Belatedly we discover a racehorse in the US by the name of Wanstead. How the existence of this animal could have escaped Wansteadium’s notice is a mystery – we have some of the finest Google alerts going – but it seems we have.
So we’re sad to report that this fine beast, a six-year-old gelding, ran in a race at the Aquaduct racetrack in New York on Saturday, but broke its right front leg and fell at the start of the race. It was put down there and then. Or “euthanized”, as the Americans put it.
Commiserations all round. It would have been fun to have a horse to follow.