jump racing

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.…

Horse racing moves one step closer to the abyss

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

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…

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…

The Grand National a predictable affair? Not a bit of it

16 April 2016 9:00 am

With great victories in Flat racing you witness hats-in-the-air exultation. You see the pride of trainers who nurtured the winner…

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…

Why the north needs Red Rum

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The well-bred Sea Pigeon, who had finished seventh in the Derby when trained at Beckhampton by Jeremy Tree, was later…

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…

Why jockeys prefer riding on the Flat

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Getting to Goodwood last Saturday was an achievement in itself. On the Bank Holiday weekend I calculated a cross-country route…