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    Footslogger
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    Does anyone else remember, or was anyone else on this forum at the first running of the Queen Mother’s Cup at York for lady riders in 1988?

    I was on a work’s trip that day at York, and the day before I told all the lads to lump on Princess Anne’s mount Insular, trained by Ian Balding. Everything seemed so obvious – it was the first running of her own race, the Queen Mother was there to present the trophy, Princess Anne had a ride in the race, job done!

    We used to go every year to the Timeform Charity meeting on a bus trip and used to stop at Easingwold for a couple of pints and a bar meal on the way before continuing on to the races. Many a time a few of us had to jump off the bus, stuck in the busy traffic at York, and dash somewhere ‘secluded’ for a quick wee before we got to the racecourse!

    Come the race I looked at the prices in the betting ring and couldn’t believe the bookies were offering 12-1 to 14-1 against Insular. Like the fool I was (and still am) it put me off so I backed the 2nd favourite, Versailles Road. You know the rest of the story, Insular was never off the bit and won by about 12 lengths. The Princess Royal had a grin wider than than the home straight!

    Great days….!

    #1521436
    Footslogger
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    … I meant to add, most of my workmates backed it at 12-1 and it paid for their day out, bets, drinks and all! I ended up skint! :scratch:

    #1521461
    yeats
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    If memory serves, one of Cecil’s was odds on and finished second. With it being a non handicap in those days Insular would have been badly in at the weights with him.
    I remember going to the meeting 3 or 4 years later as I thought Hebridean was a good thing in the race. Unfortunately I didn’t take enough account of the jockey as he received a shocking ride from Richard Dunwoody’s wife at the time :negative:

    #1521468
    Footslogger
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    Hi yeats, I’ve just ‘googled’ the race. You’re right, Henry Cecil’s horse, Mccubbin, came 2nd at 8/13Fav, beaten 12 lengths, ridden by Mrs J Cecil (1st and 2nd both carried 11.0st).

    Fortunately, Henry went on to enjoy some great days at York, culminating with the best of the lot, Frankel!

    #1521722
    espmadrid
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    Fortunately Scotch video tape has a lifetime guarantee, so from 32+ years ago, here’s that race: https://youtu.be/t6Dm-wzMcI4

    ....and you've got to look a long way back for anything else.

    #1521729
    Footslogger
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    Wow! Thanks espmadrid, where did that come from! Great memories of that day but I can’t see myself in the crowd!

    VHS or Betamax? :-)

    #1521736
    espmadrid
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    VHS – 3000 of them.

    ....and you've got to look a long way back for anything else.

    #1521797
    yeats
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    Steering job, Julie was scrubbing Cecil’s a long way out, did well to get second place.
    You’ve got a great collection there esp. Have you got the 1992 QM Cup?
    I was looking at a good old horse (Von Trappe) earlier after Christopher Plummer died. He won the 85 Coral Golden Hurdle, I also saw the 85 Kim Muir you put up esp but it was the course commentary (Raleigh Gilbert) and pictures.
    How did you manage that?

    #1521982
    espmadrid
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    OK, I’ve found the 1992 race. Now transferred to dvd and uploaded here.

    The other races you mention weren’t recorded by me, most likely obtained from swapping footage.

    ....and you've got to look a long way back for anything else.

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