HORSE PLAY; Just for the fun of it.French invasion of Russia The French invasion of Russia (1812) was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. The campaign reduced the French and allied invasion forces to a tiny fraction of their initial strength. , of the events leading up to it and the reactions of five major aristocratic families within Russian society in the Napoleonic era. Many academics and critics consider it to be the greatest novel ever written, although most 'normal people' consider it to be the world's greatest insomnia cure.
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1834 The St James's Palace Stakes, Ascot Derby and Manchester Cup were all run for the first time 175 years ago. In the inaugural St James's Palace Stakes, the great Derby winner Plenipotentiary PLENIPOTENTIARY. Possessing full powers; as, a minister plenipotentiary, is one authorized fully to settle the matters connected with his mission, subject however to the ratification of the government by which he is authorized. Vide Minister. had a walkover. On the same afternoon, in the first Ascot Derby (King Edward VII Stakes The King Edward VII Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) at Ascot Racecourse during the Royal Ascot meeting in June. since 1926), Pussy beat Louisa in a repeat of the Oaks result 11 days earlier. And the initial Manchester Cup, a handicap, was won by Giovanni.
Most memorable interview Any with the legend that is Oliver Brady - me an armchair jockey? No way! Favourite horse Cyfor Malta.
Biggest event covered Makybe Diva's third Melbourne Cup.
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1. Causing gladness and pleasure.
2. Eliciting sympathy and tender feelings: a heartwarming tale.
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Most admired commentator Gary O'Brien.
Best piece of advice received Recently? Count to ten before you say anything! Where next? Commentating.
Wit and wisdom 'To me, Royal Ascot, wherever it is, is a garden party for birds in tiny frocks and big hats' Bookie Barry Dennis Taken from 1,000 Racing Quotations by Graham Sharpe. To buy a copy, go to racingpost.com/shopping Matt Chapman Compiled by Andrew Pennington, John Randall and Jessica Lamb Presenting the presenter