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Eight Year Break Enough For US Trainer
English-born trainer Michael Dickinson has decided that eight years away from the saddling enclosure is enough, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. The highly talented horseman, now in his mid-sixties, is making a return to the training barn in the US to prove to himself that even his well publicised high standards of yesteryear were not quite good enough. Dickinson, who will base himself from his large property in Maryland, noted that he'd never had any intention of returning to training, however he is keen to try out a few ideas he has been trialling over the past three years. Dickinson is as famous for his feats in his native UK as in his adopted homeland. His honour board – he holds five Guinness Book records – includes the astonishing feat of saddling the first five horses home in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Summing up his decision to train again, Dickinson said, "A life without a horse would be hell for me. My drive comes from the love of the horse, which is why I love racing. But my love of the horse is a stronger drive than my love of racing."