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Sunday 27 March 2011
Monday 20 December 2010
The "voice of racing" Sir Peter O'Sullevan has expressed his delight at Tony McCoy being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Friday 17 December 2010
Sunday 07 November 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
They say it might snow here today, and Saeed bin Suroor is in raptures over the possibility. The Godolphin trainer, who returns to Dubai every winter, still regrets the time he just missed a snowfall in Toronto and that delightful smile of his was much in evidence as he discussed the forecast yesterday morning. True, it faded briefly when he disclosed his anxiety about Delegator, whose involvement in the Mile tomorrow is menaced by a bruised foot. But here was one man, at least, who did not seem to be yearning for California.
Thursday 04 November 2010
Paddy Mullins, who died on 28 October at the age of 91, was a racehorse trainer whose career spanned more than 50 years. He is best remembered for training Dawn Run to win the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Gold Cup (1986) at the Cheltenham Festival, a feat which has yet to be matched.
Monday 27 September 2010
Despite the present, witless tendency to treat them as characters in search of an author, men such as Frankie Dettori and Henry Cecil could never be adequately prefigured by a script. Marketing men always promise some kind of Holy Grail – for due consideration, of course – but overlook the paradox of every messianic tradition. A saviour is constantly sought, constantly imagined, but seldom arrives in the manner expected. And that will never be as true as when you depend on the random agency of horses.
Sunday 26 September 2010
Thursday 23 September 2010
A year ago at Goodwood, those shrewdies who latched on to the promise of the youngster who won his maiden by six lengths were spot on, his name being Workforce. Interest in yesterday's running of the same seven-furlong contest was, therefore, all the keener and, although the Sir Michael Stoute stable did not have a representative this time, there were likely lads enough from other top Newmarket yards.
Sunday 19 September 2010
It usually pays to follow anyone with a specialist subject and as far as the training of sprinters is concerned there is only one mastermind. Yesterday Dandy Nicholls won one of the season's most competitive handicaps, the Ayr Gold Cup, for the sixth time in 11 years as 14-1 shot Redford powered from last to first. And for good measure he took any bonus points going by also saddling the runner-up Victoire De Lyphar.
Friday 03 September 2010
Frankie Dettori led the jockeys into the sunlit parade ring here yesterday and suddenly noticed the cameras trained on the posse behind. He turned and sought out the champion jockey, who was maintaining a scrupulously stony aspect in the Queen's silks. "Don't smile, Ryan!" he shouted. Ryan Moore blushed, stared at the ground and succumbed to a helpless grin.
Friday 13 August 2010
After a treble at the track the previous day, Kieren Fallon won two more races at Salisbury yesterday, including the one Group Three prize that decorates the calendar of this deservedly popular venue. It says much about the skewed prize-money structure of British racing that Sea Lord should step up in class to win around £60,000 less than he did in a valuable handicap at Goodwood a fortnight ago. Instead, the more demanding nature of his assignment could be measured by the desperate margin of his success in the Totesport Sovereign Stakes, all out to thwart Poet's Voice in a photo.
Wednesday 21 July 2010
I know that we were meant to don black armbands and fly the flags at half-mast when Dawn French and Lenny Henry went bang, but personally I was pleased. I've had beef (and how fitting is that word, considering how fat we both are!) with that bitch since way back in the day, when I refused to be in a 1994 South Bank Show. This was some sort of celebration of morbid obesity – sorry, a "personal celebration of Big Women, drawing on art, photography, fashion, film and sculpture to ask why Big Women, who were revered and celebrated throughout the history of art, are now ignored by today's culture."
Thursday 24 June 2010
Two fillies who recently started Classics at single-figure odds today find themselves appearing on midweek cards at Newcastle and Warwick, but this apparent indignity by no means denotes a precipitate decline. Their artful trainers instead restore both Sajjhaa and Seta to Listed company in the expectation that each will eventually justify the high hopes that preceded them to the Oaks and 1,000 Guineas respectively.
Thursday 10 June 2010
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