TOTTENHAM Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has made his latest signing – a racehorse named after a small shop in Bridlington.
The Spurs boss has bought Bygones In Brid, reportedly for £100,000, and put him in the care of one of the country’s leading national hunt trainers.
Spurs fan Peter Arnett, who owns the Bygones shop in Bridge Street, has bought the naming rights to four, and hopes the Premiership involvement will make this the most high-profile.
Bygones In Brid won its only race to date at Musselburgh and Mr Arnett said: “It won quite comfortably but we don’t really know what the standard of the opposition was.
“Obviously they have bought the potential, they must have a hunch. And when they bought it they wanted Alan King to train it, and he’s got hundreds of horses.
“He must be third or fourth in the pecking order for jumps horses.
“I’ve supported Tottenham Hotspur since they won the double in 1960/61 so it’s amazing that it is their manager who has bought the horse.
“I’ve emailed Harry but he’s not replied yet but obviously he’s a busy man.
“I’m not sure if I had been quite so happy if it had the Leeds United manager or some other team.
“But it is great that it is putting Bridlington on the map. Plenty of my customers come in and ask about how the horses are doing.”
Bygones Of Brid and Bridlingtonbygones both made it to the winners enclosure last season, but are suffering under the handicap system this time around.
Redknapp’s horse Bygones In Brid was due to run in a prestigious race at Newbury last weekend but the meeting was abandoned after two horses died of electric shocks, although there is talk of a run at the Cheltenham Festival.
Meanwhile, the fourth horse which Mr Arnett has named, five-year-old Bygones Sovereign, made its debut last week at Sedgefield when it was beaten into fourth place by the shortest of heads.
However all eyes will be on the horse which has taken Redknapp’s eye – and national newspapers have already shown an interest.
£100,000 might not be a lot in Premiership football terms, but it could be the best bargain football’s most notorious wheeler-dealer manager has bought.