Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 107

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FIRST LOVE

Exclusive in association with Francois Doumen is hooked on England and quietly confident of a sixth King George victory STORY: GIDEON BROOKS RANCOIS DOUMEN muttered about there being "not enough bloody time" assenting to speak only on the basis that we did it on the hoof. " He had just watched Baracouda use a full roll of film on Ascot's photo-finish camera ? winning by an effortless 24 lengths in green and gold colours ? but had to get some fresh yellow and black ones for Sir Peter O'Sullevan's Never in the last. The atmosphere is better than the one we have in France.

I'm hoping to kick practice into touch I train horses for the big race, not the comeback

I HAVE awarded myself a Christmas Day treat this year ? a bit of kicking practice.

The slate-grey hair with frosted highlights is blown roughshod by a cold Ascot wind today and the trusted, and you get the impression much-loved, short sheepskin coat is a bit dishevelled.

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