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HORSE PLAY; Just for the fun of it.

Wit and wisdom 'The business of training racehorses has gone the same way as prostitutes.

Too many amateurs about' Sir Noel Murless Race trace The John Porter Stakes at Newbury tomorrow, the registered and historic name of the Group 3 Dubai Tennis Championships Stakes, bears the name of one of the greatest trainers of the Victorian era. John Porter, who began training in 1863, won 23 Classics including seven Derbys.

His best horses were Triple Crown heroes Ormonde and Flying Fox, while La Fleche won the 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger. Easy as 1-2-3 1 Who finished second to Master Minded in last month's Champion Chase? 2 Name the longest race on the Flat in Britain 3 Who started favourite for last year's 1,000 Guineas? Answers on page 83 Googling a runner Di Stefano, Lofthouse 1.35 Newbury A pair of legendary centre forwards - trained by another in Mick Channon! Argentinian Alfredo Di Stefano was one of the original galacticos as Real Madrid dominated European football in the 1950s. Known as the Blond Arrow, he scored 216 goals in 282 league games between 1953 and 1964. Nat Lofthouse hit 285 league goals from 452 appearances for home-town club Bolton, becoming the Lion of Vienna when netting twice in England's 3-2 victory in Austria in 1952, among a haul of 30 international goals in 33 games.

Compiled by Andrew Pennington and Nicholas Godfrey The List Derby winners trained by Fred Darling Captain Cuttle (1922) Ridden by Steve Donoghue Manna (1925) Steve Donoghue Coronach (1926) Joe Childs Cameronian (1931) Freddie Fox Bois Roussel (1938) Charlie Elliott Pont L'Eveque (1940) Sam Wragg Owen Tudor (1941) Billy Nevett
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2009
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