Todays Gulf News has a 8 page lift out on the World Cup races and runners so Jen and I have been sitting at breakfast studying form! As there is no betting here in Dubai, and we don’t have a horse racing today, our only chance of winning anything is in the competition to pick 7 winners of 7 races! So some serious form studying has been necessary, but I imagine when it comes to the crunch we will rely on guessing and female intuition.
WE have both pulled up surprisingly well after a fairly good session on the cocktails last night. Jen started off with a whisky and I had my usual rum, but our big mistake was to move onto the MAI TAI’s! The drink looks harmless enough, and is almost sickly sweet as it contains quite a bit of fruit juice which seems to effectively mask the alcohol content, at least for the first few sips. Jen said she can remember thinking that I couldn’t hold my drinks very well, when it suddenly “hit her” and she can’t remember many more details of the evening. Anyway we got to bed safely and neither of us have hangovers this morning so that’s a relief. We did come across a wedding reception next to the beach last night as we went for our evening stroll – the flowers were simply amazing and obviously no expense had been spared. They even had a fairy floss machine for the guests!!!??? Goodness – what will they think of next?
It will be sad to leave this lovely hotel today – we have had a very relaxing 4 days with plenty of laughs and lots of reading, swimming, and the odd drink or two. One thing that has struck us is that the ‘workers’ (ie hotel staff, taxi drivers, shop assistants etc) here in Dubai are so very polite and courteous and anxious to help you. It’s worth noting that none of them are Emirates, but all seem to come from other countries such as the Phillipines, Thailand, China, and Pakistan. The sad thing is when you ask them how they like it here not one has said that they enjoy it – they would all rather be at home, but finances dictate otherwise. Many of the women seem to have left children at home with parents and come out here to work to support the family. How fortunate we are in Australia.
Great to hear that Artie Schiller has his first Group 1 winner of the Rosehill Guineas in Australia today. He is a magnificent horse and we are thrilled that our bonny racemare WITH DECORUM is in foal to him.