Cheltenham Festival

The secret of Ireland’s racing success

3 April 2021 9:00 am

How Father Sean Breen would have loved this year’s Cheltenham Festival. The late parish priest at Ballymore Eustace, who owned…

The true cost of Gordon Elliott’s crass stupidity

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to Covid, there could be no spine-tingling roar at the Cheltenham Festival this year as the first race runners…

Ireland’s love affair with horse racing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

With the Cheltenham Festival close, the quest for serious punting money intensifies. I had one potential contributor identified at Kempton…

My tips for Cheltenham

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Dry January it wasn’t and I am not referring to the trainers who normally undergo an annual abstinence but who…

Racing books to get you through lockdown

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Who owns Altior? I ask because of the brouhaha over Nicky Henderson’s late withdrawal of his stable star, winner of…

Cheltenham Festival was a triumph

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The socialite MP Chips Channon once noted in his diaries his feelings about an after-lunch snooze in parliament’s Library: ‘It…

The magic of Cheltenham Festival

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Every time the Cheltenham Festival looms, I recall a remarkable experience. It was already 25 years since Dawn Run’s recovery…

It was ladies first at Cheltenham

31 March 2018 9:00 am

At soggy Newbury last Saturday racegoers were still reliving memories of an epic Cheltenham Festival. ‘Were you there for that…

Revealed: the true and unrepeatable secret of Leicester City’s success

14 May 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago a motivational speaker brought out a smart little book called Legacy: What The All Blacks Can…

Jump-racing bids farewell to the great John Ferguson

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Writing a Turf column before the Cheltenham Festival, as the Spectator schedule requires, which you are reading only after the…

My afternoon in a Gallic version of Betfred

21 March 2015 9:00 am

For the Cheltenham Festival I received the customary tipster circular from my pal Soapy Joe. Soapy’s most convincing credential as…

Disneyland comes to the Cheltenham Festival

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Irish racing guru Ted Walsh was asked at the start of Gold Cup day if retiring champion jockey Tony McCoy…

Racing’s biggest issue is the decline in field sizes

7 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I don’t want to seem unromantic,’ said Mrs Oakley as St Valentine’s Day approached, ‘but this year please don’t buy…

Why the other jockeys love Jamie Moore

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the parade ring just after Sire De Grugy had won this year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase, I found myself…

Comebacks, longshots and cruel disappointments: what makes Cheltenham Festival great

22 March 2014 9:00 am

No sporting event anywhere compresses so much drama, emotion and character into a single venue as the Cheltenham Festival. It…