The heart may want Somersby to win Saturday's Clarence House Chase at Ascot as a timely tribute to Terry Biddlecombe, who died two weekends ago. But the head says Sire De Grugy.
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Monday 22 November 2010
Both as a trainer and a father, it was a weekend when Nigel Twiston-Davies hit the target with both barrels. At Haydock on Saturday he saddled Imperial Commander for a heartening comeback success under Paddy Brennan. The stable jockey, however, was given little chance to rest on his laurels. Within 24 hours, his employer's teenage son had reiterated his status as a young man in a hurry with a ride of unfettered bravura over the Grand National fences.
Friday 19 November 2010
Almost certainly with a great big rustle of chiffon, the romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland has surely been turning in her grave this week at the news that the future Queen of England is descended from labourers and miners, not to mention British Airways air crew. Romance is all very well, but it would have upset her idea of the natural order of things, as so exquisitely set out in her 1962 Etiquette Handbook: A Guide To Good Behaviour From the Boudoir to the Boardroom. Moreover, the old girl felt somewhat proprietorial about Prince William, whose step-great-grandmother she so proudly was.
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Friday 22 October 2010
With churning inevitability, The Taking of Prince Harry has the pundits in a lather. The latest in a mini-string of Channel 4 shockumentaries, last night's 90-minute flight of imagination showed the hypothetical kidnapping of the Queen's better-looking grandson (snigger), playing out the drama with interjections from experts in the field of... well, royal kidnapping.
Friday 22 October 2010
Saturday 18 September 2010
Captain Micky Burn: Soldier who led the commandos in the 'Operation Chariot' raid on Saint Nazaire in 1942
Tuesday 07 September 2010
Michael "Micky" Burn led a troop of army commandos as part of what has been described as the greatest raid of all time – the daring, successful but costly Operation Chariot against the vital Nazi dry dock and submarine base at Saint Nazaire, Brittany in 1942. Half the 28 men on his motor launch were among the 169 British commandos or sailors killed while 215 men, including Burn, were captured and spent the rest of the war as POWs. They had, however, succeeded in crippling the Saint Nazaire dock and Burn received a Military Cross for gallantry for carrying out his mission despite being wounded.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Wednesday 28 July 2010
The contrast with the thundering, dangerous maelstrom of racing round Goodwood is not confined to its setting. Yes, this twisting, undulating track is always a white-knuckle ride for horsemen – and, vicariously, for punters. But the best of them know to borrow the serenity of the famous panorama beyond: the gentle hills, the calm woodlands, the rolling cornfields.
Friday 23 July 2010
Even though the most valuable senior prizes of the domestic season are not yet in the formbook, the hunt among the youngest generation for those who might be contenders at the top level a year hence is already gathering pace. Last night at Leopardstown, for instance, the well-bred young colt Zoffany put his name in the frame for future honours by winning the Tyros Stakes in stylishly competent style and, in so doing, following in some glittering hoofprints.
Thursday 22 July 2010
Aidan O'Brien yesterday expanded his policy of rewarding his stable stalwarts for their industry, reliability and improvement by naming Colm O'Donoghue as Cape Blanco's rider in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
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