Saturday 22nd April
Its a beautiful morning at the yard and Julie has just set off with Topville Ben to Ayr, it’s been his ground for weeks but the sunshine of the last few days has rather turned the ground against him. This is his last run of the season though and he is fit and well for his final appearance. We have flat action at our local track Thirsk today and three runners: Archippos, I’m Yer Man & New Britain – it’s competitive racing with big fields and they have split the novice race so we have a runner in either division.
Phil’s Birthday was unmemorable on Thursday! Having lost the Star Gazer appeal he then travelled to a roasting hot Cheltenham to saddle up Shine Baby Shine who looked tremendous but found things happening too quick on rapidly drying ground.
She stayed on stoutly for 4th and could have done with the race being a week earlier on soft ground – she is after all a 2 mile Southwell fibresand winner. This was her final run of the campaign, she’s done her Owners proud and she can be seen out in the field on the video soon to load. We all had a very pleasant day at Cheltenham though – the track was magnificent in the sunshine, there could be no finer sight and I can’t think of many better places to spend your Birthday!
Later in the evening we had Captain Bob at Newcastle who looked the winner 2 out but a return to 6f beckons soon as he just didn’t see it out on this stiff 7f – he ran well for 4th but just not quite well enough! Luckily Racing Post put the record straight that it was Phil’s 39th Birthday as practical joker Tommy had been winding Phil up all day telling everyone it was his 50th!
There’s plenty of sunshine around this morning too and it’s going to be a lovely afternoon at Thirsk for our Owners. A winner or 2 would be nice! Here are some more photos from yesterday…
Thursday was the final day for Pete who has worked for us the last two years here at Green Oaks. He’s been an experienced and reliable member of our team – a quiet rider at home and professional at the races – he’ll certainly be missed by everyone and we wish him lots of luck with his move to Cheshire. Pete is pictured here on one of his favourite horses, Mr Carbonator who he always rode.
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