Horse

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…

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.…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, one of the last stylishly mad people in Kenya

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia On Tristan Voorspuy’s hell-for-leather riding safaris across Kenya’s savannah, he cracked a bullwhip at predators that tried to eat…

Is not riding the new riding?

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Shoot me if I ever let slip I’ve been mucking out with rubber gloves and a dustpan and brush. As…

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…

The middle-class future is thousands of pounds worth of fines

3 December 2016 9:00 am

‘How was your week?’ I asked my friend as we rode our horses to Bookham Common. ‘Fine,’ she said. ‘Except…

Attacked by Liz Jones and Rod Liddle in the space of a week? I must be doing something right

8 October 2016 9:00 am

After a year dealing with estate agents I can only say: a plague on all their houses, except the one…

Dear Mary: I am treating friends to lunch, but they keep inviting others

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Q. A family of five from Brazil who are close friends of mine are visiting London next week. They have…

NHS GPs never, ever have the answers I am seeking

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘If you ask me,’ said the builder boyfriend, watching me hobble down the street as we set off for an…

My horse is a grassoholic

6 August 2016 9:00 am

One look at Grace when I went to get her in from the field, and I knew she had eaten…

I can’t afford to lose another friend to this referendum

9 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Of course, there will be no air quality now,’ said a friend, shaking her head over my support for Brexit.…

I am handmaiden to a foul-mouthed member of the royal family

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Some people call their house Dun Roamin’ to sum up their state of mind. After ten weeks ministering to my…

Jump-racing bids farewell to the great John Ferguson

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Writing a Turf column before the Cheltenham Festival, as the Spectator schedule requires, which you are reading only after the…