Getting Hitched and Marrakech Meanderings
This blogging lark aint as easy as it looks you know!
I've lost track now of the number of times I've offered heartfelt apologies for my inability to post on a more regular basis. Life continues to throw a spanner in the works and prevent me from delivering 2 or 3 reasoned and hopefully interesting posts each and every week.
I do, I feel, have a reasonable excuse on this occasion though - I got married on 29th January and was then out of the country on honey moon for a week or so in early February. I don't know how many of you readers out there are "manacled together" in holy matrimony with your significant others but those of you that are, will know that the actual event is an unbelievably expensive and time consuming business! I had no idea how many things there were to arrange, remember, argue about and generally fret over!
However, all eventually went well and I think a good time was had by the attendees. The whole shebang took place at a wonderful old place in Burford called The Bay Tree Hotel in Sheep St- if any of you are in that neck of the woods any time soon, it really is worth a visit and a nights stay. The staff were superb and the hotel itself is a beautiful olde -worlde coaching inn with a great atmosphere. We hired the entire place for the weekend so guests could stay over and enjoy breakfast with us on the following morning. I must admit I was feeling a bit green around the gills on the Sunday morning and would have been happier laying in bed until around tea - time but you can't have everything.
Then, at a truly unearthly hour on Monday morning, Mrs MYBP and I flew off to Marrakech for a brief mini-moon (the real honeymoon is scheduled for later in the year) in what, I have to say, is the most manic, crazy city I have ever visited. Try negotiating your way on foot along a road in which pedestrians, bicycles, donkeys, motorbikes, cars and horse carriages are going in any direction they like with no regard for any of the rules of the road and with no concern for poor, naive tourists and you will have some idea what the place is like. Add to that a cacophany of shouting, screaming, beeping and general hubbub in a huge array of languages and dialects and you can have a lot of fun but it's certainly not conducive to a relaxing break!
Enough of my stuff, let's move on to the staggering events at Newbury on Saturday. I had planned on attending the meeting but was unable to because of a last minute clash of schedules - I guess now I'm married I'm going to have to get my head further around this "compromise" thing - and to be completely honest, I was very glad I didn't. I can't imagine how horrific it would be to witness something like that and I hope I never have to find out. My sincere condolences go out to connections of Marching Song and Fenix Two. I don't think a more freakish accident could be imagined. Let's hope that none of the other horses are adversely affected in the future though I fear this could be the case after reading a post on an electricians forum (the places I end up on the internet!) this morning in which the poster stated the other horses that were visibly discomfited by the shock are likely to suffer future heart problems. I certainly hope he is wrong. It seems clear to me that no one can be blamed for such a unforeseeable tragedy but I don't think that will stop the anti-racing/ animal welfare lobby from using it as a stick to beat racing with as they always do.
Looking forward to Thursday, I'm very excited to see Peddlers Cross entered in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. For me, this horse is an absolute superstar and I confidently expect Binocular et al to be put to the sword come the festival in March. Peddlers represents by far and away my biggest ante-post bet for Cheltenham and a fluent display on Thursday will be just the fillip I need. I took 20/1 about this one in September when it wasn't completely clear that he would follow the Champion Hurdle route and I'm very glad I did. I haven't layed any of it off which is rare for me and I think the entire bet will make it to the big day.
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That's all from me for today. I will be back later this week - honestly -with further betting thoughts and a look at some of the things I have been working on recently. Have a great week.