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10-10-2018 19:52:03 in General by Admin
We have a couple of horses who have retired from racing and are ready to move on to pastures new. Both deserve loving homes where they will be pampered and well looked after.  Chant is an eight year old gelding who has been with us since he was a yearling. Chant has a great personality and loves to have his chin tickled. He is much loved by his owner Ann Starkie and only a 5-star home will d...

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08-10-2018 13:47:29 in General by Admin
by Hayley When you've had a remarkable career spanning 40 years and have enjoyed over 2,500 winners, I would imagine it takes something really special to 'stand out' as a personal high, but winning the Nunthorpe on Pivotal is certainly up there for George. One of Sun Hill's holiday lodges is even named after the horse. George describes him as 'a lovely, lovely horse. I never saw him put a foot wr...

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03-10-2018 12:23:56 in General by Admin
by Hayley Did you see the amusing video of the horse that popped into the French bar for a drink yesterday? Yesterday, at a training facility near Chantilly, a horse dumped it's rider and decided to cross the road and head to the local PMU - a cafe/bar that (fittingly) shows racing and takes bets on races too. I'm sure it came as a serious surprise to the unsuspecting customers as the horse burs...

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28-09-2018 11:04:43 in General by Admin
by Hayley  We've enjoyed the recent burst of sunshine this week and the horses seem to feel the same as the last few runners have all ran well, though we could do with another winner... perhaps Highly Focussed can add to his tally tomorrow and make it four for the season? Bibbidibobbidiboo was revitalised for her short break when finishing second at Newcastle on Monday evening. She's had a ...

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24-09-2018 15:30:35 in General by Admin
by Hayley  As the saying goes, 'there's no rest for wicked'... well, we must've been very naughty in our past lives as this Monday was just as manic as all the others. The farriers always make the first of their bi-weekly visits on Monday, to make sure the horses (especially those entered/declared to run) have perfectly trimmed feet and freshly fitted shoes. Dale had just enough time to ride...

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20-09-2018 14:28:27 in General by Admin
by Hayley  The wind proved to be a royal pain in the derriere yesterday - branches littered the roads, garden furniture ended up in the pond and the electricity was off for a few hours. The conditions did not make for a relaxing drive to the races and Dale did a great job of getting the horses to Beverley safely, however, the 'fun' didn't end there... Up The Millers has always been a bit of...

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17-09-2018 14:35:47 in General by Admin
by Hayley  One minute you're making entries, the next you're speeding off in the gator trying to catch a loose horse that decided it'd rather go up the all-weather than the round-canter, and so dumped it's rider and made a break for it. No such luck for that naughty neddie, it was prompty caught and returned to it's stable unscathed. Never a dull moment! A quiet few days on the racing front...

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13-09-2018 11:26:23 in General by Admin
by Hayley A beautiful day at Sun Hill, with skies this blue we can forgive the slight nip in the air.   Resident 'unicorn' Troop is back in action after having some time off to recover from a kick dealt by one of his four-legged stable mates, shortly after winning at Hamilton - the epitome of the ups and downs of racing! Arnold proved he is still in good form with a creditable third at ...

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10-09-2018 13:22:12 in General by Admin
by Hayley  Richard Hughes wrote an interesting article for the Racing Post, featured yesterday, in which he expressed his views regarding handicapping. “My first preference would be to limit ratings rises in handicaps to winners.” Racing can be an incredibly rewarding but frustrating sport in equal measures. Horses that win races go up in the handicap and horses that lose races...

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05-09-2018 13:19:49 in General by Admin
By Hayley  It's been nice to see the return of the sunshine this week, though there's been a definite drop in temperature and autumn is looming large just around the corner.  You Little Beauty ran her best race to date when making her all-weather debut at Newcastle on Monday. Jockey Tom Eaves gave her a lovely educational ride having jumped slowly from the stalls and finding themselves...

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Winners & Placed Horses

  • Arnold

    Beverley - 16.8.18 - WIN

  • Nifty Niece

    Catterick - 18.7.18 - WIN

  • Highly Focussed

    Beverley - 17.7.18 - WIN

  • Arnold

    Beverley - 17.7.18 - WIN

  • Uncle Charlie

    Carlisle - 18.6.18 - WIN

  • Uncle Charlie

    Carlisle - 7.6.18 - WIN

  • Nifty Niece

    Catterick - 1.6.18 - WIN

  • Troop

    Hamilton - 31.5.18 - WIN

  • Bibbidibobbidiboo

    Catterick - 24.5.18 - WIN

  • Highly Focussed

    Wolverhampton - 24.3.18 - WIN

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We have a couple of horses who have retired from racing and are ready to move on to pastures new. Both deserve loving homes where they will be pampere...
10-10-2018
by Hayley When you've had a remarkable career spanning 40 years and have enjoyed over 2,500 winners, I would imagine it takes something really specia...
08-10-2018
by Hayley Did you see the amusing video of the horse that popped into the French bar for a drink yesterday? Yesterday, at a training facility near C...
03-10-2018

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