Horse

A no-deal Brexit could cripple horse-racing

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Racing is full of risk-takers, not least those who fork out hefty sums to buy yearlings or unraced two-year-olds. Back…

The joy of a rainy Newbury

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Mill Reef, who won the Derby, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Eclipse and the King George by far…

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 happiest Royal Ascot in memory

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Let’s get the crowing over first. The returns from our Twelve to Follow over jumps last season were somewhere well…

My hot tips for the Flat season to come

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In his days as a novice jockey in the West Country, Bob Davies, who was to ride more than 900…

My name’s Melissa and my horse is a grassoholic

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Laminitis is a lot like alcoholism. Once you cross the line you can’t go back. ‘My name’s Gracie and I’m…

The women who are turning horses into dogs

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The first time I saw a woman leading a horse down the lane on a lead, both she and it…

There is no escaping the O’Brien factor

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I suppose, given the income and the opportunity to indulge, you could eventually tire of even Meursault, Mauritius and Mrs…

Save me from middle managers dressed up as Spiderman

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘You’ve got your essay on your back, then?’ said the stable yard owner as I headed out with Darcy on…

The Grand National proved the naysayers wrong – again

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When the photo finish confirmed that Tiger Roll and Davy Russell had held on to win the Grand National by…

Save me from stupid women

17 March 2018 9:00 am

We live in a cynical world. One cannot simply advertise something for sale and expect people to believe what one…

Do horses really need solariums and therapeutic rugs?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

In the days when it was fashionable to mock the IQ of an American President who had taken the showbiz…

My unhealthy obsession with Brian May

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘I bet Brian May isn’t lying on his back in a field shelter wondering how long it’s going to take…

My horse is a psychopath — and you’d better believe it

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Why do people find it so hard to believe that a horse can be a psychopath? Not an obvious, screaming…

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…

My horse is a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Reggie Kray

9 December 2017 9:00 am

While the vet was checking Gracie, I asked him to take a look at Tara, the old chestnut hunter. Just…

I’ve seen the new face of veterinary medicine – and I don’t like it

2 December 2017 9:00 am

After a week of cold hosing, I decided I would have to get the vet to the small swelling on…

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…

Life is tough at the bottom of the equality heap

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The incident I am about to recount I make no judgment about, other than that I believe it tells us…

Are my horses conspiring against me?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

When it comes to horses, troubles come in multitudes. Multitudes of lame legs. Gracie, the hunter pony, kicked things off…

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…

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…

My horse has no taste for the high life

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Darcy is high-maintenance, so I decided to leave her in the posh livery yard, with its luxuriant shavings beds and…

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…

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…