The turf

Does horse-racing have a future?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Asked, after his Imperial Aura’s impressive win in the Northern Trust Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, if he…

Cheltenham Festival was a triumph

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The socialite MP Chips Channon once noted in his diaries his feelings about an after-lunch snooze in parliament’s Library: ‘It…

The magic of Cheltenham Festival

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Every time the Cheltenham Festival looms, I recall a remarkable experience. It was already 25 years since Dawn Run’s recovery…

Cyrname was lucky to survive his shocking fall at Ascot

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Few jumpers have a better record at Ascot than the Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname. He triumphed in the Betfair Chase at…

The saviours of racing

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

I was once at a racing dinner in York where a distinguished clergyman in attendance was invited to say grace.…

The trainer who gives the big boys a run for their money

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Racing’s New Year began well with the award of OBEs to both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, showing that they…

The battle for the future of Flat racing

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The master plan in acquiring our flatcoat retriever puppy Damson was that as folk no longer with full-time jobs we…

Farewell to Australia’s greatest horse

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Storm clouds may be rumbling over racing’s future financing in terms of gambling legislation but 2019 offered no shortage of…

The election won’t bring any joy to the racing community – whatever the outcome

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Whatever the outcome of the election on 12 December, it is unlikely to bring joy to the racing community. Conservatives…

Cheltenham was the perfect antidote to election politics

23 November 2019 9:00 am

I can only be sorry for the 67,496,581 citizens of the UK who were not at Cheltenham last Saturday. For…

The best thing about autumn is the return of jumping

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Never mind Keats’s mists and mellow fruitfulness, or even that glorious autumnal odour of wet dog — a regular accompaniment…

The dark world of Victorian horse racing

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Two hours after showing her father, the Marquess of Anglesey, the wedding dress in which she was to marry the…

When nice guys come first

28 September 2019 9:00 am

With shorter days and leaves falling, I begin to itch for the more sporting, less obviously commercial world of jump…

Excessive gambling is dangerous – a flutter on the horses is not

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Sorry is allegedly the hardest word to say — so Carolyn Harris, chair of the all-party parliamentary group studying gambling-related…

All is not well in the murky world of bloodstock sales

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Carried away on a day at the races a successful businessman bid for and bought a horse from a seller.…

Time’s they are a-changing: Khadijah Mellah wins the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood on Haverland – the first Muslim woman to ride a competitive race in a hijab

Why do race-goers have to subsidise the post-sport entertainment?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before this year’s Shergar Cup meeting all I had seen of Australian flat jockey Mark Zahra was a memorably painful…

Frankie Dettori aboard Enable, the greatest filly ever

Saturday’s King George was the finest contest I have ever seen on a racecourse

3 August 2019 9:00 am

It is stupid to become attached to inanimate objects but when modern technology finally forced me to ditch the Olivetti…

One to watch: the 5lb claimer Theodore Ladd

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Newmarket’s wisest trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, once noted: ‘The greyhound is propelled through the pain barrier by its desire to…

Rising star Nicola Currie riding Raising Sand to victory at Ascot Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer / Getty Images

Why female jockeys are a better bet

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When Hayley Turner was made, she wasn’t just given a competitive spirit, a sensitive pair of hands and excellent balance.…

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…

Why the Derby is the ultimate test

8 June 2019 9:00 am

There is a danger that memories of the 2019 Epsom Derby will be swamped by statistics. By training his seventh…

In praise of older horses – and their trainers

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Newbury is as fair a test for a racehorse as you can get with its galloping track and a wide-open…

Farewell to the greatest jump jockey of all time

11 May 2019 9:00 am

So the Silver Fox has called it a day. We will never see Ruby Walsh, the man whom even Sir…

The genius of Henry Cecil

27 April 2019 9:00 am

There are people I know who regard racing as a cold-hearted business that exploits animals and achieves little besides putting…

The Grand National is one of the great days out

13 April 2019 9:00 am

If you’ve never been to a Grand National and are approaching an age when it is appropriate to list ten…