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.
King George VI
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Sunday 07 August 2011
No wonder listening figures are up, says our radio critic Chris Maume. No other medium covers so much ground, so memorably and so conveniently
Saturday 23 July 2011
Saturday 23 July 2011
Friday 22 July 2011
A race that could scarcely accommodate any fresh intrigue obtained a mildly sensational new dimension yesterday when the final declarations were made for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. As expected, the big prize at Ascot tomorrow is all about quality, not quantity. Only five runners stood their ground, including the Godolphin pacemaker. Few, however, had envisaged the possibility that one of the key protagonists might be partnered by a teenage apprentice who will not, in contesting so prestigious a prize, be permitted to use his claim.
Thursday 21 July 2011
The use of pacemakers in high-class races has its contentious aspects but, if deployed in the correct spirit, they can contribute not only to a true test but the best of spectacles. There is little more exciting on the current sporting agenda, for instance, than the sight of Mark Cavendish being towed to triumph by his faithful HTC-Highroad train on sprint finish stages of the Tour de France. And, more appositely for this page, their use in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes of 1975 produced an epic.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
When bookmakers made him favourite for the Ladbrokes St Leger, connections of Nathaniel were adamant that their colt had still bigger fish to fry. Sure enough, yesterday they revealed that they are giving earnest consideration to paying £75,000 to supplement him for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Wines of the week: Bertani Sereole Soave 2010; Open now, Domaine Hegarty Chamans 2008; Marques de Alarcon Rosado 2010
Sunday 10 July 2011
Thursday 07 July 2011
Tuesday 28 June 2011
a small but perfectly formed field is set to assemble for the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, with six of the eight left in the race yesterday representing two camps.
Monday 20 June 2011
Father's Day found the nation's paterfamilias and his would-be replacement on captivating paternal form. We'll touch on the Prime Minister after doffing the cap to Ed Miliband, who told The Independent on Sunday that all residual fraternal tension has evaporated. "I'm just going to say," said Ed of his relationship with David, "that we have moved on." "Both of us," he soon went on, "have moved on." "I think what I would say," he added for clarification, "is that both of us have moved on." Tremendous. Who doesn't love a mantra from the Comical Ali playbook?
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Mtoto, one of the most popular Flat horses of his day, has died, aged 28.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Monday 11 April 2011
The sight of two dead horses under tarpaulin covers was not so unfamiliar and when jockey Peter Toole was rushed to hospital with life-threatening head injuries it was another reminder that the collateral damage of a race like the Grand National can be both severe and unavoidable.
Saturday 09 April 2011
Paul Nicholls has been wondering where he might find a horse to tackle Long Run, now that the new champion has deposed his stalwarts, Kauto Star and Denman.
Monday 21 March 2011
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