P594 Teletext 594 Oct28 21:50:10    WITH STEVE SMITH ECCLES  ————————— STEVE GIVES HIS LATEST VIEWS ON RACING ghen the great chaser Tingle Creek was put to sleep a few days ago, I lost one of my greatest friends. The grand old horse put my l—lf on the map, and I will be eternally grateful for that. At 30, the old boy had a good, long, fulfilled life, but his inevitable demise is still very hard to swallow. ——————————————————————————————————1/5—— Frankie's Magnificent Seven Video 431 14-1 WINNER HOT DARK HORSE p568 Diary Greyhounds Track facts Headlines
P594 Teletext 594 Oct28 21:40:00    WITH STEVE SMITH ECCLES  ————————— THE HORSE I OWE SO MUCH When I first rode Tingle Creek in a race, I was only 20-years-old and had only sat on him once prior to going to the races. I had walked him out on Sunday morning exercise, but suddenly found myself in the limelight at Sandown. He was more like a cat than a horse because he used to leap at fences, meeting them on the longest of strides. ——————————————————————————————————2/5—— Frankie's Magnificent Seven Video 431 14-1 WINNER HOT DARK HORSE p568 Diary Greyhounds Track facts Headlines
P594 Teletext 594 Oct28 21:40:00    WITH STEVE SMITH ECCLES  ————————— TINGLE'S FINAL RACE My best memory of Tingle Creek was his final race before retirement, when he carried 12st 4lbs around his favourite course - he smashed his track record. Sandown suited his style with its big railway fences down the back straight, and that day my old guvgnor Tom Jones was in tears. I used to sit on the old horse and let him get on with it. He was a real character who did everything his way. ——————————————————————————————————3/5—— Frankie's Magnificent Seven Video 431 14-1 WINNER HOT DARK HORSE p568 Diary Greyhounds Track facts Headlines
P594 Teletext 594 Oct28 21:50:01    WITH STEVE SMITH ECCLES  ————————— FAREWELL TO A GREAT FRIEND If I had met up with Tingle Creek 10 years earlier, I wouldn't have been able to ride him. I would have been trying to organise him and meet my fences right. Instead I pulled up my breeches, sat up between his ears and enboyed a thrilling ride. Tingle was almost human - the star of many personal appearances, and riding him at Sandown before the race was named after him was a great honour. ——————————————————————————————————4/5—— Frankie's Magnificent Seven Video 431 14-1 WINNER HOT DARK HORSE p568 Diary Greyhounds Track facts Headlines
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