Michael Dods : Racehorse Trainer

Denton Hall News

  • 11-Aug-2020: Latest News from Denton Hall Stables the home of Michael Dods Racing
  • 09-Aug-2020: Diamond Haze wins comfortably under Connor Beasley at Thirsk
  • 08-Aug-2020: Magisterium runs a fine race in defeat to be a neck second at Newmarket
  • 05-Aug-2020: John Kirkup wins gamely under Connor Beasley at Ayr
  • 01-Aug-2020: Trainer and owner praise Thirsk for setting example of how to cater for owners
  • 29-Jul-2020: Challet defies topweight under Paul Mulrennan to win at Thirsk
  • 26-Jul-2020: Brunch gets up close home under Callum Rodriguez to win a York thriller
  • 26-Jul-2020: Dods criticises some northern courses for not doing enough to cater for owners
  • 23-Jul-2020: Michael Dods pays tribute to racehorse owner and breeder Geoff Turnbull who has died aged 74
  • 20-Jul-2020: 5% shares available in winning three-year-old Gigi's Beach, bought for Denton Hall Racing syndicate
  • 13-Jul-2020: Inductive gets up on the line to win at Ayr under Callum Rodriguez drive
  • 12-Jul-2020: Third win of the weekend as Antico Lady holds on gamely under Paul Mulrennan at Hamilton
  • 11-Jul-2020: Magisterium and Paul Mulrennan get up in dying strides to win at Newcastle
  • 06-Jun-2020: Daily updates on all the latest entries from the yard
  • 27-May-2020: We are looking for an experienced and capable rider to join the team at Denton Hall, Visit the Jobs section for further details
  • 10-Jul-2020: The latest weekend preview - see the news section
  • 14-Jun-2020: Barney's Blog latest - all the gossip through the eyes of Barney McGrew
  • 29-Jun-2020: Commanche Falls digs in under a great ride from Connor Beasley to win at Thirsk

Magisterium kicks off the weekend at Newmarket

Friday, 7 August 2020

WEEKEND PREVIEW A relatively busy weekend with one runner down at Newmarket on Saturday and five in action closer to home at Thirsk on Sunday. The Saturday runner down at headquarters is MAGISTERIUM in the Betway Nursery Handicap over seven furlong ...

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Thirsk praised for setting example of improved catering for owners

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Thirsk Racecourse has been praised for the way it looked after owners at its latest meeting. Last weekend, trainer Michael Dods criticised some northern racecourses for not doing enough to cater for owners who were described as “the lifeblood of t ...

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Nick joins the team as an apprentice

Monday, 27 July 2020

Teenager Nick Barratt-Atkin has joined Michael Dods Racing as an apprentice jockey. Nick, 18, clocked up more than 50 winners on the pony racing circuit. He's had 58 rides as an apprentice jockey so far, including 9 seconds and 4 thirds, and was pr ...

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Dods 'delighted' with Troubador's run in defeat under topweight

Saturday, 25 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods says he is “delighted” with Trouabor’s performance in defeat while carrying a welter weight at Newmarket today. The three-year-old grey gelding – winner of four races last season – was a staying on fifth in the Stetchw ...

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Dods criticises some northern racecourses for not doing enough to cater for owners

Saturday, 25 July 2020

RACEHORSE trainer Michael Dods has criticised some northern courses for failing to do enough for owners during the difficult lockdown period. Dods, one of the north’s top trainers, said: “In some cases, it hasn’t been good enough, and there’ ...

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Troubador faces tough challenge to give weight away at Newmarket

Friday, 24 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods says Troubador has been a victim of his own success last season as he attempts to give weight away down at Newmarket tomorrow. The grey three-year-old won four times last season before winding up with an honourable second to Su ...

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Dods describes passing of Geoff Turnbull as 'huge loss for northern racing'

Thursday, 23 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has paid a warm tribute to one of the leading figures in the northern racing scene, Geoff Turnbull MBE, who has died after a battle against illness, aged 74. Mr Turnbull, a miner’s son, was Chief Executive Officer of the highl ...

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Winning three-year-old joins Denton Hall Racing syndicate from Newmarket

Monday, 20 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has announced a new acquisition for the Denton Hall Racing Syndicate in the shape of a lovely three-year-old bay gelding called Gigi's Beach. Gigi's Beach has been bought out of Hugo Palmer's Newmarket yard and is by Oasis Dream ...

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Dods hoping for good run as Que Amoro takes on the boys

Saturday, 18 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods hopes Que Amoro can step up to the challenge of 'taking on the boys' at York this afernoon. The star filly posted a fast time when winning a fillies' only listed race at Ayr on her seasonal reappearance and now faces high class ...

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Jawwaal puts his issues behind him to sweep to victory at Ascot

Saturday, 11 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has expressed his delight at Jawwaal’s emphatic victory in the Betfred Heritage Handicap at Ascot this afternoon. The five-year-old gelding was held up by Callum Rodriguez before making smooth headway and sweeping clear to win ...

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Jawwaal deserves his step up at Ascot

Friday, 10 July 2020

Trainer Michael Dods says Jawwaal deserves his tilt at a step up into a Heritage Handicap at Ascot tomorrow following his recent victory at Doncaster. The five-year-old gelding, pictured in the yard with apprentice Aidan Redpath, goes in the ultra- ...

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Dods criticises Thirsk over failure to be ready for owners

Sunday, 5 July 2020

RACEHORSE trainer Michael Dods has criticised Thirsk Racecourse for not being ready to welcome owners at its meeting on Monday. Despite other racecourses being ready, Thirsk has told owners that it is not prepared to open its doors to them at its me ...

