So this gives me as much pleasure as winning the Dubai World Cup with Singspiel
For instance, alongside a German play being given at the court theatre one evening in June 1776, a citizen of Vienna had the choice of attending a German Singspiel
at the Karntnertortheater, four German comedies, sung works and pantomimes in the suburban theatres, animal baiting in the amphitheatre and two grand firework displays.
The 1,800 metres Singspiel
Stakes, a lead-up race to the $6 million (Dh22 million) Dubai Turf on World Cup Day, has risen from being a Listed race to a Group 3 contest.
By the time Singspiel
was winning those races Godolphin had already announced itself with a big bang, meaning that over the following years the maroon and white began to disappear from public view.
, like vintage wine, improves with age and travels exceptionally well.
His attention to detail and determination were rewarded when his five-year-old bay horse, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Singspiel
, was first past the post.
Swain was an almost unconsidered 16-1 chance in an outstanding field for the 1997 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, betting on which was dominated by a back-to-form Helissio, the previous year's runaway Arc winner, and Singspiel
, who was on a four-timer following exceptional performances in the Japan Cup, Dubai World Cup and Coronation Cup.
Having finished second over a mile at Ascot last month, Michael Jarvis's daughter of Singspiel
ran a sound race when stepped up to 10 furlongs for the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar 16 days later.
filly enjoyed a dream run under Sanders in the extended ten-furlong event.
The gelding won the John Smith's Magnet Cup at York in 1995 when trained by Martin Fetherston-Godley and was third to Singspiel
in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown the following season.
Or so I thought, until I read through our New Stallions supplement in Friday's paper and it struck me that Singspiel
was the damsire of no fewer than three new recruits this year - Caspar Netscher, Debussy and Helmet.
But my mind constantly keeps going back to 1997, the year Darley's magnificent flag-bearer Singspiel
won the race for His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.