Robin Oakley

Robin Oakley writes The Spectator’s The turf column

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…

Lofty ambition: The High Line public park

The perfect way to spend two days in New York

4 August 2018 9:00 am

In Britain I never drink cocktails, but on arrival in New York it has become a ritual that my first…

The man who rode 2,300 winners

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 man who rode 2,300 winners

21 July 2018 9:00 am

For Coleridge, ‘…the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind…

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…

How to handle fickle racehorse owners

23 June 2018 9:00 am

On the famed Whitsbury gallops, as corn buntings and stonechats fluttered from the fence posts, a dozen of Marcus Tregoning’s…

The thoroughbred exists because of a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In the previous 17 runnings of the Derby this century no fewer than nine had been won by horses trained…

My hot tips for the Flat season to come

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In his days as a novice jockey in the West Country, Bob Davies, who was to ride more than 900…

There is no escaping the O’Brien factor

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I suppose, given the income and the opportunity to indulge, you could eventually tire of even Meursault, Mauritius and Mrs…

The Grand National proved the naysayers wrong – again

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When the photo finish confirmed that Tiger Roll and Davy Russell had held on to win the Grand National by…

I have to concentrate pretty hard on the Flat when the Grand National hasn’t even been run

14 April 2018 9:00 am

William Haggas’s Addeybb heralded the opening of the Flat season by winning the Lincoln Handicap on 24 March but I…

It was ladies first at Cheltenham

31 March 2018 9:00 am

At soggy Newbury last Saturday racegoers were still reliving memories of an epic Cheltenham Festival. ‘Were you there for that…

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…

How do you solve a problem like fixed odds betting terminals?

3 March 2018 9:00 am

You can tell by the tone of the jokes how most occupations are regarded and we’ve all heard the traditional…

What makes a champion jockey

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Write a few books and you have to listen politely at parties as people who have never opened yours tell…

Everyone is talking about the little girl from Devon

3 February 2018 9:00 am

If there hasn’t yet been a hurricane called Bryony there should be. The impact of Bryony Frost, just 22, this…

Why I’ll chain myself to an earthmover at Kempton Park

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I have never been one for system betting but one little piece of guidance returns to my mind at the…

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…

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…

The dark side of horse racing

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Spotting Mark Grant’s name on an Ascot racecard, I remembered a dashing young mop-haired rider I first encountered some years…

Improbable: a Sri Lanka grey hornbill

Forget temples and tea – Sri Lanka is all about its birds 

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Standing in sweaty silence for an hour on a precipitous sliver of muddy footpath above a waterfall may not be…

My hot tips for the jump season

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Richard Johnson may already have 100 winners in the bag, and Paul Nicholls may already have banked £750,000 worth of…

The founding father of bookmaking

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Imagine Ryan Moore getting caught on the line by a rival’s late spurt at the end of a Newmarket race…

The turf

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Racing’s finances depend on as many people as possible betting, so it seemed a touch ironic that Responsible Gambling Awareness…

The turf

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The mission was simple: take a load of garden refuse to the council dump and be back in time to…