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TBA Leader, March 2011

TBA Leader, March 2011

In my last leader I encouraged breeders to support the Horsemen’s Tariff, but also noted the need to ensure that the overall quality of the race programme, particularly opportunities fo...

ROA Leader, February 2011

ROA Leader, February 2011

As most ROA members have seen, the Horsemen’s Tariff has already received support from many prominent owners, trainers, breeders and jockeys. We would now like to see this enthusiasm sp...

TBA Leader, February 2011

TBA Leader, February 2011

Through this column, I would like to add my support to the Horsemen’s Tariff, which was launched in January. The tariff sets out the minimum values which the horsemen believe racecourse...

ROA Leader, January 2011

ROA Leader, January 2011

The fact that the Levy Board’s three independent members have made some reasonably encouraging recommendations to government must be seen by racing as a positive step. With so much gloo...

TBA Leader, January 2011

TBA Leader, January 2011

The TBA had another busy year in 2010 and this month I would like to ‘play safe’ and dedicate this leader to in-house matters, providing a brief end-of-year report highlighting the TB...

ROA Leader, December 2010

ROA Leader, December 2010

As the slow, painful process relating to the 50th levy scheme took its anticipated course, so a more accurate picture of what lies in wait for British racing in 2011 is gradually emerging...

TBA Leader, December 2010

TBA Leader, December 2010

At this time of the year it is customary to celebrate the achievements of the racing and breeding industry over the past 12 months and to make predictions for the year ahead. Unfortunatel...

The age of the mighty mares

The age of the mighty mares

In Europe we have Goldikova, America’s queen of the track until last November was the great Zenyatta and down under there’s a sprinter who treats her rivals with such contempt that he...

Young stallions off the mark

Young stallions off the mark

There have been fewer than ten juvenile races in Britain and Ireland so far in 2011 but four first-season stallions are already jostling for position at the top of the table with a winner...

Does a low key start matter?

Does a low key start matter?

Most fans of Flat racing will have rejoiced on Thursday, 31 March as Catterick ushered in the opening of the turf season. But for some, the midweek start to the season at one of the count...

Japanese bloodstock to the fore once more

Japanese bloodstock to the fore once more

Deep Impact’s first crop already contained two Group 3 winners and a Group 1 runner-up in 2010 and the success continues this season with Barocci adding a Listed victory to his sire’s...

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