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27-07-2017 18:36:42 in General by Admin
Every trainers have nightmares, mine is that I get to the races, need forty winks but fail to wake up in time to saddle an intended runner. I have never done it but I refuse to make fun of those who do such things. Glass houses and all that. Sometimes we hear of the wrong horse being taken to the track, its probably easily done on a big yard although my yard has never been that big! Some years ba...

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24-07-2017 19:05:38 in General by Admin
The Racing fraternity are like an old fashioned family, sticking together through thick and thin. And, like most families we might have a few playground scrapes, petty jealousies and ‘told you so’ moments but at the heart of the “racing family” you will find tough, resilient, loving and loyal, if occasionally battle weary members, whose respect for the wider family is palpa...

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20-07-2017 18:13:36 in General by Admin
Hayley made me blush the other day. Ok thats not strictly totally accurate because number one, very few things in life surprise me, or make me blush and number two, she did ask first. A strange noise was eminating from the downstairs office while I was busy at my desk and Anna was doing accounts in her "box office". It sounded as if the bottom office was under siege and, as Anna and I went to inv...

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19-07-2017 18:09:43 in General by Admin
It's always nice to welcome back former owners and recently we were delighted to do just that, when the Rasio Cymru Syndicate purchased shares in the smashing Society Rock colt we acquired from the breeze-up sales in May. Now named 'Balmec', the colt will run in the syndicate’s racing colours, the memorable pattern of red, green and white diamonds - I can't think what inspired the ...

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18-07-2017 11:48:58 in General by Admin
Well haven't we been thoroughly spoilt with this gorgeous weather again? When the sun is shining, Anna is smiling. She may not see much of it from her office, where she is tied to the desk 12 hours a day sans food or water (we do let her use the toilet and she is allowed to sleep at home), but as long as the light is streaming through her window she is a happy racing secretary! Anna's door sign...

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17-07-2017 17:27:33 in General by Admin
by Hayley  It is hard to know whether Sun Hill is more beautiful in the winter or the summer; winter sees the Dales transform into a Narnia-esque landscape, hills topped with snow and trees silver with frost, whereas summer ensures that you enjoy a sea of green, flowers and wildlife aplenty with the views boasting the very same hills, this time golden under the summer sun. Today was a lovely...

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15-07-2017 18:33:43 in General by Admin
Former jockey turned trainer Richard Hughes knows a thing or two about apprentices and how the system works, after all, like George he started out as an apprentice too and today in the Racing Post he added his weight to the argument against recent calls for the system to be totally overhauled. One of my long standing owners- a former “apprentice” of sorts himself sent me an in...

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12-07-2017 18:18:10 in General by Admin
As "Spin" goes this story certainly has the racing world spinning on its axis and rightly so, last night’s blog proved to be accurate when today's announcement was made that neither Andrew Balding nor Richard Hannon will be employing apprentices for the time being at least. Trainers are indignant at the accusations being levelled at them and at the ferocity of those claims, many of which a...

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11-07-2017 21:39:10 in General by Admin
Much has been said and claimed recently about the percentage of an apprentices wage going to the trainer employing them. Stan Moore's "profit" from his employment of the excellent Josephine Gordon was highlighted in yesterday's Racing Post as if it were a 'crime'. The cost of employing apprentices is not insignificant, along with the cost there is the issue of time, effort and further losses, rar...

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09-07-2017 16:57:52 in General by Admin
It’s been a busy weekend, the horses went through their various paces on Saturday morning, some are still on the semi easy list, and some are stepping up again having already been on it. The runners headed off early to Beverly with “Dale” and “Les” driving the two lorries and “Aslam” (aka The Captain) and new man on the team “Pradeep” went alon...

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Every trainers have nightmares, mine is that I get to the races, need forty winks but fail to wake up in time to saddle an intended runner. I have nev...
27-07-2017
The Racing fraternity are like an old fashioned family, sticking together through thick and thin. And, like most families we might have a few playgrou...
24-07-2017
Hayley made me blush the other day. Ok thats not strictly totally accurate because number one, very few things in life surprise me, or make me blush a...
20-07-2017

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