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First and foremost, we apologise for the recent lack of weekly news. There have been a few reasons why it got paused (one of which is below!) and with the new season in full swing with a handful of Summer jumpers to kick it off, there will now be ongoing monthly updates. The 21/22 season was slightly quieter than in previous years with a smaller number of horses in the yard but we still managed to have plenty of runners and lots of fun! We finished the season with a perfect 10 winners. The season ended on a high with Seddon winning at Newton Abbot. He's a tough horse who gives everything on the track. Another horse that gave us plenty of fun days on the track was Docpickedme. In the colours of The Jockey Club SW Syndicate, he managed to win twice and placed twice from seven runs. The new 22/23 season started on a high with a 25% strike rate from just four runners and Juniper winning at Fontwell on 4th May. We’ve started as we mean to go on and look forward to many more fun days on the track to come! Read on for some recent race reports and some upcoming entries...
The next generation of HWR- Rosie Olivia Whittington - born on 4th May
Juniper winning on 4th May on a very special day for the HWR team!
Summer holidays! 
Save Face was having his second start over hurdles at Plumpton on 8th May and we decided to change tactics on him on this occasion. He enjoyed himself out in front and looked to have every chance turning in. He got a little tired on the run in but finished a solid second and it was a huge improvement. He has been sold at Doncaster Sales this week and we look forward to seeing what he does in the future.
Seddon was lining up on 4th May over the extended trip of 3m 2f at Newton Abbot and he had been in good form at home. He won nicely round the track last time out and we wanted to try him up in trip on this occasion to see how he would fare. He didn't stay the distance but he battled hard to finish third, and put in a solid performance. We will bring him back to 2m 5f for his next run.
On 4th May at Newton Abbot, Shore Shanty had her first run in a while having had an operation on her back. We felt therefore it was right to run her back over hurdles. She was a bit ring rusty and out-paced midway through the race, but she stayed on very well and finished an eye catching fifth. The step up in trip will help her and she's been declared for Worcester on Friday night where she looks to have a nice chance around a galloping track.
Juniper had been in good form and had won her last start over fences. She failed to jump off when found to be fully in season at Worcester the other day. We thought we would run her back over hurdles as the handicapper dropped her down to a very workable mark. She was lining up over the extended trip at Fontwell on 4th May and got into a lovely rhythm out in front. She was easily going the best turning in and toughed it out to get another win. She will now be freshened up and we will look at both chase and hurdle options before running her again.
Seddon has a target at the end of the month at Cartmel. The track should suit him nicely and he has already won there previously. He has come out his run last week in good form and we look forward to him going again. Let's hope he can come home with some sticky toffee pudding! 
Sheila Nash is in good form at home and has a couple of entries at the end of the month. She ran a much better race last time out in a mares' handicap hurdle and the step up in trip will do her the world of good. A more galloping track will suit her and we look forward to running her again. 
We have added the points up and worked out the percentages and we can now announce the winners of the 5 to follow competition! There was a total pot of £365 with first place getting 60%, second place getting 25% and third place getting 15%. It was a close one this year! Drum roll please... In first place is David Bone with 81 points and winnings of £219. In second place for £91.25 and with 79 points is Jill Bennett. Third place was joint with 76 points going to Alan Major and Gemma Quintin winning £27.37 each. Congratulations to all! Please could our lucky winners get in touch with Claire on to arrange payment. Thank you to everyone that entered our competition. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the next one!
A few snaps of the winter horses enjoying some sun on their backs at Hill Barn for their summer holidays. An important part of the horse's welfare and routine is to ensure they have time to take a break and relax with their friends. This summer holiday provides R&R for both their brains and bodies, and gives them that all important social time! Happy horses = winners!
Top left: Bahtiyar. Top right: Group of horses out grazing at Hill Barn. Bottom left: Docpickedme. Bottom right: Docpickedme and Rogue Queen.
Until next time...