Thursday, 18 July 2013









A Royal Connection Equus Zone

Qipco British Champions Series


Heat Wave To Continue Hot Hot Hot

BBC Breakfast Thursday July 18th

Nice to meet up with Prime Minister Nick Clegg on BBC Breakfast yesterday, explaning how he is attempting to update Primary School Standards.
The British Political System and all the politicians in it need to update their act. Stop all that negative infighting. Instead work and concentrate together and start caring for all the people in this country to include the Animal Kingdom, government have been letting down for so, so, so long. Number one priority STOP blighting everyone's, everybody's day. Start giving back to the people what you have neglected to ensure they have each day, their rights and their needs.
Special care needed for all children who come from broken homes. A bad time to split up, when families have teenagers who need both parents whilst attempting to sort out their career path, finishing at school, and going out to work in the harsh environment of the real world, with so much to learn, and so many key changes that take place in all young ones daily lives from birth to the age of 30. The very last thing needed is two parents whose love turns to hate and war breaks out at home between them.

David sets the scene here of frumpy shocking British government attitudes centuries out of date.

David Ashforth at the Derby Awards 6.12.10

David Ashforth:
Twice voted journalist of the year

   PICTURE: Dan Abraham
As published in the Racing Post last Saturday July 13th 2013. p21
Revolution at York jackets can be removed

Pic: “Gentlemen can remove jackets and ties in the County Stand

"THE sun is out, the sky is blue, the going is good to firm (watered) and there are strange goings on at York, reminiscent of the French Revolution, but with fewer lost heads, so far.
“It’s so sunny that, in York’s County Stand, a bastion of compulsory jackets and tie, gentlemen are being allowed to take their jackets off, yet remain gentlemen, and persona non grata.


"Some traditionalists will be appalled, for it has always been understood that entry to the County Stand was permitted only on the strict understanding that, should it be unbearably hot, and horribly uncomfortable , ties would nevertheless remain firmly in place and jackets resolutely on. Upper lips would be stiff, if moist.

"Better the sight of a gentleman dripping with sweat, awash with misery and teetering on the brink of collapse than “out of a jacket”. As Samuel Johnson almost said: “A man without a jacket is like a house without walls.”

"The French Revolution has its sans-culottes, a rabble without breeches; York races its sans-jackets. In 1789, the rabble stormed the Bastille; in 2013, ditto the County Stand. “Vive La Republique!” “Eh up!”

"Those who are appalled will fear a dangerous precedent has been set, and hope that the suspension of the dress code is just that – a suspension – and that standards, and jackets, will be restored for York’s Ebor meeting. Extra sun could be met by extra ambulances, with jackets and ties not to be removed until the ambulance door is closed and the sunstroke victim safely on his way to York mortuary. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the (County Stand) kitchen.

"Anyway, I’m glad York has finally seen common sense and it only remains to let you know what is going to win York’s 54th John Smith’s Cup. Until the draw took place (I wish they’d asked me to do it). I thought I knew the answer. It was Stencive, who was all set to give the excellent Graham Lee his usual big Saturday handicap success, until them malevolent being responsible for the draw allotted Stencive stall 21, otherwise known as the York crematorium.
“Actually, all might not be lost because last year King’s Warrior won the Cup from stall 19 and in 2011 Green Destiny won when drawn 17 of 19. Green Destiny was trained by William Haggas, who trains Stencive, who looks well handicapped, goes well on fast ground and will be suited by a fast pace, if there is one.

“Give me a few minutes (you know how it is) and I’ll have persuaded myself that Stensive is a certainty. Yes, it’s all coming together nicely. All we need now is for someone to set off fast, and keep going fast for as long as possible. Given a clear passage, for which Lee’s patience is an asset, all should be well, even though in my experience it usually isn’t. See you in the payout queue, possibly.

“One of Stencive’s victims will be Clayton, wearing the pleasingly familiar colours of Guy Reed, who died this week. York was one of Reed’s favourite racecourses and it’s a good day for remembering the sometimes wayward Dakota, who won the Ebor in 1975, and La Cucaracha, who won the Nunthorpe 30 years later, and the bonny Tiddliwinks, winner of last year’s Duke of York Stakes.

“The fellow elderly may remember Reed’s days as a patron of trainers Sam Hall and Chris Thornton, with Jimmy Bleasdale on board many of their minor champions, horses such as Warpath, Shotgun, Apache, Choctaw and Path Of Peace.

"In 1981, Lester Piggott, living up to his reputation, persuaded Reed to give him the Derby ride on Shotgun, who had finished second in the Dante under Bleasdale. He finished fourth to Shergar. I expect Piggott had hoped to get on that. One way or another, I hope Reed’s famous colours live on.

“Reed won’t be at York and neither, probably, will Anne Cowley, even though her horse, The Rectifier, runs in the opening race. Cowely is more likely to be at Ascot for the Fred Cowely MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stakes.

"AS YOU’LL know if you’ve got an oil-filled 7.5MVA transformer, Fred Cowely founded Transformers and Rectifiers Limited in 1951 and, in 1999, was awarded the MBE for services to the electrical engineering industry.

“Possibly having had enough of semi conductor rectifiers and voltage line stabilisers, in recent years he and Anne owned several winning horses, including The Geester, Freddie’s Girl and Satwa Gold.

“Fred died this year, aged 97, and it would be nice if The Rectifier, a four-time winner, provided the perfect preface to the race named in Cowley’s memory. Then Anne might get another horse, and call it The Transformer." 


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