Thursday, April 19, 2007

Freds go free at Sandown

With the Grand National being run a week later than usual, the end of the National Hunt season has a peculiarly condensed feel. The Scottish Grand National meeting starts tomorrow at Ayr on good to firm ground with small fields prevailing. Next week the Punchestown Festival takes place over in Ireland and then the mixed Betfred meeting at Sandown acts as the final curtain.

A snippet in Alan Lee's Diary column today informs us that on the Friday Sandown will 'admit free anyone who can prove his first name is Fred.'

I've just asked Mrs. Tips to send a letter to our home address with the addressee as one Mr. Frederick Tips. 'What's actually in the letter?' I hear my three readers enquire. I don't know - I haven't received it yet.

'Right...' said Fred.

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