“THE DERRY STREET STAKES”
Terms – for mares, colts and geldings close to the age of 40 years of age – Distance 2 miles 6 furlongs – suggest entries must have the ability to get four miles in a bog – To stay is a prerequisite. Entries with ‘black type’ with ‘EUROPHILE’ breeding suggest they are more likely to land the spoils as Editor of the EVENING STANDARD. These Stakes are sponsored by EVGENY LEBEDEV.
With Sarah Sands off to the challenging paddocks at New Broadcasting House, to be stabled in Box “BBC RADIO 4 – TODAY PROGRAMME” the following Fleet Street luminaries may have had their hat thrown in to the ring, been entered up or may have been approached by the powers that be, who will make this prestigious appointment.
“Runners & Riders” with suggested odds, were I to be an acknowledged and respected turf accountant. There is certainly some quality about the entries. There is a strong word for Emma Tucker, who runs on merit and does not need the fillies/mares’ allowance, has been installed as a warm order at 2/1. Fraser Nelson not far behind at 3/1. Could there be a return of the prodigal son in the form of Geordie Greig – the quintessential Old Etonian, who I am told has EU membership in his blood – 6/1.
FRASER NELSON – having been a handicapper cutting his political teeth at News of the World, what a superb editor of the Spectator – brilliant broadcaster. Going to the top– a question of when; goes on any ground – 3/1
ALLISTER HEATH – Deputy editor of Daily Telegraph – formerly editor of CityAM – views possibly too right wing and a perceived BRXITEER – talented, This trip may be a bridge too far – 15/2
SARAH VINE – very talented journalist with forthright and very outspoken views. Not sure to stay and it would be a bold move from running in handicaps to performing in group company – 14/1
GEORDIE GREIG – very able politician. He knows the ropes at the Standard, ticks the ‘REMAIN’ box, but this extended trip might catch him out, when needing to show some toe at the business end of the race! – 6/1
EMMA TUCKER – sitting in the dead man’s shoes of Times Editor John Witherow. Very talented, funny amusing and very good company. Versatile performer – runs on any ground. Sure to get the trip – She will take some beating – 2/1
DYLAN JONES – The Editor of GQ magazine comes highly recommended. Certainly has plenty of ‘black type against his name, but a Group One stayers’ race might just catch him out. Has every right to come under orders – 12/1
IAN KATZ – has recently been jumping over obstacles at BBC – Could return to the flat without difficulty – smart performer – will not be inconvenienced by change– sure to get the trip – 10/1