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01-02-2019 17:59:36 in General by Admin
by Hayley This morning's blue sky was swept aside by lunchtime as snow flurried the to the ground and soon began to settle. Catterick's jump meeting was abandoned (amongst others), with fellow Northern tracks Wetherby and Musselburgh also forced to conceed defeat tow days ahead of their scheduled Saturday cards, despite best efforts of racecourse staff. Luckily, some of the weekends meetings have...

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25-01-2019 18:03:43 in General by Admin
by Hayley Welcome to the Cheeky Chaps Club - where being rather handsome and sticking your tongue out is imperative! Uncle Charlie and Arnold It was significantly warmer today than the rest of the week - thank goodness - and the horses seemed to appreciate the rise to double figures too.  It was lovely to have visits from owners Alan Court (Sunhill Lad) and Jen and Joe Richards...

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21-01-2019 09:44:03 in General by Admin
by Hayley A frosty start is often paired with a beautiful sunrise and this morning was no exception, the sky awash with hues of pink, purple and orange. Somewhat local jump track, Sedgefield, scheduled an early morning inspection of the County Durham course, and with temperatures slow to rise, had to push back the inspection to 10.30am to give everyone the best possible chance of racing. The meet...

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18-01-2019 13:54:41 in General by Admin
by Hayley A very chilly morning today with the temperature reading -3 until around 10am, when things heated up a whole 5 degrees! It may have been cold but the sun was shining, the air was still and the ground was dry, so both gallops were in action and riding well.  A good evening at Newcastle yesterday - so very close to being a great evening - when Miss Bates broke her maiden tag, winnin...

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17-01-2019 11:46:46 in General by Admin
by Hayley  With two runners at Newcastle today and two members of staff needed to go racing, the lads in the yard did their Thursday jobs yesterday instead - cleaning out the walker, powerwashing stables, changing the water in the treadmill etc etc. Being two staff down may not be a huge amount in the larger yards, but to us it's a big enough percentage of the team.  Both Miss Bat...

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14-01-2019 19:40:02 in General by Admin
by Hayley  Some people are 'doers', givers, more concerned with the welfare of others than their own wellbeing. This is true of Jack Berry MBE, the racing legend easily identified by his trademark red shirt.  Jack started out in racing as a stable lad before progressing to jockey, eventually graduating to the training ranks, enjoying fantastic results - to condence his story a consider...

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11-01-2019 18:15:57 in General by Admin
by Hayley The hot topic of the moment is the staffing crisis in racing. Many negatives have been highlighted and it leaves you wondering, 'why would people want to come into racing?'  I began rather a lengthy blog, wading into the discussion before realising I was pretty much rehashing much of what is already out there courtesy of trainers and staff alike, available to read on various soc...

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07-01-2019 17:33:49 in General by Admin
Our first run of the year will come courtesy of Sils Maria tomorrow at our most local all-weather track, Newcastle. It looks to be a small but competitive field for her second career start. We hope her owners, Solo Syndicate, have a great evening at the races and enjoy seeing their filly run. 

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04-01-2019 15:51:33 in General by Admin
by Hayley  Happy New Year to our supporters, we hope you've had a fantastic holiday season and are ready to seize 2019 with both hands! Here in the office at Sun Hill we are trying our best to break the naughty habits developed over Christmas (chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and get back into the good habits we think we have. So far so good, we've managed to resist the single rem...

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02-01-2019 21:00:09 in General by Admin
by Ann As everyone knows we prefer NOT to be thought of as a 'gambling yard'. Why? Because ‘gambling yards’ attract the wrong owners, the wrong followers, the wrong kind of reputation and the wrong kind of aggravation. As any trainer will tell you, the stress levied at trainers from men (for some strange reason its always men) is pretty full on. Abusive late night phone calls, abuse o...

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Winners & Placed Horses

  • Miss Bates

    Newcastle - 17.1.19 - WIN

  • Highly Focussed

    Newcastle - 1.11.18 - WIN

  • 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

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by Hayley This morning's blue sky was swept aside by lunchtime as snow flurried the to the ground and soon began to settle. Catterick's jump meeting ...
01-02-2019
by Hayley Welcome to the Cheeky Chaps Club - where being rather handsome and sticking your tongue out is imperative! Uncle Charlie and Arn...
25-01-2019
by Hayley A frosty start is often paired with a beautiful sunrise and this morning was no exception, the sky awash with hues of pink, purple and oran...
21-01-2019

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