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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...

Cowell’s got talent

Cowell’s got talent

You have a reputation as being brilliant with sprinters, sending out Group 1 winners Prohibit, Jwala and Goldream as well as last year’s Royal Ascot victors, Prince Of Lir and Outback T...

Unity in diversity

Unity in diversity

Ten years ago Henry Beeby, then Managing Director of Doncaster Bloodstock Sales (DBS), was contemplating the imminent merger between his company and Goffs, the Irish sales house. It made ...

The right approach

The right approach

It would be true, if a little misleading, to say that Anita Wigan has spent the last 27 years looking for the right man. Now she has found him. When The Right Man surged to victory in the...

Triumph over adversity

Triumph over adversity

The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, which celebrates its centenary this month, was founded as a result of the special circumstances that prevailed within racing in the dark days of ...

First among equals

First among equals

When you set your heart on becoming a jockey you wrote a ‘must do’ list: ride in a race, ride a winner, ride abroad and ride on TV. Now you’ve ticked them all off, what’s on your ...

Acorns from oaks

Acorns from oaks

For some of us the name Mark Dwyer conjures images of two Cheltenham Gold Cup victories, rather than his successful consigning operation known as Oaks Farm Stables. That says plenty ab...

Spending power

Spending power

More than half a century after British racing was first granted the benefit of statutory funding from bookmakers, through the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, a new dawn is about t...

Fergal a man to follow

Fergal a man to follow

What brought you to England from your home in County Tipperary at the tender age of 14? When I was 14 I spent a summer with my brother Brian, who was working for the Doug Francis stable ...

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