Monthly Archive: March 2015

Ascot

After a misunderstanding on the tickets, I panic-changed into jacket and tie to join the immaculately turned out Andrew, Maura and girls for the Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday. The website promised, somewhat alarmingly, a day “giving children an appreciation of…
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Doncaster

The morning brings news of my son’s sterling performance in an epic 2-2 draw against the unfairly-gifted Knaphill Jedis. He was recognised with the Man Of The Match award afterwards, and I’m 200 miles away chasing some very strange dream,…
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Wetherby

My satnav and I had another disagreement on the way up to Wetherby. When I deliberately entered 5EH at the end of the postcode instead of the correct 5HE, just to see if it was concentrating, the stupid machine took…
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Newbury

The world is an amazing place. If you ask enough times, it can open itself up to you like a blossoming flower, and offer you untold possibilities. Yesterday was a shining example. I had emailed Julian Thick, CEO of Newbury…
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Newton Abbot

A little over a year ago, a savage storm battered the Devon coastline and destroyed the track at Dawlish. Yet as I travel west past Exeter on a calm and social train to Newton Abbot, there is little evidence of…
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Market Rasen

I know what you’re thinking. Market Rasen wasn’t meant to be this early in the schedule? Yes, I was thinking that too, but then the Ffos Las farce occurred and things had to be juggled. Still, better for it to…
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Bangor-On-Dee

There was more dissent from my hands-free kit on the long drive. I think it was still sulking from our Chepstow spat. With false sincerity it informed me “I’m really sorry about this, but I can’t take any requests at…
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Chepstow

Day 7 of my quest. One week in and I’ve lost many pounds (sterling) and gained 1 pound (weight). I must admit to my weightwatchers diet going slightly awry. It’s very hard to turn down an inclusive Full English breakfast….
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Warwick

It’s Wednesday and it’s Warwick. A place I know literally nothing about, other than it has a racecourse. It’s very pretty, I discover, as I eschew a taxi and walk through the centre. I’m keeping an eye out for the…
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Exeter

It took me until 17:46 by the station clock to finally laugh about it. And when I did, it was big, cackling, guffawing laughs that made the people next to me on the platform edge away slowly. But let me…
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Taunton

Taunton just had a completely different feel. There was smiling and talking and people helping each other with bags on the train down. When I arrived at the station three disparate groups immediately and easily coalesced to share a taxi…
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NOT Ffos Las

The Rising Sun is a lovely pub, and after it’s busiest week of the year the bar staff were still smiling and the place had a relaxed vibe, basking in the aftermath of something momentous passing through town. It has…
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Uttoxeter

The short trip to drop Paul at the station was strewn with red lights, of which Cheltenham seems to have a staggering array. These are provincial red lights too – no hurry on a sunny Saturday morning for these guys….
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Cheltenham

Lets get one thing straight – I love Cheltenham. I love the theatre and the drama. I love the setting and the people. And I love the horses. How I have loved the horses over the years. This place thrives…
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Sanctuary

Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins co-founded the The Racehorse Sanctuary in 2006 after a long and varied career in the equine world. They rehabilitate, retrain and rehome horses after their racing careers are over, but what sets this charity apart…
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The Injured Jockey

The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded in 1964 following devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw and Paddy Farrell. Since then it has helped over 1000 jockeys and supported countless more of their family members. Last year it marked it’s 50th anniversary…
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