Sunday, 27 November 2005

A mug's game


Yesterday we went to the Hennessy Gold Cup races at Newbury Racecourse to celebrate Guy's birthday. A slightly random assortment of people as the Winters are all in Berlin, but there were 11 of us throwing hard-earned cash away on the gee-gees.

It was bigger, colder, smokier and more fun than I'd imagined. All of our daydreams of winning big fell flat, especially as my strategy of betting on the outsider wasn't in any way well thought out. Both Gunship and Mr Cool let me down badly, although it was almost worth it to hear Scriv ribbing me over my magnet-like attraction to the 'blind Ken' horses. The atmosphere in the grandstand was brilliant as were the outfits of some of the hardcore gambling types with their flat caps, sheepskin coats and wads of cash. Alas my vision of fellow spectators looking like Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady' was not quite fulfilled, although perhaps the premier enclosure was more that sort of thing.
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