The turf

Robin Oakley: Let’s hear it for the girls

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It has been a good year for the girls. The filly Enable was the horse of the year, winning not…

The dark side of horse racing

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Spotting Mark Grant’s name on an Ascot racecard, I remembered a dashing young mop-haired rider I first encountered some years…

My hot tips for the jump season

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Richard Johnson may already have 100 winners in the bag, and Paul Nicholls may already have banked £750,000 worth of…

The founding father of bookmaking

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Imagine Ryan Moore getting caught on the line by a rival’s late spurt at the end of a Newmarket race…

The irony of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Racing’s finances depend on as many people as possible betting, so it seemed a touch ironic that Responsible Gambling Awareness…

The phenomenal Eve Johnson Houghton

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The mission was simple: take a load of garden refuse to the council dump and be back in time to…

In praise of fixed-odds betting terminals

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

Twitter trolls made a sporting tragedy so much worse

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing moves off the back pages only when its opponents have bad news to gloat over. Two examples lately have…

The making of a champion jockey

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I guess his mother may have called him Patrick, or even, when he was in trouble, ‘Patrick Joseph’, but in…

The team-event Shergar Cup is a money-spinner for Ascot

19 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Racing isn’t a team sport,’ the diehards used to tell us about the Shergar Cup, Ascot’s annual contest for three-rider…

A new addition to the pantheon of equine greats

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Khalid Abdullah, John Gosden and Frankie Dettori — owner, trainer and jockey — already figured among the great names of…

Great jockeys, young and old

22 July 2017 9:00 am

A woman I once encountered at the dining table whose prime years were clearly behind her described herself as ‘approaching…

Why hard Brexit is bad for horse racing

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having spent three quarters of my life covering politics and the other quarter following racing, I am often asked what…

Do the same rules apply to racing stars as to politicians?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Back on the political beat with CNN for the general election, I was reminded how politics is now dominated by…

On Derby day this year, irony was one of the big winners

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Nobody I know has ever been interviewed by an opinion pollster. Nor do I ever encounter anybody who has won…

The horse with glass legs

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Most racehorse trainers, those at least who didn’t have a legacy from Aunt Agatha to lubricate their way into the…

Our Twelve to Follow for this year’s flat

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The longer Donald Trump sits there the better Ronald Reagan looks, not least because he had a sense of humour.…

The ones to watch in the new Flat season

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Any of us can forget little things on leaving home in a hurry. To the chagrin of Mrs Oakley, who…

Aintree in a plaster cast and dodging IRA bullets: it’s all in a day’s jump-racing

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Every Grand National reminds me of a hero of my youth: Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, the 18th…

The secret of Ireland’s Cheltenham success

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Bookmaker Paddy Power once famously declared, ‘Cheltenham is the best craic you can have and if you cannot look forward…

My top tips for the Grand National

18 March 2017 9:00 am

If the championship for training jumpers went to a set of gallops rather than to a trainer it would not…

Kempton Park is being airbrushed from racing history

4 March 2017 9:00 am

When the generals have lost heart and crept away from the battlefield it is hard for the ground troops to…

Here are your bankers for Cheltenham

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The drumbeats are quickening ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and at this stage there really is no substitute for going…

Horse racing moves one step closer to the abyss

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

Can ITV save horse-racing?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

You had to feel for ITV’s new racing team on their opening day at Cheltenham. It was cold, wet and…