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Behind the scenes in Lambourn: Harvey's hectic opening night.

Byline: Rodney Masters

AFTER running out of ice, vodka, glasses and staff, Luke Harvey describes his first night as a pub landlord as a baptism of fire. The Attheraces presenter had more than 250 customers at the opening of The Blowing Stone Inn, north of Lambourn, including Tony McCoy, Henry Candy, Peter Deal and Mick Fitzgerald.

Harvey bought the business in partnership with his sister Jessica, a former head gardener, and one illusion was shattered for the ex-jockey within a few hours of opening.

He says: "I thought I'd be like Tom Cruise in the film Cocktail, but I was more like a headless chicken. Jessica keeps giving me a jaw breaker to keep me in line."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 16, 2002
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