Royal Ascot

In praise of geldings

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson, Remainers might like to be reminded, does sometimes change his mind under pressure. Some years ago, as editor…

Hang on to your hat – they’re making a comeback

8 June 2019 8:00 am

‘Thank goodness for racing,’ says Rachel Trevor-Morgan. She is a milliner — a hat maker — so it’s no surprise…

The power of Sir Michael Stoute

4 August 2018 9:00 am

On a foggy November day in 1965 the young son of a Barbadian police chief was one of six contestants…

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…

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…

George Stubbs’s painting of Eclipse, the outstanding English 18th-century thoroughbred

How racing finally became respectable

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Queen Victoria disapproved heartily of the racing set and of her son Bertie’s involvement in the sport. But she must…

Ryan Moore is the new Lester Piggott

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Nothing pleases the Royal Ascot crowd more than a winner for the meeting’s crucial supporter, the Queen. Imagine, then, the…

What is to be done about a world where everything is for sale?

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought by some flunkey representing…

Joan Collins’s diary: Why I gave up on Ascot – and where I go instead

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Can there be anything more perfect than early July in London, when the sun is shining, the sky a cloudless…

Yes, I'm biased – but this was a great Royal Ascot

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The one sight I was determined not to miss at Royal Ascot was that of the Queen from over the…

Royal Ascot triumph: Johnny Murtagh is the best trainer riding

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Ginger Rogers, clever girl, did everything that Fred Astaire did — but she did it backwards. I am looking backwards…

Royal Ascot is not the same without Henry Cecil

22 June 2013 9:00 am

For a moment it seemed incongruous reading obituaries in the same week of Sir Henry Cecil and of Esther Williams,…