Weblog: What do you mean the Wi-Fi doesn't work? The life of a Racing Post reporter
Just think about it
Amazing what you can discover when you are forced to stop and think about something. Who knows, using your brain might actually catch on.
You may have noticed we have recently changed the way we do previews in the paper.
No longer is it a case of just of phoning round for a bunch of quotes and printing them under the race title, with a short intro in between.
Now an intrepid Post reporter has to come up with half a dozen 'angles', designed to whet the appetite, tease out the main issues and to put a race into context.
Engaging the mind rather than operating on auto-pilot, in otherwords.
Which ought to be its own reward but also has a tendency to throw up countless 'Well I never' lines.
Such as the race I was previewing for Newbury tomorrow, each of whose last seven winners was the same age.
Which has been won by one particular trainer three times in the last five years - yet never by the shortest-priced runner among the yard's team in the race.
Plenty to go at for a 'talking point' on the Winter Derby too.
It may 'only' be an all-weather race but you could say the same about tomorrow week's Dubai World Cup and it tends to be a decent card at Lingfield - Dubawi Gold won 12 months ago before chasing Frankel home in the2,000 Guineas.
Borderlescott is 'doing a Kauto Star'. He's a veteran on the big stage who's built up a big fan club over the years and will have his supporters on tenterhooks as he comes back from injury.
Dame Judi Dench and Sir Alex Ferguson both have runners - wonder which is more likely to turn up?