PROOF that the world has gone slightly mad is that the English stayer and cups hope Illustrious Blue, below, has joined the twitterverse, which the people at Australian Bloodstock who brought the seven-year-old Down Under have been employing with good humour. Yesterday’s offering. ”I thought that Australia was supposed to be warm and sunny – it’s wetter than a Glaswegian winter! As the locals say, ‘not happy Jan’.”

Illustrious Blue also has his own blog at http://illustriousblue.blogspot.com, where he is counting kangaroo sightings (currently zero). Australian Bloodstock brought him here for a crack at the cups, or as their press release says, ”to teach the locals a thing or two about class”

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