Horses In Training

Bill Turner is a racehorse trainer based near Sherborne, Dorset. He has been training horses from here for 25 years.


We currently have around thirty horses in training. Some of them are listed below. We always have space for a couple more, and we usually have a few for sale, so do please contact us to enquire about a horse.

This is the current squad:

Ansells Pride - A 10yo now, but lightly raced (38 starts) and there might be another win or two in him this season, albeit in selling company.

Arthur’s Melody - Entered on Thursday at Yarmouth over seven furlongs, where he might need the run. Will get a mile and a quarter later in the year, and will be better in time.

Cio Cio San - Runs tomorrow at Kempton, and fancied to go quite well. She was previously with Richard Hannon, and was quite highly tried, but this is more her level, and she’s well liked by the trainer.

Coconut Kisses - Won a bad maiden and a seller as a juvenile last year, and might be up to winning a 3yo seller this term. She’s no star but will probably find a race at some point. Must have five furlongs, and she ran well enough against older horses on her first start this year last week.

Denby Dale - needs a fast ground five furlongs, and the sharper the better. Will be hard to win with.

Dutch Art 2yo filly - Could be a nice prospect for later in the year, she’s done everything well so far.

Edlomond - Finally won a race this time last year, after four second places. High enough in the weights for now, but might go the claiming / selling route.

El Duque - The horse requiring the five hour drive to Beverley (and another five hours back!), he’s up against a lass with very smart form in this context. But El Duque has the best of the draw in one, and is a fast starter. There is a suspicion that the Evans horse could be a short runner, and Turner feels his lad will stay every yard and more, which gives hope. Turner won this race last year, and in 2004, and El Duque’s already won at Yarmouth for us.

Hija - Runs over six furlongs tomorrow, and she’s quick. Some decent rivals in that contest, and she’ll enjoy a bit of softer ground later in the year. Should win this term, though probably not first time out.

Hillbilly Boy - Won a seller and a claimer earlier in the year, and now might go hurdling. He’s rated 75, and would struggle in open handicap company off that mark, so his options are a bit limited.

ladyphillLady Phill - Very highly tried by an owner desperate for black type, Lady Phill (pictured, right) is losing her confidence and slipping down the handicap at the same time. If the owner can be persuaded to dodge pattern races (entered in a Listed race on Saturday, for which she has little to no chance), then she could win a handicap or two.

Lisa J - A sharp filly, she’s close to a run, and the trainer likes her. He hopes she’ll win a couple. Will be kept to five furlongs to begin with.

Lucky Diva - Not sure what to make of this lady. She’s done her winning later in the year, after some sun on her back, and it might be that this is the case this summer too. Certainly she’s slipping to a more attractive mark (rated 58 now, same as her last winning mark), and the trainer remains hopeful she’ll pop up on fast ground at around two miles.

MicksYerManMick’s Yer Man - Brocklesby winner (left image), and a bit of a stable star for now. He’s two from two so far, but has just knocked himself so is on the easy list. He’ll not be going to Royal Ascot, but there should be another race in him later in the season, probably a conditions stakes.

Misteray - Related to some nice horses, and cost 10,000 Guineas at the sale. Apparently Mark Johnston made the owner an offer after the sale, which was turned down. He’s done nothing in three starts to date, which has contributed to a handicap mark of 47. The trainer reckons he’s at least a 60 horse, which means I’ll be watching the declarations for this one with interest!

Money Team - Won at Musselburgh for us (an even longer drive than Beverley!), and then ran a great race in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom, when not staying the sixth furlong. That was about the best juvenile race in Britain so far this year, and he’ll be going to somewhere like Chester, where there is a race at the end of the month. If he’s drawn well there (inside), he should go very close indeed.

Posh Bounty - Entered for a seller on Monday at Windsor, she’ll appreciate the extra furlong there. Might be one for six furlong nurseries later in the season, if she develops.

Proclamation 2yo filly (x Dusty Dazzler) - She’s coming along slowly, and will want seven furlongs or a mile from the start. Could be all right, she’s done everything asked of her thus far.

Proclamation 2yo filly (x Wavette) - A nice type, but wants a trip, despite being bred for speed. They’re in no hurry with her, and she’ll be going a mile or a mile and a quarter.

She’s A Lucky Lady - ran a clunker at Pontefract first time up when a bit better was expected. The jury is out now: trainer feels there is ability there, and the seller she’s in on Monday at Windsor (same one as Posh Bounty) should reveal more.

Silly Billy - A consistent but frustrating type (sounds familiar), he has run five times for the stable and been second or third four times. Going to be tried back on the turf, where he won in the summer of 2010, but has since been doing most of his running on the all weather (three wins, twelve more places from 41 starts).

Tobougg 2yo filly - Could be OK, but too early to say as she’s a late developer.