Its the Big Race to Run British Racing, and the Captain's under Starter's Orders

By Fildes, Christopher | The Spectator, May 9, 1998 | Go to article overview

Its the Big Race to Run British Racing, and the Captain's under Starter's Orders


Fildes, Christopher, The Spectator


A turn-up for the book in the race for the top job in racing: Captain Threadneedle, my racing correspondent, has thrown his hat into the silver ring. When the runners come under orders next week, the Captain will be there, facing the tapes. At stake is the chair of the British Horseracing Board, racing's governing body - vacant since early this year, when Lord Wakeham resigned, accusing his colleagues of crass stupidity. His successor must settle this turf war and work out who will pay for racing and how. The war itself flared up six months ago when the Maktoum brothers threatened to take their horses away. These sheikhs are British racing's leading owners and by their own account not yet down to their last three camels, but they say that the sums do not begin to add up: too much money goes in and too little comes out. To show they mean it, they have bought a racecourse of their own, just outside Paris. …

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