A memorable Royal Ascot

29 June 2024 9:00 am

You tend to like a jockey who has just ridden you a 16-1 winner, as Callum Shepherd did last Saturday…

Why would Labour be anti-racing?

15 June 2024 9:00 am

Enjoying the election? It was a colleague from my days with CNN who alerted me during Donald Trump’s first contest…

Why experience beats flair at Goodwood

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Faced with a field of 13 two-year-olds in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies Stakes at Goodwood last Saturday…

Amo Racing’s Flat supremacy

4 May 2024 9:00 am

You don’t often walk into a racing yard and find the trainer engrossed with two owners –apropos of horse names…

The magic of Aintree

20 April 2024 9:00 am

However hard some people try to make it a business, jump racing remains a sport and the Grand National its…

In praise of Harry Cobden

2 December 2023 9:00 am

The fight over jockey saunas is heating up

26 August 2023 9:00 am

When the nine equine athletes involved in the seven-furlong contest for Newbury’s Saturday highlight, the Group Two BetVictor Hungerford Stakes,…

An extraordinary woman: The Art of Lucy Kemp-Welch, at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

In March 1913 two horse painters met at the Lyceum Club to discuss the establishment of a Society of Animal…

Her Majesty’s enduring love of dogs and horses

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Her Majesty’s love of dogs and horses

Everything’s burned to a crisp – and the horses are suffering

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Everything is well and truly burned to a crisp, and we are piling through hundreds of pounds of hay a…

The builder and I are done with Surrey

16 July 2022 9:00 am

As he grouted the last tile, five years after the bathroom was finished, I knew the game was up. ‘I…

Are the builder boyfriend and I falling apart?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

After the landowner told us to be out in three weeks, then admitted we had three months to move our…

The end of an era: after 20 years we must move our horses off the farm

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The letter arrived in a hand-addressed envelope, inside of which was a handwritten note. After everything we have been through,…

The ancient Greeks had no time for losers

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Every red-blooded Englishman has believed that exercise in the open air is the finest prophylactic against popery, adultery and the…

What’s a squashed dog between neighbours?

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Not long after he took on a smallholding for his cobs, the builder boyfriend found a couple walking through his…

Beware cars with National Trust stickers

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Always the National Trust sticker. It feels like every time a car parks across the gateway to my horses’ field…

If the office is ‘too dangerous’, why is everyone jetting off on holiday?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The whole of Surrey and south-west London seem to have gone abroad on holiday so I’ve got my sanity back.…