Dickinson to return to Training Ranks
Michael Dickinson, famous for saddling a 1,2,3,4,5 in a Gold Cup at Cheltenham in 1983 and more recently the development of the racing Tapeta surface is to resume training after a seven year absence reported the RacingPost today.
Three times champion jump trainer in Britain and very successful on the level with a stellar cv that includes Breeders Cup victories the 65 year old will return to training with a small string based at his homestead farm whilst his wife will continue with the Tapeta business that he will still remain involved with.
Dickinson told the Racing Post…
“Luckily I’m as healthy as I’ve ever been and I still have the constitution, drive and energy of an 18-year-old. I’m 65 but I’ve no children and I really enjoy training and am looking forward to starting again. My wife Joan will carry on the Tapeta business, with me acting as a consultant. I’m not aiming to have a huge string – around 20 to 30 would be ideal – but I have a lovely farm which is an ideal place from which to train.”
“We’ve added 50 acres and now have 250 acres at Tapeta Farm. Weather permitting we’re hoping to turn the horses out for four hours a day, and we now have 50 acres of fresh grass turnout which we hope will be enough.”
“The Racing, Medication and Testing Consortium and Racing Commissioners International have come up with new rules which have restricted the drugs that can be used in racehorses, and that will be beneficial to people like myself who train them in a natural way. There is also a bill going before Congress about the use of drugs in racing and they will come under the control of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
“It will mean there will be a reduced number of drugs allowed, and the time between them being administered to a horse and that horse being allowed to compete will be lengthened.”
A master of remarkable feats and a powerhouse in the sport he is sure to be a force to be reckoned with when his first runners are returned to the racecourse.
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