Michael Dods : Racehorse Trainer

Barney's Blog

  • 02-Dec-2021: Latest News from Denton Hall Stables the home of Michael Dods Racing
  • 09-Nov-2021: Azure Blue impresses in commanding victory under Paul Mulrennan at Newcastle
  • 26-Oct-2021: Jomont stays on well under David Nolan to get off the mark at Newcastle
  • 18-Oct-2021: Greenbarn wins second time out under Connor Beasley at Pontefract
  • 16-Oct-2021: Queen's Sargent comes from last to first to win at Catterick under Connor Beasley
  • 15-Oct-2021: Sezaam shows a great attitude to get up on the line at Redcar under determined Connor Beasley drive
  • 24-Sep-2021: Challet and Connor Beasley strike at York to land our 50th winner of the season
  • 23-Sep-2021: The gutsy Gale Force Maya defies topweight under Adam Farragher at Newmarket
  • 21-Sep-2021: Peerless Percy stays on stoutly under Callum Rodriguez to make it two on the bounce at Newcastle
  • 16-Sep-2021: Gale Force Maya makes it third time lucky in the British EBF Premier Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract under Graham Lee
  • 16-Sep-2021: Northern Express lands Ayr handicap with late burst under Paul Mulrennan
  • 13-Sep-2021: Alethiometer follows up promising Redcar debut by winning at Thirsk under Connor Beasley
  • 03-Sep-2021: Clarets Glory wins second time out at Pontefract under Phil Dennis
  • 03-Sep-2021: Motawaazy makes it three in a row and five for the season at Pontefract
  • 03-Sep-2021: Peerless Percy wins at Newcastle under Connor Beasley

In search of the truth...

Friday, 17 September 2021

Morning all, hope you're having a nice relaxing Sunday. It's Barney McGrew here again, possibly the most talented racehorse to ever walk the earth. Well, you’ve never seen a blog written by Frankel or Enable, have you? And, on the subject of wri ...

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Where's my slice of the action?

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Evening all, I had to write a blog update this week to congratulate by new best pal Motawaazy, who clocked up a hat-trick and his fifth win of the season at Pontefract. What a grand horse he’s turned out to be. He was actually owned by Hamdan al ...

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Ebor Festival Reflections

Sunday, 22 August 2021

HELLO everyone. Barney McGrew reporting for duty. Hope you like the hat. I had it made for Royal Ascot week but I like to get good value for money so I dug it out again for the York Ebor Festival. That's the opposite of my Carole - she'll use any ...

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A visit from one of my biggest fans

Monday, 16 August 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here – possibly the most charismatic and talented horse anywhere on the planet. As you know, I don’t tend to write blogs during the week – mainly because I can’t be arsed – but I’ve made an exception because I ...

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How to deal with the paparazzi

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Evening all, Eeh, well, I had a right good laugh with my pal Commanche Falls this week. He got word through that the bloody press was coming to do a photo-shoot after his win in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood and he was a bit nervy about it. He’ ...

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Congrats to Commanche Falls

Sunday, 1 August 2021

MORNING all, Barney McGrew here. I couldn’t let the weekend pass without saying a big congratulations to my pal Commanche Falls on his epic win in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood yesterday. Commy – as I like to call him – is a ...

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Finishing like an Express train

Saturday, 24 July 2021

EVENING all, Barney McGrew here again. Sorry it’s been a while since I last blogged but I’m getting long in the tooth and, quite frankly, I couldn’t be arsed. I’ve been watching the telly with my hooves up today and have to say I was impres ...

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Roar talent

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here - legend, superstar, sex symbol, literary genius. I want to kick off this week with a big well done to Hear Me Roar - or Roary as I like to call him - after his win at Redcar this week. I've noticed a lot of improvem ...

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A right Royal disappointment

Friday, 11 June 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here – celebrity equine blogger and sex symbol. I’ll be honest with you, I’m a bit miffed this week and I’ll tell you why. It’s Royal Ascot next week and, unbelievably, I haven’t been included in the Denton Hal ...

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Hava drink on me....

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here again. Equine superstar blogger, all-round celebrity, and available for after-dinner speaking engagements. Isn't it nice to feel a bit of sun on your back for a change after all that rain? I've been having a nice rol ...

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What a job for Bob the cob!

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here. Superstar equine blogger. Sorry I haven’t done a blog for a while but, quite frankly, I’m getting on a bit and I couldn’t be arsed. Anyway, I was having a natter with a nice three-year-old called Dulla Bhatti ...

