I’m a bit lost for words at the news; he’s on the front page of my History of the Grand National book which is on the desk next to me. A good age, and he’s obviously had a lovely retirement, but sad to hear all the same. R.I.P Party Politics, even though I was the only person in the country not to back you that year. Only seems like yesterday….
One of my favourite horses as well – though I don’t think I ever backed him when he won.
Didn’t bet anything in the race that year, as I was just about to go on holiday (saw Arazi run at Saint-Cloud three days later).
Kicked myself – the point being that he was too big to fall, although he fell in his last race.
Saw the General Election results on Sky satellite in Budapest. Was totally unaware of the Sheffield Rally or the Sun headline, though the latter wasn’t a surprise.
Worked for MORI at the time, and when I returned to work a fortnight later it was pandemonium, with the post mortem of how come the poll predictions were so out, etc.
I didn’t realise that the big horse was going even better in the following years Grand National which was unfortunately the void race….he would have been up there amongst the legends of the race if he’d won.