"Ring a ring a rosie, as the light declines / I remember Dublin city in the rare old times
DOWN, down, down at the bottom of Cheltenham valley, beyond the Centaur, beyond the Arkle bar, beyond the tweed jackets and salmon-pink cords, the wide-eyed drinkers set to dancing as the band in the Guinness Village struck up an old tune known as 'The Rare Old Times' as a tribute to a man from Dublin who died before he could make the annual pilgrimage to Cheltenham.
In the Guinness Village, these are still the rare old times.
SONGWRITER Pete St John who penned The Fields Of Athenry; Dublin In The Rare Old Times
, and The Ferryman has turned his talents to tackling a modern Irish scourge - drink driving.
Among the numbers on the new collection are Leaving of Liverpool, Nancy Spain, Rare Old Times
, Molly Malone, Sweet 16, Roads of Kildare, Wild Irish Rose, Rose of Allendale and The Irish Rover.
The Danehill colt has been disappointing since a promising debut when second to Rare Old Times
at Windsor, but he does have ability, and his break since June means he is fresh.
As Irish manager Jack Charlton liked nothing better than to sit back with a pint of Guinness and sing a Geordie version of Dublin In The Rare Old Times
West Country trainer Nerys Dutfield is on the trail of a pounds 50,000 bonus put up by Windsor if her filly Rare Old Times
can follow up victory there with a win in this more elevated company.
From "Dublin In The Rare Old Times
" to "Dirty Old Town" and the rest , the Dubliners wouldn't have a look in.
Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes, who had earlier struck with Flying Millie, looked like landing a double when their newcomer Johnny Reb beat off favourite Kompliment after a tussle on the stands' rail, but he was pipped by Rare Old Times