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Good day all round for the Carrs at Beverley
ALL change at Beverley. My first visit of 2012 and the 21st century appears to have reached East Yorkshire.
Gone was the press room. Replaced by the 'media centre'.
Though the 'new' facility was actually the old press room, reduced in size to make space for a catering office but with a new carpet and televisions (which are indispensable in a room with no view of the track).
And a new system for feeding the press, which involves submitting written 'orders' for sandwiches (none too shabby a choice either - prawn and crayfish, smoked salmon and cream cheese and the like). They are then brought across by a member of the catering staff, who obviously have nothing better to do at lunchtime.
Of course, we can look after ourselves - and know what is good for us. So when Go Racing In Yorkshire public relations officer Graham Orange was seen with an ice cream well before racing on a cool afternoon he explained it was 'for medicinal purposes' as it soothed his sore throat.
Another new development was the bright pink wrought iron seat at the weighing-room end of the parade ring.
I wondered whether it had been erected in memory of a recently deceased racecourse member with a flamboyantly camp dress sense but the explanation of its presence was rather more prosaic.
It had been brought in for a photo-shoot promoting the track's 'Lucky in Love night' later this month and then proved too heavy to take away again.
It was a good day for the Carrs too.
Ruth, no relation, had two winners and a third and must be the most in-form trainer around. All of her ten runners this month have finished in the money, including Beckermet - a personal favourite, as he used to be owned by my first best man - who turns out at Ripon on Friday night before a likely rise in the weights for last Saturday's fine third at Doncaster.
And Harry, who is a relation as he's my 13-year-old son. No school on a Bank Holiday so he was on paddock duty and nominated Toto Skyllachy to beat Carragold in the feature race.
A 53-1 forecast. Remember that the next time someone besmirches the intelligence of the youth of today.