The first few paragraphs you read below may make you think that Richard is losing the plot.
Read on my trusty follower, and all will be revealed.
Derek Macintosh Bates was an English explosives and demolition expert, and raconteur.
He became well known as BLASTER BATES for the following reasons.
During the 60
s 70s and 80`s he made a series of recordings, recounting his bizarre and funny experiences from his long demolition career, and also tales of his hobbies which were motorcycling, hunting and shooting.
He was also much in demand as an after dinner speaker because of his colourful language…for example the tale of the farmers septic tank he was hired to clear out using explosives.
An episode Bates described as “The big shower of s*** over Cheshire”
He was also known for carrying sticks of explosive in his pockets, even producing them whilst giving testimony in trials, to the horror of the Court.
So you may ask what the hell has all this got to do with our newly acquired 4yo gelding by YEATS, the latest horse to be purchased by Harvey Smith for McGoldrick Racing.
The answer is that by using a very clever play on words, our latest purchase has been named NOT Blaster Bates, but BLASTER YEATS
An ingenious choice of name, I`m sure most would agree.
Already the winner of a PtP Bumper, Our Blaster, since he`s been at Craiglands Farm, is turning out to be a real character in the yard, yet on the gallops works enthusiastically with loads of latent talent and ability that Sue will be developing over the coming weeks leading up to his first race planned for October.
Hopefully another bargain basement purchase, for which Harvey Smith is well renowned.
Photos and updates to follow.
Come on Blaster !!!!