I'm not a real fan of horse racing - the mathematics of the odds are well outside my poor numerical abilities. However I do like horses very much; they are magnificent animals. But every so often a racehorse comes along that catches the imagination.
S.W.M.B.O. of course is well up in equine matters and drew my attention to Zenyatta long before she took the headlines. Therefore we were well ensconced in front of the TV before the off at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
We watched as Zenyatta came down to the paddock doing her funny little dance, and sticking her tongue out along with her front legs. There was no doubt of her special personality.
As they left the gate, as usual the mare came out dead last. She remained in the back for most of the race but then hit her stride and began to move up the field. She was gaining on the leader over the last 200 yards, but her jockey had maybe left the challenge a little too late. She needed the course to be 1.26 miles rather than 1.25 and she would have won handily. Such a shame, but her record is 19 and 1 as she heads to retirement.