Sunday, October 21, 2007

Smiles and scowls

The first edition of a new racing paper, Racing Ahead Weekend, appeared in newsagents on Saturday and, of course, I had to buy a copy to examine the contents and layout. What sets this offering apart from anything seen previously is the fact that the cards and colours are listed in race time order for all meetings held over the weekend. Form guide notes for each race are listed in the order of the printed betting tissue rather than in racecard order. Personally I found it all a little confusing, with the notes for the Sunday meetings containing a lot less detail. One misleading example - Classic Gold held an entry in the 3.35 at Kempton on Sunday but had run at Cheltenham on Friday; the paper contained no reference to the Friday run. On the plus side, the price of £1 is affordable and providing a form pull-out which can be taken separately to the races / betting shop is a nice idea.

I wonder what Kieren Fallon thinks about the current situation surrounding Ant & Dec and their television phone-ins...

Apparently, in between the horse racing at Hereford today, there was a 'Carry Your Wife' race. Mrs Tips and I had considered submitting an entry but yesterday Mrs T. announced she would have to put up two pounds overweight (only the two pounds?) I thought long and hard about it, but in the end we decided to scratch.

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