Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

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Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

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You suspend ‘normal behaviour’ in several ways: money ceases to have any value; it may as well come out of a Monopoly box; and if things go wrong you, just go and get some more out, because it’s Cheltenham week and it doesn’t matter! Alastair Down on the Cheltenham Festival: ‘To go there and stand witness to extraordinary events is a rare and wonderful act of being at one with your fellow clutterers of the planet . In Double Trigger they meet in a chemistry that the old alchemists sought unavailingly for generations,” wrote Down. The smoke drifted across all these tweedy folk in the box next to us and I think they were all out of their heads by the end of the day! On his favourite racehorse: 'I'll still thump anyone who doesn ' t appreciate that Rondetto was the greatest chaser of all time.

His knowledge of racing comes from a deep love of the sport, both the equine and human counterparts. Put it this way, three or four people woke up on the platform at Paddington at 3am the following morning, it was that sort of day! I can think of potato farmers who have had a double there and have won an Arkle and a County Hurdle, who nobody had heard of before or even since - and a retired steelworker from the north-east won a handicap and he only had five horses; now that to me, is part of the romance of jump racing and that is the bit that which we seem to have slightly lost. Alastair Down on the Cheltenham Festival: 'To go there and stand witness to extraordinary events is a rare and wonderful act of being at one with your fellow clutterers of the planet . His scholarly teachers at the exclusive Tonbridge School were, however, less enthusiastic – The Sporting Life was not available in the library and Down made arrangements to collect a copy from a nearby newsagent each morning.Down commanded a platoon in the Battle of Sidi Barrani in December 1940 and lost his right eye in the engagement.

I was surfing through channels thinking "you never know" and suddenly I was looking at the holy grail and not believing it. uk has been a home to passionate debate and intelligent discussion for horse racing enthusiasts since the year 2000. This is a great read and although it is a collection of his racing post articles it makes really great reading.On a quiet day, a few souls who share my blood, and some of those friends who truly understood why that blood was ever quickened in that place in the month when the hares go mad, will perform a simple ceremony.

I have one or two people that I talk to and some people that I listen to - including Patrick Mullins whose son is a great friend, so we will have a con flab. Cheltenham et Al offers a generous collection of his very best columns, providing the Down angle on the great horses, jockeys and trainers; the famous races which remain indelibly in the sport’s collective memory; the controversies; the laughs – in short, the highs and the lows of racing. It didn’t make for easy viewing; you wouldn’t be able to have it now, the public wouldn’t stand for it.And I was hooked from then - not on just the betting though; I used to sit on the arm of dad’s armchair - and dads are heroes to their sons and he was a man of infinite charm and kindness - he loved racing and in turn, I loved it in his wake I guess. Thank you so much for sparing the time to chat and I'm sure The Festival will not disappoint, providing it's usual dose of wonderful fairytales. I also knew his father Paddy Mullins who trained Dawn Run - Dawn Run having been responsible for running the greatest race I’ve ever seen when she won the Gold Cup and rallying from beaten. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.



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