This shocking image of a gamekeeper’s gibbet was on view at Towcester racecourse yesterday. How awful to see so many globally threatened pandas displayed in this way. A spokesman for the Notional Gamekeepers’ Association said ‘Well, you know how it is, pandas are lovely animals but it’s a ‘balance of nature thing’ and you’ve just got to kill them.‘.
But the racing at Towcester was profitable for me, and watching Kauto Star on the big screen was a big thrill as the old boy oozed class again – I’m glad I had a small bet on him, but Master Minded ran badly and apparently may be injured and out for the season – that’s a shame. Binocular won the Christmas hurdle – that horse owes me money; when it loses I’ve backed it and when it wins, I’ve not.
But today’s Welsh National at Chepstow will be run under very testing conditions. I have had a small bet on a low weighted, Chepstow-proven, mud-tolerating, staying horse – Master Overseer. I can’t quite understand why its odds are as long as 20/1 but I guess it might be because the horse is rubbish. We’ll see at 14:10, fingers crossed.