Its not often you get the chance to meet two of the alltime greats in the same week but in the last few days Ive got up close withboth Frankel and Dame Vera Lynne!
It was certainly great to see Frankel flying past me as Istood on the Al Bahathri gallop here in Newmarket shortly after 6.30 onWednesday morning and boy did he look good!
This was his first gallop since his recent injury scare andalthough he was only travelling on the bit tucked in behind his normalgalloping companion Bullet Train he certainly looked like the Frankel we allknow and love and he is back on track!
Incidentally it was a pleasure to stand and watch the Cecilstring come thundering past and it is one of the great pleasures in life to getup early and watch the horses on the HQ gallops.
Cecils horses certainly look in terrific shape and one whotook my eye was World Domination who travelled smoothly under Jamie Spenceralbeit with a much older galloping companion and it will be very interesting tosee how he gets on on Saturday when he makes his seasonal debut in the GordonRichards Stakes at Sandown where one of his rivals will be his more famousstable companion Twice Over.(3.45 Channel 4 Racing)
Dame Vera Lynn was the Guest of Honour at Brightons firstmeeting of the season on Thursday evening and considering she is 95 years ofage she looked in tremendous shape!
She was there as a patron of the charity Crimestoppers- Didyou know Ive been burgled 9 times!- she told me.
No I didnt I replied but its a disgrace that anycriminal should think of stealing from your house because you are a NationalTreasure!
Because of the cold weather she didnt venture down to thewinners enclosure but when I asked her on Tommo TV to sing she came backwith the first few lines ofWell meet again and it was magical!
The forces sweetheart has still got it!
Another young lady who impressed me this week when I met herwas Ortensia, the Aussie mare, who won the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on World CupNight and who has arrived in the UK for a tilt at the Kings Stand, the July Cupand the Nunthorpe.
She is already in the stables of Jane Chapple Hyamm inNewmarkets Bury Road Jane being an Aussie girl herself makes them feel rightat home!
Ortensia who came from last to first in Meydan is a majorcontender for the Kings Stand Stakes and could be joined in the next few weeksby the Aussie superstar Black Caviar who runs this weekend down under!
I have to say the prize of the week goes to all the groundstaff at Punchestown who have worked so hard to ensure this weeks IrishNational Hunt Festival went ahead.
Rain of almost biblical proportions nearly spoilt everythingand those mud spattered faces of horses and jockeys made the front pages butthe meeting went ahead and well done to Punchestown and the Irish people whogave it their full support!
I myself will be flying to Ireland on Saturday but for onceI wont be going racing! Ill be heading to the Aviva Stadium in the heart ofDublin for the semi final of Rugby Unions Heinecken Cup between Edinburgh andUlster.
My son Jim plays for Edinburgh and although I was supposedto working in England commentating on Channel 4 at Ripon I just had to take theday off to go and watch my son!
Its going to be quite a match and I wonder if Edinburgh cando a Chelsea and beat the odds and reach the European Cup Final?
Whatever happens I will be a very proud dad watching my sonplay!
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