Last week’s blog sparked quite a bit of controversy, judging by my bursting mail-bag of three letters. Father Patrick O’Shea and Father Michael McNamara, both drawn to the article by its religious theme, wrote to express their dismay at my mentioning Sprinter Sacre in the same paragraph as Arkle. I’m sorry reverends, it won’t happen again.
third letter wasn’t actually a comment; it was an offer from a reader who is
trying to sell a box-set of “The Best Xmas Films Ever”. The problem is, the
collection was missing my favourite Christmas film of all time and possibly my
second favourite film from any category – the 1947 version of
Miracle On 34th Street, not to be confused with the 1994 version
featuring Richard Attenborough (which is watchable but not magical).
On 34th Street won three Oscars including one for the best original
story and one for the best screenplay. The gem among a myriad of great lines
comes when Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn, who won the third Oscar as Best Supporting Actor) is trying to explain to a small girl, who doesn’t believe in Father
Christmas, why she should loosen up a little and let her imagination run free.
He says “The Imagination is a place all by itself. A separate country. You’ve
heard of the French nation, the British nation. Well, this is the Imagi-nation.
It’s a wonderful place!”
of which gives me heart when I fantasise about the 2014 running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup –
which, now that he has proven he stays three miles, can be won by the
appropriately named Wishfull Thinking. Or perhaps he could dead-heat with
Knockara Beau – I’d love it if they could both win. And while we’re in the mode
of wish fulfilment, could we all take a moment to pray for some fine weather
next Summer? It’s so much nicer when the sun shines.
particular, we need some good days around the end of May, the end of July and
the end of August – when we shall be racing at Cartmel. If you haven’t written
your letter yet to Father Christmas, don’t forget that Santa needs to place his
order with us by Monday 16th December, if your Annual Members badge is to arrive in
time to reach your stocking.
we’re getting ahead of ourselves - before then there is racing at Cheltenham
this weekend. Colour Squadron is sure to be a popular choice in the big
handicap chase, but I am going to go with Malcolm Jefferson’s Attaglance
instead. He has a bit of ground to make up, based on their recent meeting in the Paddy
Power Gold Cup, but as Kris Kringle says in the film: “Faith is believing in
things when common sense tells you not to”.
... As if you needed any further reasons to continue following my advice.