Lady amateurs’ Flat championship goes to the wire!

John Wilson’s four year old Sir Percy gelding Quoteline Direct is off to Nottingham tomorrow (Wednesday) to run in the final race on the card, the AJA Amateur Riders’ Handicap over a mile and a quarter (4.00). Quoteline Direct (above), who’ll be ridden by our busy head girl Becky Smith, hasn’t passed the post in…

Our stayers set for Catterick finale

Catterick stage their last Flat fixture of the season tomorrow (Tuesday) and we’ve declared two runners, starting with Oakwood Minions’ Trendsetter in the mile and a half handicap at 1.35. We claimed Trendsetter (above) after he won over this course and distance just over a year ago but he hasn’t been able to take advantage…

Alderbrook Lad pulled up at Aintree!

But that doesn’t even tell half the story, as our head girl Becky Smith had her first ride round the Mildmay course aboard our eleven year old legend Alderbrook Lad this afternoon. Alderbrook Lad, led up as ever by Sue Foster, ably assisted by our assistant trainer and Becky’s big sis Gemma, was right in…

Alderbrook Lad’s Aintree reward

Even though he’s in the twilight of his career, eleven year old chaser Alderbrook Lad still has every right to be called our flag bearer and we’re giving him a thoroughly well deserved day in the sun tomorrow as he heads off to the home of the Grand National to run in the 188Bet sponsored…

Exciting mare Camillas Wish joins our team

Camillas Wish has been a revelation since she’s been paired up with our very own amateur jockey Becky Smith, and we’re really excited that the eight year old mare will now be based right here at Oakwood Stables! The Presenting mare, owned by David Proos and previously in the care of Garstang based Richard Ford,…

Yard stalwart Merchant Of Medici dies, aged ten

As some of our friends and colleagues will know already, we lost one of our longest standing inmates, ten year old middle distance handicapper Merchant Of Medici, on Wednesday. Medici, a veteran of more than eighty races stretching back to 2009, sustained a leg injury at Ripon earlier this season as he finished a close…

Time for another round of Applaus

Joe Buzzeo’s young Tiger Hill gelding Applaus will attempt to build on his promising novice hurdling season tomorrow when he tackles fences for the first time in Carlisle’s two mile beginners’ chase (3.20). A juvenile bumper winner back in 2015, Applaus produced a string of excellent efforts last winter and gained due reward for his…

Justforjames set for Sedgefield chasing debut

We’ve got six runners at Sedgefield on Wednesday, with J4J Partnership’s 125 rated hurdler Justforjames all ready for his first start over fences in the Brian Ellison Racing Club Beginners’ Chase at 3.45. A winning Irish pointer, Justforjames made a flying start to his Rules career for us last season with a couple of wide…

Tuscan finishes last but comes first

Our dual purpose ten year old legend Tuscan Gold achieved his target for the 2017 Flat season as he pipped James Given’s La Fritillaire to the Pontefract Stayers’ Championship this afternoon. Job done….Huggie leads our champion and Paul Mulrennan back in at Pontefract today (copyright Brian Lunn) The competition runs for the whole campaign and…

Happy birthday Lauren!

Our Sheffield born apprentice jockey Lauren Steade is 20 today – happy birthday to Loz from all of us here at Oakwood Stables!

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