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12-12-2018 10:13:44 in General by Admin
by Hayley Things to avoid talking about at a dinner party (and indeed on a blog): Politics and Religion. Two extremely provocative and divisive subjects. However, with all things 'Brexit' permeating the UK, it is a topic difficult to avoid and those with a career or strong interest in racing have been left wondering about the effects it could have on our sport and livelihood. Racing is an indus...

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09-12-2018 16:22:38 in General by Admin
Written by Ann If Sunday is supposed to be a “day of rest” then no one ever told the folk who work in racing. One day runs into another in super quick fashion ensuring the weeks, months and years merge just as quickly. Or so it seems. Sundays out of season don’t require us to turn horses out for races so you could be fooled into thinking that makes for an easy, quiet day. The r...

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05-12-2018 10:43:46 in General by Admin
by Hayley Grim. Grey. Grizzly.  Not the most uplifting opening to today's blog but it's hard to describe the weather as anything but grim, grey and grizzly. Visibility is low, there's a steady fall of a rain and the office is so dark that Anna's solar powered calculator won't work! Still, rain never stops play and the horses in winter training will all be ridden as scheduled, including...

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30-11-2018 15:44:41 in General by Admin
by Hayley  You wait months for the rain to come, then when it does rain, it pours! A very wet few days 'oop North', none moreso than Wednesday when we got soaked to the skin at Newcastle, where Cuppacoco made her seasonal all-weather debut. Back at the scene of her two wins to date, Coco ran a good race to finish third after a 113 days off the track. She certainly seems to enjoy the sur...

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26-11-2018 17:27:06 in General by Admin
by Hayley A good start to the week with two of our young horses finding lovely owners - a half share in the grey yearling colt by Archipenko and the 3yo jump prospect by Yeats. We're looking forward seeing both run in the colours of their new connections and finding out what their racing names will be! Over the weekend, there was a disturbing post on Facebook, in a group made for owners of ex-ra...

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23-11-2018 16:26:01 in General by Admin
Written by Ann Good habits are hard to keep and bad habits are hard to break. For more years than it is healthy to recall, the blog - aka ‘Duffield’s Diaries’ have been a reasonably good habit, if a time consuming one but then, along came Hayley who made it easier for me not to worry about penning a few sentences on a daily basis and suddenly it has been so long since I actually...

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21-11-2018 14:46:11 in General by Admin
by Hayley  Must not kill off the staff. Mental note made. Not when you can't afford to lose her anyway! Anna found herself weighed down by something a tad heavier than her mountian of paperwork yesterday, when a spooked youngster ended up on top of her. Thankfully, she is absolutely fine, though it can't have been pleasant and she's certainly been seen to move a little better than she ...

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19-11-2018 15:48:24 in General by Admin
by Hayley  Some of you may be aware that Ann started out as a National Hunt trainer. Her first runner in a Hunter Chase was a winner that she sold on for decent money and her own words she made the mistake of thinking 'this is easy!'. She successfully trained jump horses for many years, the 1996-97 season was notably affulent, recording 25 wins from only 96 runs and working at a strike ...

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16-11-2018 17:45:28 in General by Admin
by Hayley  We're very sad to bring you the news that earlier this week, Up The Millers was put to sleep. He is a big loss to the yard and of course to DGA Racing. He was a lovely young horse that had plenty of potential and bags of character and will most certainly be missed.  On a more uplifting note, we welcomed back an old face to the yard. The beautiful, big white face of Peach Pav...

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14-11-2018 12:23:54 in General by Admin
by Hayley It can be in a daunting journey for even the most intrepid of travellers, the road from foal to racehorse. Our yearlings have already completed the preliminary stages, being prepared for the sales and going through the ring. They have settled in here nicely and have now accepted bits in their mouth and saddles on their backs. Several are in the process of being lunged and long-reined, w...

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by Hayley Things to avoid talking about at a dinner party (and indeed on a blog): Politics and Religion. Two extremely provocative and divisive subj...
12-12-2018
Written by Ann If Sunday is supposed to be a “day of rest” then no one ever told the folk who work in racing. One day runs into another i...
09-12-2018
by Hayley Grim. Grey. Grizzly.  Not the most uplifting opening to today's blog but it's hard to describe the weather as anything but grim,...
05-12-2018

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