Robin Oakley

The turf | 17 January 2019

As the writer of a history of the festival, I have no doubt it is one of the best managed course in Britain As

‘Deer-stalking would be a very fine sport,’ W.S. Gilbert once observed, ‘if the deer had guns too.’ We who love jump racing have to acknowledge that there are plenty of folk out there who feel that horses, too, are helpless victims with no alternative but to hurl themselves at obstacles to profit heartless owners, trainers and riders.

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