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Googling a runner Chief Red Cloud 8.00 Haydock A Sioux leader who scored a famous success over the US Army in 1866 when his warriors slaughtered a detachment of 81 troops - the Fetterman massacre - from Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. The US subsequently withdrew entirely - albeit briefly - from the area. Red Cloud led his people in reservation life and lived until 1909.

Easy as 1-2-3 1 Which two racecourses are in Cumbria? 2 Who owned Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Tipping Tim?

123 3 Which horse provided Seb Sanders with his only Classic success in Britain? Answers on page 36 Track down Once was enough, apparently. Unofficial meetings had been held in the Devon town of Dawlish, but the only meeting held under National Hunt rules took place in September 1900. The five-race card attracted just 14 runners, with the most valuable contest, the pounds 40 Dawlish Open Handicap Chase over 2m, going to Heron, who finished alone after his only rival had been pulled up. There was no repeat of the venture.

Newton Abbot, six miles away, and Exeter, ten miles distant, nowadays fly the flag for racing in Devon.

The List 7 European-trained Arlington Million winners 1983 Tolomeo GB L Cumani/Pat Eddery 1985 Teleprompter GB W Watts/T Ives 1988 Mill Native Fr A Fabre/C Asmussen 1992 Dear Doctor Fr J Hammond/C Asmussen 2001 Silvano Ger A Wohler/A Suborics 2003 Sulamani GB S Bin Suroor/D Flores 2005 Powerscourt Ire A O'Brien/K Fallon 2008 Spirit One Fr P Demercastel/I Mendizabal

Wit and wisdom 'I don't like to travel far to my racing - if you lose, a two-hour return journey is a torture' Omar Sharif Taken from 1,000 Racing Quotations by Graham Sharpe. To buy a copy, go to Compiled by Andrew Pennington, Nicholas Godfrey and Steve Dennis
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2009
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