USAIN Bolt is doing a number of high profile “gigs” around the world since retiring, writes DAVID ALLAN in his Monday column in the Turf Talk Newsletter.

Bolt hosts this or opens that. Not like a retired racehorse opening supermarkets – Red Rum and Desert Orchid did loads of those duties and drew massive crowds. Pocket Power might have done the same in Cape Town? But the sprinting human is on a much higher plane.

Yesterday, he was the Official Starter at the Austin Formula 1 Grand Prix in the US, spending the race in and around the “Brackley Boys” pit while the team anticipated the Constructors’ World Championship. The Bolt family friend Hamilton immaculately won his sixth U.S. Grand Prix out of seven, heading for his fourth World Title.

Three months on from now, the great sprinter will be a kind of Official Starter at the 2018 Sun Met.

Celebrity at the races often goes to show that the racing is brilliant anyway, and the celebrity joins in the enjoyment and endorses it. Usain Bolt is a celebrity and a half whose presence is a coup for the organisers that will surely enhance the event but let’s take the thought process a stage further…

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Photo: Associated Press.