Pearlysteps - a 12-year-old gelding
Brenda has sent me this offbeat and lightly relevant story…
'Every Saturday I make use of the free Chisholm’s bet voucher in The Journal.
They designate a race meeting and you pick four horses from four different races. If one of your horses comes in, you get triple odds on the bet; I’m not sure how it works but it’s quite good fun.
I know nothing about horses or racing and I spend none of my own money but it makes Channel 4 Racing interesting!
So every Saturday morning I’m sat there with The Punter, tea and toast, glasses on, lucky pencil in hand and I ask all my departed friends and family to give me a clue.
Then I choose the horses that remind me of one of them or strike a bell for some other reason.
Last Saturday, Haydock, 5.05 - I spotted ‘Pearlysteps’.
So I thought to myself ‘Well that’s where Hildie must be - going up the Pearlysteps to the Pearly Gates’.
I didn’t get to watch the race because it wasn’t covered and I’ve only just looked it up ...
She came in at 4/1.
I won £2.20 and proceeded to the St Oswald’s Hospice shop at Four Lane Ends where I bought a new blouse and had 21p change.'
£1.99 for St Oswald’s Hospice, a new blouse for Brenda - AND 21p loose change.