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will-o'-the-wisp

(wĭl′ə-thə-wĭsp′)
n.
1. See ignis fatuus.
2. A delusive or misleading hope.
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Many unsuspecting travellers are said to have perished in the neighbourhood's moss-mantled marshes lured to a dreadful demise by the sneering Spunkie.
the Spunkie, arrived here some months ago with a cargo of Polynesian laborers.
"I wouldn't blame Kieren Fallon, who rode Spunkie that day, as he was more alive to the situation than most.
After he disappointed twice in the spring, his astute trainer wisely put Spunkie away for the summer, knowing that he always thrives on an Autumn campaign - which is how it is shaping up at the moment.
Trainer Fulke Johnson Houghton will turn to O'Donohoe to partner the six-year-old in the second leg of the ''autumn double'' if, as seems likely, the weights stay down, leaving Spunkie on 8st 2lb.
Kieren Fallon is on Spunkie, which is worth a few pounds in itself at the moment, and they've got to have a chance again.
This 3/4 bred, 13-month-old Limousin steer was sired by Bailea Spunkie and is out of a Lim cross cow Elfed Williams also met with success in the steers when leading Jock the Cock to a class win and Overall Reserve Intermediate Steer section title.
Spunkie will relish the ground conditions in the Tote Exacta Handicap Hurdle (2.50) and, on hurdling form, can give Guard Duty a stern test in receipt of 11lb.
Last year's 1-2-3, namely Spirit Of Love, Etterby Park, and Spunkie, are all entered again and I know connections of Spunkie are very hopeful if the ground is softish.
SPUNKIE: Fine third in last year's Cesarewitch but disappointing so far this season.
Ladbrokes: 6-1 Far Cry, 7 High And Mighty, 8 Travelmate, 12 Arctic Owl, Benatom, Gordi, Jaseur, 14 Dominant Duchess, Generosity, 16 Just In Time, Kahtan, Life of Riley, 20 Ballet-K, Rainbow Ways, Raise A Prince, Salmon Ladder, Spunkie, 25 bar.
His stable companion held on by a short head for second place from Spunkie.