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punkah

A type of fan (used in Asia, esp. in India) in the form of a swinging screen; consists of cloth stretched on a rectangular frame, hung from the ceiling and kept in motion by a cord pulled by a servant.
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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.
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.
So far Maxse, like Pipe before him, has performed with impeccable efficiency; but there still remains a faction who insist it is only a matter of time before he says something he thinks himself rather than the things he has been told to say they think-and then who knows what sort of ordure may collide with the automatic punkah wallah?