Clive Cox Nowadays, Clive Cox is best known as a Group One-winning trainer based at Beechwood Stables in Lambourn, Berkshire, to which he moved in May, 2000. However, his career in racing began, as a scrawny teenager, when he became apprentice jockey to Peter Cundell, based in the village of Compton on the Berkshire Downs, in the early Eighties. That said, his career as a Flat jockey did not last long and yielded just two winners, one in 1981 and another in 1982, before his burgeoning weight forced him to review his options.

The enforced switch to National Hunt racing did his riding career no harm. After a brief, but successful, spell as conditional jockey to Somerset trainer Stuart Pattermore, Cox returned to Lambourn and joined then-fledgling handler Oliver Sherwood in a similar capacity. He won on his first ride for his new employer, Sacred Path, at Warwick in November, 1984.

Just over three years later, in April, 1988, Sacred Path would also provide Cox with his one and only ride in the Grand National. A confirmed mudlark, Sacred Path had returned from over a year off the course, due to injury, to win the Crudwell Challenge Cup at Warwick in March. Saddled with the minimum weight of ten stone at Aintree and with conditions turning in his favour, after a torrential downpour, Sacred Path was the subject of a public gamble, which forced his price down from 14/1 to 17/2 favourite at the ‘off’. Sadly, while the eight-year-old jumped the first fence well enough, he crumpled on landing and fell.

All told, Cox rode just shy of a hundred winners and recorded his highest seasonal tally, 33, in the 1985/86 season. Indeed, in 1985 he won the Frogmore Chase at Ascot on Admiral’s Cup, trained by Fred Winter and, in 1986, the Mares Hurdle at Newbury on Atrabates, trained by Oliver Sherwood. Nevertheless, by 1988, his riding career was already in sharp decline and by the time he rode his last winner, at Newton Abbott in March, 1990, he had already taken out a public training licence.

Lovely Jubbly Anyone who has a passing knowledge of the highly acclaimed BBC comedy series ‘Only Fools and Horses’ will be well aware of Del Boy’s catchphrase “Lovely Jubbly”, a phrase which according to the Oxford English dictionary is “used to express delight or approval.” It’s a catchphrase well suited to his loveable ‘ducking and diving’ persona and ever present efforts to make it big. That part of his personality is perhaps event more present in the other (well in truth he has a few!) equally well known catchphrase of his “This time next year we’ll be millionaires!”.

This is a theme that runs through the series like words through a stick of rock, the constant push to make it big come what may, and to ‘improve your lot’ through whatever means are at your disposal. It should be no surprise then that there are a few casino themed episodes such as ‘A Losing Steak’ from Sesies 2 (a comedic take on ‘A Winning Streak’) in which Del plays a game of high stakes poker with the narcissistic Boycie. Or course nowadays we’d be more likely to be drawn towards online baccarat real money, but this show was largely set in the pre-internet age.  And who can forget the hilarious scene where Del and Rodney were at the casino until late into the night, only to open the doors and realise they were in the broad daylight. So many funny scenes in this, the most successful UK comedy show of all time.

In our own way, whether at a race track or in a local casino, we all know a few characters like those in Only Fools and Horses. Whether it’s the wheeler dealer Del Boy types, the gormless yet caring Rodney, everybody’s mate Densil or too snooty by half Boycie, the list of these archetypes goes on. I suppose we all try to create a certain image, but some people really are one offs and aren’t meant to fit in. Larger than life types that always bring a smile to your face, or always have a scheme or an idea to make it big. Well, I’m certainly cheering them all on, for the day they do! Nowadays, as stated, we’d all more likely to be found playing online casino like casinosnz , but even online casino sites now more and more reflect real life and so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we’ll all virtually bumping into larger than life characters. At least we don’t have to worry about social distancing with that one!

 

All-Weather Racing Nowadays, so-called all-weather racing – that is, horse racing on synthetic surfaces – is an everyday occurrence in Britain. However, younger more online geered readers clambering to play best online slots, may not realise that just over three decades ago racecourses such as Kempton, Lingfield, Newcastle, Southwell, and Wolverhampton raced exclusively on turf and Chelmsford City did not even exist.

All-weather racing in Britain was first mooted following the very cold, snowy winter of 1984/85, which led to the abandonment of dozens of National Hunt fixtures. However, it was not until four or five years later that first Lingfield, and then Southwell, were granted permission to install synthetic surfaces. Lingfield opted for Equitrack – graded sand particles encapsulated in a mixture of oil and polymers – on the inside of the existing turf track, while Southwell opted for Fibresand – a deeper, slower surface, composed of sand particles and polypropylene fibres – on the outside.

Lingfield staged its first all-weather fixture on October 30, 1989 and was followed by Southwell, just nine days later. Four years later, in 1993, Wolverhampton went a stage further by completely replacing its turf course with Fibresand. Two years later still, in 1995, Dunstall Park was also the venue for the first Listed race run on a synthetic surface in Britain, the Wulfrun Stakes.

The twenty-first century brought many changes to the all-weather landscape, much in the same way that kiwicasinos casino online changed the casino landscape. In 2001, Lingfield switched to Polytrack – a more advanced, wax-coated mixture of sand, recycled synthetic fibres and recycled rubber – and, in 2004, Wolverhampton followed suit. The first Pattern race run on the all-weather, the Group Three Silver Trophy Stakes, was staged at Lingfield in the summer of 2005. The following spring, Kempton joined the all-weather roster and would be joined, albeit briefly, by the ill-fated Great Leighs – which would be resurrected, as Chelmsford City, seven years later – in 2008.

The inaugural All-Weather Championships, culminating in All-Weather Championships Finals Day, worth £1 million in prize money, at Lingfield on Good Friday commenced in October, 2013, and continues to go from strength to strength. In 2014, Wolverhampton switched again, to Tapeta – effectively an advanced, more forgiving version of Polytrack – and, in 2016, Newcastle also hosted its first fixture on a new Tapeta track.