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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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30 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing is an expensive sport to stage. Courses and grandstands have to be maintained, health and safety regulations have to…

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16 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing moves off the back pages only when its opponents have bad news to gloat over. Two examples lately have…

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2 September 2017 9:00 am

I guess his mother may have called him Patrick, or even, when he was in trouble, ‘Patrick Joseph’, but in…

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19 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Racing isn’t a team sport,’ the diehards used to tell us about the Shergar Cup, Ascot’s annual contest for three-rider…

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5 August 2017 9:00 am

Khalid Abdullah, John Gosden and Frankie Dettori — owner, trainer and jockey — already figured among the great names of…

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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…