SIR Michael Caine regrets his father dying when he was just starting out as an actor - because the British movie veteran never got the chance to take him to the horse races.

Caine was a struggling actor when his dad died, and now he wishes his father had lived a few more years and had the chance to enjoy his Windsor mansion, which backs onto one of England's greatest racetracks.

He says, "My father was a great horse-race gambler and I eventually bought a house which was right next door to Windsor racetrack.

"I shared a small fence with the racetrack, and in it was a gate. The deed to the house said that I had the right to take people through that gate into the racetrack for free. It would have been my father's idea of paradise."

11/02/2004 09:23