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Hole in the Ground

In a two-way tussle for the title of ‘Most Influential TV Voice of my Childhood’, there’d barely be a hair’s breadth between Bernard Cribbins and Peter O’Sullevan – except O’Sullevan never released a hit record (unless you count the LP of his commentaries on Red Rum’s five Grand Nationals, which was a huge hit with me but not, that I’m aware, many other people).

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It’s all Gone Pete Tong

While Haydock Racecourse recently welcomed their largest crowd in ten years, for a racemeeting which was followed by a Madness concert, Jockey Club Racecourses have just announced that the meeting scheduled at Newmarket on 12th August is also a sell-out thanks to Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics.

Pete Tong is rhyming slang for ‘wrong’, as in “It’s all gone Pete Tong.” So it’s heartening that people still want to go out and have fun this Summer…

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Join Gladys and Friends for just £5!

Last week we launched ticket sales for Kelso’s Autumn season. We’ve tried to hold most ticket prices at last season’s level – although we have also advertised a very special early-bird offer for the opening day, when racegoers can attend our bicentenary celebrations on 14th September for just £5.

It seemed like a nice idea at the time, but that was before seeing the news about next year’s electricity prices…

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Repairing the Roof

Long suffering readers will remember the beautiful pair of Oystercatchers that we christened Brian and Gillian on account of their long residency at the racecourse…

Their first appearance in this blog was on Valentines Day, 2020, when they flew in for their annual visit and nested in their usual place on the roof of the Doody Room overlooking the track.

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The Sabbatical Blog

At first I was a bit sceptical about John Gosden’s use of the word ‘sabbatical’ when explaining why Frankie Dettori wasn’t jocked-up for the stable’s rides last weekend.

It sounded a bit like the occasion that I was given a sabbatical after breaking multiple pieces of farm machinery during a summer student-placement. Only I’m pretty sure the word used by the farmer was ‘sacked’…

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Everyone Wins a Prize

All but four of the runners on today’s seven race programme at Aintree, if they complete the course, are guaranteed to be placed in the first four and thereby earn a coveted spot in the Winners’ Enclosure.

But that’s not all: with prize money down to sixth place, only one horse on the entire card is likely to go home without a prize. It’s like a politically correct school sports day where everyone receives a reward for taking part…

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