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What do people get up to on gardening leave?

Write that novel? Clear the junk in the spare room? Some must even do some gardening. But Neil Simpson, the former Publicis London chief executive, has never really had green fingers, so decided to look at something much more dynamic when he was put on gardening leave in March. He bought a racehorse, and is now thought to be spending most of his time at the track. The colt, called Raffinn, recently had its first run at Lingfield, finishing a respectable seventh in a field of 11. A great hobby and a dream come true for Simpson, but whether he'll be able to afford it when his leave is over and a new job comes around is anyone's guess.

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