Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Dartnall back from the brinkHeadlines
Victor Dartnall

Victor Dartnall has reflected on what he has described as the worst six weeks of his training career.

The North Devon handler was forced to shut down his Barnstaple stables in November after an outbreak of equine herpes in the yard. Dartnall revealed six horses paid the ultimate price, including Pocket Too, a winner at Chepstow in early November, before the disease struck.

"The past six weeks or so have been the worst of my training career and not something I would ever want to live through again," he told www.victordartnallracing.com.

"We adopted a policy of openness from the outset and I hope from our experiences, people will learn a little about this devastating virus, and, also, take it very seriously. That way we can help prevent its spread and further suffering.

"All our horses have been vaccinated against herpes virus for the past 10 years, but we have subsequently learned that it just dampens the virus. However, if we hadn't been vaccinated, 90% of our yard could have been affected, instead of 25%.

"The most dangerous part of a herpes outbreak is the first few days, when you don't actually realise you have it. In all, 25% of our horses were affected in one way or another. The mildest had a raised temperature, the most severe loss of hind limb co-ordination to fatal paralysis.

"The remaining 75% of the yard carried on as normal and showed no clinical signs. The outbreak has had an immense effect on our business. Over the last six weeks we've lost six horses in total, including two very nice youngsters who were showing a lot of promise, and the gutsy Pocket Too.

"But it makes you fight back to get to where you were and we have some very nice horses to run and some good-looking three-year-olds to bring in and get going.

"I'm very much looking forward to the future and am delighted to say that the horses are all in great heart.

"We're very appreciative of all the support we have had from everyone. It has been brilliant."

26 April 2017

Title-chasing Gordon Elliott in pole position after big-race Punchestown double
Granite shows grit to bounce back at Punchestown
Sizing John shows guts and class to win Punchestown Gold Cup
Fab Fayonagh flies home at Punchestown for Gordon Elliott and Jamie Codd
No Trial and error as Cracksman states Classic case at Epsom
Cheltenham hero Sizing John is a Gold-en great after Punchestown thriller
Gordon Elliott raises a glass to Punchestown scorer Champagne Classic
Gordon Elliott raises a glass to Punchestown scorer Champagne Classic
Blinkers help C'est Jersey put his best foot forward
Magic Of Light dazzles at Punchestown for white-hot Jessica Harrington
Cracksman leaves it late to land Derby Trial at Epsom
Rhododendron still blooming as 27 go forward for 1000 Guineas
Swiss Storm out of 2000 Guineas as 19 remain in Classic
Martin Keighley calls time on Any Currency career
Great Field aiming to continue white-knuckle ride in Ryanair
Kool's in good Kompany at Sandown on Friday
Neil King turns to Richard Johnson as Lil Rockerfeller aims to go one better
Vroum Vroum Mag bids for repeat in Annie Power's absence
Arrogate given Pacific Classic aim before Breeders' Cup
Thunder Snow target to be a late call by Sheikh Mohammed
No stopping Tizzard, Power and the Potts as Fox Norton floors Un De Sceaux
Disko has all the right moves in Punchestown Grade One
Vision looks good on debut in Goffs Land Rover
Ormonde Stakes target for one-time Derby favourite Midterm
Cilaos Emery foils Melon as Labaik digs his heels in at Punchestown
Royal runner Call To Mind not out of running for Derby place
John Gosden mapping out path to Classic riches with powerful three-year-old team
John Gosden gives Cracksman Epsom sighter in Derby Trial
Sizing John back on Gold trail at Punchestown for Jessica Harrington

25 April 2017

Sandra Hughes to relinquish training licence
Fox Norton floors Un De Sceaux in Champion Chase at Punchestown
Western Boy shows the way home on Punchestown return
Nicky Henderson gives Altior entry in Celebration Chase at Sandown
Roger Charlton keen to recruit James Doyle for 1000 Guineas hope Fair Eva
Nichols Canyon and Lil Rockerfeller clash in Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown
Cheltenham Festival winners wage war at Punchestown
Jamie Codd angling for more Bumper glory with Punchestown-bound Fayonagh
John Oxx remembers a 'very decent fellow' following death of Johnny Roe
Washington DC back to winning ways at Navan
Disko in tune for Punchestown assignment
Hugo Palmer - Galileo Gold and Frankie raring to go in Lockinge
Hugo Palmer yet to decide on Newmarket Guineas bid for Escobar
Sizing John and Coneygree on collision course in Punchestown Gold Cup
Title rivals Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson target Sandown gold
Gordon Elliott hopes Labaik is 'on another going day' at Punchestown Festival
Un De Sceaux and Fox Norton clash in Champion Chase at Punchestown
Cheltenham Festival hero Penhill primed for Punchestown prize

24 April 2017

Fozzy Stack to pitch Diamond Fields into Athasi Stakes at Naas
John Gosden takes aim at Epsom Derby Trial with Cracksman
Charlie Hills has Ascot in mind for Mootaharer
Muntazah earmarked by Owen Burrows for Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown
Mighty Missile hits the target in new military race at Wincanton
Torcedor foils Order Of St George in Vintage Crop Stakes
Vociferous Marina makes all the noise in Salsabil Stakes triumph
Too Familiar impresses for Johnny Murtagh on debut at Navan
Khukri continues hot streak for trainer-of-the-moment Jessica Harrington
Newmarket experience will stand Eminent in good stead - Martyn Meade
Nicky Henderson wary of late title charge by Paul Nicholls
Un De Sceaux the headline act on day one of Punchestown
Magical Memory gearing up for Duke Of York comeback

23 April 2017

Injury forces dual Classic heroine La Cressonniere into retirement
Crimean Tatar team consider Yorkshire Cup mission
Nico de Boinville released from hospital after Scottish National fall
Michael Halford and Shane Foley on the double at Limerick
Colin Keane lands another treble at Limerick
'Great thrill' for William Haggas as exciting Call To Mind wins for the Queen
Vicente boosts title hopes for Paul Nicholls with Scottish National repeat
Impressive Barney Roy foils Dream Castle in Greenham Stakes
Straightforward success for Dabyah in Fred Darling at Newbury
Seamie Heffernan happy with Order Of St George for Vintage Crop test at Navan
Ruby Walsh feels Willie Mullins requires a miracle to win trainers' title

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2017