Frank Oakes wouldn't be a name that rolls off the tongue when listing out horse trainers in Kildare, but the Curragh handler was one of the stories of the racing week just gone after he landed a 25-1 winner in Thurles on Thursday.
While the odds were certainly stacked against Mountain Fox in a race that contained a sizeable contingent from Gigginstown Stud, it was the interview that Oakes conducted with the At The Races television station afterwards that really grabbed attention.
The veteran trainer revealed that he still rides out at the age of 77, bringing at least two horses out on the Curragh every day to keep his small yard going. He has just three horses at his stables, and hadn't had a winner in over five years, so Thursday was obviously a very special day for Oakes.
A brilliant interview with Matt Chapman followed, and it even featured a cameo from well-known racing photographer Pat Healy who was minding the trainer's horse while he spoke to the camera!
Brilliant - trainer Frank Oakes has seen his Mountain Fox spring a 25/1 surprise at @thurlesraces. 77 years young, he has three horses and rides this one out all the time! What a man 👍 @MCYeeehaaa @irishkor pic.twitter.com/0t7rVBjx73
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) November 29, 2018
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