The saviours of racing

8 February 2020 9:00 am

I was once at a racing dinner in York where a distinguished clergyman in attendance was invited to say grace.…

The dark world of Victorian horse racing

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Two hours after showing her father, the Marquess of Anglesey, the wedding dress in which she was to marry the…

Excessive gambling is dangerous – a flutter on the horses is not

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Sorry is allegedly the hardest word to say — so Carolyn Harris, chair of the all-party parliamentary group studying gambling-related…

Rich Ricci, former executive chairman of BetBright. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer

While some bookies behave admirably, the BetBright debacle is a disgrace

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Encountering a generous-hearted bookmaker is normally as rare an occurrence as finding a picture of the Duchess of Sussex without…

How do you solve a problem like fixed odds betting terminals?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

You can tell by the tone of the jokes how most occupations are regarded and we’ve all heard the traditional…

Bang her up! Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom in Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game

If this is Aaron Sorkin’s riposte to those who criticise his portrayal of women, God help us

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Molly’s Game marks the directorial debut of Hollywood’s most celebrated screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, and is based on his adaptation 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 Telemachuses: even quirkier than the Addams family

21 October 2017 9:00 am

This delightfully good-humoured novel is the sort of genre scramble that doesn’t often work: there’s a bit of 1990s family…

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…

Spread your bets on Theresa May’s majority

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Where’s all the unpredictability in politics gone? After the hubbub about a ‘crisis of liberalism’ and the thrills of punting…

The strange cases of Mr Justice McCardie

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Justice McCardie was anything but a conventional High Court judge. He left school at 15 and was called to the…

So far so good with my racing punts... maybe I should quit while I’m ahead

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Spectator Money last November, I wrote about Equotion, an algorithm gambling service or ‘Sports Betting Disrupter’ which promises customers…

Dinner with Enoch Powell's postman

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Dr Ivan Mindlin was the in-house casino doctor at the Stardust in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. Mention any…

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…

The therapeutic effects of Modafinil and a mob doctor

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Still depressed, or, as Matthew Arnold put it, ‘the foot less prompt to meet the morning dew’, I got out…

Will ‘Big Data’ turn out to be the punter’s new best friend?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Technology is making gambling more like stockbroking — and stockbroking more like gambling. Gamblers today often sound like City boys…

The puritan in Theresa May will kill horse-racing

12 November 2016 9:00 am

When Theresa May came to power the Turf community was full of hope. Had she not been, if only briefly…

Every shot logged and compiled: Wayne Rooney at Euro 16

What are the odds on that? How technology has transformed the betting industry

9 July 2016 9:00 am

BETTING - Mobile betting apps, big data and mind-boggling algorithms have transformed gambling, says Mark Davies

The Racing Levy stinks. So why can't we replace it?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Forced to depart Ascot earlier than usual to fulfil a cruise lecture booking on the fjords, I hadn’t reckoned with…

George Stubbs’s painting of Eclipse, the outstanding English 18th-century thoroughbred

How racing finally became respectable

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Queen Victoria disapproved heartily of the racing set and of her son Bertie’s involvement in the sport. But she must…

Virtual reality versus real reality: wisdom (and motorcycle maintenance) from Matthew Crawford

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bit of Kant, bit of Kierkegaard, bit of motorcycle maintenance. That’s one take on The World Beyond Your Head, Matthew…

The missed New Year opportunities I would have rowed the Atlantic for

10 January 2015 9:00 am

 Gstaad The very end of 2014 laid an egg, and an expensive one at that. I missed David Tang’s bash…

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which…

Why I’m glad there’s no British Las Vegas

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I didn’t realise that the Rialto Bridge has a moving walkway and muzak, that the gondolas beneath it float on…

A casino clash worthy of James Bond reaches its climax in the High Court

11 October 2014 9:00 am

A casino drama worthy of a Bond film arrives in the High Court