Finally, once you have the Racing Channel, no matter what you want to watch at some stage the system seems to revert to the 416 number.
Recently, after watching the latest episode of X Files the TV flicked to the TRNI racing from America. Without a Racing Post or a Sportsadviser to provide a helping hand the significance of the action was mostly lost but the transmission from Del Mar on the Californian West Coast left this viewer dumbstruck.
Apparently there is a two year old who makes Arazi look like a cripple running on nails.
Her name is Tempera and come the time of the Breeders Cup sell all your worldly goods, catch a flight to the Big Apple, catch the rattler from Grand Central Station to Belmont Park (cost $7) and lump it all on this good thing for the bet of a lifetime.
You have been warned!
Can you spot a champion from the TV alone?
As a youth my interest in racing was fired by the peerless Nijinsky. Even when I see the films of that horse now he was clearly class incarnate.
Though not the same as being there to see them in the flesh my prognosis for Tempera scares me even now.
In all my writings I never made so outrageous a forecast as this one.
When I saw the race some 13 weeks prior to the Breeders Cup I swear I did not know if the race was a seller or what. The mysterious switching of the TV, from the X Files at that.
I then make the biggest forecast of my life – Spooky Mulder or what??
To cap, Tempera took the Breeders Cup Fillies Juvenile at 12/1 to prove herself champion two year old filly of that year.