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A True Gentleman

Kelso is frequently referred to as ‘Britain’s friendliest racecourse’, an epithet which emanates from the knowledgeable and friendly crowd that gathers around the parade ring on racedays.

But is also a characteristic that was shaped by the generous nature of Richard Landale, Kelso’s former Managing Director, who passed away last week…

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The Sunlight of Hope

Speaking this morning, Keir Starmer is reported to have said “The sunlight of hope is shining once again.” Which is a lovely way to describe the feeling when you wake up and realise that the Coral Eclipse meeting at Sandown is about to get underway – I had no idea that our new Prime Minister was such a fan.

But to be fair, the feature event is one of the great Flat races of the season and it’s easy to get carried away with the grandiloquence.

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Invasion Thwarted

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction horror movie in which the key protagonists discover that humans are being systematically replaced by alien duplicates. The cloned aliens are perfect copies of the humans that they’ve replaced, except in one vital aspect: their zombie-like personas are devoid of any empathy or humanity.

In this respect, watching the film is similar to sitting through one of the recently televised election debates with political party leaders…

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Mega Days Oot

According to the Melrose Book Festival’s website, Saturday’s session with two Beano editors promises to “reveal top tips for creating laugh-out-loud stories”.

Long-suffering readers of this blog (all seven of you) will doubtless be hoping that I attend and take notes…

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Past & Future

The horses, in the past, were bigger, bolder and faster; they jumped better, and the jockeys were braver. The bookies gave higher odds and took larger bets. The beer was cheaper, tasted better and the queues for the loos were shorter – despite the crowds being the biggest ever seen.

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Adding Colour

While some of our racegoers will go to extraordinary lengths to find the right outfit for Ladies Day, I have to say that I find it relatively easy. I simply pull out the least wrinkled suit from my wardrobe and look for something that adds a splash of colour – something red, perhaps, to match my eyes…

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