PLUMPTON 5th Nov 2012
The traditional "Just Beware in the paddock" picture, on a part of the day that was uncharacteristically bright and sunny. The sign in the window helpfully reminded her of what the day was all about, although if she has not got the hang of why we go to Plumpton now, she never will.
"You with the pointy-clicky thing! Make sure you get my best side, because today it will be worth it." Take your choice whether that was said by Just Beware to the cameraman or Gemma to someone in the crowd.
In position to keep a wary eye on the leaders and the camera, just nearing the halfway point of the race.
The race is won, and two miles, or five minutes on, Just Beware still has that expression of quiet confidence about her (some would accuse her of seeming a little smug here...)
Cue great jollity all round, but Just Beware is a little star struck at the prospect of another meeting with the legendary Milton Johns.
"Pssst, can you get me Milton's autograph."
If we did have a caption competition, then this would probably be the picture used.
Ashmolian was in the last race of the day and thus the picture quality as sunset looms will take a sharper decline than the Greek economy.
Ashmolian wonders why we are bothering with a mere horse race when somebody appears to have detonated a nuclear bomb off to the south-west of the Plumpton.
It is not clear whether it is the orange windcheater or sky blue bobble hat, but there is something here that Ashmolian does not approve of
Wishformore, Lingfield Nov13 - would it be fair to say the degrees of confidence are varied?
Wishformore - Ready to go once Gemma is on board
A bit too keen to get to the front with a lap still to go in testing conditions
Lingfield Nov12 - the best thing about Carbis Bay's combination of a hood and cheekpieces is that they prevent Carbis Bay from seeing how nerd-like he appears when wearing them!
A good sign for Carbis Bay - no change at all in his demeanour when Gemma is on board.
Lingfield Nov12 - As the winning line is crossed, it is quite clear from this picture who was finishing fastest and who slowest. Sadly the result was that the slower you went, the higher you finished
After the Lingfield race, Lindsay's Dream has a severe attack of shyness
More from Lingfield - Jimmy and Gemma think Nozic should be concentrating on racing, but the horse himself is trying to do his best to be photo friendly
For a horse of his experience, Nozic is excessively surprised to find Zoe waiting for him after the race
Veteran Airedale Lad was back in action here, and went really well for a long way, until running out of puff late on
Just Beware is happy enough with second, Gemma is less impressed
Shropshirelass went around for most of the race with more spark than she showed in the parade ring - all about trying to lull the oppo into a false sense of security...
...but in terms of controlled excitement, the reaction of Tchang Goon to first sight of the doomed turf of Folkestone took some beating.
Something quite extraordinary was clearly happening behind the photographer. We shall never know what it was. Lindsays Dream may, of course, be uncertain of why she is at Lingfield on a day that had "abandoned" written all over it
Gemma will be autographing copies of the 27th Nov Lingfield racecard,* which starred her in a black and white mood shot on the cover, but on the website, we tend to go for something more prosaic. * The crowd was small, so they must have some spares knocking about.