December 12, 2013 at 22:55 #461602Mr. PilsenBlocked
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Surprised that there are not more replies to thisDecember 13, 2013 at 21:28 #461696stilviParticipant
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I am asssuming of the horses you rode Killiney was the one with the most unfulfilled potential? Did you believe that he was a potential Gold Cup horse? Everyone of a certain age will remember him but were there any other horses that you rode that for one reason or another didn’t quite reach the heights expected?
Aside from Crisp was Pendil’s defeat of Helmsman in the Massey-Ferguson (?) the best weight carrying performance you were associated with?
I would love to see that race again. We are lucky to have many old races on You Tube but relatively few from the 70s which for me was something of a vintage period. Through your association with the BBC do you know if the BBC holds an archive of the old Cheltenham Festival broadcasts from the 70s? If so I am sure I am not the only one who would love to see the races (in full) again – perhaps the BBC could liaise with Cheltenham?
What did you think of Andy Turnell as a rider? Has there ever been anyone else who has come close to emulating his riding style?
Pendil won eleven in a row, often very easily and on the bridle but under me and in my hands I could feel him pulling easing up . He was a horse that curled up under the whip, he just loved fighting which became our undoing in the ’73 Gold Cup. We had made plans, me wanting to come half way up the hill yet Fred Winter reasoned he’d rather get beaten from my coming too soon than making a mistake at the last and not getting there, how prophetic those words were. His defeat by The Dickler hurt me personally as Pendil was far superior every other time we met. Those who say we did not get the trip are wrong, he was in front a stride after the line and had we raced to the stables would have bee lengths in front.
Then, horses like Arkle regularly gave stones away in major hcaps inc. Crisp and that was the reason he came here as the Oz’s were trying to put so much weight on him, his owner thought it unfair to the horse.
Andy Turnell rode so short he could have been Lester Pigott so his balance must have been superb but in turn he pulled far more horses up in races than any other rider, surprising owners by saying they would win next time. His reasoning was not to bottom them just to finish a tired fourth or fifth, now that would be construed as schooling in public and loads of suspensions. In the ’75 G Nat he rode just as short as in a hurdle race until slipping the reins on landing over Bechers but missed the buckle end to do a backwards roll over the horses tail, in doing so he pulled Paul Kelleway out of Barona’s saddle, the two riders ending up in the grass holding hands!
On that score remember Piggot rode twenty six winners over jumps, can you see Dettori trying the same thing?
Can’t believe it had anything to do with this but today Channel 4 showed a very short clip of the Pendil/Helmsman race. Needless to say the highlight of the programme for one viewer.December 13, 2013 at 22:15 #461699
Thank you Richard for sharing
your passion for horse racing
with us,possibly missing the
big surf, as your aired your
views on the big topics.
You have become an indelible
part of racing history and
I scibbled down a short poem on
a longish bus journey which
I have just tidied up.
It was a dark day today
Like the run of the fog on the Tyne
they will be re-watching the old crime
in well over a hundred years time
With hoover parts for hearts
and implants shaking with gel
they’re down at the start at Bates Motel
On a beech chair panted and pining
he couldn’t get up and she’s crying
for dear Dickie so hard he was trying
Mother shouts out now Norman tell
What the hells that awful smell
Not out of the swamp
you know I’m not well
The new man room one
called Dickie Mum
I made him into rumJune 19, 2014 at 22:52 #483162Mr. PilsenBlocked
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I hadn’t realized that JT McNamara was that close to retiring before his awful accident. Makes me even more sure that AP should get out sooner rather than later.
Great to hear that JT McNamara is at least out of hospital now and back home in Ireland.October 24, 2014 at 23:16 #493320
Keep on dancing
Mr P wherever you are
you old crust
Ooh you and me
you and me
I feel do – ves
(Donna Summer)October 26, 2014 at 17:57 #493539DroneParticipant
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Lager Boy is alive, probably still overweight and has shacked up with horses who talk politics
The existential chitter-chatter’s good on that asteroid though. I’ve managed to get the occasional word in edgeways but it takes time to become a gang member asked to pack the pantechnicon and exit Coventry. Wrists have yet to be slashed and blood rubbed. O-neg and AB-pos is not an ideal mix anyway
Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves
You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning
I’ll wait in the queue when the trains come backNovember 25, 2014 at 00:47 #496367
you called it right
visibility is poor
and we are waiting
on a platform
with ten other ghosts
when the tannoy
For those waiting
on platform 1
There will be
announcement and update
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