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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...

Levey loving life

Levey loving life

Having completed your apprenticeship with Richard Hannon, you are now a senior member of his team of jockeys with the prospect of more rides in the big races. How do you handle such a con...

Family fortunes

Family fortunes

Tim Easterby has been training for as long as it takes a new-born to inherit the keys to the kingdom. After 21 years, this season has been one of his best: he has broken through the seven...

Simon says

Simon says

You were ready to turn your back on racing in 2008 after four years successfully running Racecourse Media Group, which pools the rights of Britain’s leading racecourses. What made you c...

Field of dreams

Field of dreams

Joe Foley calls it “the champions’ field”. Looking at the race performances and pedigrees of the broodmares that inhabit a tiny part of Steve Parkin’s 300-acre stud farm in North ...

The long goodbye

The long goodbye

The clue lies to your left as you enter Heath House Stables, the Newmarket training establishment of Sir Mark Prescott. Gleaming in the soft light of a summer’s evening is a two-storey ...

No ordinary Joe

No ordinary Joe

You have been riding for 23 years for Mark Johnston, who has trained over 100 winners every year since you joined him. How did the association start and what is the secret of your lon...

Training in the shadow of giants

Training in the shadow of giants

Ask James Fanshawe for his USP and he might think you were inquiring about a feature on his new iPhone. In which case he’d look at you quizzically before referring both you and the iPho...

The Lyons speaks all right

The Lyons speaks all right

You had four seasons as a National Hunt jockey in England in the 1980s, riding some 50 winners before injury ended your career. Despite training a Grade 1 winner over fences, you soon dec...

Hats off to Hatta

Hats off to Hatta

The hand of racing history has rarely tapped Brighton on the shoulder. But 40 years ago, on June 20, 1977 the seaside track wrote what was to prove a significant entry in the annals. S...

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