The Winners 2012

  • The 2.20 at Wetherby by Hannah Barraclough

    "I’d read them myself but someone’s had my glasses," he said, patting his pockets and making slow movements to feel down the sides of the chair. "They’ll be round here somewhere," I said, flicking through the paper to the racing pages, "We’ll have a look for them in a minute."...

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  • Living the dream? by Patrick Mullins

    We stride out through the glass walls of the Aintree weighing room and walk through the organised chaos that is Grand National day. Down the steps into the parade ring, get the picture and set off to try and find my connections among the shifting crowd...

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  • Sanlucar de Barrameda by Monica McCluskey

    As the setting sun stained the ramshackle white of the town’s houses, a burnished rose and the remnants of the dying heat shimmered futilely around the sweating crowds; a gun cracked...

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  • My mother wore a yellow dress by Lottie Pyper

    When I was about 10, the world exploded. Not literally, of course, but suddenly the world seemed a lot bigger than the four walls of my house and the five minute walk to school...

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  • Zenyatta by Susie Eddis

    An old lady was sitting contentedly next to a blazing fire amongst her three grandchildren. She was feeling quite weary by now after watching the racing on television all afternoon...

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  • If Only... by Bella Colvin

    “As they reached the brow of the hill, finally the finishing line was in sight. The scene could have come from one of the films that she loved to watch late into the night, for the clouds had parted and the sun lit up a path towards the red ribbon showing Jodie the way. The two of them had nearly made it...

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