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,  

 

 

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:07

Busy Weekend

What a weekend.

 A really busy Saturday with our monthly Open morning, four runners at Newbury and Harriet & I away in Norfolk for her first 3* competition! It was also Robins birthday so I think it fair to say I was not the most popular person around for not being here!

 Open morning busy this month – but as has become standard for the first Saturday of the month  it was raining!! A great turnout though – NH fans never put off by a bit of rain! Thanks as ever to Terry & Mandy Poulson who braved the elements again and warmed everyone up with coffee & excellent cakes made by Terry! The air ambulance tin is feeling heavy so thanks to everyone that donated towards this essential service.

 Hopefully these open mornings have given interested parties the chance to see what goes on in a racing yard (& Terrys kitchen!!) and to get involved in our fantastic sport.

 The team off to Newbury with Brian back at the wheel and he clearly has not lost his touch. Vocaliser not really seeing his race out and investigations on going there, Thomas Crapper out again after an encouraging run at Exeter a couple of weeks ago and looking fantastic in the preliminaries (BTO for Harriet T). Happily he had read the script and jumped for fun all the way, storming home to win by a couple of lengths. Great to see him finally break his duck over fences after some great runs in defeat.

 Given a super ride by Charlie he was screamed home by his enthusiastic, and very patient owners who have never lost their faith in him, and waited for both blood and ground to come right this season. Harriet & I managed to get the TV working in the lorry in Norfolk and with help from the dogs who thought it great fun to join in, were in danger of being evicted from the event for rowdy behaviour!!  SO delighted to have TC back on track – and for a good prize too.

 Timons Tara next up in the mare final and ran a blinder to finish fifth in a red hot race – very good effort from TT and Jack Quinlan.

 Black Country Boy then in the bumper and sadly picking up a nasty injury, which took the shine off the day for everyone. He is home though and will mend in time. Devastating to pick up an injury in a bumper, and very unexpected.

 Nerves in shreds over in Norfolk with the fences all looking mighty big! Great effort from Harriet & Bean with a decent test, one pole in the show jumping and one green error cross country but completing in their first effort was a great achievement.

 No runners until the weekend now and hoping that things will warm up a bit so that the grass will get going.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 09:53

March 24th

This sport of ours has many us and downs which we all accept, but days like yesterday - which thankfully are few and far between - are the toughest to deal with.

Four runners at Warwick, Under THe Phone ran disappointingly, Tara Well came back very sore in her back, and then we lost poor Badgers Cove when he fractured a hind leg in the long distance chase.

Badger - owned by Mr Beech & Brian Wilkinson has been with us since he was five and was a huge talent - with fragile legs. He was the kindest horse, with a huge character and a great love of polos!! He could sniff them out from 100 yards away.

Everyone loved Badger.

Having had a year out and been home to live with Cliff he was delighted to be back in work again (although had had great fun racing Cliffs donkeys around the field) and looked fabulous yesterday - winning the best turned out. 

He was skipping along and jumping fantastiaclly when disaster struck.

A runner in the next race meant the show had to  go on and the team were fantasically professional and Jump and Jump ran a really nice race in a very hot bumper. Blackcountry Boy was also in attendance for an outing after his first run.

I was so proud of our young team - whose hearts were breaking - but who held it all together looking after the other horses and were so professional both at the races and at home.

Our utmost sympathies go out to Cliff & Brian and the rest of the Beech family. The Beech horses are much cherished.

 

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages etc it means a lot.

 

 

 

Friday, 18 March 2016 08:53

Friday 18th March

The week before Cheltenham always carries a feeling of anticipation and excitement, and for us nerves as to whether Thomas Crapper would beat the ballot – frustratingly he did not, so a feeling of deflation also in the camp.

 However the week also gave us another winner in Young Lou who finally lost her maiden tag! Lou has been placed so many times, but despite the knocking from the pessimists on RUK  showed great tenacity to win well, under a good ride from out new conditional Cathal Courtney. This was only Cathals’ fourth ride under rules and he followed plan A to the letter winning tidily for a 28th winner for our legendary owner Cliff Beech and co owner Brian Wilkinson.

 Delighted to train another winner for Cliff who is SO patient with his horses, although waiting for all the babies to be old enough to run must have been frustrating even for Cliff!  Young Lou is a homebred out of the decent Wanna Shout who won several for us, and by Kadastrof – the legend lives on!

The previous day Cathal had ridden Tara Well to be third in a decent mares race at Sandown. Tara Well (by Kayf Tara) is a really likeable filly – tough as you like and was only beaten four lengths, having already run once earlier in the week in ground she hated to be 4th at Lingfield. TW is for sale and will give someone a lot of fun. Debating whether to set up a new partnership in her, so if you are interested to give a call for details.

 Some Finish a bit disappointing at Leicester  to finish third. The ground again was horrendous, but I think three quick runs in tying to beat the handicapper caught up with him. Up 7lbs for first win then another 12 for the second – bloody hard on him, and surprise, surprise no drop for a sound beating.

 Another Kayf Tara (the progeny are having a wonderful Cheltenham) there are still a few shares left in the Some Finish partnership – a dual winner – what more could you ask from a horse to get involved with!

 Todays racing as expected will be top class, as it has been all week. Ruby showing what a magician he is, and many wonderful performances across the card. Vautour and Thistlecrack both very impressive yesterday, but Sprinter Sacre was the stuff of dreams in the Champion chase – well done to all connections – it was a fabulous performance and brought a tear to many eyes – including mine!

 The VP debate rumbles on, and whilst acknowledging that she has done amazing things to even get to the races at all – never mind today – the press frenzy is now getting really tedious and I hope it does not encroach on what will be a great days racing.

 Have a great day -

 Come on Cue Card!!

Monday, 07 March 2016 08:18

Monday 7th March

Delighted to be able to report another WINNER last Friday at Newbury. Get Involved showed a lot of promise on his first run for us but has had some wind issues since and we have been waiting for some better ground for him – a process that has taken some considerable time this winter!

 Having side stepped Ludlow last week we declared at Newbury but the ground then softened up again – very frustrating and caused not a little debate! Eventually we decided to run and the rest is history! Charlie gave GI a great ride and nursed him around until creeping into contention as they turned for home. He slightly fluffed his lines at the second last and was second after jumping the last, but I think the collective screaming from his supporters galvanised him and GI won tidily going away from a very game favourite in second.

Very pleased to win for the Point Of Attack partners who have had a bumpy ride after losing their lovely horse who the partnership is named after, in a freak accident in his box. We bought GI with lots of involvement from the group which was fun, but the mud has tested everyone’s’ patience again!! Well done to all of them and thank you for keeping the faith – this will be an even better horse over fences!

 Ironic actually as Some Finish & GI arrived on the same day so great win with them in the same week!

 Other runners at Newbury also ran well – Vocaliser back after a long break ran well to be fourth in a hottish juvenile race – jumped very well – needs better ground, and possibly just needed the race. Badgers Cove who is a great favourite in the yard had been off the track for almost two years with an injury, ran an absolute blinder to be fifth running on. So pleased to see him back.

 All OK after the races – always a relief!

 First day of eventing yesterday and a trip to Norfolk. The day started really well with both horses doing good tests and show jumping rounds – unfortunately it was all down hill from there when Tilt Du Chatelier & Harriet took a tumble at the water and Harriet’s day ended in Warwick A&E (battered but happily not broken!) They live to fight another day! It was a long way home!

 Tara Well off to Lingfield today for a first run over hurdles – Charlie rides and we hope the ground is awful!!

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!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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