Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

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Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

Cheltenham Et Al: The Best of Alastair Down

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My dad, who was a meek, mild and delightful man, was a five Shilling punter on a Saturday who worked in the City of London. His scholarly teachers at the exclusive Tonbridge School were, however, less enthusiastic – The Sporting Life was not available in the library and Down made arrangements to collect a copy from a nearby newsagent each morning. He is best known for his tenure from 1975 to 1983 as chairman of Burmah Oil, which he rescued from near-bankruptcy. Whether you're looking for a book on the history of racing, a calendar to mark your race days, or a notebook to keep track of your bets, we have something for you. On Frankel’s last race: ‘There were tears speckling the cheers, because there is something almost inexplicably humbling about being in the presence of greatness of this magnitude.

Alastair Down on the Cheltenham Festival: 'To go there and stand witness to extraordinary events is a rare and wonderful act of being at one with your fellow clutterers of the planet . It isn’t like that, you are in competition with every other so-and-so out there and you are looking for all the camaraderie of the weighing room (which is genuine and intense) and then they are out there to assassinate each other on course.It had to be – its students at the time also included one Edward Gillespie who later became Cheltenham Racecourse’s managing director and took the National Hunt Festival to new heights. Everybody just loves it and they block those days off in the calendar – for those few days in the year, where we all join together in something we absolutely love and once you’ve been you will absolutely be bitten! We take pride in offering a wide selection of used books, from classics to hidden gems, ensuring there is something for every literary palate. It won at top weight and I remember running into Jim a day later and he grunted at me to say ‘hello’ as he always does; and I said to Jim, “Just to say, I’ve been driving a Ford Fiesta but next week I’ll be driving a Saab Turbo thanks to you!

But of course after the Gold Cup, I was watching it with a friend of mine and he said “Alistair, you don’t want to watch this…” and of course Cyril and Norton’s Coin had won it! they have to organise all the staff and all the equipment - I mean Eisenhower spent less time planning the D-Day landings than Elliot and Mullins would have done to get those horses over here fit and well…. Sir Alastair Down, Industrialist who masterminded the rescue of Burmah Oil in the 1970s and steered it back to financial health," Daily Telegraph (5 November 2004), 29. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). And when the time comes I suspect my ashes will find their final resting place at the top of the hill – a place of solitude and skylarks in summer but where the denouement begins to boil to brutal in winter. I first went to the Festival actually when I was 19 and a friend of dads had a wonderful box which he couldn’t use. His son Peter was a champion jockey – and now runs a successful stable in Scotland with his partner Lucida Russell. Now a collection of his most evocative essays has been reproduced in a long-awaited book, The Best of Alastair Down: Cheltenham et Al, that is a faithful tribute to many of horse racing’s equine and human heroes.



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