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22 July 2017 9:00 am

A woman I once encountered at the dining table whose prime years were clearly behind her described herself as ‘approaching…

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8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having spent three quarters of my life covering politics and the other quarter following racing, I am often asked what…

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24 June 2017 9:00 am

Back on the political beat with CNN for the general election, I was reminded how politics is now dominated by…

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10 June 2017 9:00 am

Nobody I know has ever been interviewed by an opinion pollster. Nor do I ever encounter anybody who has won…

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27 May 2017 9:00 am

Most racehorse trainers, those at least who didn’t have a legacy from Aunt Agatha to lubricate their way into the…

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13 May 2017 9:00 am

The longer Donald Trump sits there the better Ronald Reagan looks, not least because he had a sense of humour.…

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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…

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14 April 2017 11:00 pm

Every Grand National reminds me of a hero of my youth: Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, the 18th…

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1 April 2017 9:00 am

Bookmaker Paddy Power once famously declared, ‘Cheltenham is the best craic you can have and if you cannot look forward…

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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…

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4 March 2017 9:00 am

When the generals have lost heart and crept away from the battlefield it is hard for the ground troops to…

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2 March 2017 3:00 pm

When the generals have lost heart and crept away from the battlefield it is hard for the ground troops to…

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2 March 2017 3:00 pm

When the generals have lost heart and crept away from the battlefield it is hard for the ground troops to…

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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…

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16 February 2017 3:00 pm

The drumbeats are quickening ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and at this stage there really is no substitute for going…

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16 February 2017 3:00 pm

The drumbeats are quickening ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and at this stage there really is no substitute for going…

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4 February 2017 9:00 am

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

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2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

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2 February 2017 3:00 pm

Away from frosty Britain, lecturing my way across the Atlantic to Rio de Janeiro, life has been dominated more by…

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21 January 2017 9:00 am

You had to feel for ITV’s new racing team on their opening day at Cheltenham. It was cold, wet and…

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19 January 2017 3:00 pm

You had to feel for ITV’s new racing team on their opening day at Cheltenham. It was cold, wet and…

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19 January 2017 3:00 pm

You had to feel for ITV’s new racing team on their opening day at Cheltenham. It was cold, wet and…

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7 January 2017 9:00 am

The biggest oohs and aahs on the entertainment scene this winter were nothing to do with the ‘He’s behind you…

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5 January 2017 3:00 pm

The biggest oohs and aahs on the entertainment scene this winter were nothing to do with the ‘He’s behind you…

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5 January 2017 3:00 pm

The biggest oohs and aahs on the entertainment scene this winter were nothing to do with the ‘He’s behind you…