Robin Oakley

Racing books to get you through lockdown

Milo Corbett’s volume is a terrific addition to the treasure trove of royal racing anecdotage

Frankie Dettori riding Enable, the greatest mare most of us are ever likely to see, to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes from Crystal Ocean and James Doyle [Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images]

Who owns Altior? I ask because of the brouhaha over Nicky Henderson’s late withdrawal of his stable star, winner of a record-breaking 19 consecutive races over jumps, from last Saturday’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase. Official description of the chase course going was ‘soft, good to soft in places’. Nicky’s description was ‘a bottomless glue pit’ and he withdrew Altior despite the gelding’s proven ability to cope with normally soft ground.

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