Friday, 16 September 2011

A Wandering Mind...Sea Deer

A Wandering Mind...

Well, I survived my trip to Great Yarmouth races. It was good to go to Caister-on-sea, too. I had a win on Pickled Pelican who cruised up the rail to score by many lengths. A couple of losers, too. I can't say I had an outstanding selection, which generally happens when I venture to the track. I seem to have most of my major fancies when sitting at home watching tv. A highlight was seeing a familiar character at the course. It wasn't a person - a horse. I am talking about Sea Deer who was a prolific winner in his younger years at the course. And every year there is a nursery sponsored in his name. What I love best about the Sea Deer Nursery is that the good old boy comes to the course, his jockey wearing his racing silks, and he is walked to the furlong pole and to echoes of Tommo saying the quickest one-horse-race commentary on earth, Sea Deer gallops past the winning post to cheers and applause from the crowd. I must admit, being a sentimental old fool, it made me feel quite emotional. He looked in good order, clearly loving his day at the races. My brother asked how old he was. I imagined he was 15 years old but he is 22. In his career he ran over 100 times, had 16 wins and fittingly had his last win and run his last race at Great Yarmouth when trained by Chris Dwyer. To me, that is what horse racing is all about - the respect shown to a horse for life.