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Happy Birthday Mike

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

"Taste just a sliver of courage and it's hard to go back to fear."

Terri Guillemets.



Garrison Law

It’s another beautiful blue sky morning with bright sunshine, a light breeze and lovely temperature. It’s not supposed to be as hot today but it has certainly got off to a good start. We are using the polytracks on Racecourse Side this morning giving the horses a good canter then back to the yard for a cooling wash down. All has gone well.


Tim's happy with the horses

Police are now seeking witnesses for the appalling behaviour at Goodwood racecourse on Saturday when a number of yobs, fuelled by alcohol and sun, started a brawl. There has been a lot of criticism from racegoers regarding the lack of visible security. Apparently, according to general manager Alex Eade, there were plenty, but they were in suits to be a bit more unobtrusive. This obviously had the reverse effect. Things have to be learnt from this because genuine racing enthusiasts who take their family for a day out will be put off completely.


(L to R) Astrofire, Ness of Brodgar, True Calling & Velvet Voice

Chester will be hosting its first meeting of the year this week. It’s over three days starting today and going through until Friday. It is a fantastic meeting with the Cheshire Oaks, Chester Vase, culminating with the Chester Cup. The draw will play a huge part as the track is on a constant bend. If you are out wide you will definitely have a disadvantage. However, it is the most wonderful track and if you have never been before it must be one that you should try to attend.



Everyone at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park wish Mike Bowring a very happy birthday today. Mike, who has been with me since I started, has always been the most staunch and loyal owner and friend. Over the years he has had too many winners to name them all but they include the likes of Overpower, Topatori, Babodana, Topatoo and most recently Topapinion. Happy Birthday Mike and many more to come.


Enjoy the good times

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

"Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."

Edmund Burke.



Another glorious spring morning which after all the rain we have had is all the more appreciated. The horses are all getting good canters and I shall be pressing on with a few of them as the week goes on. The season will really start to kick into gear from now onwards and let's hope the horses stay healthy and sound which is what every racehorse trainer will tell you is their main aim.


Walking back to do a second canter

It's not good news for the followers of Enable. She's obviously done something to a knee after a routine canter. It looks as if she will be out at least until the autumn. These things happen and it just goes to push home the point that you have to enjoy all the good times as things can quickly turn.


Four Fifty Three

Billeston Brook's victory in the 1000 guineas shows that you don't have to spend multi millions to achieve a dream. We have young mares at home with foals at foot and getting in foal again, that anybody can be involved with. You can have double the excitement and satisfaction after breeding your own winner. Angie and I would be delighted to show you mares for sale or shares in them which won't cost the earth, but the experience is spellbinding. Please phone the office to arrange a visit if you are interested.


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