Newbury

In praise of older horses – and their trainers

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Newbury is as fair a test for a racehorse as you can get with its galloping track and a wide-open…

Robin Oakley: Why Jeremy Clarkson should stick to cars

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Clarkson wrote recently about a day at Newbury. He declared: ‘Claiming that horses are different is like saying ants…

Bridge

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Well, I had a very merry Christmas thank you — and I hope you did too — but as usual…

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…

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…

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…

Thank the Lord for supersubs – especially ones who win horse races

20 August 2016 9:00 am

After 30 years in racing it is a little late in Rab Havlin’s career to suggest that he will suddenly…

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…

You don’t need a nose-tapping tipster to maximise your winnings

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Master golfer Gary Player had the perfect retort when a 19th-hole pundit on his fourth G&T declared, ‘It’s all down…

Christmas reading for racing folk

13 December 2014 9:00 am

‘Hang on a minute—he’s a bit wobbly,’ trainer Oliver Sherwood told photographers imploring him to stand with his winner when…

Sympathy for the bookies

19 April 2014 9:00 am

We all have to adjust to reality, like the lady who entered a Barbados bar having already enjoyed several gin…