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A sparkling week all round

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Hey up, everyone, How's it going? Well it's been a right canny period since my last blog. For a start, I have to say a big well done to the Rachael Blackmore human. What an achievement in becoming the first female human to ride the winner of the Gr ...

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The Grand National? It's a piece of cake

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Evening all, Barney here again. It’s the Grand National at the weekend so I thought I’d better show my face and let you know what’s going to win. But before I do that, there are a couple of congratulations in order. Firstly, well done to the ...

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Looking forward to a bit of Brunch

Friday, 26 March 2021

Evening all, Barney McGrew here... I SEE it’s been confirmed that my mate Brunch is taking his chance in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster tomorrow. Brunchy’s a canny lad and he won three for us last year so he’s definitely worth his place in ...

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When Irish eyes are smiling

Friday, 19 March 2021

Evening all, As much as I’ve loved living in County Durham for most of my life, I’ve never forgotten my Irish roots. I was born on the Emerald Isle and I’ll always have Irish blood running through my veins. Don’t tell anyone but, when no-on ...

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Oh, Danny boy!

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Evening all, Barney here. Barney McGrew – superstar. How are you doing? I want to start this week with a word of praise for my old mate Danielsflyer, or Danny as I like to call him. God loves a trier and he finally got his head in front at Newcas ...

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I'm back - and snowbody does it better!

Saturday, 13 February 2021

Hello everyone, Barney McGrew here. I’ve had a few months off from the blog, but I know how much you’ve all missed me, so I thought I’d get going again. I woke up the other day and, when I looked outside, there was all this white stuff coming ...

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Roll out the red carpet - it's The Barney Awards 2020

Monday, 21 December 2020

Festive greetings everyone. Barney McGrew here – the only racehorse in the world with his own blog. Well, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Never mind The Oscars, The Brits, The Baftas, and Sports Personality of the Year. These are ...

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Getting into the Halloween spirit - and looking ahead to The Barneys!

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Evening all, Yes, I know I said I was winding down the blog last week, but I found myself twiddling my hooves with nowt to do. Anyway, there’s been some strange goings on round the yard this week. I kept hearing these high-pitched screams and I t ...

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Here come the dark nights

Saturday, 24 October 2020

Evening all, I’m feeling a bit sad this week because I can tell from the dark nights that we’re nearing the end of the season. It’s a bit like when the young humans have school holidays, and they don’t see each other for a while. Some of m ...

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Gold and silver service

Saturday, 17 October 2020

OK, folks, I admit to feeling a little bit threatened this week. As everyone knows, I’m the true celebrity round here but I can’t deny that Dakota Gold is attracting a lot of adulation after clocking up eight wins in the past two seasons. On We ...

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Happy to welcome Goldy to my elite group

Saturday, 10 October 2020

Evening all, Hope you’ve had a good week despite all this coronavirus business causing havoc everywhere. What a bloody carry on! Anyway, a big well done to Dakota Gold for winning his first Group race earlier today. Goldy won the Group 3 Bengough ...

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The day Tommo got me all grumpy

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Evening all, WELL, there’s been a fair bit of excitement round here this week because we had a visit from a human known as Tommo, who’s well known from being on the telly. Derek Thompson, to give him his full name, was making one of his "Mornin ...

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Six of the best

Friday, 25 September 2020

Evening all, It’s been a funny old week, hasn’t it? The humans seem to be very upset about this coronavirus business dragging on and, on that subject, Shaun Sewell has asked the following question: “Dear Barney, I was wondering how these new ...

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Don't get me started!

Friday, 18 September 2020

Evening all, Barney here. During the week, I was in my field and I overheard a human (who shall remain nameless) refer to us horses as “dumb animals”. Bloody cheek! Well, let me tell you that humans are the most gullible creatures I’ve ever c ...

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The talk of the Toon

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Evening all, Hope you've had a good week. As you know, I like receiving questions and an interesting one has come in from Shaun Sewell (the nice bloke who kindly sent me a packet of Polos last week). Shaun says: “Barney, when you raced at Newca ...

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Festive greetings - yule love this!

Friday, 4 September 2020

Evening all, I love it when I get fan mail, so big thanks to the Alan Davison human for coming onto the gaffer’s Facebook page to enquire if I’ll be designing any personalised Christmas cards this year. Well, Alan, it’s a bit bloody early to ...

