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Things have changed since I last went horse racing. For a start the bookmakers were usually little old men with flat caps or shifty looking individuals from London's East End. Then the odds were written in chalk and "tic tac" men kept them informed with a strange sort of sign language. That was in the before the computer and mobile phone revolution. Today we have glamorous blondes taking the bets with the odds being updated on electronic scoreboard operated by a bloke on the internet standing alongside.

 

The winner of this race was called "60s icon" and no I didn't back it.

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Taken on August 20, 2008