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Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

It’s a relaxed Luca Cumani who sits in his living room contemplating life without the patronage of owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. He may have lost some horses but he certainly ...

Working towards harmony

Working towards harmony

Steve Harman succeeded Paul Roy as Chairman of the British Horseracing Authority in July 2013. He arrived relatively unknown, armed with a vision and the blueprint for a strategy for grow...

Rouget dining at the top table

Rouget dining at the top table

Victories with Almanzor in the Jockey Club, La Cressonniere in the Pouliches and Diane, Qemah in the Coronation Stakes and Zelzal in the Prix Jean Prat, have made summer 2016 the most suc...

The heat is on

The heat is on

For those on the sales beat, August brings not only the start of the yearling sales but a frighteningly rapid countdown to Christmas as the charabanc moves from one auction house to the n...

Red and white flying high

Red and white flying high

Even though he has never strayed far from where he was born, Alan Spence has lived a life of many dimensions. The man who was raised in a Kingston council house now dwells in the leafy Es...

Journeyman arrives

Journeyman arrives

Patience reaps its rewards, never more so than in the case of Robert Havlin. For many years a caterpillar, he has emerged from his chrysalis to take flight. The jockey who once seemed per...

Of course she can

Of course she can

While it may be more pronounced in National Hunt breeding than on the Flat, there’s no doubt that a great proportion of breeders greet the arrival of a filly foal with less glee than th...

Candid Candy still ambitious

Candid Candy still ambitious

In the 1980s, Master Willie and Time Charter were two top-notch middle-distance performers for your stable. Now you are better known for your handling of sprinters, exemplified by current...

Buoyant Beckett’s happy days

Buoyant Beckett’s happy days

Your Classic winners – Look Here, Talent and Simple Verse – are all members of the fairer sex. How do you explain this and do you enjoy training fillies more than colts? Early on I g...

Golden opportunity missed?

Golden opportunity missed?

A ‘speed gene’ test for Galileo Gold is just the latest twist in a bewildering maze. Revolutionary science might seem to tempt us one way, tried-and-trusted horse lore another. Each n...

Mick’s still the man

Mick’s still the man

The fruits of a rewarding career are plainly evident as you approach tall gates guarding the entrance to an immaculately kept property. Once inside, post and rail flank the drive towards ...

Fortune favours the brave

Fortune favours the brave

When you can look out through French doors at the splendour of Stetchworth Park Estate, as Bill Gredley can, you are entitled to see the world on your terms. The man who came out of Lo...

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