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Happy Christmas

Thursday, 24 December 2015

"At Christmas play and make good cheer,

For Christmas comes but once a year."

Thomas Tusser.


'Twas The Night Before Christmas by CLU

Angie, I and all the staff both from Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park wish everybody a very happy Christmas and a healthy and successful New Year.

A big thank you goes to Clare for producing yet another great Christmas card for us.


2015 has been a very busy year during which we moved lock, stock and barrel to Frankland Lodge. I never thought I would say this, but I absolutely love training on this side of the town as it is so much quieter. You can get on and train your horses rather than having to wait and queue to get on the gallops as we did on Bury Side. The facilities here are second to none thanks to The Jockey Club’s hard work. We have been planning a brand new hill gallop which will, hopefully, pass the planning stage shortly and be started within the year. It is a futuristic design, based on a canter in Japan, and although I can't disclose all the details, it will be a major engineering achievement. This will be a tremendous boon to all Racecourse Side trainers, which has now been boosted with the arrival of several new young hopefuls.


We especially want to thank our owners who have been marvellous in their support once again and this is greatly appreciated. It has been one of those years when the virus has seriously affected us and it took us forever to sort out the right treatments and antibiotics to rid us of any infection. The vets have been very good and left no stone unturned and together we are now once again moving ahead. The owners have been so patient and understanding and we look forward to rewarding them in 2016.


The yard has a good mixture of older horses, talented three-year-olds and a very good intake of yearlings, who become two-year-olds on January 1st, so we have plenty of fire power to look forward to in the coming year and I am very positive about their potential. Each horse is different and we pride ourselves on concentrating on their individual needs. We always discuss their requirements and racing plans with their owners and encourage everybody to use our open house policy to see their horses both in training and at the stud. 


We have plenty of horses for sale whether it be outright, in halves or quarters, and smaller shares in the syndicates. We are launching a new investment idea called Raceworld Eight and are introducing credit card payments early in the New Year which should make it easier for our overseas fans to become involved. The website will be updated with pictures and videos of horses for sale early in January. Why not pay a visit to Newmarket, see the horses and discuss your choices with us? Just give the office a ring and we shall all be delighted to see you.  


Jenko continues to run the syndicates brilliantly and I must thank him for all his hard work and cheerfulness throughout the year. (Jenko, seen below with Blue Bounty)
DSC_0003We shall be having a couple of new horses in the Raceworld family for 2016 and also be launching our new venture.


We constantly find new homes for our old horses and everybody takes great delight in seeing how they progress and develop in another sphere. We often receive feedback from their new owners, as the pictures below demonstrate. When horses have served you well, whether they are Group level or of limited ability, they deserve a good retirement from racing. Horses are the most marvellous animals, so willing to please, and if you look after them and enjoy them, they will repay you.

     Astrovirtue    Astrosapphire
(Left to Right) Astrovirtue at the British Racing School and Astrosapphire doing dressage


David, our excellent stud groom, and the team are preparing for the 2016 foaling season. With our first mare due to foal mid-January it will be all hands on deck. Along with the stud boys, our vet, Rob Dallas of Rossdales, is always there in times of need. The foaling season may be tiring but is hugely rewarding. 

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At Frankland Lodge we have a top class head lad in James, a first rate assistant in Barry and a very experienced travelling head lad in Leon. We have a good mixture of young and older staff in the yard and the team shows great enthusiasm and has a proper work ethic. Plenty of jockeys come and ride out and we shall always try and use the best available, and those who the owner feels are lucky for them. Ian and Di continue to keep me in order in the office, and everything runs smoothly due to their hard work.

This year's staff Christmas bash was very noisy and there was plenty of banter beforehand as we decided to organise an afternoon of go-kart racing just outside Newmarket. After getting kitted out in very fetching overalls, hairnets, helmet and gloves, the chief race steward gave them all an excellent briefing on the etiquette of the racetrack. I'm not too sure how much of that actually sunk in when the lights came on, but a thoroughly good time was had by all. With plenty of bumping and boring, it was surprising the dash showed by some. The carts go 45 to 50 mph on the straight and they were flat to the boards at all times. After four heats and then a final - everyone drove 40 laps in total - the first three were decided and there is already talk of the 2016 rematch.


The Formula One team


The track rules are explained, and below, the team is suited and booted ready to go



red_light Ryan_ready_for_off  off_and_run_2

          On the grid waiting for the green lights, go go go, and off and running  

into_straight_good  lots_good

A bit of a pile up and the final chequered flag

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                                                                                 On the podium

Congratulations to (left to right) Leon, Barry and Sophie


It was great to see the yard and the stud personnel getting on so well together, as they both play a vital part in the business. It's good to hear the inquiries from the yard about the foals and the yearlings and the stud staff asking how their little darlings are doing in training. They can help each other so much with the experiences they have.

Both Angie and I wish to put on record our grateful thanks to everybody in our team for all their constant effort, hard work and dedication to the horses, and we wish them all a very happy Christmas and New Year.


Our charities this year are Riding for the Disabled once again, specifically the yard where Smokey Oakey is now a celebrity, and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, from January their website will be This is a centre based in the north of England where owners can send their horses to be retrained and found new homes. 


                    If you are interested in either of these charities please visit their websites:




I am determined that 2016 will be a fantastic year. I always feel that once we are int0 January spring is on the way and the days are getting longer. It's a new beginning which is very exciting. My ambition and dedication has never dimmed since I first started training and it still burns as bright as ever.


Everyone at Frankland Lodge and Dullingham Park Stud wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Xmas_14_backDue to the holiday period normal service will be resumed on this site on Tuesday 5th January.