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Haydock king Twin Oaks is put down.

Byline: Lee Mottershead and Graham Green

TWIN OAKS, a virtual standing dish at Haydock in the early 1990s when trained by the late Gordon Richards, has been humanely destroyed at the age of 23, write Lee Mottershead and Graham Green.

Leading the tributes to the winner of 14 races, the last eight of which were at the Lancashire track, was Neale Doughty, who has named his home

after the horse he partnered to most of those

successes.

In recent years Twin Oaks, whose victories at

Haydock included the Greenalls Gold Cup, Peter Marsh Chase and Tommy Whittle Chase, has been in the care of Catriona Wilson Young, who was advised to have him put down last week.

Doughty said: "He was top dog around Haydock and I remember Peter Scudamore saying that if the Gold Cup was run at Haydock the horse would have won it. He loved the big fences and the galloping track.

"He was gutsy, honest and a dream to ride. He could part the odd fence, but he was so big that if he did, he would likely lose you but not fall. Every rider needs a good horse and he kept me up there."

Wilson Young said: "He had stiffened up a lot and he doesn't winter well, so we were advised that the kindest thing to do was put him down.

"He was the most lovely horse I ever knew. Since I've had him he's done some cross-country and looked marvellous.

"Taking the decision to have him put down

was so hard, but he's now buried in a field at my uncle's home in Cumbria."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2003
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