Roy, of Taunton, Somerset, who spent up to five hours a day on his hobby, said: "One of the most shocking discoveries was that I'm a descendant of Alfred the Great
"The ground should suit Alfred The Great
and Dan's Heir, who couldn't cope with the heavy ground at Wetherby last time."
However, there was plenty of confidence in the betting behind Alfred The Great
, a winner at Sandown on his jumping debut, and he was backed from 4-1 into co-favouritism at 5-2 with Acropolis and Malt De Vergy.
ALFRED THE GREAT
(1.55) is of great interest at Sandown as he's the Pat Haslam representative in a race he usually targets for his best juvenile hurdler.
Also on this day: 901: Death of Alfred the Great
; 1636: Harvard College, the first university in the United States, was founded named after English-born Puritan minister John Harvard; 1821: Michael Faraday demonstrated the first dynamo; 1893: HMS Havelock, the Royal Navy's first destroyer, went on trials; 1903: Birth of author Evelyn Waugh; 1922: Mussolini marched on Rome; 1929: Collapse of the New York Stock Exchange started a global economic crisis; 1940: Italy invaded Greece; 1958: The state opening of parliament was televised for the first time; 1962: The Cuban missile crisis ended; 1971: House of Commons voted in favour of Britain joining the Common Market by a majority of 112.
TRIUMPH HURDLEWilliam Hill: 14 Fair Along, Mister Hight, 20 Afsoun, Turko, 33 Detroit City, The Last Stand, 40 Alfred The Great
Warwick Castle's roots go back as far as 914, when the daughter of Alfred the Great
ordered the building of a rampart to protect the small hilltop settlement of Warwick.
Born May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Ian was inspired to act having witnessed Olivier, Gielgud and Richardson perform at post-war theatre festivals in Stratford and after studying English Literature at Cambridge University, he continued acting and, on graduating, began working in rep making only occasional forays into films with The Promise, Alfred The Great
and A Touch Of Love (all 1969), although in recent years he has had a much higher big screen profile with his Oscar-nominated role in Gods And Monsters (1998) and in the X-Men films and now, of course, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - but when he's not away working, he lives in London with his partner Sean Mathias.
What are we missing if Canute, Alfred the Great
and Bede are banished from our children's history lessons?
ANSWERS: 1 She was the first British astronaut and visited the Mir space station; 2 They are at either end of the Channel Tunnel; 3 Risotto; 4 Yellow; 5 Montmartre; 6 The Blue Lagoon; 7 Twelfth Night; 8 Alfred the Great
; 9 The Torrey Canyon; 10 Porgy And Bess.
The site of one of Alfred the Great
's greatest battles is threatened by bulldozers, an expert warns today.
Recent Newcastle Flat winner Alfred The Great
made a successful hurdles debut in the juvenile event, but he got home by only the narrowest of margins from Kanpai after being given a real fright, and his rider Barry Keniry and the runnerup's jockey Tom Doyle were both given a one-day suspension (November 17) for using their whips with excessive frequency.