Welcome to Hellwood Racing Stables, the small and friendly yard in the North where all the horses are cared for as individuals. Richard Whitaker is the trainer, with help from his wife Liz, and sons Simon and Tim.
Small doesn't mean unsuccessful though, and it was from here in West Yorkshire that Richard Whitaker trained Captain Rio to Group success.
Great pride is taken on turn out too, proof being the stack of Best Turned Out awards regularly won at the races.
Hellwood Farm is only 7 miles from Leeds towards Wetherby, and is central to a host of Yorkshire tracks, with excellent transportation links to the rest of the country. Considering it's proximity to Leeds and the A1, Hellwood is surprisingly quiet, set in 150 acres of rolling countryside as far as the eye can see.
Our last foal for this year arrived this morning at the National Stud out of TUMBLEWIND by TASLEET half brother to HAWK IN THE WIND Many thanks for your great care at the stud.
Our third foal arrived this mornig at the National Stud out of VELVET BAND by RAJASINGHE half sister to PENNY POT LANE , CHARNOCK RICHARD and CINDY LOOPER Many thanks for your great care at the stud
Another foal arrived early, this morning out of LOVE ISLAND by OUTSTRIP born at the National Stud half sister to TANTASTIC .Many thanks for your great care at the stud
After a quiet Christmas and New Year we have had our first foal of the season, out of AVON BREEZE by ACLAIM a beautiful sturdy colt, born at the National Stud half brother to LIBERTY BREEZE. Many thanks for your great care at the stud.
Newcastle gave us another winner in the form of DAWN BREAKING with Phil Dennis in the saddle and before that a great run by another 2 year old LIBERTY BREEZE who came in 3rd. Once again many thanks to the continuing support of the owners and all the hard work of the team at home.
Glad to see STONEY LANE run so well a very well deserved 2nd at Wolverhampton, once again with Phil Dennis in the saddle. many thanks for the support f the owners and all the hard work of the team at home.
COUNTRY CHARM had another super run at Newcastle getting a 3rd placing and joining her with a 3rd place was Thriller's Moon both with Phil Dennis aboard. Many thanks to all the owners and staff at home.
ROUND THE ISLAND was back to his favorite course with a lovely and well deserved win at Pontefract with Lewis Edmunds aboard, many thanks to our lovely owners and to all the team at home. Two year old COUNTRY CHARM had another super run at Wolverhampton getting a 2nd placing
October 06th October
Well what great news!!! 5 runners in two days with 4 wins from PENNY POT LANE, DAWN BREAKING, COUNTRY CHARM AND JILL ROSE, then ROUND THE ISLAND came in 3rd closely fought up to the last minute. Well done to Phil Dennis who was aboard them all , congratulations to all our wonderful owners and many thanks to the team at home.
September 22nd 2020
We have had quite a run of seconds in the last couple of weeks,ROUND THE ISLAND, PENNY POT LANE, LIBERTY BREEZE AND ROUND THE ISLAND again, all very well fought but just missed out. Many thanks to all the owners and staff at home.
Sept 08th 2020
A winner today JILL ROSE loved the soft ground and ROUND THE ISLAND just missed out beaten by a neck to second place. Lovely results and some of the owners were present which is a bonus at the moment, well done everyone concerned.
Sept 2nd 2020
THRILLER'S MOON in a promising run today was beaten by a head into second place, congratulations to the owners and well done all the team at home.
July 27th 2020
Rain doesn't stop us today strong run from CINDY LOOPER 2nd at Redcar congratulations to the owners and well done team Whitaker
July 17th 2020
Second win this season for DAWN BREAKING , lovely run under Phil Dennis once again congratulations to the owners and well done to all the team at home.
July 14th 2020
Second winner since the resumption of Racing ROUND THE ISLAND aka Jenson at Ripon under Phil Dennis after a close second last week at Pontefract. Congratulations to the owners and well done to all the team at home.
June 29nd 2020
Very close second from JILL ROSE at Thirsk under Phil Dennis. Congratulations to the owners and well done to all the team at home.
June 22nd 2020
July 14th 2020
May 19th 2020
The last of our foals for this year made an appearence today by BRAZEN BEAU out of RIO'S ROSANNA another bay filly.
April 20th 2020
We are pleased to announce another foal has arrived today by RAJASINGHE out of WOTATOMBY a healthy bay filly
March 13th 2020
We have welcomed back BILLY ROBERTS after his winter rest and is going well, we are looking forward to building on his success of last year.. SILK MILL BLUE is in training and we hope to do some summer jumping with him. Two further foals arrived last week TUMBLEWIND had a colt by ACLAIM , closely followed by VELVET BAND who had filly by PASTORAL PURSUITS
January 30th 2020
We had a early arrival this morning LOVE ISLAND produced a beautiful bay filly this morning by TIME TEST earlier that expected but both are fit and healthy.
HAWK IN THE SKY confirmed his early season form by winning his first handicap race at Catterick on Tuesday (29/10/19). He coped with the heavy ground there and led from start to finish. Congratulations to the Hawkins family!!
We now have five mares confirmed in foal to some classy stallions, and six yearlings,four are by the excellent Aussie sprinter Spill The Beans, one by Outstrip and one by Lethal Force.
PENNY POT LANE has won again at Ripon, ridden by excellent apprentice, Gavin Ashton.(28/19/19). Tony Melville is the owner of this consistent mare who has now won 7 races, and has won at least once every year since 2015.
We are delighted to welcome back Liberty Breeze the homebred 2018 filly by Equiano out of Avon Breeze.
A beautiful filly, she was sold to Grange Park Racing at Goffs yearling sale, who owned 50% of her mother, Avon Breeze. We are really excited to see how she will develop and hope she takes after her mother. Of course she has already won, as Avon Breeze won whilst pregnant!
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