raceday team (canteen excepted) are doing a great job.

 The horses ran OK, Jackfield running a big race till two out then got tired and needed the run, as did Spurned Girl. Tara Well ran well in the bumper, but needs the ground softer and also wants further – she will be a fun horse and Charlie was very pleased with her.

 Thomas Crapper surrounded by a lot of hype from the press was never a foregone conclusion in a hot novice chase and finished third. He ran well, jumped soundly but was just done for toe by two very decent rivals. Saddened by an abusive phone call from someone who had clearly lost their cash – apparently many trainers get this treatment when they have a beaten favourite – pathetic really when someone can call a trainer foul names but is too scared to say who they are. ‘Get a life’ is the phrase that springs to mind!

 Holly was robbed of the turnout with TC, think the judge was looking at the wrong horse, but Kelly and Harriet T both won it with Spurned Girl & Tara Well.

 Garrahalish ran a terrible race at Chepstow, but came back with a dirty scope, Kayf Tiger ran well to finish fifth. He is still learning his trade and needs to relax more so that he can get himself into a better rhythm. Sorry not to see Vicky Jameson at the races – she is on box rest at the moment so best wishes to her for a speedy recovery.

 The Lion Man ran a super race to finish third at Uttoxeter (BTO for Holly) – good to see the Coopers there who along with Mark their friendly driver had a nice day.

 Spurned Girl ran OK at Stratford and Under The Phone made a solid chasing debut at Kempton in a furiously run race – Charlie said that he had never been so fast over fences! UTP jumped soundly and was unlucky that there was no grief in front of him as the first two home looked extremely hairy - I know which one I would rather have been on!

 Lots of visitors recently including Mr & Mrs Essex who came on Saturday morning and were our first visitors courtesy of C& D Stable tours. They did come into something of a manic morning so hope they enjoyed it!

 Charlie, James Martin, Chris Ward, Connor Smith & Tom O’Brian all in to ride out this week – always a help to have some jockeys in.

Monday, 05 October 2015 12:13

New venture at Alne Park

New venture at Alne Park

 

Many of you will know that the Dickin family have moved house – only a short distance up the drive, but it was still a mission!

 As we are now in Alne Park house we are able to offer B & B in the form of two beautiful en suite rooms.

 This is obviously a new venture for us, but it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss to be able to offer this facility in such amazing surroundings.

 Hopefully this will suit owners who live further afield, and also anyone who is wanting to stay near all that central Warwickshire has to offer – including a morning on the gallops to see the team in action.

 For more details please call Claire on 07979518594 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Monday, 28 September 2015 09:49

Monday 28th September

Nice to get back to the races at last, with two runners at Warwick last Tuesday.

 Garrahalish back to his old self and running a really solid race to finish third giving weight to both of the first two. He jumped soundly and finished running on. Charlie thought the track was definitely not for him as he found it too sharp but that he felt back to his old self. After two muggings at the end of last season it was a relief to see him enjoying his race and he remains in high regard. No doubt about the trip now - we always thought he would stay for ever but having been brought down at the festival and then sick after his last run we did not have confirmation of that until this run!

 Be My Witness jumped well but always looked a bit out paced around this track and finished fifth. Not a bad run but she needs to be able to travel better to back up her good jumping.

 The string looking well and are all not far off a run – the weather may interfere this week though as it set to be warm and dry so no doubt we will all be moaning that the ground is too firm!

 The new members of the family are thriving – five puppies is a lot to handle for Milly but she is doing them, really well.

 A couple of new members of staff have joined us this week and we welcome Daniel and Gosha who have come from the Northern Racing College, but hail from Poland.

 Nice to see Graham & Lyn Knight here last week to see Twycross Warrior who will be making his racecourse debut shortly.

 Party night here on Saturday when a fund raising ball was held on the lawn to raise funds for the Stratford Cancer & Eye hospital – a great night when around £50k was raised for a great local cause. Judging by the cars left the next morning I would imagine there were a few sore heads the next day – happily a short trip home for us!

 

Our first ‘Open Morning’ this Saturday so do come along if you would like to come and see the action – gates open at 9am, no entry charge – come and enjoy seeing the team in action.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 11:27

Tuesday 22nd September

A hectic weekend with our Owners Lunch on Sunday. We changed the format slightly this year and instead of having a full on Open Day just had Owners and Friends for lunch and a chat about the horses. Lovely to see so many – about 200 so was pretty cosy, but hope everyone enjoyed the day and the delicious pork cooked by Brian Kerby, and a particular thanks to Julie Venvell who conjured up some amazing puddings for everyone. Not a scrap of them left, so think they were enjoyed!

 Thanks to the team for all the help and to Stratford Racecourse for the loan of tables and chairs!

 We are not abandoning the Open Day but changing it slightly in that we are having an Open Morning on the first Saturday of each month. Locals will have heard our advert on Touch FM, so hope anyone that is interested will join us to have a look around the yard and to see the horses working and meet the team. The gates will be open from 9am, there is no entry fee but we will be hoping to raise funds for the Air Ambulance. Do call if you would like further information or drop us an email. We look forward to seeing you.

 Harriet and Annalisa spent an interesting day at the Stratford Business show last week, I booked a table at the event as I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet up with local businesses, and then realised I was supposed to be on a First Aid refresher course that had already changed five times, so the girls stepped into the breach! I think they had an interesting day and hopefully we can work with some other local businesses to mutual benefit!

 Kitegen ran a nice race at Newton Abbot last Friday to finish fourth. Slightly frustrating as last time he appeared not to really need 21/2 miles but this time looked as if he needed further than two! His trip is possibly very ground dependent! He has bounced out of the race well and should be out again soon.

 Two runners today at Warwick. Be My Witness back after a break and back over fences, Garrahlish back from an even longer break, and also into the unknown trip wise. Both seem well at home but the first runners of the season always a bit of a worry until you know just how fit the string are! Fingers crossed for a good day.

 The other big news this week is the arrivals of Millys’ puppies! Two sleepless nights for her and me resulted in five gorgeous little people, (with sadly one who did not make it). She is being an excellent mummy to four boys & one girl.

Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:31

Sept 9th

A very early start yesterday morning with a lorry arriving from Ireland at 4.30am! The newest addition to the team in the shape of a very exciting three year old colt called Vocaliser. A winner for Jim Bolger on the flat as a two and three year old he is for a new partnership called The Songsters. The group is fronted by some existing owners of The Tricksters partnership and there are some shares still available – do give a call if you would like to get involved. Vocaliser will be aimed at juvenile hurdles this time, with the possibility of taking in some flat runs along the way.

 Another new addition is a super filly – as yet unnamed - by Kadastrof out of Symbiosis who is the dam of a good horse called Kingfisher Creek who is rated 131. The filly is going really well and her owner/breeder is looking to put together a small group to enjoy her racing career. Again do call the office for further details.

 The gallop refurb finally finished, and some new drains in to help with getting the water away during deluges! A lot of work involved in getting it just right but so vital to keep the facilities in A1 condition, and pleased with the results now.

 Charlie is as usual and joined by David England, Ben Poste, Chris Ward and James Martin - great to have the extra help – especially at this time of year when the horses are in maximum work.

 The Venvell family here last weekend to see their horses, and a lovely evening with Nigel and Jenny Thick last Friday to celebrate Storming Harrys’ super win. The Bridge at Bidford becoming a favourite place to eat, and to be recommended!

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