So it was a moderately pleasant summers evening , not raining for a change , so in a rare moment of spontaneity , I said to the wife why don’t we pop along to Epsom for a spot of evening racing .
Its only about 30 mins from us and Ive been many times before and enjoyed balmy summer nights passing twenties over to the grateful accountants of the turf . Well , the traffic and queues were terrible and it took us an hour to get there . Never mind , we parked up and ambled across the beautiful downs already sensing the equine equivalent summer smells of willow on leather , and other smells . So we get to the entrance to be told that its 40 quid each …. 40 QUID , 40 QUID , HOW MUCH , thats 80 QUID for the 2 of us to watch 3 or 4 races . All in all , after bookies losses , a Carling lager ( yukk) , a prawn sandwich , I will be close to £200 worse off .Well sir , thats because , weve got the world famous , Frankie Valli & his seasons on after racing ….
So what I say , a) I thought he was dead , b) I didn’t like him in the first place and c) I’m definitely going home before he comes on . How about we promise to turn our backs when he comes on As a matter of interest , when I set out from home clutching my Racing Post , there wasn’t a mention of Frankie Valli in the form guide ….. Anyway, all to no avail , its either 80 sovs or we can’t come in .
It took us roughly 30- seconds to conclude that it wasn’t indeed ‘Oh what a night’ and turn tail , return to our car .
The depressing thing about all this for me as a racing fan is that I used to be able to amble up , watch a few races in relative calm , no queues , all very civilised . But last night , not only was it £80 for the 2 of you , but it was absolutely packed and I’m pretty sure they weren’t all related to Frankie and the band .
Oh how I yearn for those bygone days when all the courses were going skint and it was only me and 20 other saddos clutching our rolled up copies of the Post .
Anyway, as Frankie would say that was late December back in 63. ………………………………oh alright , I know it wasn’t