Dunlop to move to La Grange
ED DUNLOP isto move his horses into La Grange Stables in Newmarket when he vacates his present base later this season.
Dunlop has been leasing Gainsborough Stables on Hamilton Road in the town since the death of its owner Maktoum Al Maktoumin January 2006, but that arrangement comes to an end this year.
La Grange is currently used as an overflow yard by James Fanshawe, who is based at nearby Pegasus Stables on Snailwell Road, across town from the premises that Dunlop has been using for around 15 years and in which he prepared Ouija Board to collect the 2004 Oaks at Epsom.
Confirming the switch on Sunday, Dunlop said: "We'll be moving to La Grange."
Although no date has been confirmed, it is rumoured that Dunlop will make the move on November 1.
Geoff Wragg's retirement from the training ranks, due to takeplace at the end of this Flat season, is not expected to affect Mike de Kock's plans to board some of his horses in Newmarket next term.
South Africa-based de Kock has installed a number of his string at Wragg's Abington Place stables on Newmarket's Bury Road this summer and, according to his jockey, Kevin Shea, has had assurances that the arrangement can be repeated in 2009.
Shea said on Sunday: "I know Mike intends to bring some horses over to Newmarket again next season and that he spoke to Mr Wragg before he went back to South Africa recently.
"He didn't give me any details, but I got the impression that Mr Wragg will be staying at Abington Place and that Mike will have a chance to use part of the yard again next year, if that's what he wants."