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When the going gets turf...

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Morning all, Last week, I promised to give you my expert opinion on racing coverage on the telly. Well, I have to say that I think ITV Racing do a very decent job and I’m pleased to see they’ve secured a deal to carry on until at least 2023. I ...

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Love is all around...

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Evening all, Hope you had a good week at the York Festival. I thought there were some cracking performances, not least from my stablemate, Que Amoro, running Battaash so close in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes. I see Shaun Sewell, on the stable’s F ...

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It's festival time!

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Evening everyone, Bet you’re all looking forward to The Ebor Festival at York next week. You can keep your Royal Ascot, this is the best meeting of the year if you ask me. A bit of a history lesson for you – records show that York first fully s ...

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There's only one Barney McGrew

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Evening all, Big thanks to a helpful human, called Trevor Bowerbank, who got in touch on email to pose the following question: “Can you ask Barney if he's doing a bit of moonlighting? I see he won at Kenilworth last night and he hasn’t mentioned ...

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History in the making

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Morning everyone, Well, it’s been quite a week since my last blog. Enable won her third King George in impressive style, but it was disappointing to see just three runners turn out for such a prestigious race. They should have given me a call to ...

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Writing on the hoof...

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Evening everyone, Well, what a funny old week I’ve had... It started when Phil, the farmer, decided he needed to worm his sheep. Don’t ask me for the full, gory details. I don’t want to think about it – turns my stomach. Anyway, it meant I ...

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It's all in a name

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Evening all, Hope the week went well and you backed a few winners. I wanted to talk about names this week. Young ‘uns often ask me where my name comes from but anyone who’s a bit long in the tooth already knows the answer. Barney McGrew was a b ...

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Strange creatures these humans...

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Morning all, Well, everyone’s buzzing round here after that Jawwaal won at Ascot yesterday. We love it when us northern yards go down there and put one over on the southerners. Mind you, Jawwaal hasn’t been here for too long. He came up from New ...

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Derby Day memories

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Evening all, Did you watch The Derby today? What a bloomin' turn up for the books that was! Who’d have thought Serpentine would lead them a merry dance like that? He just kept on going and, before the humans realised what was happening, the bird ...

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Exciting beginnings, a frosty atmosphere, and desert island fantasies...

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Evening all, What an exciting day we have in store tomorrow with Mecca’s Angel’s first foal, Hudson River, running over in Ireland. We always got on well, me and Mecca’s Angel. She was a canny lass and she certainly helped to put the yard on ...

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Reflections on Royal Ascot

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Morning everyone. Happy Sunday. I’ve had a nice quiet week, watching the racing on telly, and enjoying having a bit of sun on my back on Saturday. Royal Ascot seems to have gone well, albeit behind closed doors, and no sign of Her Majesty. Nice t ...

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Shear madness

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Hello again everyone, Hope you’ve all had a good week. Another nice winner for the yard with that Arch Moon. He’s another nice young ‘un – always respectful of his elders, and I like that. I can’t stand these uppity types. There’s a bi ...

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Making a Mark on racing history

Saturday, 6 June 2020

EVENING everyone. Hope you’ve had a canny week. It’s been buzzing around Denton, what with racing being back. Seems to have gone really well by all accounts. All the horses that ran were full of how well organised it was, although a few said it ...

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Making headlines as a radio star

Monday, 1 June 2020

WELL, I might have been ignored by the telly last Friday but I’m delighted to have made the radio this morning. I was part of the BBC Radio Tees breakfast show where they have a regular feature called ‘The Headline Challenge’. It’s a kind o ...

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The secrets of staying handsome

Sunday, 31 May 2020

MORNING everyone, hope you’re having a nice relaxed Sunday and had a lie-in, like me. All the gossip this morning is about racing getting going again on Monday. Dancin' Boy, Twist of Hay and Heath Charnock are full of it – just because they're ...

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Unbelievable! How could the telly ignore the real star of the show?

Friday, 29 May 2020

We had a bit of excitement here at Denton Hall this morning when the telly cameras turned up – but can you believe I was ignored! How dare they? Don’t they know who I am? More than 80 races I ran, with nine wins. That's a career anyone with a b ...

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Barney McGrew - Remember Me?

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Hello everyone. It’s Barney here – Barney McGrew. Remember me? I was named after one of the firemen in Trumpton – along with Pugh, Pugh, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub. That’s going back a bit. Anyway, suffice to say, I’ve been around the block ...

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