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On wishes and horses

This blog was named for horses like this fellow.

Happy Boxing Day indeed.

Boxing Day Wishes

Fifteen people had already found their way to the blog today by typing in ‘Boxing Day wishes’, so I decided to make my own wish.

I dreamt about the King George last night, I was looking for Kauto Star’s colours coming up to the line at Kempton. It looked like a photofinish…

Kauto Star and the King George

I wonder what Dessie would think

The Star in the firmament of chasers of recent years is going for a fifth win
in the King George VI Chase this afternoon. He is level with the great Desert
Orchid on four wins so it would be a tear-jerking moment if he manages it at
3 o’clock today with McCoy in the plate.

Of course, on all known form, it should be a stroll in the park for Kauto; it’s hard
to make a serious case for anything to beat him. I’ll be hoping he does it, but I
might throw some each way money at the gallant grey Nacarat, and the course
specialist and potentially improving Riverside Theatre from the Henderson yard,
because it’s a horse race and you just never know.

I wouldn’t be in the business of contradicting the astrologer Russell Grant’s
prediction on 5 Live this morning with my each way bets though. Apparently,
he cast the horoscopes for both McCoy and Kauto Star today, based on their
birth dates, and declared “all the portents right”…

When that’s all over with I’ll also be looking out for Russe Blanc in the bumper
at Warwick. The horse is notable for being listed as a white gelding; you don’t
see many of those on a racecard. I saw Desert Orchid in the other year and he
would have definitely fitted that description. Despite drawing his pension and
being a little bit woolly, he still could, and did, turn on his star quality for his fans.

Good luck Kauto Star