Bunhill: Trendy young thing
Sunday 17 April 1994
When Dempster proved to be right, he published a picture of the cheque, duly made out to that worthiest of causes, the NSPCC. Unfortunately it was for pounds 1,100, and readers over fifty will recall that a guinea amounted - in decimal parlance - to pounds 1.05. So 1,000 guineas adds up, not to pounds 1,100, but to a mere pounds 1,050. History does not relate whether the tellers at the Midland, Ms Rowe's listening bankers, were equally young and ignorant and let the cheque through. Yet in real life, Dempster is surely old enough to remember the guinea and, as a racing man, must surely know the true value of that classic race, the One Thousand Guineas.
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