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A Recommendation

Indulge me, dear reader, in a slight departure before I get into the horse racing. Today the latest album by The Divine Comedy, “Victory for the Comic Muse,” is released in the UK and Ireland (it’s been out in Europe for a day or so already). I strongly urge you to purchase this album, either on import or directly from the UK e-commerce site of your choice. I have been a fan of Neil Hannon and his wonderful brand of orchestral pop with intelligent lyrics since 1995, when I first moved to the UK for grad school.

And how might this be relevant to you, the horse racing fan? Well, in the first instance, Neil wrote the theme song to ‘Father Ted‘ and later their spoof Eurovision song, ‘My Lovely Horse.’ It is a work of comedic genius. He also has a song called ‘The Dogs And The Horses’ (which you may or may not decide is a nod to the Jacques Brel song ‘The Girls And The Dogs’) that should find a spot on any playlist. In short, you should buy the new album and the entire back catalog. It’s worth it.

But to the horses…The Blood-Horse has rounded up what the next plans are for the 3-year-olds on the way to the Travers. Of note is the fact that both Showing Up (also owned by Barbaro’s owners, the Jacksons) and Stream Cat are pointing for the Colonial Turf Cup, which is oversubscribed this year. I’m always a fan of a horse that does well on both dirt and turf, so that sounds very interesting indeed.

Speaking of Barbaro (and I am rarely not doing so), there’s an article on the company that designs and builds the braces that go inside horse ambulances. There’s also a pedigree analysis by 15-year-old Carly Silver on Barbaro as well as Bernardini and Jazil which is interesting to read. Keep up the good work, Carly!

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