Tuesday 19th February
It’s been a 24 hours of extreme highs and lows at the yard – we were absolutely thrilled to announce the imminent arrival of live Grand National hope BLAKLION yesterday – he has been bought by our existing Owners, Darren & Annaley Yates, and his main target is the Aintree Grand National on the 6th April. He is a former Becher Chase winner, he was 4th in The National itself in 2017 and was unluckily brought down at the first last year. He is off a lovely weight in this year’s renewal and it’s so exciting for all of us here at Green Oaks. He arrives this afternoon and we will be bringing photos later. I imagine there will be some tears shed as he leaves Twiston yard as he has been there many years, and been an absolute star for them, it will be hard for them to see him go but they know he’ll be well cared for here and hopefully he will settle in quickly to our routine and thrive in his new home.
We can also now bring you news of an exciting young Flemensfirth mare , ‘Theflickeringlight’ who has been bought for new Owners prior to the Cheltenham Sale tomorrow – she is a winner of both her points to date in really good style and looks to be a top class Mares prospect. She may have one bumper run and could join Dares to Dream at Aintree if all goes to plan. She also arrives today!
And now to the low – Nick Barratt Atkin our young Apprentice jockey came out the wrong side of an argument with a stack of shavings bales yesterday and broke his femur. It was a nasty accident and all credit to the ambulance team who were very careful taking him to hospital and trying to manage his pain. Nick is getting an operation to have a rod inserted today or tomorrow – it’s a very similar break to that of Adam Nicol’s ( who is walking well again now thank goodness) and we all wish him the very best of luck in his recovery. It’s a shame that his first ride for us will be delayed but just like Adam, he’ll go to the excellent ‘Jack Berry’ house and get the best of care and recuperation.
We have four runners this afternoon – 3 at Wetherby and Pullman Brown on the flat at Wolverhampton . This will be Tom Midgley’s first ride for the yard and although we need a turnaround in form for Pullman Brown at least there isn’t huge pressure on Tom’s shoulders for his yard debut. Pullman has been struggling getting home over hurdles so reverts to the flat to see if it brings about some improvement.
At Wetherby we have the novice mare L’Attendeu in the 2 mile handicap with Tommy claiming 3lbs and although she is off a low rating there’s a chance she may need a bit further than this to be at her best. Today’s run will tell us where we are with her and if she needs to step up in trip.
Magic Dragon has a good chance in his race the 4pm, although it’s a big field and very competitive, he is current 2nd fav and will be ridden by Sean Quinlan who won on him at Sedgefield on his latest outing. This more galloping track should really suit this big horse more than Sedgefield did.
Tommy is on Archiposs in the novice at 2.55 and it looks a nasty race with a Grade 2 Cheltenham novice winner at the head of the market. Archie has shown promise over timber but needs a novice handicap to start making his mark in this sphere, as do most.
Best of luck to all our Owners today and safe return for the four horses 🐎🍀
Photos from the yard this morning… gallop video to follow later
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