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Letter: Kempton race was a case of deja vu.

Byline: Sue Scargill

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
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2008
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