Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 109

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while our man decides who gets what for Xmas COLONEL PINSTRIPE

AST WEEK I made my way up to London for my annual Christmas dinner, held at a discrete location at one of the top 'nightspots'.

All presents and correct

I do not want to go into too many details, in case any reporters from the tabloid press get wind of the event. Suffice it to say that many of Britain's top owners and trainers were present. The bill (excluding damages) came to 18,500 per head, which we all agreed represented outstanding value. After four or five of these, each of us was obliged to drink a magnum of Latour '61 Claret in under 45 seconds. The fact is that these wretched footballers cannot hold their drink the way we racing people can, and do not know how to behave. Later on we moved onto Mirandas, my favourite West End establishment, but at that stage my memory becomes hazy. This is what we decided was most appropriate: 12.14-(A11) 515 Metres 5245 BOBBIES MAGIC (ep fw) 31.58 4233 AIRTECH PRECIOUS (md ro) 31.38 1225 WIZKEY NECTAR (ep md). 31.38 1525 LADY DOE (wd ro) 31.44 Betting: 5-2 Wizkey Nectar, 7-2 Airtech Precious, 4 Lady Doe, 9-2 Floras Decision, Ready Bridge, 5 Bobbies Magic. 30.99 1116 CROSSKEYS THATCH (rl md) 30.83 3114 PIKKA NECTAR (ep md) 30.85 6633 KINGS TAVERN (ep fw) 30.73 1155 NISHMANS (sa md) 30.91 2114 LINWOOD (fw wd).

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Write the word on a postcard or on the back of a sealed envelope and send it together with your name and address to Sportsword, Sunday Express, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UX, to arrive by first post on Thursday, December 27. Or call 0901 567 5666, leaving your answer, together with your name, address and phone number. Rob, who catches behind for Somerset (6).

SPORT RACING 93

Which Scottish football club are nicknamed the Loons or Sky Blues.

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