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Horses For Courses

by | 16th, March 2004

‘THE Sun marks the arrival of the annual Cheltenham racing festival with a special insert.

Thaksin Shinawatra adopts Liverpool’s familiar prayer position

All the riders and racing personalities are profiled. There’s Paddy ‘The Fixer’ O’Hallohan, Jimmy ‘Dead Cert’ Jameson and Paul ‘Can’t Fail’ Sorene.

It’s an indispensable guide, although it can be thrown away with some disgust when the jockey riding the horse you’ve just backed stops off for a graze and to remove something from his shoe halfway round the course.

The only thing missing from the welter of information and betting advice is a large pin and Mystic Meg’s predictions as to what will happen.

If you do win big, however, you can always gazump Thailand’s billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and buy a large stake in Liverpool FC.

The Express leads with news that a consortium led by the man has agreed to buy 25 per cent of the club’s shares for £50m.

This is seen as being good news by the paper, which says how the Reds have “landed a whopper” in a deal that was done and dusted in a Bangkok fish restaurant.

It’s hard to see what the new money will do to Liverpool, although selling shirts in Asia appears to be one of the more achievable goals.

Meanwhile the Sun hears that Manchester United’s plan to dress the world in their colours is coming apart at the seams.

The paper says that Old Trafford insiders fear Roy Keane is ready to quit the club and Ruud van Nistelrooy is packing his bags for life in Real Madrid.

The Mirror adds to the list and says that Ryan Giggs, Diego Forlan and Nicky Butt are all to be offloaded at the season’s end.

So long as the deportees are replaced by top players of rare talent the United fans will not be too downhearted. And buoyed by the news that Phil Neville will be staying.

Phew!’



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