Age no barrier for Elsie


Elsie Green

Elsie Green

Elsie Green is proof you're never too old to keep involved in the sport you love.

The octogenarian Kembla Grange trainer will have her first runner in more than four years when A Tiny Bureaucrat debuts on his home track on Saturday.

"I've got good health and Winona Costin's father is helping me and my daughter comes down from Kingswood to the races and trials to help," Green said.

And it's with a little bit of sentimentality Green will saddle up the rising five-year-old. His mother Be True Thanks is a half-sister to Green's former staying star Hurry On Spec.

Hurry On Spec won the Listed Stayers Quality Cup almost 10 years ago to the day with Jay Ford up.

"He was the best horse I've ever had," Green said.

"This horse has had so many things go wrong with him.

"He's had so many different riders on him who have done the wrong thing and he had one fellow who kept hanging onto him and I said, 'Don't hold him that tight, just let him go'."

A Tiny Bureaucrat trialled impressively at Kembla earlier this month after a mishap at a previous morning heat when he didn't make it to the gates.

And her expectations from A Tiny Bureaucrat on Saturday?

"At least it will give me back my money from the trials," Green said.


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