Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

York Races. John Smiths Cup 10th July 1999

A virtual record of a day when parishioners went to the races - a parish outing

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Alan puts a tenner on Siege which lost by half a length to Achilles in the big race - the 40th John Smiths Cup

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40th year of John Smiths Cup. A sizzling summers day. Record crowds

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'A Touch of Frost' - winner of the 3rd race at 5/1. £5 on the nose got Stan out of trouble.

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Studying form - Sam, Philby, Mist and Alan

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Another winner

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Stan and Alan clean up in the 4th race when Rainbow Ways romps home at 4/1

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John McCririck doesn't appear to rate Stan's chances of winning!

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William Haig presents the John Smiths Cup to the owner of Achilles

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Alan and Tipper crash out after boozing and betting all afternoon

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Back at the Kings Head after stopping at Thirsk to get rid of our thirst.

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Kingsclere romps home in the second race.

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Winners enclosure.

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£24 to get in the main stand.

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Tipper thinks he is seeing double and Graham can't believe his eyes either.

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Philby, Alan, Tipper and Dick compare form. Another great day out from Ravenstonedale, probably the best parish in the world.

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The Prize Guys are off to sort the bookies out.

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Funniest moment of the day. Tipper and Philby scramble to retrieve their torn-up betting slips pending a stewards enquiry in the big race. With £20 and £10 on Siege at 6/1, second by only half a length to Achilles, they stood to clean up if the objection was sustained. Unfortunately the objection was over-ruled and and we all had a laugh while Philby went off to change his pants.