Arkle Memorial Statue Ltd

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“The Lads”

No yard is complete without “The Lads” and Greenogue was no exception. Another day when helmets, back protectors, walkers, massage machines and sprays, powders and supplements were still a long way off the lads were coming into the yard every morning on foot or by bicycle and horses were assigned to each one. Some rode out while others remained in the yard.

The lads at Dreaper's Yard in Arkle's day.

“The Lads” at Greenogue 1966 – 1967 season. Sean Barker, Willie McCabe, Paddy Woods, Paddy Brown, Nick O Connor, Charlie Reilly, Paddy Murray, Joe Finglas, Noel Carroll, Mark Roper, Barry Goldrick, Matty Kearns, Tommy Farrell, Val O Brien, Eddie Wright, Paddy Mooney.

Head lad Paddy Murray oversaw the feeding and was responsible for ensuring  Arkle received his tipple each day. His son, Martin, is still closely associated  with the yard and the horses as is our farrier Jimmy Flanagan, whose father was  blacksmith in the yard in Arkle’s day.

So much has changed in the day to day running of a racing yard but the core  values remain very much intact. Birthdays were kept secret because having a birthday in the yard meant being dunked in the water tank… little has changed. Many of the lads in the photo are still in the Ashbourne area and they, and their families, will be at the statue unveiling ceremony on April 19th.