Tommo mixes it with the stars!
You know when you get the feeling someone is looking at youand you just have to turn round to see who it is?!
Well I did just that and I found myself staring into a pairof steel blue eyes- a pair of the most famous eyes in the world - and theybelonged to one of the most recognisable faces on the planet!
Before I reveal all let me tell you I was at the annualrugby union extravaganza between Scotland and England last Saturday that isuniversally known as the Calcutta Cup and I was one of over 80,000 fans who haspacked into Murrayfield in the heart of Edinburgh.
It was bitterly cold and thats why I didnt instantlynotice this world famous film star because like me he had a thick woollen skihat pulled down over his ears and his forehead and his ski jacket was zipped upto the top and then like the rest of us he had a scarf round the neck!
It was only in the 2nd half that I looked roundand there directly behind me was the man we know as Bond, James Bond- yes the actor Daniel Craig!
Quick as a flash- well quick for me- I enquired how aracehorse owned by Dame Judi Dench who plays his boss M in the Bond films hadfared at Lingfield that afternoon?
I dont think he was interested too much in racing but heagreed to have a photo taken with my son Alex that is now adorning his phone,computer and every other available space in his flat in Edinburgh.
And tell you the truth I did put out a twitter on@tommoracing which readYoull never guess whos sitting behind me?
I must also admit to more serious name dropping because Idbeen lucky enough to get some very good seats- thanks to my son Jim who playsfull back for Edinburgh and will hopefully soon do the same for Scotland- andthey were just in front of the Royal Box and who should be sitting there nextto the Princess Royal but my old pal Alex Salmond!
He might be better known as Scotlands First Minister but healso loves his racing and spotting me he shouted Tommo come and join us!
We chatted racing- he told me hes going to come to Ayr forthe Scottish National in April so I asked him to be my guest on Channel 4sMorning Line programme and he readily agreed!
As for the game itself well it was a tough, bruisingencounter and England won but it was a hard fought battle!
After that I had been looking forward to presenting Tommo TVat Musselburgh on Sunday but despite the temperature being warmer in Scotlandthan in England the track failed the inspection and then it was a case oftrying to get back to Newmarket!
Temperatures had fallen to minus 11 degrees, thick snowcovered the country, some people had spent the night in their cars on theM25(!) and when I eventually found my car in the car park at Londons StanstedAirport it was covered by about 9 inches of snow and it was like driving asnowmobile as I slipped and slided my way home.
There were two heart warming performances on the track overthe weekend- one in Dubai and the other in Ireland.
Gamilatti who won the cherry Hinton last year I thoughtlooked a real superstar as she totally demolished her rivals in the UAE 1,000guineas- the first classic of the year- at Meydan without Frankie Detorrihaving to move a single muscle!
Either the others are second raters or she is something veryvery special and I have no hesitation in nominating her as the very likelywinner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May!
The bookies seemed to agree however the 12- 1 about herchance in the fillies classic still looks generous!
Then at Punchestown on Sunday Sizing Europe easily beat hisgreat rival Big Zeb in the Tied Cottage Chase and is now 6-4 to retain his 2mile Queen Mother Champion Chase title at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
Sizing Europe is a magnificent beast of a horse and he willcertainly be one of the Irish bankers at the Festival.
This week in the UK with the big freeze set to continue wemight have problems racing on the frozen and snow bound turf but no worries inDubai where all eyes will be on Bold Silvano as he returns to action after ayear off the track!
Mike de Kocks horse has been working well and although heis bound to be a bit rung rusty he is a top class professional racehorse and Iwill be looking for him to win and stake his claim for a place in the line upfor the worlds richest race the Dubai World Cup!
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