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.
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.