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Cor blimey! Where is this year going? It’s nearly the end of March, a quarter of the year has just vanished…and only 121 days ’til London Olympics.

Before then, the swallows have to arrive, then the start of friends arriving, we have to squeeze in Easter, Big Week and Orthodox Easter including the Grand National, May Day, then tour operator repettes and start of the summer season in Corfu, the subsequent charter flights, then the arrival of the fire flies, Ol’ queenie’s diamond jubilee, the wonderful tennis, boat race, it just comes and it comes!

Phew, fantastic!

Best enjoy it all, before we raise the union jack to support and cheer our British Athletes!  Good luck to them all in their Olympic quests.

We’ll be watching the big screens, not in the luxury of a superyacht at Canary or Swan Wharf, more likely in the company of friends either at the Hawaii pool bar or down at Spyros taverna on Pelekas beach, so much cooler and relaxed! See you there!





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Tension mounts as the John Smith’s Grand National gets closer. The runners and riders have been drawn. On Saturday we will see forty horses and their jockeys line up and prepare for the World’s most exciting and prestigious steeplechase.

Have you had a flutter yet? Perhaps you’ll go for the luck of the draw with a sweepstake. To correctly predict the winning horse, you will have to consider particular elements of a horse’s ability and aptitude. The going will favour those horses that prefer good or good to soft. You’ll be looking for a horse that also has determination and staying power as the four miles and four furlongs race is usually completed in more than ten minutes. Combined with these aspects no Grand National horse could succeed without remarkable jumping skills. The track has fences that are around five feet high and there are 30 of them to test the horses and jockeys.

My thoughts as to my medium outsider bet are, at 25-1 currently, Character Building,… never fallen and likes good to soft. I have a hunch about West End Rocker, just not keen on the name, run over three miles, four times and also never fallen. Likes good ground and is a nice price of 33-1 at the minute.

More shorter odds, well, my 3 favourite punts are Midnight Club, Ballabriggs: both fallen once and won four times over 3 miles also like soft and good to soft respectively and the third choice, Oscar Time. Wouldn’t bet on What A Friend, although in with a good chance, just can’t stand The Ferguson man.


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Only a few days to go before the starting line runners and riders are announced, check the form and colours, ooooh, can’t wait, champing at the bit. Get the sweepstakes ready, have a flutter on the gee gees, why not?

Thank goodness for Channel 4 and their racing guys who bring such brilliant TV coverage, informed knowledge and pure excitement to all the race meetings. I was lucky enough to go to Kempton Park and Sandown races courtesy of Channel 4 and those days really were the best. At Aintree, of course it’s a great opportunity to brush up on the scouse accent egh? egh? Coom edd Davey Lah.

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