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Trainer Charlie Mann on the racing world
Why Cheltenham will be special this year
It was as if we’d never been away for the Flat season. On Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham…
Enough of these two-year-old babies and equine whippets racing over the length of a few suburban lawns. Not a moment…
He may, unusually, have a Cambridge economics degree but nobody in racing looks the part better than John Gosden. The…
‘Any fool can get a horse fit to run,’ I have been told by many a trainer. ‘It’s getting inside their minds that counts.’
Former US champion jockey Eddie Arcaro has entered the new Oxford Dictionary of Quotations with his comment, ‘When a jockey retires he becomes just another little man.’
Rider Mick Fitzgerald was asked by his careers master when still at school what he wanted to be.
It is before 7 a.m. in the office at Lambourn’s Kingsdown Stables
The late Jim Callaghan told a few of us one day about life in the House of Lords after being an MP in the Commons
Keeping thin enough to star in your sixties comes hard, and the recently sadly deceased George Melly once inquired of Mick Jagger why the rock supremo’s face was so lined. ‘Laughter lines,’ replied the Rolling Stone.
Arab mums, like British trainers, tend to wear rose-tinted spectacles
There is no cannier, or more careful, man in racing than Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby
George Bernard Shaw once asked a female acquaintance on a cruise ship, ‘Will you sleep with me for £10,000?’
Forget clipped hedges, purring security gates and decorated dovecotes
There was at least one game girl on the race train back from Newbury on Saturday. ‘You didn’t smell very…
What makes a successful racehorse trainer? Patience and an eye for detail.
Impressing your children, even when they are film directors of 30-plus, isn’t easy
While you don’t have to be a masochist to be a jump jockey it surely helps.
When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better
I was determined to make it to Champions’ Day at Newmarket
A vicar at a wedding I was at last week told of a driver who broke down with a lorryload of penguins