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Dock

2010 St. Leger. Sat 11th Sept, 3.20 Doncaster. Live on CH4

The oldest of the five English 'Classic' races (first run in 1776). Should be a great day's racing. Never been to a Leger before, but this year I bought two 'County Enclosure' tickets for Papa Dock's birthday (one for me like). I'm never one for paying more than the basic grandstand price at the races as I love been in amongst it with all the different walks of life that go racing, but these tickets were a big 'thank you' surprise to Papa Dock for being really supportive while I was out of work. So basically I get one of those natty badges that you tie to your suit jacket, and access to view the saddling boxes. I Can't fecking wait me, I really can't! Only five more sleeps!  
bearing

Fine fillies
Dock

Runners:

http://www.racingpost.com/horses2...e_id=510749&r_date=2010-09-11

It's exciting isn't it? I said isn't it.

*turns around to an empty room and the sound of a door slamming*

Only three more sleeps!  
Dock

The day started well. Got the train with time to play with and managed to get a seat. As we pulled into Wakefield I could see my dad waiting to board the train. Knowing that he’s recently had heart surgery I was slightly anxious that he’d be able to find a seat as the train was full to capacity. My fears soon dissolved when I realised that I was sat comfortably with a three quarters full can of Heineken and a copy of The Racing Post, and concluded that the old sod could stand until Donny as it’s only another twenty minutes on the train.  

We finally met up at Doncaster station, and as is our modus operandi on raceday, went off to find an agreeable pop shop on route to the racecourse. We first went in a bit of a chainy pub called The Coach & Horses, and then on to the wonderfully named: The Salutation. In the latter pub there was a great selection of real ale pop. Then it was on to the course.

Now, as I’ve said before on here, I’m not a big fan of drinking heavily on a trip to the races, and avoid big popular days like The John Smiths Cup at York like the plague, but this was a present to my Dad and myself so we thought we’d make the best of it. I paid £50 for ‘County Enclosure’ tickets. I wish I hadn’t bothered, they were no different to advantages that you’d get buying a standard entry ticket. The thing with a very busy raceday like the Ledger is that you get thousands of people going who aren’t interested in racing, and just wanted to get blind drunk. Racecourses like every other kind of business at the moment are trying to maximise their profits as much as possible, but at Doncaster they let far too many people in for it to be comfortable. It was fucking packed! I think we only got near the parade ring once. Now I don’t know if it was down to the local population of South Yorkshire, or people from other area’s, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen as many rough-as-fuck individuals in one place. Even though they’d made an effort (a slight one) to dress for it, they were a disgrace. Don’t get me wrong, if people want to go to the races to socialise that’s their business and nobody elses, and I hope they have a great day out and I hope they have a good time, but these were dead rough. Doncaster racecourse itself is not equipped to deal with that many people and they shouldn’t have let that many in. Average time waiting to get a drink was about twenty minutes (most of the time I gave up halfway through waiting), and the snaking lines of people waiting to be served were getting in the way of people trying to walk through the concourse and the stewards shared the same div mentality as those at Elland Road. A very badly run operation. Me and my Dad still had a great day, especially when I backed the winner of the Ledger (Arctic Cosmos at 12/1 ) , but with regard to Leger day in the future? I’ll watch it from the comfort of the sofa.
bearing

*smites Dock*
Dock

bearing wrote:
*smites Dock*


Why are you smiting me?

*wonders what smites means*
Grind

This contains racing, doesn't it?
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
*smites Dock*


Why are you smiting me?

*wonders what smites means*


For not looking after Papa Dock on the train and proffering your seat to him.



Smite

Pronunciation:/smʌɪt/

verb (past smote /sməʊt/; past participle smitten /ˈsmɪt(ə)n/)

   
1 [with object] literary strike with a firm blow:he smites the water with his sword
     
archaic defeat or conquer (a people or land):he may smite our enemies
   
(especially of disease) attack or affect severely:various people had been smitten with untimely summer flu

2 (be smitten) be strongly attracted to someone or something:she was smitten with the boy

noun
archaic


a heavy blow or stroke with a weapon or the hand:the kirk rang with slaps and smites
Dock

Grind wrote:
This contains racing, doesn't it?


Soz Grinder. I didn't put the warning on did I. Sorry for wasting your reading time.  
grunt

Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
This contains racing, doesn't it?


Soz Grinder. I didn't put the warning on did I. Sorry for wasting your reading time.  


May Contain Sarcasm.
Grind

grunt wrote:
Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
This contains racing, doesn't it?


Soz Grinder. I didn't put the warning on did I. Sorry for wasting your reading time.  


May Contain Sarcasm.


If only I knew how to smite properly.  
sheeps

Grind wrote:
grunt wrote:
Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
This contains racing, doesn't it?


Soz Grinder. I didn't put the warning on did I. Sorry for wasting your reading time.  


May Contain Sarcasm.


If only I knew how to smite properly.  


Don't, you may hurt your back bending down.
Dock

sheeps wrote:
Grind wrote:
grunt wrote:
Dock wrote:
Grind wrote:
This contains racing, doesn't it?


Soz Grinder. I didn't put the warning on did I. Sorry for wasting your reading time.  


May Contain Sarcasm.


If only I knew how to smite properly.  


Don't, you may hurt your back bending down.


Saw that.

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