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Taking the Mick

Taking the Mick

You played professional football until you were 38, scoring 21 goals in 46 games for England, and once said: “I know what an athlete feels like in the morning when he’s all stiff an...

Doyle the real deal

Doyle the real deal

Watching James Doyle at his best promotes the belief that life must always have been kind to the jockey who, at 5ft 9in, stands one inch taller than Lester Piggott. He may not have compil...

Ink him in as a jockey to note

Ink him in as a jockey to note

What do you recall of your first involvement with horses, helping with 30 ponies giving rides to holidaymakers on Weston-super-Mare beach? That was following a few years as a kid havin...

Archie an ace

Archie an ace

For trainers driven by ambition, these are difficult times in which to make an impact. The big Newmarket batteries are augmented on Britain’s racetracks by the best from Ballydoyle, w...

All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

You have ridden more winners in your spell in America at Fair Grounds in New Orleans – and your mounts have earned significantly more cash – than in any single season in Britain. Co...

Dynamite days for Danny

Dynamite days for Danny

Danny Cook could easily be mistaken by the unaware for a participant on a reprised version of the Channel 4 documentary ‘Faking It’. In the series, members of the public from one back...

The life of Bryony

The life of Bryony

In December you enjoyed your first Grade 1 success aboard Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton. How did you approach the race and what did it feel like to achieve th...

Bread of Evan

Bread of Evan

Evan Williams is amused by some of the largely English misconceptions about where he lives. “Some people do think Wales is a little 20 by 20 block of coal tip in the middle of th...

Harry’s hot

Harry’s hot

In five years you have come from a five-horse yard to training 40 jumpers with an impressive strike-rate. How tough was it to start with? Extremely tough trying to get general supp...

Twiston shout

Twiston shout

When Sam Twiston-Davies signed up to be number one jockey to Paul Nicholls, jump racing was not short of doubters. The previous chap had lasted just one season and now here was this bashf...

The joys of Jardine

The joys of Jardine

How did you start in racing and what was the attraction for a young Scottish lad? As a young lad I had a great interest in riding ponies and horses. Pony racing and flapping gave me the ...

National guard

National guard

The National Stud has had a number of homes: initially Ireland, at what is now the Irish National Stud, then Dorset and West Grinstead before 500 acres were leased from Jockey Club Estate...

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