A LECTURE ON RACING
by
John Tilley
  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I've just got back from Aintree—a long but not unpleasant walk . . . and I thought it might be suitable if I said a few words about racing. In racing I'm very experienced both on the sticks and over the flat. I was in the Grand National, but it wasn't mentioned in the papers, because, although my horse Maudie completed the course, I was called away at the canal turn. Maudie has been in our family for many years—a very reliable race-horse. We call her Maudie because every spring she will come into the garden and make her nest in the tulip beds. Of course, it never comes to anything because it's only a mare's nest, but we always live in hopes. I bought her from a very well-known racing stable off the Hammersmith Broadway. I didn't know Maudie so well in those days as I do now, and when I led her to the top of the Mews she had one of her attacks and fell down. Of course, I was very disappointed and I went up to the owner of the racing stables and said, " You know, that horse you sold me has just fallen down and it is so necessary that a race-horse should stand up if it's going to do anything in racing." He was a very reasonable man and he saw my point of view at once, and said that if I liked to go down to the stables I could choose any horse I wished. So I went down to the stables and
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