Racing

Trainer Neil Mulholland at Exeter Racecourse.Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Why we need to support middle-ranking trainers

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Owner Phil Simmonds from Rochdale was 17 when he first went racing, joining a friend’s stag party at Haydock Park.…

Bryony Frost riding Frodon to win the BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham Credit: Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

My miraculous winning streak

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Last Saturday morning, Mo Gawdat, former chief business officer at Google, was on the radio explaining his algorithm for happiness,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Georgie Lane-Godfrey edges past Camilla at the finish

It was my first real horserace on my first real thoroughbred... but how had I done?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The thrill of racing a real thoroughbred at Goodwood gets Camilla Swift  hooked

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…

Doing The Birdie Song on the back of a trainee racehorse

9 January 2016 9:00 am

‘Start at the back and try to pass as many horses as you can,’ said the trainer, as we stepped…

Eclipse, foaled in 1764, was an ancestor of 95 per cent of thoroughbredsracing today

The dream – or nightmare – of owning a racehorse

3 October 2015 9:00 am

SPEND IT WITH STYLE: Owning a racehorse is all about high expense and higher hopes

Paula Radcliffe is a victim of our hypocrisy and confusion about drugs and sport

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Do you want to see Paula Radcliffe’s blood? If so, you’re not alone. Radcliffe, three-time winner of the London Marathon…

Siena shows that northern Italy is just better at getting drunk

12 September 2015 9:00 am

The Indian summer was still fending off the mists and mellow fruitfulness. But the autumn term was about to begin;…

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…

Who will fund a prize for the true fighter pilots of the Turf?

4 April 2015 9:00 am

After listening to a violinist’s justification of his playing, Dr Samuel Johnson responded tartly: ‘Difficult do you call it, Sir?…

I held my breath ready for the explosion. But no explosion came

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Darcy was obviously listening to every word I said. After we got back from the ride from hell, in which…

A lot of animal lovers go on about how great it is to rescue a horse from the racing industry

14 March 2015 9:00 am

All was going suspiciously well with the thoroughbred. I suppose it had to be the calm before the storm. I…

Racing’s biggest issue is the decline in field sizes

7 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I don’t want to seem unromantic,’ said Mrs Oakley as St Valentine’s Day approached, ‘but this year please don’t buy…

Women simply don't understand sport's importance

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was once challenged with the story that for their wedding anniversary treat he had taken his…

Dear Mary: How can I hide my tattoo from the in-laws?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a tattoo the length of my forearm and am worried it will alienate my new boyfriend’s parents…

Henry Cecil, by Brough Scott - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

This is by far the best book on racing I have ever read. It combines a truly extraordinary story —…

Will the Guardian and the Independent kill the Grand National?

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Too many racing correspondents have an anti-hunt racing agenda

Determined force

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Racing for me is all about hope, although the Irish training wizard Mick O’Toole did once declare, ‘Racing is a…

The turf: Star crossed

22 January 2011 12:00 am

Robin Oakley surveys The Turf