The turf

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…

Poor prize money is killing British horseracing

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Seeing Fully Wet win the European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday was a genuine source of pleasure,…

The art of picking winners

14 May 2022 9:00 am

‘Some of our players can hardly write their names,’ moaned one leading football manager. ‘But you should see them add…

The unacknowledged stars of the jump season

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The Irish aren’t just good at winning horse races: they are in the Super League when it comes to celebrating…

The glorious return of the Grand National crowd

16 April 2022 9:00 am

How wonderful after three years to have the crowds back to enjoy the glorious concoction of skill, bravery, razzmatazz and…

The British shone at Cheltenham

2 April 2022 9:00 am

For Barbara and Alick Richmond, Living Legend’s game 12-1 victory in Kempton’s 1m 2f Magnolia Stakes last Saturday was their…

He knew a swan from a duck: remembering Andy Turnell

19 March 2022 9:00 am

You don’t always have to win to enjoy it. At the end of the £100,000 Paddy Power Imperial Cup at…

My top tips for Cheltenham Festival

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Even when the authorities were refusing Milton Harris the right to renew his training licence after he got his finances…

The young trainer Sam Drinkwater is one to watch

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Certain sections of the media love to run a knocking story and when champion trainer Paul Nicholls’s horses failed to…

Clash of the two-mile titans

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The engine wasn’t what it was, they said. At ten years old the spark that had once made him a…

The new Tote is a ray of hope for British racing

22 January 2022 9:00 am

There is nothing like visiting a stud early in the foaling season. As amiable mums-to-be saunter up to the paddock…

The turf

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Seen any groundhogs your way? In racing the New Year began much as the old one had ended. At Cheltenham’s…

British horse racing’s debt to the Middle East

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A joyful Saturday at Ascot recently reminded me that when the old Hurst Park Racecourse (near Hampton Court Palace) closed…

The culture of the weighing room needs to move with the times

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In the first such case for 20 years, former rider Freddy Tylicki, paralysed and wheelchair-bound since his mount Nellie Dean…

A feast of feelgood emotion

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ascot’s image is all champagne and fascinators, high society and high rollers. Said Art Buchwald: ‘Ascot is so exclusive that…

My tips for this season and a look back at our Flat Twelve

13 November 2021 9:00 am

There are Flat people and there are jumping people. People like the late Captain Tim Forster, trainer of three Grand…

A brace of new books worth the space in any racing library

30 October 2021 9:00 am

In 1986 a young Mark Johnston, having acquired a derelict yard on the Lincolnshire coast, phoned the Jockey Club to…

Charlie Appleby is the trainer to beat

16 October 2021 9:00 am

I know what Keats was on about with his mists and mellow fruitfulness, but autumn is less of a joy…

The making of a racehorse trainer

2 October 2021 9:00 am

My best fun, through ten years reporting European politics for CNN, was bumping around the Continent with sparky young producers…

My Arc de Triomphe tips

18 September 2021 9:00 am

The emphasis may all be on speed horses these days, with breeders interested only in horses that struggle to get…

The importance of second chances

4 September 2021 9:00 am

A Sandown Saturday proved the perfect send-off for 12 raceless days on the otherwise wonderful Isle of Mull. A Frankie…

A great contest without the skulduggery of the past

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Taking a day off racing to enjoy Joe Root’s regal 180 not out against India on the third day of…

Proper racing is back at last

7 August 2021 9:00 am

At last proper racing is back. Through the long days of lockdown horses and jockeys have still given their all…

Jockeys suffer online abuse just like footballers

24 July 2021 9:00 am

At least England’s defeat in the European Cup final has spared us the sight of Boris Johnson, who can scent…