“A Distressing Apostrophe”

This is what my soon to be sister-in-law and always esteemed friend deemed we had been beaten by in this year’s World Hurdle. This sage summation came via text and I can’t even remember the detail of the those unfortunates carrying our money that day.

This day Newbury hosts the errant punctuation mark and an all-star card and it would clearly be folly to oppose him. There is a story I heard about the name – he was to be Big Buck’s something or another, but the something or another was not allowed by Weatherbys who decide such things, so the name was rather inelegantly curtailed.

In a happy coincidence I was sent this Christmas card this year and it photographed exceptionally well. It is by Charlie Langton a ridiculously young and talented artist and sculptor. He shares the same birthday as George Stubbs so comparisons are not only inevitable but appropriate.

For my own part as much as I see the sense of Big Buck’s and love this painting, I am a Karabak fan and whilst his form falls somewhat short of the required standard I might have an each-way dabble. Good luck to all.

Big Buck's by Charlie Langton for The Spinal Injuries Association

After Kauto Star’s simply unbelievable King George last Saturday I can feel a statue coming on.

Posted on December 29, 2009, in Art, Horse racing, Jump racing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Good each way dabbling. The horse above could belong to a bloke called Buck. That would make the apost ok, though admittedly it would still be a damned untidy name for a splendid animal.

  2. ps Punchestowns? That was where mine went.

  3. It was Kasbah Bliss for me. I am glad we will not see him over hurdles again – back him for the Ascot Gold Cup 2010! I am not sure about A-M’s dough, but we rarely agree on such things (apart from Rambling Minster for the GN…)

  4. Kauto Star deserves a statue!

  5. He does indeed Jan – I hope you were there!

    I would like something better than the one of Dessie @ Kempton though 😉

  6. Can’t be me then – I had about three yesterday 😉

  7. Is nobody but me excited about Dream Alliance’s performance at Chepstow?

    • I don’t like to watch that race, but I did enjoy the back story about his being brought up on an allotment down the road between the vegetable patch and the hen house 🙂

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