Racing has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. According to my Dad, I picked a Grand National winner when I was a year old (good old Miinnehoma!) He wasn’t best pleased as he backed Just So!
My first proper memories of the game revolve around the Grand National with Suny Bay’s heroic effort in 1998 being one of the handicap performances of my lifetime. It still breaks my heart to see him get beat by Earth Summit. Other notable early memories include Benny The Dip’s Derby win in 1997, Ask Tom’s Tingle Creek win over Viking Flagship, Swain’s 1998 King George success and my early favourite horse on the flat in Daylami during his fine 1999 campaign.
The jumps memories pick up a bit more later in life with 2002 being the first Cheltenham Festival I can recall, where a new kid amongst the staying chasers block was found in Best Mate who went on to become the dominating horse of my childhood. Running home from school to catch the end of his third Gold Cup is something I’ll never forget.
I already have a racing claim to fame. I appeared on AtTheRaces back in August 2005 at Chepstow where Mike Cattermole interviewed me. I told him and the viewers watching that day that Silver Birch would win the Grand National one day. However, when he actually did win it, guess who didn’t back him?!
Considering I only got into Twitter recently, I’ve had the pleasure to have met some wonderful people in racing plus gain lots of new friends and I only wish I’d done it sooner!
Favourite horses in my lifetime
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