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Need a Carrot?

George Ward, founding President of the Horserace Sponsors Association, used to support races under the banner of his photo-processing brands Bonusprint and Tripleprint. And after every race, he’d ensure that there was a box of Trebor Mints for the winning horse.

Asked why he preferred to present Trebor Mints instead of Polos, he explained that, with Trebor, the horses received more mint for their money – there being no holes in the centre of the sweets.

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Punter Beware

When it comes to betting, it pays to be observant.

Strange things can happen. Jockeys have been known to be hit on the head by other jockeys, golf balls and even seagulls. At Bogside, apparently, angry racegoers were known to throw cowpats. Stuff happens. And when it does, a punter needs to be philosophical; it is a case of ‘punter beware’.

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A Sporting Hero

I’m not sure why I wanted to be a jockey, but their lives looked dangerous and full of fun. Now that I’m a grown-up, only one of those attributes seems appealing.

It was only later that I discovered that most jockeys are also quite mad. And that Sam Morshead, specifically, was as mad as a box of frogs.

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The Wind of Change

The wind of change blew through Kelso Racecourse on Wednesday. It was just a shame that it had to blow at speeds of up to 77mph.

On the day that One For Arthur, the 2017 Grand National winner, became the first horse to parade in the new Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure, a number of other ‘firsts’ were being recorded around the racecourse.

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£350,000 Shoe Laces

Each racecourse has its own unique character. One of the great pleasures of racing in Britain is exploring them all.

The late Alan Lee, racing correspondent of The Times, visited the Scottish Borders as part of his nationwide tour and described Kelso as “Britain’s friendliest racecourse”, an epithet that has stuck. Not, I suspect, because the staff at Britain’s other racecourses aren’t very friendly (almost without exception they are an exceedingly amiable bunch), but because the customers that frequent Kelso tend to be incredibly welcoming too.

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End of an Era

When viewed against the limitless dimensions of outer-space, it may seem as though the two Voyager space-craft drift serenely in space, barely moving at all – when in reality they are the fastest man-made objects in existence, travelling at nearly 39,000 mph as they speed away from Earth.

Just like the Voyager craft, it may seem as though nothing ever changes in the traditional sport of horseracing. Yet, in truth, the landscape shifts continually and racecourses have to change with it. Most of these changes are seamless, but every now and then something happens that is seismic…

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Eat Like a Champion

Having discovered that the world record for eating M&Ms with chopsticks, while blindfolded, stands at just twenty of the multi-coloured sweets in one minute, I have commenced a period of intensive training.

The record sounds quite achievable and, fortunately, there is a training course next month which should help me to set a new record very soon. Entitled ‘Eat Like a Champion’, the evening with Dr George Wilson has been arranged by Racing Welfare and will take place at Hawick Rugby Club on Tuesday 18th September.

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