A fabulous chaser, Exotic (he was always known in the diminuitive on the track) died after a race at Aintree this afternoon; he came second – half an hour after the finish he had a heart attack. Trained by Jonjo O’Neill and usually ridden by AP McCoy, he was Trezza’s favourite: like many, he was destined always the bridesmaid – in any other era he’s have won the Gold Cup, but unfortunately for him he was giving everthing he’d got in the era of Kauto Star and Denman and invariably found one of these a bit too good. I’ll miss him.
I miss this other guy too. My computer’s got a glitch and is away being fixed – am working off Trezza’s machine for this post: she has these old pictures rolling round the screen saver. I just sat here and watched them for a while.