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‘Add some harsh weather…’

So I did.


From the book Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes by Keri Smith

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Someone tweeted today that this is the most joyously named raced in the whole of the year’s racing fixture list, if not the entire global sporting calendar. Well they probably didn’t tweet exactly that because there would be too many characters to make it tweet length.

Better then, for today, to the use the French term jouissance – the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a race full of jouissance.

For those involved with the winner the jouissance will presumably know no bounds.

I don’t know if my friend Jamie has made it over to Longchamp in his car today but, if he has, I hopes he finds the winner in the flesh. I’ve been too busy making origami frog astronauts to do the horses this weekend.

*******Arc Day update*******

Trainer John Gosden & jockey William Buick were arrested as they got off their private plane in France this morning as they had flown over a secret base and were suspected of being spies… Their runner is the St Leger winner Masked Marvel. Is it a sign? To whit, two unmasked Chinese men seen at Longchamp putting £2000 on said horse. This is how rumours start.