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Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

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Did you know with a Digital subscription to Yorkshire Post, you can get access to all of our premium content, as well as benefiting from fewer ads, loyalty rewards and much more. Sir Alastair Down, Industrialist who masterminded the rescue of Burmah Oil in the 1970s and steered it back to financial health," Daily Telegraph (5 November 2004), 29.

My dad, who was a meek, mild and delightful man, was a five Shilling punter on a Saturday who worked in the City of London. The loyalty and effort of our members make the Racing Forum the friendliest and most informative horse racing community. I mean, it ran, but it ran about as quick as I could – I nearly became a Republican that day I was so cross! His son Peter was a champion jockey – and now runs a successful stable in Scotland with his partner Lucida Russell. In Double Trigger they meet in a chemistry that the old alchemists sought unavailingly for generations,” wrote Down.It’s that competitive - there is nowhere else like it and as for the nerves and anticipation, even if this is my 45th year, I still feel a school kid, bonkers about it as I did as a child! No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.

Wherever this broadcast was coming from, I don't know, but I watched the whole meeting daring not to touch the remote control! By turns moving, uplifting and laugh-out-loud funny, this book provides ample proof of one racing certainty: that no one catches the spirit of racing as Alastair Down does.And I think in his words, “As I descended the stairs the mumps descended about 2 feet down too” and he ended up with mumps where a man doesn’t want mumps which I think is quite painful apparently and it was the only moment in his life where his love for me wavered! Ok judging by the other forum topic about him there are some people who do not like him but seem to read his columns. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH).

Lastly, one other thing that I wanted to say, if you have never been to Cheltenham, then you must go!uk has been a home to passionate debate and intelligent discussion for horse racing enthusiasts since the year 2000. I first went to the Festival actually when I was 19 and a friend of dads had a wonderful box which he couldn’t use. In 1969 and 1970 he served as the president of the BP Oil Corporation, the company's American subsidiary, and negotiated its merger with Standard Oil of Ohio. Alastair Down on the Cheltenham Festival: 'To go there and stand witness to extraordinary events is a rare and wonderful act of being at one with your fellow clutterers of the planet . There’s a very good reason that that cheer goes up when the tapes go up; because people have been waiting for the start of the meeting or a particular race or the Gold Cup and they love it.

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