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Inside the mind of 76 year old, early rising, ever enthusiastic, Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain

Questionnaire featured in the Racing Post Sunday

If you had to switch carers what job would you do? I’d retire

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Never change

Which race would you most like to win?

The Kentucky Derby – we finished second with Bold Arrangement in 1986.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

He hasn’t been born yet.

If there is one thing you could change about your life, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Who would you really like to meet?

I’ve been very lucky to have already met the people I most admire. HM The Queen and HM Sheikh Mohammed.

If you were taking someone racing for the first time, where would you go?

Yarmouth, as long as we could have lunch at The Seafood Restaurant.

Which is the best racecourse and which could do better? 

York is the best and the rest try their best.

What’s your favourite sport outside racing to watch?

And to play? Boxing to watch. Tiddlywinks to play.

Which sport won’t you watch?

Absolutely none.

Sum yourself up in five words.

Very happy with my life.

What or who really annoys you?

Misguided friends of owners.

What do you watch on TV?


Apart from, on which websites do you spend most time?


What was the last film you saw?

The Jungle Book.

And the last book you read?

The Programme Book of upcoming races.

Give us a playlist of your favourite five songs (and artists).

My Way (Frank Sinatra), Unforgettable (Nat King Cole), Monkey Man (Amy Winehouse), Land of Hope and Glory (any Welsh choir, Amazing Grace (any artist).

Give us a horse to keep an eye on.

Afsat, one of our higly rated three year olds.

A trainer to watch out for.

Charlie Hills, who starts tomorrow.

And a Jockey.

William Carson.

What was the best day of your racing life?

When Pebbles and Pat Eddery won the Breeder’s Cup at Aquaduct in 1985.

What’s the best bet you’ve ever had?

On Altasse Royale, trained by Noel Murless, whom I worked for in the 1971 Oaks. She helped me to start training.

Who’s your favourite horse?

Our dual Corination Cup winner Wartsan, who died from cancer at the age of eight.

You’re forced to have a tatto, what does it say?

Watch This Space.

Where would you recommend as a holiday destination and why?

For me, Carlburg stables, where I’m happiest. For anyone else, Dubai.

Best/worst subjects at school?

I’ve forgotten. I wasn’t there very often.

Which teams do you support?

Ipswich FC.

What’s your favourite restaurant or pub for a night out?

The Seafood Restaurant at Yarmouth.

What’s your favourite food? And drink?

Fish and San Pellegrino.

Apart from prize money, whats the first thing you would change if you took over racing?

The Programme Book.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a racecourse?

John McCririck.

Tell me something about yourself that only you know.

I’m sensitive.

You can save one prized possession, what is it?

My wife and dogs – she wouldn’t move without them.

What’s the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you?

I can’t remember, it couldn’t have been important.

What keeps you awake at night?

My 3:30am alarm call

Who’d be your four ideal dinner party guests?

Richard Hannas and his ‘child bride’, David and Jeni Sieff

And one to be maronned with on a desert island?

Jim Boiger, I’m sure he would work out a way to get us off the island


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