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HORSE PLAY Just for the fun of it.

Who am I? Twice I have enjoyed Classic success at Newmarket, and I owe both wins to the training expertise of a bespectacled Irish maestro.

First time my mount was the lesser fancied of two stablemates, but on the day he proved a rock and obliged. The second time was another close-run thing, when I navigated my mount through the field and timed my run to perfection.

Answer on page 107 Wit and wisdom 'Come on Prinny, make a name for yourself ' Racegoer to Princess Haya, wife of Sheikh Mohammed, when she rode in a lady amateurs' race at Killarney Taken from 1,000 Racing Quotations by Graham Sharpe. To buy a copy, go to racingpost.com/shopping Easy as 1-2-3 1 By what other name is the Kentucky Derby often known? 2 How many times has Yeats won the Gold Cup? 3 What is the correct name for the French 1,000 Guineas? Answers on page 107 Googling a runner Gasparilla 2,30 Redcar Jos Gaspar, known as Gasparilla, was a purported Spanish pirate who operated on the west coast of Florida during the late 18th century. His legend is celebrated annually at the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa.

On this day . .

April 30, 1969 Right Tack, trained by John Sutcliffe and ridden by Geoff Lewis, won the 2,000 Guineas by two and a half lengths from Tower Walk, with Welsh Pageant third. Ribofilio, the favourite, ran abysmally and finished tailed off under Lester Piggott, but an official dope test proved negative.

Peter O'Sullevan's champion sprinter Be Friendly won the Palace House Stakes, and Pat Eddery scored the second victory of his career on Alvaro, who had also been his first winner six days before.

Compiled by Andrew Pennington, John Randall and James Hill
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Date:Apr 30, 2009
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