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will-o'-the-wisp,

phenomenon known also as ignis fatuus and jack-o'-lantern. It is seen at night as a pale, flickering light over marshland. There is no generally accepted explanation for it; it may result from the spontaneous ignition of gases (e.g., methane) produced by the disintegration of dead plant or animal matter, or it may be a form of phosphorescence. The eerie lights have given rise to many superstitions.
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the Spunkie, arrived here some months ago with a cargo of Polynesian laborers.
He's never sat on Spunkie before, but he's won on his only ride for me and I hope we can keep the 100 per cent record going.
Trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton will turn to O'Donohoe to partner the six-year-old in the second leg of the ''autumn double'' if, as seems likely, the weights stay down, leaving Spunkie on 8st 2lb.
Kieren Fallon is on Spunkie, which is worth a few pounds in itself at the moment, and they've got to have a chance again.
Tote: 6-1 Far Cry, 7 High And Mighty, 8 Travelmate, 10 Generosity, 12 Benatom, Gordi, Jaseur, 14 Arctic Owl, Rainbow Ways, Salmon Ladder, 16 Just In Time, Kahtan, 20 Ballet-K, Bay Of Islands, Dominant Duchess, Generous Terms, Life Of Riley, Raise A Prince, Spunkie, 25 bar.
Spunkie gave his trainer a first winner for 71 days after the stable had suffered from runny noses and coughing and can hit the right note again today.
Prior to Saturday, their highest price received was 22,000gns (pounds 23,100) for the bull Bailea Spunkie in May 2003 at Carlisle.
Third in the 1998 renewal, Spunkie was well held the following year and was then off through injury.
However Fulke Johnson Houghton is praying for rain for Spunkie, who ran well below his form in the Ascot Stakes, finishing a distant 21st.
he should be too good for the likes of Spunkie and Invermark.
He ran leading Cesarewitch fancy Spunkie to haength, with the pair seven lengths clear, in a mile-and-three-quarter maiden at Salisbury and before that, Gedy Red finished one-and-a-quarter lengths second to Ivory Crown at Sandown in a race which has wor ked out well.
One or two Cesarewitch hopefuls run here, including a previous winner of this race in Spunkie, who is returning from a protracted period on the sidelines.