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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...

Made in America

Made in America

Taylor Made Sales Agency is gearing up to handle its smallest consignment in a long time, and while for many that would be concerning, for North America’s perennial leading sales co...

Ready for the first test

Ready for the first test

Fees listed are those advertised for 2017 BRITAIN Adaay Kodiac - Lady Lucia (Royal Applause) Whitsbury Manor Stud, £7,000 The first son of Kodiac to stand in Britain, Adaay wo...

America’s class of 2017

America’s class of 2017

Just as in Europe, there was a large number of additions to the American stallion ranks last year and few can boast the international repertoire of Shadwell’s latest addition Tamark...

Warning signs

Warning signs

Anecdotal evidence has been abundant but the weight of factually-derived numbers must have many breeders sitting bolt upright. Around 2,190 among 3,318 breeders in Britain traded u...

British Breeders Premium Scheme

British Breeders Premium Scheme

Publication of the British Thoroughbred Breeding Economic Impact Study in September came hand in hand with the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s blueprint for reversing the ble...

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