The turf

Silviniaco answered his critics emphatically at Haydock

29 November 2014 9:00 am

‘I’m going for Al Ferof,’ said a suit in front of me in the Totepool queue at Ascot on Saturday…

The resurrection man

27 November 2014 3:00 pm

‘I’m going for Al Ferof,’ said a suit in front of me in the Totepool queue at Ascot on Saturday…

Robin Oakley's Twelve to Follow for 2015 (this year's came out ahead)

15 November 2014 9:00 am

November has never been my favourite month, not since the time when as a Rugby-playing student my face was rearranged…

The turf

13 November 2014 3:00 pm

November has never been my favourite month, not since the time when as a Rugby-playing student my face was rearranged…

Maybe Mrs Oakley is right: all my tips will come in second

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The novelist Anita Brookner once declared that in real life hares always beat tortoises: ‘Every time. Look around you. And…

Second best

30 October 2014 3:00 pm

The novelist Anita Brookner once declared that in real life hares always beat tortoises: ‘Every time. Look around you. And…

My first Arc de Triomph was a triumph

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Aboard our coach from Rouen to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe our lady guide put it succinctly:…

Treve triumphant

16 October 2014 2:00 pm

Aboard our coach from Rouen to Paris for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe our lady guide put it succinctly:…

These are the ones to watch in the Prix de l’Abbaye and the Derby

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Rightly, the authorities are doing all they can to find and discipline the disgruntled racegoer who threw a beer can…

Bronze Angel delight

2 October 2014 1:00 pm

Rightly, the authorities are doing all they can to find and discipline the disgruntled racegoer who threw a beer can…

When jockeys earn so little, temptation is not surprising

20 September 2014 9:00 am

While Mrs Oakley was patrolling the aisles in Waitrose one day recently, I slipped off into my local betting shop.…

Money, money, money

18 September 2014 1:00 pm

While Mrs Oakley was patrolling the aisles in Waitrose one day recently, I slipped off into my local betting shop.…

The making of a racing realist

6 September 2014 9:00 am

One of the greatest parliamentary sketch-writers of all time, Norman Shrapnel, made a point of never socialising with the politicians…

Wonder Wall

4 September 2014 1:00 pm

One of the greatest parliamentary sketch-writers of all time, Norman Shrapnel, made a point of never socialising with the politicians…

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…