TDN Weekend

May 2018

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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It is a mad, dizzy carousel; a unique throwback to the high days and holidays that seeded the British Turf long before it knew the concept of a Thoroughbred. The townsfolk still gather on the Roman wall, enjoying the best view of any racecourse in the land—across this quaint sward, the Roodee, hemmed between the River Dee, a railway viaduct and the city's ancient fortifications, massively hewn from red sandstone. Some bring camping stools, picnics, and a sense that their elevation is not just literal. How complacently they think of those spendthrifts inside the racecourse, paying all that money to be jostled in the betting ring; or for those who can afford it, like the Manchester United players, to enjoy precisely the same panorama from the balcony of a hospitality box. FESTIVAL

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