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Dods disappointed with Dakota Gold's Sandown draw

Friday, 3 July 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has expressed disappointment with Dakota Gold's draw in his second run of the season - the Coral Charge at Sandown on Sunday. The six-year-old gelding, who scored five times in a scintillating season last year, is drawn 12 out o ...

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First foal of Mecca's Angel impresses on debut at The Curragh

Sunday, 28 June 2020

AIDAN O'Brien has described Hudson River - the first foal of Mecca's Angel - as "a lovely colt" after the two-year-old impressed on his debut at The Curragh today. The O'Brien-trained Hudson River made a winning debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ...

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First foal of Mecca's Angel poised for debut at The Curragh on Sunday

Friday, 26 June 2020

THE first foal of our former star sprinter Mecca's Angel is poised for his racecourse debut in Ireland at the weekend. The beautiful bay colt, by Galileo, runs in the Barronstown Stud Irish European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden at over seven fu ...

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Weekend preview

Friday, 26 June 2020

Fresh from a nice winner at Doncaster today with Jawwaal, we have four runners over the weekend, with two ridden by Paul Mulrennan at Redcar on Saturday, and two up at Hamilton on Sunday with Connor Beasley on board. BLOWING WIND kicks us off at Re ...

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Que Amoro impresses with listed win in fast time at Ayr

Monday, 22 June 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has high hopes for flying filly Que Amoro after she won her first listed race in a lightning quick time at Ayr today. The four-year-old bay filly was highly impressive in easily winning the EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes o ...

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Tough call for Mulrennan as fillies go head to head at Ayr

Friday, 19 June 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has spoken about the dilemma facing jockey Paul Mulrennan as two of the stable's stars prepare go head to head at Ayr on Monday. Michael admits it has been difficult having Que Amoro and Queens Gift, main picture, in the same ra ...

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Dakota Gold 'as fit as we can get him' ahead of seasonal bow

Friday, 12 June 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods says prolific winner Dakota Gold is "as fit as we can get him at home" ahead of his first run of the season at Doncaster on Sunday. Michael has assessed the chances of the star gelding (main picture) in the listed Achilles Stak ...

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Dakota Gold poised for first run of the season at Doncaster

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

ONE of last year’s stars of the northern racing scene has been entered to make his first appearance of the season. Michael Dods’ sprinter Dakota Gold went from strength to strength last season, winning five races, including the Great St Wilfrid ...

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'An exceptional job' - Dods delighted by racing's restart

Friday, 5 June 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has heaped more praise on racecourses and the BHA for the way the return to action has been handled this week. Michael said: "It’s been great to see our sport up and running again this week, and I think the racecourses and the ...

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Dods excited by Brunch after tasty Newcastle victory

Thursday, 4 June 2020

MICHAEL Dods has described Brunch as “an exciting horse” after the three-year-old cruised to victory at Newcastle today. The Harbour Watch gelding settled well under a patient ride from Callum Rodriquez in the Betway Heed Your Hunch British Stal ...

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Dods praises Newcastle for getting racing off to a good re-start

Monday, 1 June 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has praised the “impeccable organisation” behind racing’s return at Newcastle Racecourse today. Michael, who had three runners on the first day back, said: “There’s clearly a lot of work gone in to getting it right and ...

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Barney McGrew gets his own radio slot

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Our local celebrity, Barney McGrew, is to feature on BBC Radio Tees breakfast show tomorrow... Every morning, our media adviser Peter Barron goes on the show to present a feature called The Headline Challenge. It's a bit of fun where he comes up wi ...

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Dods welcomes Government go-ahead for racing to resume

Saturday, 30 May 2020

TRAINER Michael Dods has welcomed today's news that the Government has given the go ahead for racing to return behind closed doors at Newcastle on Monday. Michael said: "We are delighted at the news that the Government has given the British Horserac ...

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Looking ahead to our first three runners since lockdown

Friday, 29 May 2020

Thank goodness we are finally getting going again after the lockdown, with three runners left in at Newcastle on Monday after the declaration stage. We'd hoped for more but with the races restricted to 12 runners, it was always going to be the case t ...

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TV cameras at Denton Hall ahead of racing restart

Friday, 29 May 2020

It was nice to have the BBC Look North cameras at Denton Hall this morning ahead of the restart of racing on Monday. Business Editor Ian Reeve interviewed Michael, along with jockeys Connor Beasley and Callum Rodriguez, about plans for the resumptio ...

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Weekend Update 22 May

Friday, 22 May 2020

We’re getting nearer to the June 1st date when racing is hopefully going to resume, and now we know the programme for the first seven days, we’ve been able to start putting a few plans in place. We still haven’t had the exact details of how it' ...

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Weekend Update 16 May

Friday, 15 May 2020

With racing scheduled to get going on June 1 as things stand, we start this week’s update with a look at QUE AMORO. She goes into the season as a four-year-old and is going very nicely at home. She did us proud last season – winning spectacularly ...

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May 10 Update

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Once racing gets underway again, we'll be resuming the regular Weekend Preview. In the meantime, we'll be giving weekly updates on some of the horses. Given what he achieved last season, it seems only fair to start with DAKOTA GOLD. After a pipe-ope ...

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Dods hoping for a golden anniversary

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

AS he embarks on his 30th anniversary season, Michael Dods is firmly established as a trainer who is well capable of striking gold. In recent seasons, he has had Group 1 successes with flying fillies Mecca’s Angel and Mabs Cross, and then Dakota G ...

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