The turf

Some horses go better for a woman

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Mrs Oakley returned from her latest book club with an uplifting story. The Mother Superior of an Irish convent was…

Girl power

21 August 2014 1:00 pm

Mrs Oakley returned from her latest book club with an uplifting story. The Mother Superior of an Irish convent was…

Goodwood is Ascot without the vulgarity, Aintree without the spray tans

9 August 2014 9:00 am

If I get to choose where to spend my last day on earth it will probably be at Glorious Goodwood.…

It is glorious at Goodwood

7 August 2014 1:00 pm

If I get to choose where to spend my last day on earth it will probably be at Glorious Goodwood.…

A day with the West Ilsley trainer Denis Coakley

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Through a stormy July weekend our task was to prevent four feisty grandchildren from murdering or mutilating each other before…

An eye for quality

24 July 2014 1:00 pm

Through a stormy July weekend our task was to prevent four feisty grandchildren from murdering or mutilating each other before…

Ralph Beckett's winning way with the fillies

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Fretful horses who waste their energies — and often their racing potential — ceaselessly pacing their stable dormitories are known…

Fit as a filly

10 July 2014 1:00 pm

Fretful horses who waste their energies — and often their racing potential — ceaselessly pacing their stable dormitories are known…

Yes, I'm biased – but this was a great Royal Ascot

28 June 2014 9:00 am

The one sight I was determined not to miss at Royal Ascot was that of the Queen from over the…

Winning ways

26 June 2014 1:00 pm

The one sight I was determined not to miss at Royal Ascot was that of the Queen from over the…

Cambridge, meet your first professor of racing lore

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Watching the contestants parade at Epsom for this year’s Oaks, I remembered the great D. Wayne Lukas’s pronouncement on selecting…

Epsom delights

12 June 2014 1:00 pm

Watching the contestants parade at Epsom for this year’s Oaks, I remembered the great D. Wayne Lukas’s pronouncement on selecting…

Will racing waste its Scoop6 jackpot?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Eight people became millionaires last Saturday, collecting £1,342,599 each when the Scoop6 bet, which had been rolled over for 12…

Confidence boost

29 May 2014 1:00 pm

Eight people became millionaires last Saturday, collecting £1,342,599 each when the Scoop6 bet, which had been rolled over for 12…

My 12 tips for the racing year

17 May 2014 9:00 am

In sport, winning is everything. Come second and only your parents and the dog remember. Most readers will have forgotten…

Twelve to Follow

15 May 2014 1:00 pm

In sport, winning is everything. Come second and only your parents and the dog remember. Most readers will have forgotten…

Own up, Twelve to Follow fans – which of you sabotaged my BMW?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Mrs Oakley takes a dim view of my using the BMW that consumed much of her savings to ferry sacks…

Settling up

1 May 2014 1:00 pm

Mrs Oakley takes a dim view of my using the BMW that consumed much of her savings to ferry sacks…

Sympathy for the bookies

19 April 2014 9:00 am

We all have to adjust to reality, like the lady who entered a Barbados bar having already enjoyed several gin…

Taxing questions

16 April 2014 1:00 pm

We all have to adjust to reality, like the lady who entered a Barbados bar having already enjoyed several gin…

Why the other jockeys love Jamie Moore

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the parade ring just after Sire De Grugy had won this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase, I found myself…

True sportsmen

3 April 2014 2:00 pm

In the parade ring just after Sire De Grugy had won this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase, I found myself…

Comebacks, longshots and cruel disappointments: what makes Cheltenham Festival great

22 March 2014 9:00 am

No sporting event anywhere compresses so much drama, emotion and character into a single venue as the Cheltenham Festival. It…

A Cheltenham of contrasts

20 March 2014 3:00 pm

No sporting event anywhere compresses so much drama, emotion and character into a single venue as the Cheltenham Festival. It…

How Paul Bittar has kept British racing together

8 March 2014 9:00 am

British racing is such a quirky minefield that some were surprised when in 2011 the authorities chose Paul Bittar, a…