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Feet in both camps

Feet in both camps

In the crystal ball world of bloodstock buying, it takes a versatile eye to spot the next Queen Mary Stakes winner, followed by the unbroken store who could one day land a Champion Hu...

The Finish Line with John Velazquez

The Finish Line with John Velazquez

I was born in Puerto Rico and when I first got on a horse aged seven or eight it was nothing to do with racing.  A friend of mine had a horse and he said, ‘Come on, have a go,’ so...

Bjorn again

Bjorn again

Bjorn Nielsen is redolent of the new social order that has swept through the ranks of owner-breeders over the last 50 years. He is a man forged entirely in the modern era who espouses...

The fantastic fund

The fantastic fund

The recent news that the levy yield for 2018-19 will be considerably less than anticipated is the latest setback for racing’s finances and the battle to improve funding throughout t...

Williams motors

Williams motors

After 25 years as a trainer you enjoyed your first Group winner in April when Keystroke caused a 66-1 upset in the Abernant Stakes. What did it mean to you and the team at Diomed Stable...

Versatile appeal

Versatile appeal

It is doubtful many onlookers would have considered Noble Mission a potential source of Kentucky Derby candidates the day he signed off his career with that tenacious win in the QIPCO...

A name to note

A name to note

A little over a century ago Sefton Lodge still espoused the purpose for which it was built. One of the finest properties of its kind in Newmarket, it was designed to accommodate it...

The Finish Line with Bob Baffert

The Finish Line with Bob Baffert

I watch my horses really closely and see how they react after a race. I’m always working and trying to figure our plans for these horses. Approaching the Triple Crown, it’s day-to...

Power to de Sousa

Power to de Sousa

As newly retained jockey for the expanding and ambitious King Power Racing, will you be going flat out for a fourth jockeys’ championship this year? No. I am very focused on my new...

The Finish Line with Dr Johnny Hon

The Finish Line with Dr Johnny Hon

As a trained psychiatrist, I’m good at working out people. We have an expert in the company for each sector we are involved in but for me, the most important thing is looking for a g...

Making his mark

Making his mark

Coming from a family with no racing connection – your dad invests in property and your mum is a self-employed jeweller – what first attracted you to the sport? Living near Cheltenh...

Toast of Lambourn

Toast of Lambourn

A convivial morning on the gallops with Jamie Osborne has somehow morphed into a lesson in economics. The atmosphere remains convivial because if anyone can make you laugh while expla...

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