“I once mentioned to the head man at Ascot that I much admired the white stretch limo in No. 3 car park that regularly bounced up and down when the engine was off, and from which I had heard a pleasant female voice say, “It has been a business doing pleasure with you,” as an elderly man crept out of the rear door. Was it, I asked, part of the service at the royal meeting, or had private enterprise stolen a march? Also, was I, as a box holder for many years, eligible for a discount?” Clement Freud, Freud on Course
As his son Mathew Freud said at his recent funeral, “it was the writing that brought us closest to the man”, and Freud on Course, by Clement Freud, is a marvellous testament to his acerbic wit, appetite for the absurd and oblique take on the world.
The book will be published by Racing Post Books on 5 June ahead of the tribute race, the Investec Sir Clement Freud Memorial Stakes, to be run in his name on Sat 7 June, Derby Day.
Although the book will be centred around Clement Freud’s racing interest, it most definitely isn’t restricted to racing and covers many of the regular Freudian themes: food, old-age, gambling and laughter. The attached introduction to the book by Brough Scott, very aptly sums up the book’s content and soul – very much Clement Freud.
Freud on Course: The Racing Lives of Clement Freud also includes many of the jokes which formed such a popular part of his regular columns in the newspaper.
Priced £18.99, the book is available from www.racingpost.com/shop and at all good bookshops nationwide.