Monday 21st March
We saw some really good runs on Saturday – the one exception being in the big one where nothing went right and Adam pulled up ‘Courtown Oscar’ – he did not travel well in behind and this really didn’t tell us a great deal – he remains a really lovely horse for next season with 5 win for us so far. He did however, land the £250 Best Turned Out prize and looked a real credit to Sarah who got him ready for the big race. Sakhee’s City also looked in great shape, and came so close to landing the valuable novice handicap hurdle – he is one who looks to have to be produced near the line and that run in was agonising to watch as he went to the front travelling easily but just got run out of it in the shadow of the post. This was a very good run however, and he posesses plenty of ability and the size to eventually make a good chaser.
City Dreams almost made it a winning end to the day at Wolverhampton, looking a different mare over this longer trip and seeing it out all the way to the line at 20-1 under Douggie Costello. She was only beaten about a neck and tried hard. Handling this trip opens up many more avenues and she will be a nice mare over hurdles too as she jumps well. Phil had a late trip back with her after being at Uttoxter too earlier in the day.
We were absolutely thrilled with Eastview Boy’s win, and his Owners certainly were too as they bred him from their bumper mare by local stallion Iktibas. He is now a winner like his full brother Iktivew, but he looks to have considerably more scope and ability than him.
Little Bruce, 3rd at Newcastle behind Eastview Boy, came back to Green Oaks yesterday and became the first in-training horse here with the others set to arrive by the end of the month. Bruce enjoyed his day in the warm Spring sunshine out on our superb grass, and we look forward to our runners having an abundance of turnout freedom after exercise.
The boxes in the main barns are now almost ready, the beds are down in two of them, the taps are working and the lights are almost complete – final wiring being made the next few days. The barrows and forks have also arrived!
Most of the concreting in front of the barns is now complete, the pad for the five bay walker gets finished in the next few days and then that will be up and ready to use.
The space you can see on the left is due to be made into pre-exercise area, the horses will gather and circle here before heading down the track to the gallops. This will be in front of the Office, owners and staff rooms which is out of picture and under construction.
Today saw the first loads of new woodchip arrive for the gallop, there is plenty left to be delievered over the next week and then it will be ready to go on. We are looking forward to bringing you photos as this progresses. Below are some further photos of the newly fenced paddocks – its all looking very green and pretty amazing, we cannot wait to get all the horses here now and welcome our Owners to look around. TEN DAYS COUNTDOWN…we’re almost there. There will still be plenty of work to be done over the coming months but we are fit for action and approved by the BHA….
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