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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...

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 ...

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