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Kentucky’s leading man

Kentucky’s leading man

The stature of Mill Ridge Farm as an esteemed part of the Kentucky fabric remains undimmed as it enters its 57th year of operation. Founder Alice Chandler, 93, worked her way into rac...

The finish line with Rachael Blackmore

The finish line with Rachael Blackmore

Rachael Blackmore, the first woman to become champion conditional jockey in Ireland in 2016/17, is now battling it out with Paul Townend and Davy Russell in the title race, currently...

Aiming high

Aiming high

When you started training in 2016 you were Britain’s youngest trainer at 24. Before you set up in Newmarket you had learnt your trade in some of the best establishments in the world...

Family matters

Family matters

Sun sparkling on the Cotswolds, dry paddocks in January, and three new stallions with which to tempt breeders – no wonder the Varey family of Batsford Stud are feeling chipper. A...

Double act dreams

Double act dreams

When Nicky Henderson donated a visit to his stable for a charity auction, he would not have anticipated that his philanthropic gesture would be repaid in such exponential kind. The tr...

A breeder’s pilgrimage

A breeder’s pilgrimage

The French started it, and with good reason. Back in 2010, when the country’s stallion ranks were in the doldrums and many of France’s best mares were leaving to visit stallions i...

Murphy’s roar

Murphy’s roar

Was the young Olly Murphy’s original ambition to be a jockey? Yes, until weight and size got in the way! I rode 25 point-to-point winners and six under Rules. I had four or five year...

Different strokes

Different strokes

If you have not been following the racing news closely you might suspect that the imminent changes to how we view our sport on television amount to little more than an exercise in reb...

Not chasing rainbows

Not chasing rainbows

Success does not, after all, breed success – or, at least, not immediately. Half a year on from an ecstatic end to the last jumps season, when Joe Farrell’s victory in the Scottis...

24 hours with… Anthea Morshead

24 hours with… Anthea Morshead

I’m naturally an early riser with my alarm going off at 5am. I always have a cup of tea first thing and coffee later on. I don’t normally bother with breakfast, but at Kelso, afte...

Norman’s still stormin’

Norman’s still stormin’

Having been a widely admired and respected National Hunt jockey with 1,268 winners in your saddlebag, you turned your hand principally from the winter game to consigning two-year-old Fl...

The new guard

The new guard

Great Britain Few three-year-olds in recent seasons have endeared themselves to British racegoers as much as Roaring Lion, who developed quite a following through the past season when...

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