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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...

24 hours with… ITV Racing’s Oli Bell

24 hours with… ITV Racing’s Oli Bell

To be honest I’m not at my best in the mornings. On a Saturday I am up at 6.30am for The Opening Show, which is on air at 9.30am. But on a day-off I might still be in bed at 9am. ...

Cracking on with Karl

Cracking on with Karl

Your stable has been on an upward curve in the past few years, with more boxes, enhanced facilities, better quality runners and Group 1 winners. What’s driving this improvement? Bein...

Chasing more dreams

Chasing more dreams

Breeders and bookmakers may appear to be polar opposites when considering the various factions within horseracing. Breeding and betting, however, are none too distinguishable, according...

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...

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