Trainer Barry Hills to hand over licence next week

Horse trainer Barry Hills to retire
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Barry Hills will end his training career at the York Ebor festival this week.

Barry Hills is to hand over his licence to son Charlie after the York Ebor Festival on Thursday.

The 74-year-old thoroughbred horse trainer will leave the reins to his son Charlie after racing The daughter of Acclamation this week.

"She has done absolutely nothing wrong in her two races so far," quotes Charlie Hills as saying. "This is tougher but she has lots of speed and a really good turn of foot. She was impressive at Ascot and we hope she can go well again."

West Leake Diman, who is another horse trained by Barry Hills, has been given good odds of winning in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.

"He too has done nothing wrong so far, winning both his starts at Haydock and Newmarket,” Charlie added. “I think he has done very well since his last run and is a nice, scopey horse who should enjoy the ground."

"It would be very special if Dad could get a winner this week. York has been lucky to him, so it would be great."

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