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Have you ever eaten horse meat?

I'd imagine the majority of the boeuf I've eaten in France might have been.

Which sporting figure is the greatest of the 20th century?

Muhammad Ali, without question.

What's your favourite painting?

Whistle jacket by Stubbs.

For what or whom would you go to war?

The Jockeys' Association v the British Horseracing Board over jockeys' sponsorship

What was the last film you saw and was it any good?

Saving Private Ryan. Great special effects.

Which new language would you like to learn and why?

I'd like to speak fluent French ... then retire to the south of France.

Who's your favourite author?


What was the best piece of advice you were ever given as you grew up?

Accept what you cannot change and change what you cannot accept and have the wisdom to know the difference.

Which sporting event would you pay pounds 500 to watch live?

The Monaco Grand Prix (obviously including flights and accommodation).

When did you last cry?

I'd imagine when Florida Pearl, a favourite, got beaten in the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup many felt like crying. Fortunately I resisted the temptation!

What's the most you've paid for a bottle of wine?

pounds 55 for a bottle of Montrachet. I was later refunded by the Racing Post as part of their prize for the "Ride of the year" award.

Nick Harris