We are a family run yard situated on the edge of Dartmoor, near Buckfastleigh, S. Devon.
Our philosophy to training is simple: get them fit and well schooled and educate the young horses well so they can reach their full potential, pay attention to detail with each horse’s care and training, be flexible and realistic!
Following a successful 2016/17 season when Nikki’s Yard sent out the winners of 8 races and numerous runners were placed, the new season has come round very quickly and starts next Sunday, 19th November at Ottery St. Mary.
Hopefully, everyone had a fantastic summer and you are all finding your winter coats and wellies ready to stand in muddy, windswept fields watching some great racing.I’m really looking forward to get going again. This season I won’t have many point to points but hopefully, quality over quantity. Many are new faces. It is always such an exciting time, full of promise and hope!
At present the following are being prepared to run over the next few weeks and they will be joined by a number of other young horses by Christmas:
ASK LORNA ESME (IRE)
Ask – Nativebaltic (IRE)
4 year old chestnut filly
Owned by Tim Symons
Lorna came from Ireland and is a lovely filly; she is a very good looking horse with plenty of substance. She is working well and should be ready early season.
Fantastic View (USA) – Seem of Gold
4 year old bay gelding
Owned by Phill Meaden
Unraced. Home-bred by the Meaden family.
Damian was in training last season; he was a bit backward and ran out of time to get on the race course. He has come back looking bigger and much more mature; he is training well and looks a great prospect. He will also be out early.
Delfos (IRE) – Sonic Sea (IRE)
5 year old bay gelding
Owned by Ben Robarts. New to the yard having previously been in training with Philip Hobbs. Jaboltiski is an Open horse having won two Juvenile Hurdle races in 2015.
Bolt is a lovely horse and I’m so excited for Ben, he should have a lot of fun with him this season. Bolt came to us after retiring from National Hunt; he has had a good summer and will run at the first meeting.
MISSILE MAN (IRE)
Winged Love (IRE) – Miss Ondee (FR)
8 year old bay gelding
Owned by Chris Unwin. Also new to the yard. Won a National Hunt Flat Race in 2015 and will therefore start off in Restricted races.
Man is a proper chasing type he is a lovely horse to look after and I think he will give Chris and his family lots of fun and good days out. He will also run at the first meeting.
TOMAISIN A RI (IRE)
Ask – Exit to Shannon (IRE)
5 year old chestnut gelding
Owned by Marks & Sparks
Tommy is an exciting prospect and has huge potential. He is training well, is very willing and shows a good turn of foot. He came over from Ireland with Ask Lorna Esme.
I have only mentioned a few horses. There are some youngsters who are in training and will run later in the season. I will tell you about them nearer the time.
As always please feel free to come to the lorry and have a drink and snack. We always look forward to seeing you, but be careful you don’t get handed a horse!!! Or worst still – a bucket and a sponge!!!
Again, good luck to all our owners! Hopefully, lots of fun and success as always! All we can ask is each horse tries their best.Look forward to seeing you at Ottery!
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