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Frankland Lodge

Hamilton Road

Newmarket CB8 7JQ

Welcome to Frankland Lodge. We are operating from the modern, attractive and spacious Frankland Lodge yard in Newmarket. It is a very quiet and peaceful place with many amenities including a horsewalker, two turn out paddocks and a boarded lunge ring. It is situated on the Racecourse Side of town adjacent to all the fantastic grass gallops including the Watered Gallop.

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As you can see from the pictures below, the horses are very relaxed in these surroundings whether before exercising or after they have worked. It is a perfect place to train horses from, and owners can be confident that their horses thrive in these conditions with the best of everything.

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It is a well designed yard where Mark and his senior staff can organise the day to day running as everything is close to hand, modern and convenient.

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The boarded lunge ring in the picture below is a great boon whether in use for the yearlings or older horses. 03_ex_Pure_Song

81_Ex_Missouri_13We choose to break the yearlings ourselves and not send them elsewhere. This is to ensure that they receive the best possible start in life and we get to know them well.

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Above are pictures of the breaking-in process

The Heath facilities which are very close to the yard include trotting rings, canters, and gallops both all weather and grass. Whatever the season the heathmen constantly keep all the areas beautifully maintained and preserved to an extraordinary standard.

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The Hamilton Hill, in the pictures below, is accessed from the back entrance of the yard and owners and visitors need only to walk a few yards to a viewing area and watch the horses.

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The grass gallops on Racecourse Side are second to none with a wide assortment including the Watered Gallops and  Peat Moss along with the normal Flat and Summer gallops.

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Peat Moss Between the Banks, and Mark watching fast work and jockeys debriefing him afterwards

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Whether on the grass or the all-weather the facilities here are exceptional
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We have our own horseboxes, which gives us flexibility on the transport front and helps to prevent cross infection from other yards.

We use top class farriers, who come into the yard every morning and evening and are always on call.

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The farrier at work

Dentistry is crucial so that horses' teeth are kept in good condition. At the yard the teeth are attended to twice a year on a regular basis by our vets.

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Newmarket has two world famous veterinary practices, each with their own specialist hospital. We use Rossdale and Partners who are based in central Newmarket. Their hospital at Exning is second to none with state-of-the-art equipment. It is two minutes down the road from Frankland Lodge. They give brilliant service to the yard and stud, and we are again very fortunate to have access to such top class and highly experienced practitioners. www.rossdales.com

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Newmarket is the premier training centre in the world.

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Newmarket is the headquarters of British horseracing - some would say world horseracing - for its facilities are unique.

There are 2,800 acres of fully-maintained training grounds, which include 50 miles of turf gallops and 17 miles of artificial surfaces. The town, the stable yards, the surrounding studs, the two racecourses and the famous heath are steeped in racing history which goes back four centuries.

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The wide variety of grass gallops are open at various times during the year. This is because the type of grass they consist of requires specific maintenance and upkeep during the different seasons. It all starts in February with the opening of Warren Hill and Side Hill, shortly followed by the Back of the Flat and Southfields. The Across the Flat grass gallops open traditionally two weeks before the start of the grass flat season, usually around the time of mid March. The famous Limekilns, which include peat moss gallops and round gallops, opens when the weather has made the other gallops on the fast side. 

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The miles of artificial gallops we have are open all year round and are maintained by special machinery, receiving attention at least five times a day. They are constantly being improved and kept to the highest standard.

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There is also a watered gallop which opens in conjunction with the Limekilns on Racecourse Side. This is a very popular gallop for fast work. We use the Links and Southfields all year round for general cantering.

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Out on the heath ....

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....under Mark's watchful eye

We have fantastic facilities in Newmarket for National Hunt horses. The Links schooling grounds include two starter jumping lanes, a loose school, an all weather strip of schooling hurdles/fences as well as full-size hurdles and fences which are moved regularly on to perfect ground. They will also build you a Grand National type fence to school over if you are lucky enough to have a National entry. The Links itself was an old racecourse once upon a time, and you can still see the old grandstand that has been turned into houses today.

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All the gallops are brilliantly maintained by the very experienced Jockey Club staff who work extremely hard at all times of the year to keep the gallops and walking grounds open, even in bad weather. We are very spoilt in Newmarket with these facilities which are without doubt the best in the world.

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World famous Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers are based in town and they hold auctions throughout the year,  starting with the February Sales and ending in December. These sales attract the cream of the bloodstock industry to Newmarket to purchase the best horses in the world.

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We hope that this has given you a flavour of what our yard in the centre of Newmaket has to offer. All our owners can have confidence that their horses are given every chance to fulfil their potential.

 Horses trained in Newmarket win many of the major races every season, both at home and abroad. It is no wonder that the horse takes priority in the town - it is a unique place, and everybody should visit it at least once in their lifetime.

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For more information please contact us at the office at Frankland Lodge:

Phone: o1638 661434

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Dullingham Park Stud

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Mark and Angie's stud is set in almost 100 acres in the village of Dullingham, just three miles out of Newmarket (pictured right). The stud operates in conjunction with the main training yard.

It is a fast-developing breeding establishment in its own right, and many of the mares currently housed there were trained by Mark in their racing days. They include Optimistic, Brushing, Trew Class, Astrodonna, Battery Power, to name a few. Topatori bred 2007 Middleton Stakes (Group 3) winner, Topatoo, herself now retired as a broodmare. Mark trained also Highbrook, the dam of Ted Spread, winner of the 2010 Chester Vase (Group 3). He was bred at Dullingham.

http://www.marktompkins.co.uk/en/studs-a-breeding .

For more information, contact the office at Frankland Lodge 
Phone: 01638 661434.
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