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15-12-2017 09:54:48 in General by Admin
A double on any card is a welcome result and despite a frustrating year we have still managed to have several near misses on the doubles front but finally, last night I'm Yer Man and Rosina gave us a welcome shot in the arm when both won nicely at Chelmsford. Owners staff and of course me and George were delighted but not surprised as both horses had plenty to recommend them. Birrafun Partnership...

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14-12-2017 16:12:26 in General by Admin
While the effects of the flu continues it does seem to be maturing and changing - rather like a good bottle of wine. The vintners will tell you that a bottle of wine is “well developed and evolving into a smooth yet robust and hearty beverage with a hint of chocolate and an aroma of raspberries”.  A write up on me right now would say something along the lines of “ an astoni...

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13-12-2017 18:49:53 in General by Admin
Just when I thought the year couldn't get any worse? it did and I managed to catch a bout of the flu. Not just a bit of it but the full blown, shivering, shaking, teeth chattering, throat of barbed wire, limbs aching, chest rattling, head bursting virus that sent me scuppering off to bed for hours at a time over a period of many days. And before you say it - I didn't do it just to escape the ...

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05-12-2017 16:19:17 in General by Admin
by Hayley Fourth again for Sugar Beach this afternoon. It's good to see her run with some consitency - she's been a bit of a conundrum but she was a filly we always liked and there's certainly races to be won with her.  Two of the 2-year-old boys head to Newcastle tomorrow, I'm Yer Man and Gorse both run in the 4.30 pm - an eight runner, six furlong Nursery. I'm Yer Man makes his handicap ...

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03-12-2017 17:45:03 in General by Admin
Europe's Leading Foal Sale took place last week at Newmarket (November 29 - December 2nd) with almost meteoric prices including one foal by Dubawi who made 750.000guineas - cheap at half the price! John Gosden signed the ticket for this half sister to Jack Hobbs on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed. Johnny G has had a serious couple of years and is heading up the "super league" of trainers whose string...

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30-11-2017 19:15:02 in General by Admin
by Hayley The recent runners have all ran well, especially the fillies with Sugar Beach, Fascinator, Salire, Lady Lintera and Miss Bates all running competitive races, each heavily hinting that it won't be long before at least one of them makes their way into the winners enclosure. Mimic's Memory heads to Southwell tomorrow, the venue of her sole win to date. She's a lightly raced filly who take...

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28-11-2017 13:26:02 in General by Admin
The yearlings are keeping everyone so busy it seems some staff are clearly exhausted. Recently there have been photos and reports in the press about BBC staff and members of parliament falling asleep "on the job" and at Sun Hill, we don't like to feel left out. This morning Aslam (better known as "The Captain") took a nap while riding Stripey out with the yearlings, his job "had been" to lead the...

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27-11-2017 18:23:59 in General by Admin
Our annual yearling/ end of season/ owners day took on a new twist yesterday when we decided to hold a smaller, more intimate winter gathering. It was easier to manage, less work and a lot less stressful, the horses looked great and, like all of us they appreciated the bright blue clear skies. And, while the horses are always the highlight of the day it must be said that the chicken curry dishes p...

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25-11-2017 19:29:48 in General by Admin
Fewer horses does not necessarily equate to less work and the past week has kept us all very busy indeed. Allen, assisted by his wife Anna (aka super secretary and chief of accounts) has been  riding away some of the yearling fillies and so far so good. All have been well behaved and well mannered and no one has eaten any soil- which always helps. Anna leaves the office each morning to spend ...

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19-11-2017 20:04:19 in General by Admin
While writing the last blog post a sentence "disappeared", unable to find it I re wrote it only to find that once the blog had been 'posted" (and the headline cannot then be altered) there it was, in all its senseless glory! IT at its most useless. The grammar that was perfectly clear today was the article in today's Racing Post titled "Struthers slams BHA for releasing Jacob footage". In essence...

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Our
Winners & Placed Horses

  • Rosina

    Chelmsford - 14.12.17 - WIN

  • I'm Yer Man

    Chelmsford - 14.12.17 - WIN

  • Cuppacoco

    Newcastle - 4.11.17 - WIN

  • Hilary J

    Newcastle - 24.10.17 - WIN

  • Cuppacoco

    Newcastle - 19.10.17 - WIN

  • Canford's Joy

    Catterick - 23.9.17 - WIN

  • Canford's Joy

    Carlisle - 23.8.17 - WIN

  • Rosina

    Ayr - 12.8.17 - WIN

  • Chant

    Newcastle - 10.8.17 - WIN

  • Uncle Charlie

    Thirsk - 5.6.17 - WIN

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A double on any card is a welcome result and despite a frustrating year we have still managed to have several near misses on the doubles front but fin...
15-12-2017
While the effects of the flu continues it does seem to be maturing and changing - rather like a good bottle of wine. The vintners will tell you that a...
14-12-2017
Just when I thought the year couldn't get any worse? it did and I managed to catch a bout of the flu. Not just a bit of it but the full blown, sh...
13-12-2017

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