There’s a lot more to horseracing than big hats and champagne.
“People look forward for months to backing the wrong horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. ”
“Cheltenham does not have a dress code: many racegoers interpret this an encouragement to wear tweeds.”
“ Why horseracing? Well, because chasing foxes and servants could only keep a man entertained for so long. ”
Twice voted Horserace Writer of the Year, David Ashforth has reported on the races from around the world but somehow always ends up at a Brighton Racecourse.
A horse rider himself (Radnage House riding school, Wycombe Hospital), only an absence of ability prevented him from staying on. Instead, during over 20 years with The Sporting Life and Racing Post, he has commented freely on the shortcomings of professional jockeys, particularly when failing to win when selected to do so. He still believes that Joe Mercer should have won the 1978 Cambridgeshire on Claudio Nicolai.
The author of several books, none of which you will have heard of, David studied History and betting shops at Cambridge University before specialising in the treatment of poverty in the nineteenth century and its acquisition in the twentieth, mainly in Ladbrokes.