Letter: Kempton race was a case of deja vu.
BACK in the last millennium - October 10, 1989, to be exact - and before the days of dedicated racing channels, betting booths and on-course experts, a race was won at Warwick by a horse called Quip at an unfancied 14-1.
It was a 12-furlong apprentice handicap and the jockey, funnily enough, was a girl, Jaki Houston.
She set off in front, opened up a decisive lead and went on to an easy victory. The Racing Post comment read, "led, soon well clear, unchallenged".
I can't remember any furore, bar a few mutterings, that the other apprentices had ridden an ill-judged race.
Maybe armchair punters, inhabitants of betting booths and on-course experts of the 21st century protested just a little too much when a very similar thing happened at Kempton recently.
Sue Scargill Newmarket
Jaki Houston A Warwick wizard in 1989