Pandas strung up.

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.

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2 Replies to “Pandas strung up.”

  1. '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. '

    It might simply be that the course runs the wrong way round and, like most overseers, tends to want to get to the finishing post in a different way. That is what I seem to see when 'overseers' comment on your blog suggestions.

    I used to visit Chepstow races as a youngster with my dad and can always remember it as being left handed. I suspect there are many others which run the same way but they haven't stuck in my mind as well.

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  2. Master Overseer doesn't mind LH courses. It had previously won at Plumpton, another left-hander, as well as Chepstow (though its win at Chepstow was over hurdles - bit different from winning over the Welsh National course!).

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