Horse racing

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…

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…

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…

Why does sport work so well on radio?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The purest form of radio is probably sports commentating, creating pictures in the mind purely through language so that 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…

My racing books of the year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since I spent a morning on the gallops with the footballer-turned-racehorse trainer Mick Channon (he…

Seven trainers to watch

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Talking to Paul Nicholls earlier this season, I was shaken to hear the ultra-competitive champion trainer say that he wouldn’t…

Ruby Walsh riding Al Ferof at Cheltenham

Put away your silly hat, and discover the joys of jump racing

19 November 2016 9:00 am

‘A more thrilling, uplifting, glorious way of living has yet to be invented,’ the jockey John Francome said of National…

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…

Depression torments riders at every level

29 October 2016 9:00 am

‘He’s such a good competitor. He works so hard and he deserves it,’ said his predecessor Lewis Hamilton after Nico…

The Last Lion is one of next season’s stars-in-waiting

1 October 2016 9:00 am

There are few more compulsive reads in racing than the Kingsley Klarion, the in-house journal of Mark Johnston’s Middleham racing…

A book every racing-lover should own

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Say what you like about the St Leger — and I like it a lot — Doncaster’s finale to the…

The Annabel’s of bookmaking

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Bookmaking’s image has changed. Alongside the arrival of the betting exchanges, the evolution of the big names like Hills, Coral,…

Why horses win at Goodwood

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes the labels people give themselves are more than mere braggadocio. Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali if you must) really was…

What Brexit means for horse-racing

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Theresa May’s arrival at No. 10 is that it has given us back a…

The Nigel Farage response to officials at continental racecourses is not recommended

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I love Eclipse Day at Sandown, the first occasion in the year when the classy three-year-olds start taking on their…

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…

Not quite Dubai yet: Ascot racegoers last year

Betting on Royal Ascot? Here’s how to get an edge

11 June 2016 9:00 am

It’s time to scuttle under a rock if you are a Folkestone or Cornish crab: 7,000 of them will be…

Are women strong enough to win a horse race?

11 June 2016 9:00 am

How much strength do you need to win a horse race? Do women have enough? And if they don’t should…

Stick to your guns: classic weapons can yield an attractive return free of capital gains tax

The best things in life are capital gains tax free

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Some of the best things in life are free of capital gains tax

How to make a mint at the races this summer

14 May 2016 9:00 am

It has been a little like scraping from the plate as slowly as possible the last traces of Mrs Oakley’s…

Training the horse from hell

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments while reading this sprawling, ambitious novel when I thought I was reading a masterpiece. But at other…