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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...

24 hours with… Joseph O’Brien

24 hours with… Joseph O’Brien

I’m normally up around 5.45am and I live just a minute away from the yard, so I’m in between 6.15-6.30am. First call is to meet Faisal Hayat, my head man, and Mark Power, my assis...

Too darn good

Too darn good

How did you feel about the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards in 2017, first to be nominated, then to actually win the Stud Staff category and Employee of the Year title? It’s...

24 hours with… James Oldring

24 hours with… James Oldring

I’m an early riser and get up around 6.15am. I’ve always liked my sleep but since my daughter Evie was born in July, I’ve not had a full night’s sleep at home. She’s changed...

All set for a blockbuster

All set for a blockbuster

With 2,097 yearlings on offer, there is a horse for every buyer at Tattersalls’ October Sales. There won’t be a buyer for every horse, and the number of yearlings at this and o...

A thrill to compete

A thrill to compete

At most big horse shows, the atmosphere among competitors can be quite fraught. The very few that win are elated, naturally, but those that don’t are often disappointed and frustrat...

Sophie’s choice

Sophie’s choice

You spent two winters as an exercise rider in America before taking the plunge as a jockey over there. Before that you had been a leading apprentice in England, so what was the attracti...

24 hours with… Derek Thompson

24 hours with… Derek Thompson

On a normal day I get up around 5.30-6am. The first thing is to take the dog, Coco, an Alsatian, out for a walk for at least two miles. I used to love running but now I’m down to th...

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