The lounge is reminiscent of the British Raj with its lofty ceilings, old-fashioned punkah
fans, large comfortable armchairs and antique spice chests of mahogany and teak.
The nine-year-old, who is owned and trained by Penny Buckley from Caistor in Lincolnshire, made all the running and held on well to beat Punkah
by three lengths.
Yet in this novel of enigmatic opposites, where humble punkah
wallahs are gods and subalterns fraternize with supposed Indian reprobates, it seems fitting that this shadowy tale is wrought from the same mind that had once so eschewed irrational fictions.
No erotic drama now seems legitimate unless it is set on a plantation or culminates under a punkah
. Japanese political leaders, less restrained in expressing racist attitudes, have openly proclaimed the inferiority of other, especially black, peoples.
In the hot season, the wife was sent up to the hills with the ayah, the husband stayed behind with the punkah
wallah, but every evening he still changed for ``dinnah''.
Trainer John O'Shea breathed a sigh of relief after Punkah
took Paul Flynn another step down the road to being champion amateur with a decisive win in the seller.
After he made his return to action at Ascot on November 1, he quickly put himself back in the limelight with a double on Punkah
for Graham McCourt and Eulogy for Richard Rowe.
The victories of hotpots Zalotto in the maiden hurdle and Punkah
in the selling hurdle piled on the agony for the bookmakers.
Nazir disappointed last time after a couple of fair runs, Torn Silk is on a stiff mark judged on recent form, while Punkah
seems to have deteriorated since a profitable 1997.