Robin Oakley

Robin Oakley writes The Spectator's The turf column

The early tragedy of the flat season

18 May 2024 9:00 am

The Flat season proper has opened with an almighty shock and a cruel tragedy. First City of Troy, the latest…

Amo Racing’s Flat supremacy

4 May 2024 9:00 am

You don’t often walk into a racing yard and find the trainer engrossed with two owners –apropos of horse names…

The magic of Aintree

20 April 2024 9:00 am

However hard some people try to make it a business, jump racing remains a sport and the Grand National its…

In praise of Harry Cobden

2 December 2023 9:00 am

The joy of jump-racing

4 November 2023 9:00 am

The turf

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The murky world of bloodstock agents

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Top owners are quitting horse racing because bookmakers nervous of a government and a Gambling Commission that know remarkably little…

The charm of Carmel races

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Racing at Cartmel probably began in the 15th century when Brother John wagered a mug of ale with Brother Cain…

The fight over jockey saunas is heating up

26 August 2023 9:00 am

When the nine equine athletes involved in the seven-furlong contest for Newbury’s Saturday highlight, the Group Two BetVictor Hungerford Stakes,…

Tom Marquand was the star of Goodwood

12 August 2023 9:00 am

On no course in Britain does jockeyship count for more than at undulating, tricksy Goodwood and although Frankie Dettori was…

Relief Rally put the Ascot heartbreak behind her at Newbury

29 July 2023 9:00 am

‘God it’s hot,’ said a Newbury waitress escaping into the lift from rain-soaked crowds jostling in the bars last Saturday.…

Paddington emerged victorious but Eclipse was an enthralling duel

15 July 2023 9:00 am

I should have listened to George Duffield. Sandown Park’s Eclipse Stakes, the first time the Classic generation of three-year-olds take…

Frankie gets his last Royal Ascot hurrah – in spades

1 July 2023 9:00 am

We all wanted Frankie to have a last Royal Ascot hurrah. In the end he got four, including a ninth…

The turf

17 June 2023 9:00 am