The perceived wisdom is that if a trainer thinks he has a cluster of Derby contenders, then he hasn’t any. Perhaps there is something in the theory; Aidan O’Brien’s three winners of the premier Classic – Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot – were respectively accompanied to post by zero, two and one stablemates. And the scattergun years – there were eight Ballydoyle runners in 2007, for instance, and six in 2009 – have tended to yield only minor placings.
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Sunday 12 May 2013
Another day, another Derby trial won by Aidan O'Brien. After Ruler Of The World and Magician at Chester, it was the turn of Nevis at Lingfield to confirm that the Ballydoyle team at least have quantity on their side in the run-up to Epsom, even if its quality will not be defined until the day itself, 1 June. It is a fair assumption, though, that Nevis will not be carrying the Co Tipperary stable's first colours; he won by nine lengths yesterday, but then so he should have, as his opposition was rendered negligible by the late withdrawal of the strongly fancied Greatwood.
Saturday 11 May 2013
Cumani colt can prove Classic credentials against dominance of O’Brien contenders
Friday 10 May 2013
It is very easy to get swept away with dreams for a ‘Naya Pakistan’, yet the result of the elections could not be more important for both Pakistan and the wider world
RSC's Titus Andronicus carries heavy warning as production ups the blood-squirting gore Tarantino-style
Thursday 09 May 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Wednesday 08 May 2013
Consternation! Twitter storm! Chris Grayling, or “Lord High Chancellor” to give him his Mikado-esque title, turned his back on the Queen!
Saturday 04 May 2013
History rarely supplies plots for full-evening ballets, and with good reason. Dance tends to be strong on feeling, weak on facts. As George Balanchine once drolly observed, ballet has no way of saying “this is my mother-in-law”.
Friday 03 May 2013
Sometimes a story's comic spark burns out before the first line
Saturday 27 April 2013
Jealousy is the enemy in an impeccably cast tragedy. And a Swedish one-man-show is the West End's new best friend
Monday 15 April 2013
Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2
Monday 08 April 2013
When Tom Beardsworth decided he wanted to do an internship, he decided to cast his net a little bit wider than rainy old London
Sunday 07 April 2013
The Young Magician of the Year contest is back, and Jonathan Owen finds that hocus-pocus is on a new high
Friday 05 April 2013
One lesson to be drawn from Keith Jarrett’s recent Southbank recital was how porous the border now is between jazz piano and its classical counterpart.
Film review: The Spirit of '45 - Mind the gap inKen Loach's impassioned plea for a return to post-war unity
Saturday 16 March 2013
An angry miner demands: "Who is it who tells the police to beat me – a working man?" Cut mischievously to a clip of Margaret Thatcher raising her hand as if to reply: "I do."
Friday 15 March 2013
A circus featuring dancing dogs is touring around Japan with the intention of teaching young children the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.
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