WA Guineas winner Rommel is among the select group of gallopers to rate a mention in Fifty Shades of Hay: The Extraordinary World of Racehorse Names, my former Racing Post colleague David Ashforth’s brilliant book.
HARVEY’S ANGEL SEEKING ASCENSION TO SEVENTH HEAVEN
The family and friends of the late Harvey Crossman hope to be in seventh heaven after Harvey’s Angel, the seventh starter out of Crossman’s favourite galloper, blue hen Clarecastle, contests the Crown Perth Plate at Ascot.
FLEMINGTON STRAIGHT INSIDE GATE BARRIER TO VICTORY
Rapid Racing – seven sprint contests at 30-minute intervals – returns to Flemington, where none of the last 30 gallopers to start a straight race from the inside barrier has won.
A HORSE, A HORSE, MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE
Henry VIII, who died on this day 474 years ago, is the most notorious king in English history. While the Tudor monarch is famous for his six marriages and fondness for executions, less known are his contributions to the equine world.
SHOCK RESULTS STUN ASCOT FAVOURITE BACKERS
Shock Result was a fitting race victor on an Ascot program that failed to feature a winning starting price favourite for the first time in more than 60 meetings at the Perth Racing venue dating back to Wednesday 18 December 2019.