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Googling a runner William Somers 5.10 Chepstow William Somers was the best-known court jester of Henry VIII. Born in Shropshire, Somers came to the attention of Richard Femor, a merchant of the staple at Calais, who bought him to Greenwich in 1525 to present to the King. Impressed by Somers' sense of humour, Henry offered him a place at court. Somers remained in the king's service for the rest of his reign.

Easy as 1-2-3 1 Who owns dual Champion Chase hero Master Minded? 2 In which year did Miko De Beauchene win the Welsh National? 123 3 Who trains former Champion Hurdle winner Katchit? Answers on page 26 On this day... March 25, 1950 Freebooter (11st 11lb) put up the best winning performance in a post-war Grand National. Ridden by Jimmy Power, the joint-favourite blundered at the Chair, was left in front when Cloncarrig fell at the second-last, and took the pounds 9,314 prize by 15 lengths from Wot No Sun, with Acthon Major third and Monaveen, owned by Princess Elizabeth, fifth. Freebooter was owned by Lurline Brotherton and trained by Bobby Renton, a partnership which also had Red Rum early in his career.

Wit and wisdom 'I don't think there is such an animal as a racehorse that is not genuine. If they don't give their all, you can bet your life there is something amiss with them and as the trainer, it's your job to find out what it is' The Mick Channon philosophy Who am I? Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, M. I've played many aspiring roles, but how about the time in which I played a winning racehorse owner, and it was for real, too. I knew what it felt like to land a premier handicap with a horse I had a share in when I won the Lincoln a few years back, and my winner was in smoking-hot form on the day. Not a bad result for a dame. Answer on page 26 Compiled by Andrew Pennington, John Randall and James Hill
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2010
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