Andrew Thornton: rides Jarlath today but will he make it to 1,000?
PICTURE: Martin Lynch
By David Ashforth 6:00PM 5 SEP 2016
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All this fuss about Silvestre de Sousa and Jim Crowley. I rode against Lester Piggott and neither of them are fit to lick his boots. Anyway, he’d have charged them to do it.
Yours in disgust, Scobie Breasley (deceased).
I think Andrew Thornton’s got a decent chance of riding his 997th winner on Jarlath (Worcester 2.40). Do you think he’ll ever get to 1,000?
As you know yourself, having died when 969, the last bit is hard. Life expectancy could become an issue. We can only hope.
Ryan Moore! I was fortunate enough to ride against Sir Gordon Richards in his prime. Moore isn’t fit to lick his boots. Not that Sir Gordon would let Moore lick them. His boots were immaculate. Licking them would have been sacrilege.
Yours in dismay, Harry Wragg (deceased)
That Gordon Elliott. He’s a one, isn’t he? (Perth 5.10, 5.40, 6.10, 6.40 (2), 7.10, 7.40). Without him the fields at Perth would be tiny, wouldn’t they?
Dear Mr Elliott
Jim Crowley! I rode against Fred Archer and, if you had, you wouldn’t have mentioned Crowley in the same breath. He’s not fit to lick Archer’s boots.
Yours, appalled, George Fordham (deceased)
PS Archer would have been a better jump jockey, too, if he’d wanted to be.
That P J McDonald. Why can’t he have a first name, like everyone else?
Dear A P McCoy
I don’t know.
Do you think that Monjeni (Redcar 4.50) will ever win a race? I’ve backed him every time he’s run and I’d hate to miss him when he does win.
Dear Mr B. Rupt
Sadly, Monjeni doesn’t seem to want to win as much as you want him to. Have you considered laying him, instead?
Bet you don’t know who Farkle Minkus is? (Redcar 2.50)
Dear Lucas Friar
Yes I do. Farkle Minkus is Isadora Smackle’s girlfriend in Girl Meets World. You’d think he’d run faster as he got older but he seems to be running slower.
I’ve just noticed that in the novice chase at Worcester (2.10) Finch Flyer is 88lb ‘wrong’ with Stephanie Frances. Is it a record?
Dear Mrs May
Thank you for sparing the time from your busy schedule. I had been told that you had a great eye for detail! I will have to ask an expert. Meanwhile, please give my regards to Xi Jinping. Haoyun!
If you don’t tip winners, what’s the point?
It’s a pity you haven’t got the decency to keep your thoughts to yourself. Also, the suggestion you make is physically impossible. Anyway, you don’t have to read the thing.