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24 hours with… James Oldring

24 hours with… James Oldring

I’m an early riser and get up around 6.15am. I’ve always liked my sleep but since my daughter Evie was born in July, I’ve not had a full night’s sleep at home. She’s changed...

All set for a blockbuster

All set for a blockbuster

With 2,097 yearlings on offer, there is a horse for every buyer at Tattersalls’ October Sales. There won’t be a buyer for every horse, and the number of yearlings at this and o...

A thrill to compete

A thrill to compete

At most big horse shows, the atmosphere among competitors can be quite fraught. The very few that win are elated, naturally, but those that don’t are often disappointed and frustrat...

Sophie’s choice

Sophie’s choice

You spent two winters as an exercise rider in America before taking the plunge as a jockey over there. Before that you had been a leading apprentice in England, so what was the attracti...

24 hours with… Derek Thompson

24 hours with… Derek Thompson

On a normal day I get up around 5.30-6am. The first thing is to take the dog, Coco, an Alsatian, out for a walk for at least two miles. I used to love running but now I’m down to th...

Stay with me

Stay with me

When Flat racing comes in for criticism, it is usually connected to the fact that the sport’s stars are seldom around long enough to achieve the hero status often afforded the top-c...

David versus Goliaths

David versus Goliaths

There are things David Marnane has achieved that no champion trainer has, with a fraction of the resources available. Does that make the Royal Ascot winner better than a champion t...

Phoenix now taking flight

Phoenix now taking flight

As introductions go, few have been more high-profile to the orbits of racing and breeding than that of Phoenix Thoroughbred. Let’s start with the numbers. An outfit that didn’t...

Prunk rocks despite setbacks

Prunk rocks despite setbacks

It’s almost the definition of swimming against the tide. Ziva Prunk is only 35 years old yet she has held a trainer’s licence for 14 years. She hails from one country – Slove...

Australia the land of opportunity

Australia the land of opportunity

Rookie trainer Eddie O’Rourke admits he would not be a trainer at all if he had stayed in his native Ireland, instead of relocating to Australia seven years ago. O’Rourke and h...

All together now

All together now

What inspired you to set up the Alizeti consortium and bid for the Tote? The opportunity of pool betting is massive – people in the UK underestimate just how much regulation and a ch...

Meade on a mission

Meade on a mission

After a successful spell training in Newmarket you decided to purchase the historic Manton training estate and moved in last March. Why did you want to leave HQ after four years? I did...

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