One of only six home-trained colts remaining in an Epsom market dominated by the Irish, Henry Cecil's Father Time
would have needed to take the Listed Spillers Horse Feeds Fairway Stakes convincingly to cause even a ripple for next month's Classic.
But the hero of the hour was Reg Tolley, who had not been involved with the production at all but stepped in at the last moment to play Old Father Time
It is hoped that Father Time
, known to millions in the cricket world and beyond, will be helped to recover his equilibrium back in his age-old stance in time for start of play on April 12 - when Middlesex begin their LV= County Championship season at home to Nottinghamshire on April 12.
RETIREMENT I've been reading Frank Byrne's poem And it took me back two years To when I stood where he now stands With questions, hopes and fears Father time
has since raced on Last year I was sixty five And the question now I am most asked?
The eight-year-old Premio Loco, who was giving three years and more to his rivals, had completely lost form on his last two starts, but any thoughts that father time
had caught up with Chris Wall's warrior were well and truly dispelled.
So father time
has come around It's time to swim, not go to ground We're ready again to pass the test This swim's our freedom, and that's no jest.
Oh here we are, December already, it seems like it was only yesterday we were welcoming in a new year but Father Time
is relentless and as he turns the clock forward the heavens occupy his favourite sign, Capricorn.
Cecil has only had six runners at the American extravaganza, starting with Indian Skimmer, who finished third in the 1988 Turf, so it looks significant he will have three raiders this year - Twice Over in the Classic, Father Time
in the Marathon and Midday in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Henry Cecil has started the season in rare form and while he may have to settle for minor honours with Father Time
, Cloudy Start can do the business in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Handicap.
Lichfield District has been looking for a publicly accessible home for the Donna Che Trattiene il Tempo, better known as Old Father Time
, to put on display.
Collier Hill continues to defy Father Time
and has won the Stockholm Cup, the Woodbine International and the Hong Kong Vase on his last three starts.
One of his incentives is to show that Father Time
has not come close to catching up with him.
My guess is that TASR can't wait to sing a little Auld Lang Syne when Father Time
passes through, as the shares have been bullied lower by their 10-week and 20-week moving averages throughout 2005.
estt Old Father Time
- who is an estimated four years younger than Brucie - has finally caught up with the veteran presenter.
Here he comes again knocking at my door Having told him many times not to call anymore He ignores my plea and year after year Turns up like he actually enjoys seeing fear It's not only me he chooses as prey His victims are countless each and every day Waiting in the small hours to pounce and give fright As certain as daytime follows the night No-one escapes him his labour not done Till he audits his book with a big number one He then makes the grand total and slips quietly away Returning the next year for another birthday He's old Father Time
need I say any more Here he is again knocking at my door.