Ascot

Racing for the app generation

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Making racing profitable depends on getting information at the right time. In the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood two Saturdays ago…

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…

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…

The dangerous illusion of European identity

25 June 2016 8:00 am

European identity Sir: Alexander Chancellor (Long life, 18 June) echoes the widely accepted view of the European Union as a ‘bulwark…

The joys of jump racing

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Thank God for jump racing. The Flat has its glitz and speed and glamour, and we could not help but…

First he brought limp salad, and now it’s drizzling

The pitfalls of picnics (and how to avoid them)

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Strange, isn’t it, that despite having such famously terrible weather, we Brits are so fond of a picnic. It’s something…

Some horses go better for a woman

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Mrs Oakley returned from her latest book club with an uplifting story. The Mother Superior of an Irish convent was…

Age triumphs at Ascot

17 August 2013 9:00 am

As part of the after-dinner entertainment on a cruise ship recently, I encountered a couple of comedians. One claimed he…

Portrait of the week

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Home George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlined cuts of £11.5 billion from departmental spending for the tax-year beginning in…