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30-03-2020 15:19:02 in General by Admin
by Ann A short video of the brilliant Bill Gates was sent to me recently by Nick, George’s son and it’s well worth watching, he predicted a virus like Coronavirus four years ago and warned how the world was simply not prepared for it. It never ceases to amaze me why governments around the world ignore brilliant minds like that of Bill Gates? They ignore their knowledge, wisdom and com...

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28-03-2020 18:05:13 in General by Admin
Sticking to The Rules might be easier for some than for others. For one man it is simple and here he opens up and explains how he and his wife are coping right now. “We are a week into self-isolation and it's really upsetting me to witness my wife standing at the living room window gazing aimlessly into space, with tears running down her cheeks. It breaks my heart to see her like this, I ha...

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26-03-2020 07:35:25 in General by Admin
by Ann The horses don’t know the world is currently in turmoil, they are simply ‘delighted’ to be out and about and enjoying the sunshine. The weather has been glorious all week and the soggy paddocks are drying out in superfast time. The infamous ‘March Winds’ have swept in and done their job and while we wouldn’t normally be turning horses out yet because of ...

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23-03-2020 15:43:00 in General by Admin
by Ann Rumour has it that former jockey Kieren Fallon’s bid to do his shopping in super-fast time proved disastrous (according to the Racing Post) thanks to the not so Great, British trend of panic buying. After running out of room to manoeuvre in the crowds - and patience for standing in long lines of potentially unhealthy people, he allegedly quit Tesco for a stab at Aldi where it seemed ...

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21-03-2020 08:34:47 in General by Admin
 Turning negatives in to positives. Why? Because we can and because it's better than the alternative.  As part of our ‘change in direction’ following that ‘delightful’ owner who took horses away leaving us with ‘significant financial losses’ some years ago, and from which we have not been able to recover either our success rate or our horse numbers, G...

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20-03-2020 08:22:26 in General by Admin
By Ann Testing times Coronavirus is wreaking havoc, we have an unprecedented global emergency and strangely enough it is this that will help many people keep going. Just knowing we are not alone is strangely comforting and encouraging, training racehorses has always been very tough, running a racing yard is as isolating and highly pressurised as it gets so you might say we are well placed to dea...

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18-03-2020 18:53:52 in General by Admin
Tonights blog is in video format, a few clips from a couple of today's lots with commentary from Ann. We know people are unlikely to visit at the moment so we'd like to keep our owners and followers as up to date as possible.   

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16-03-2020 14:48:13 in General by Admin
by Ann   As 'social distancing' seems to be the new norm, owners Lee and Julia Patterson (Troop) and myself decided to practice the new game that is becoming increasingly central to our daily lives. Lee and Julia have been staying in one of the lodges for a few days and were desperate to see their boy after his winter under rugs. Standing six feet apart on Saturday morning, no hugs, no ki...

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03-03-2020 11:01:18 in General by Admin
by Hayley Wind, sleet, snow, rain and shine, we've experienced it all over the past few weeks, but the moments of blue skies and sunshine have provided us with the chance to take some photos of the horses who are looking well and feeling fresh. None more so than Quercus, who put Laura's 'stickability' to the test yesterday, when he showed off his new moves around the parade ring, much to the amus...

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17-02-2020 15:39:34 in General by Admin
by Hayley Two weeks have passed since former jump jockey, James Banks, took his own life. This weekend, tv presenter Caroline Flack, ended hers.   We can try to empathise, attempt to understand 'why?', but only those who have been on the brink themselves can truly know what makes someone feel that this is their only way out, their only chance of peace. In recent years, the racing communit...

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by Ann A short video of the brilliant Bill Gates was sent to me recently by Nick, George’s son and it’s well worth watching, he predicted...
30-03-2020
Sticking to The Rules might be easier for some than for others. For one man it is simple and here he opens up and explains how he and his wife are cop...
28-03-2020
by Ann The horses don’t know the world is currently in turmoil, they are simply ‘delighted’ to be out and about and enjoying the su...
26-03-2020

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