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Ever since Audrey Hepburn delivered the classic ‘move your bloomin’ arse’ line in My Fair Lady, going to the races is something I’ve always fancied doing. So here I am, Musselburgh Racecourse in December, stake money in one hand, race card in the other.
I arrive midway through the first of six half-hourly races having fallen into the trap of getting a train from Edinburgh to Musselburgh (it's about a 25 minute walk from the station) but this does enable me to get my bearings and see how the seasoned pros go about it.
Making my way towards the grandstand, I’m confronted by rows and rows of bookies vying for my hard-earned cash. But first things first: which one of these horses is going to make my fortune? I know nothing about their form and hearing myself saying ‘he’s nice . . .’ as the horses trot out in the parade ring is nothing short of surreal.
Like most first-time goers though, i decide to pick the nag that sounds the most appealing. Mumaris or Gralmano? Brace yourselves bookies, there’s a £2 bet coming your way. Oh what the hell, I’ll put £2 on each.
So here’s the deal. If Mumaris wins I stand to win £14 but if Gralmano wins only £3. Yellow and red stars versus the black and white. And they’re off. Watching from the stand, there’s an air of great excitement and to my surprise Mumaris is in front. The adrenaline sets in and by the last furlong my impression of Eliza Doolittle is coming on a treat.
Mumaris came second. I won £3 but lost £7 in total. Okay, so I didn’t make a fortune but of course, there’s always next time. (Helen Monaghan)
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Athletics: DM Hall District Indoor Championships Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. l-l-l5 Argyle Street. 3l7 7320. See Sat 18.
Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals v Guildford Mtrrraylield Ice Rink. River'sdale ('rescent. 337 6933. 6pm. 1") (£51. lidinburgh ('apitals has been producing results against the odds this season so there's no telling which way this leagtte tnatch will go.
Football: Celtic v Feyenoord (‘eltie Park. Kerrydale Street. Parkhead. 55] 8653. 7.45pm. £l5 15.71. The Dutch giants and l'Iil’A ('up holders come to Parkhead for at Lisbon l.ions testimonial l’riendly game.
Lacrosse: Lacrosse Open Evening l‘ettes ('ollcgc. l-‘ettes (ialler'y. littsl l‘ettcs :\\L‘iitlc. 07770 l-iltiSS.
7.30 9pm. Free. Learn the basics in this relaxed eyening.
Rugby: Glasgow Rugby v Llanelli llughenden. 32 lltrghenden Road. 353 3468. 7.30pm. L'l7 1L7). The linal stages ol' pool 3 in the Heineken (up. litn'ope's leading club tournament.
Athletics: DM Hall District Indoor Championships Kelyin llall International Sports Arena. 1-1-15 Argy le Street. 317 7320. The stars ol track and lield do their thing.
Basketball: Scottish Rocks v London Leopards Brat-head Arena. Kings Inch Road. 56] llJtl. 7pm. £719.51; lamin ticket L30. It's been a good season lor Scotland‘s only lilil. team so lar. and they look scl lot more success at the
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Lacrosse: Lacrosse Open Evening l’ettes (‘ollege. l‘ettes (iallery. liast l"ettes Avenue. 07770 l-ll655.
7.30 ()pm. Free. See Thu to.
Basketball: Scottish Rocks v London Towers lirachcad Arena. Kings lnch Road. 561 l 140. 7.30pm. £7 (£5): family ticket £20. lilil. ('harnpionship.
Rugby: Edinburgh Rugby v Glasgow Rugby Meadowbank Sports ('entre. 13‘) London Road. 661 5351. 7.30pm. £|()—£l2 (LS—£6). The [fast and the West battle it out on the pitch in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby (‘up match.
Football: Celtic v St Mirren (‘eltie Park. Kerrydale Street. Parkhead. 551 8653. 3pm. £15—£l7 (U) -£l l l. John (‘oughlin takes his struggling Saints to Parkhead having made sounds that a Scottish Cup upset is far from impossible. So. should be about 7-40 then.
Football: Partick Thistle v Dundee liirhill. 80 i-‘irhill Road. 579 l97l. 3pm. £15 (£8). This all-SP1. (‘up meeting has ‘l’irhill for thrills‘ written all over it. Which should guarantee a tedious (H).
Athletics: Scottish Athletics 4K Cross Country Championships ('ity (‘entre. 3|7 7320. lprn. Road race for Scotland's top athletes.
Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals v Cardiff Murraylield Ice Rink. Riversdalc Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. L") (£5). Edinburgh‘s home team battle on in the l-‘indus British National League.
Football: Partick Thistle v Livingston l-‘irhill. 80 l‘irhill Road. 57‘) l‘)7l. 7.45pm. £l5. Two of the game‘s ‘characters' meet at l’irhill. John ‘Pigeon l-‘ancier' [.ambie attempts to do Jitn ‘Poet‘s (‘orner' Leishrnan.
Glasgow Football: Celtic v Dundee United
' (‘eltic Park. Kerrydale Street. Parkhead.
55l 8653. 7.45pm. £l8- £20 (£8 £10). ('eltic resume alter the winter shut-down knowing that nothing less than a long run of victories will give them any hope of making it three SPLs in a row. Paul llegarty‘s men proyide the lirst test.
Football: Hibernian v Rangers liaster Road. 13 Albion Place. 66] l875. 7.45pm. £l7—£241£10).Alex .\lcl.eish returns once again to his old stamping ground where he is yet to taste anything less than victory. liibs look like a team still haunted by their 4-4 derby disaster.
ON THE BOX
The fortnight’s essential viewing
I Australian Open Eurospon. until Sun 26 Jan, times vary. Live coverage of the tennis competition at Melbourne Park. Last year's winners Jennifer Capriati and Thomas Johansson aim to build on their victories in this prestigious tournament.
I One Day Cricket Internationals Sky Sports 2, Fri 17 & Sun 19 Jan, 3—11am. The V8 series continues with England taking on Sri Lanka and then Australia in these one-day internationals.
I WBU World Middleweight Championships Sky Sports 1. Sat 18 Jan, 8—10pm. Live action from the Preston Guildhall featuring boxing bouts between Anthony Farnell and Sergey Tatevosyan competing in the main event. preceded by a WBO World Lightweight Championship match between Bobby Vanzie and Yuri Romanov.
Regal Welsh BBC1/2. Wed 22—Sun 26 Jan, times vary. The world's top cue-masters converge on the Cardiff International Arena for this world-ranking snooker championship. Local hero Mark Williams will be looking to build on his recent form if he is to steal the trophy from under the nose of favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan.
l European Lightweight Championship Sky Spons 1, Sat 25 Jan, 8-10pm. More boxing action, this time between Jason Cook and Stephano Zoff.
FIA World Rally Championship Channel tbc, Wed 22—Sun 26 Jan, times vary. The motor-racing rally championship begins in earnest with the glamour rally of Monte Carlo.
I Hibernian v Rangers BBCl. Wed 29 Jan. 7.45pm. See listings.
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