The turf

Commercial approach

6 March 2014 3:00 pm

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

The Grand National needs kinder weather

22 February 2014 9:00 am

This year you don’t want to be a jockey’s valet. Never have their washing machines spun so vigorously. From every…

On course for thrills

20 February 2014 3:00 pm

This year you don’t want to be a jockey’s valet. Never have their washing machines spun so vigorously. From every…

Women simply don't understand sport's importance

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was once challenged with the story that for their wedding anniversary treat he had taken his…

Women’s ways

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was once challenged with the story that for their wedding anniversary treat he had taken his…

When lawyers take to racehorses

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Can you be both restless and content? Standing last week with Graeme McPherson on the viewing platform over his sharply…

Man with a plan

23 January 2014 3:00 pm

Can you be both restless and content? Standing last week with Graeme McPherson on the viewing platform over his sharply…

How jockeys play dirty

11 January 2014 9:00 am

At Christmas a friend from CNN sent me the story of a US officer on a European train. Searching for…

Talking dirty

9 January 2014 3:00 pm

At Christmas a friend from CNN sent me the story of a US officer on a European train. Searching for…

Why does Newbury alienate potential racegoers?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

You don’t realise how much your pleasures mean until you are denied them. It was wonderful to get back on…

Hennessy Day highlights

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

You don’t realise how much your pleasures mean until you are denied them. It was wonderful to get back on…

Christmas racing reading

7 December 2013 9:00 am

In one of those old Mae West films a girl admires her friend’s jewellery: ‘Goodness, what lovely pearls,’ only to…

Dirty rotten scoundrels

5 December 2013 3:00 pm

In one of those old Mae West films a girl admires her friend’s jewellery: ‘Goodness, what lovely pearls,’ only to…

Racing: Here are the 'Twelve to Follow' for winter

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Women truly are different. Recovering in a spare bedroom from the wonders of a hip replacement (don’t ever jump on…

Twelve to Follow

21 November 2013 3:00 pm

Women truly are different. Recovering in a spare bedroom from the wonders of a hip replacement (don’t ever jump on…

How the slowest horse won — and caused the biggest upset in Grand National history

9 November 2013 9:00 am

On a grey October morning, along a Berkshire lane leading up to the Ridgeway amid fields stuffed with pheasant, 30…

The day of fallers

7 November 2013 3:00 pm

On a grey October morning, along a Berkshire lane leading up to the Ridgeway amid fields stuffed with pheasant, 30…

The Qataris are influencing every aspect of racing

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Not having the odd £100,000 to spare, I had never before joined the world’s richest owners and their bloodstock agents…

True gamblers

24 October 2013 2:00 pm

Not having the odd £100,000 to spare, I had never before joined the world’s richest owners and their bloodstock agents…

The turf: bad-mane day for Tropics

12 October 2013 9:00 am

At the degenerative stage of a dinner party recently I heard related with perfect timing the tale of the gent…

Great expectations

10 October 2013 2:00 pm

At the degenerative stage of a dinner party recently I heard related with perfect timing the tale of the gent…

Dean Ivory — from mechanic and welder to enthusiastic and successful trainer

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Trainers used to come into racing with Aunt Agatha’s legacy after a short service commission, having probably worn a trilby…

Towering Ivory

26 September 2013 1:00 pm

Trainers used to come into racing with Aunt Agatha’s legacy after a short service commission, having probably worn a trilby…

Robin Oakley: Henry Candy's brilliant bargains

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Cape Peron was my easiest choice for our Twelve to Follow. When Henry Candy smiles his gentle smile, as he…

Hot Candy

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

Cape Peron was my easiest choice for our Twelve to Follow. When Henry Candy smiles his gentle smile, as he…