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PURSUITS
Starters Orders
AND THEY’RE OFF:
SIGN UP FOR BOISDALE’S
STARTER’S ORDERS SUPPER
Boisdale and bookmaker Fitzdares bring you crucial insights,
winning strategies and special guests in the intimate and
enjoyable surrounds of a private dinner
F
orthcoming events in the racing
diary include Glorious
Goodwood at the end of July and
start of August; the Ebor meeting
in York before the August Bank Holiday;
St Leger up at Doncaster in September;
and the grand finale of Champions Day at
Ascot in October. To this one can add one
more crucial fixture: the Boisdale Starter’s
Orders Racing Supper.
What began as a lunch with a person
of distinction from the world of racing
has now come to life. In the intimate
surroundings of Boisdale private dining
rooms, readers can now share a table with
a turf notable, who will offer unique
insight into the game and discuss racing
issues of the moment, past and future.
Inevitably, talk veers towards the daily
challenge of finding a winner. Where
Starter’s Orders undoubtedly brings you
an advantage is that, with only a select
group at the table, confidences are not
immediately shared. Ultimately, the dogs
may get barking, but you’ll have shaken
on terms with your bookmaker well
before the first howl slashes the odds.
March saw the inaugural Starter’s
Orders Racing Supper, when the hugely
compelling racehorse trainer Andrew
Balding was our guest, sharing his
thoughts on the Flat season and the
running of his historic Kingsclere stable,
which was home to Mill Reef, among
many other champions from the last three
centuries. More recently, trainer Mark
Johnston helped plot a successful
summer. The motto of his Middleham
stable is “always trying”, so with him we
are guaranteed a run for our money.
This autumn, Starter’s Orders will
reconvene in earnest to mark the start of
the National Hunt, with a guest from
racing’s great and good to set us all up for
a winning season. We will sit down again
in February 2020, ahead of Cheltenham
and Aintree, with a guest whose work
reflects the seasonal peaks of the jumping
game. To sign up for Starter’s Orders and
receive notice on forthcoming editions,
email membership@boisdale.co.uk.
TIPS FROM THE TIPSTER: FITZDARES’ WINNING WAYS
Boisdale has partnered
with upmarket bookmaker
Fitzdares to host the
Starter’s Orders suppers.
Founder Balthazar
Fabricius kindly supplied
us with his top in-house
recommendations as to
how to stay in credit.
Foremost, bet the
value so your money goes
further. Look out for odds
that you perceive to be
generous; after all, a single
10/1 winner will outweigh
nine previous losing bets.
Swim against the tide:
favourites will always get
backed, and so are often
too short. Therefore look
for horses that others
have disregarded.
Fitzdares is for the
passionate punter: bet
with conviction. You will
have more satisfaction
and success if you truly
believe in your bet.
Never bet against your
heart. Better to have no
bet than settle for a
bittersweet tenner.
fitzdares.com
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BOISDALELIFE .COM
SUMMER 2019
ISSUE 16





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