Lockdown Lowdown - John and Josh Dickie
We’ve asked trainers up and down the country where their horses are at as we prepare for the return to racing!
Today we talk to....... Josh Dickie
One of the most successful northern stables will be up and running when racing resumes at the end of the month.
“We are currently working 27 horses,” says Joshua Dickie, “we hope to have two-three horses at Cambridge and hopefully 10-12 at Alexandra Park the following weekend.”
That meeting at Cambridge on May 31 will be just the third one back, following on from Addington and Invercargill. When racing stopped the father-son combo of John and Joshua Dickie had won 16 races out of their Clevedon stables for the season, their all-time total together stands at 234.
Three-win pacer Callie’s Delight is likely to be one of those starters at Cambridge.
“She has already had one workout and we are very happy with her progress, she has done well with the short break from racing.”
But it’s trotters that are the mainstay of the Dickie barn and three-race winner Kay Cee will be among the first to be back to the races.
“Kay Cee had a light lay off after his last start, he is ready for a workout and we hope to have him racing the first meeting back at Alexandra Park.”
The Breeders Crown winner at Melton last year, Kratos (5 wins -20 starts) will go to the workouts and has come back well, according to Dickie, while star five-year-old Paramount King (8 from 27) was being set for the Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park in May.
“But due to COVID-19 19 his plans changed. We have decided to jog him through and keep him ticking over and he will be aimed at the Dominion on Show day later this year,” said Dickie.
Two weeks away from the workouts is La Bet, an unqualified two year old filly by Bettors Delight - La Filou . “She’s a horse we do like and think she will make a nice three year old to race next season.”
And after Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus stormed the charts with their number one of the same name Dickie says a horse of theirs to watch out for in the future is a Bettor’s Delight two-year-old called Old Town Road.