"It's not like Totopoly," one guest at yesterday's launch reminisced. "In that it took you two hours to get a horse to the post, and then the race itself was another hour and a half. It would have been easier to get a runner in the Derby."
The designers of "And They're Off!", however, have a quick-fix Nineties attention span in mind. Deal the cards, place your bets and away you go. The claim that "it can be played by anyone from the age of seven" surprisingly overlooks the potential of the infant-school market.
Play it with the family at Christmas, meanwhile, and there can be little doubt that your techno-nerd second cousin will quickly discover a flaw in the betting system, and clean everyone out in a matter of minutes.
It is all harmless fun, of course. Unless, that is, anyone should swallow the notion that "it is just like the real thing". If it were, we would all find something better to do on Gold Cup day, and the terraces at Cheltenham would stand silent.Reuse content