Conventional racing wisdom has it that speed, rather than an abundance of stamina, is the most important attribute in a potential King George VI Chase winner, hence the proliferation of specialists over shorter distances than three miles lining up at Kempton on Boxing Day.
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Friday 29 July 2011
Friday 01 July 2011
Musicians like to think they are writing songs for people like themselves, but they can be sorely mistaken, as Tom Petty found when his anthem "American Girl" was blasted out before the right-wing US presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann took the stage. He promptly sent her a "cease and desist" letter.
Tuesday 21 June 2011
At Royal Ascot last week, Johnny Murtagh and Eddie Ahern showed just how rewarding can be the role of supersub. Murtagh picked up the mount on Deacon Blues after Hayley Turner opted to ride elsewhere, and promptly won the Wokingham Handicap. And Ahern replaced the temporarily injured Kieren Fallon on Ascot Stakes winner Veiled.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
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Monday 06 June 2011
Monday 16 May 2011
Friday 22 April 2011
US Senator John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, today said that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes.
Monday 04 April 2011
Taking out insurance in case he is unable to generate the same grassroots enthusiasm among young voters and small political donors as he did in 2008, President Barack Obama is set to launch his re-election bid with a coast-to-coast tour of big money Democratic fundraisers.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
Hurricane Fly gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh their first success in the Stan James Champion Hurdle with a hard-fought win over Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham.
Friday 04 March 2011
There is no mistaking the sense that 2011 could prove a defining year in one of the great careers in Turf history, and Henry Cecil could hardly be more satisfied by its first key skirmish.
Thursday 24 February 2011
Jockeys must ride as if over eggshells now, with the Cheltenham Festival starting a fortnight on Tuesday, but Jason Maguire managed to trample over his own dreams at Doncaster yesterday. He will miss the ride on Peddlers Cross in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, after earning a seven-day suspension for his use of the whip on Cool Mission in the novice chase. The final day of his ban is the first of the Festival – Champion Hurdle day.
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, told a top aide that she hated "this damn job" not long before she resigned from office barely halfway through her elected term, according to a leaked draft of an unauthorised biography that also accuses her of breaking state election laws.
Friday 18 February 2011
The stage may have been local rep rather than the West End, but the performance lacked nothing in either execution or presentation. Peddlers Cross, third market choice for next month's Champion Hurdle, made his long journey from Cheshire to Kelso for his much-delayed final rehearsal for the Cheltenham prize well worthwhile. His victory in the Morebattle Hurdle was not a wholly effortless tour de force but, given his stop-start build-up, its style was more than satisfactory.
Thursday 17 February 2011
The horse most worthy of note in the history of Kelso so far may well be the one carrying Bonnie Prince Charlie as he rode through in 1745, en route to England during the ill-fated Jacobite rising. His steed cast a shoe, which can still be seen embedded in the cobbles in Roxburgh Street, and less than six months later the rebellion was crushed and Charles Edward Stuart in exile.
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