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HOWARD WRIGHT: Tribute t o a gener ous bookie.

Byline: HOWARD WRIGHT

THIS letter was intercepted on its way between Rossington Hall Stables, Doncaster, and a betting shop in Romford.

Dear Mr Dennis, We have been instructed by the Northern Racing College to prepare a plaque in your honour, which will be placed in a prominent place at its premises in South Yorkshire.

Before we start, it is necessary to agree a form of words that would reflect your boundless generosity.

We understand that in June this year you offered to lay pounds 1,500-pounds 500 to "some old codger in the Racing Post" - aka Howard Wright, a trustee of the NRC - about Royal Ascot taking place at Ascot in 2006. We further believe that a little more than a month later, you extended the odds to 4-1, and laid a separate bet of pounds 2,000-pounds 500 to the same customer.

Following an announcement by Ascot this week, we have been asked by our client to prepare a tribute, though we'd understand if you were not able to give final confirmation until Tuesday, June 20, 2006.

Would a dedication on the lines of 'In appreciation of a most generous benefactor, Mr Barry Dennis, Bookmaker To The Gentry, And Others' be suitable?

Yours very sincerely, Good-Loser & Co Craftsmen Stonemasons
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2005
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