IS NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS!
course there is no business like show business. And especially when
there is something as important to report as the fact that I am now
to be addressed as CHAMPION Cranstal Quintessence in all future correspondence.
I may not have had the meteoric race to my crown that my brother
had (or that of my mother or nephew had come to think of it) but
I prefer to reflect on the proposition that I am rather like a fine
wine and have slowly matured to perfection over the years. As I heard
someone remark - when congratulating MOPPS on MY successes!!
guess what – just when Mopps was having some fun with me, all
the pressure off and able to enjoy my Veteran classes……………………I
went out into the paddock this morning with my happy little pack
of mates and came back in completely and absolutely………….lame.
Emergency trip to the vets ensued immediately and I have been diagnosed
as having damaged my shoulder and been placed on restricted exercise
for the next fortnight. This takes in the Darlington weekend of course!!
Ho hum!! Goodbye my showring friends! I am sorry to announce that
this must be viewed as a graceful (if premature) exit from your lives
by the Affrikan Queen!! I will of course continue my career in journalism – just
in case you, my readers, are worried that it is to be a complete
at another way - the fact that I have always been such a nightmare
to keep in the ring could be viewed as me keeping Mopps on her toes.
Giving a little excitement in her post retirement years to an otherwise
pretty ordinary lifestyle. However Mopps has been so ‘excited’ during
the run up to my title that I recollect hearing her saying to one
of her mates that ‘she will never, ever be seen in the ring
with a saluki again once Affrika is retired’. A further part
of the conversation referred to the fact ‘in three years of
MoneyDealing for the Bank she could truthfully say that she had clocked
up about one zillionth the amount of stress per annum that exhibiting
Affrika had forced upon her!!’ Mopps does have this tendency
to exaggerate!! It was me doing all the work over the last eight
years for heavens sake!! All that she had to do was run round after
forgot. Flash won another CC and BOB at Paignton.
as a 2 year old when I won my 1st CC
at 8 years old when I won my 3rd CC
never be stupid enough to ask Mopps what I was doing in between!!!
Photos: Manx Image Banx
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