The turf

My summer Twelve to Follow

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Usually in May I am still casting an enviously nostalgic eye backwards to Aintree and Cheltenham, reluctant yet to pack…

Kitty’s Light is the horse of the year

6 May 2023 9:00 am

John Trotwood Moore, one-time State Librarian of Tennessee, was a racist and defender of the Ku Klux Klan. But in…

The grand shame of the Grand National protestors

22 April 2023 9:00 am

When jockey Derek Fox came over from Ireland to join the Scottish stable run by Lucinda Russell and her partner,…

In praise of small racecourses

8 April 2023 9:00 am

Mrs Oakley not being a turfista, she rarely joins me on a racecourse expedition. But before we had a dog…

The turf

25 March 2023 9:00 am

The turf

11 March 2023 9:00 am

The turf

25 February 2023 9:00 am

The turf

11 February 2023 9:00 am

The turf

28 January 2023 9:00 am

The magic of Veterans’ Chase Day

14 January 2023 9:00 am

Like most people in racing I began 2023 down in the dumps, moaning about insufficient prize money, small fields and…

Ascot was a high-profile disaster for jump racing

26 November 2022 9:00 am

The government may for the moment have disbanded its circular firing squad, but racing has never shown a greater ability…

My Twelve to Follow over jumps

12 November 2022 9:00 am

The dozen recommended in May left us with a decent profit

Lesson to self: don’t put a bet on in autumn

29 October 2022 9:00 am

When things went wrong in his days running the Daily Mirror, the scoundrel Robert Maxwell used to shout: ‘Which effing…

The making of a Classics winner

15 October 2022 9:00 am

For a Radio Four programme she was hosting Clare Balding once had the idea that it would be fun to…

The lessons of Newmarket

1 October 2022 9:00 am

The swallows who nest yearly in my garage have agreed that ‘that’s enough baby-making for this year’, and started their…

My racing moment of the year

17 September 2022 9:00 am

It takes a little bit of magic to train any racehorse. It takes plenty of magic to keep a 13-year-old…

Goodwood was glorious but it highlighted the range of problems facing the sport

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Irish trainer John F. O’Neill owes the stalls handlers at Goodwood a good drink or two. In Ireland this season…

Is this the death of horse racing?

20 August 2022 9:00 am

I don’t miss too many from the political world I once inhabited but I was saddened by the death of…

This year, Glorious Goodwood had it all

6 August 2022 9:00 am

‘You’re being unfaithful,’ says the punter’s wife brandishing a note found in her husband’s suit pocket: ‘Dorothea 07440 521321.’ ‘No,…

Horse racing’s invisible heroes

23 July 2022 9:00 am

President George W. Bush used to quote his fellow Texan Robert Strauss who famously declared: ‘You can fool some of…

Why racing needs Frankie Dettori

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Heading for a holiday in Sardinia, I remembered that the last time we were there our engine-less, drifting boat was…

The joy of Royal Ascot

25 June 2022 9:00 am

In a disintegrating country, stuck for the moment with a Prime Minister who can’t see the difference between a proliferation…

How modesty triumphed in the Derby

11 June 2022 9:00 am

In the absence on her Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, such an avid Derby attender in the past, and following…