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Passion of the heartland

Passion of the heartland

More than a century has passed since the first horse races – contests organised by the nearby military academy to test their soldiers’ horsemanship – were run at Stromsholm. In 1...

Hooked on adrenalin

Hooked on adrenalin

After finishing third behind Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas, Olivier Peslier looked directly at the clerk of the scales on weighing in and exclaimed loudly: “Objection! Objection!” ...

Tribute to Sadler’s Wells

Tribute to Sadler’s Wells

Thirty years ago, if an owner or trainer wished to give himself the best chance of buying a yearling with genuine pretensions to winning the Derby, he was obliged to head to Kentucky ...

Investing in the Derby

Investing in the Derby

What is it that makes the Derby and Investec such a good fit? Paradoxically, it is the fact that we are so opposite. We are not a blue-blooded British organisation and our origins ...

Look forward, not back

Look forward, not back

You can imagine him portrayed on one of those cigarette cards of the 1920s or 1930s – this scrupulously neat figure, his trilby sharp as the bow of a clipper, binoculars slung over ...

Julian Muscat, April 2011

Twice Over is striking to look at, all the more so because he is top-class and still racing at the age of six. Flat racing needs more like of his ilk It has always seemed incongruous t...

Julian Muscat, March 2011

Our columnist suggests a different tack to Festival-going – he’s planning on staying put on the weakest day, Thursday, to recharge the batteries For the first time since the Festiv...

Old friends, new beginning

Old friends, new beginning

CLIVE on PHILIP The minute Philip was free I had no hesitation in calling him. I should think he was within hours of announcing his retirement, but we talked for only about two minutes...

The Big Interview: Barry Irwin of Team Valor

The Big Interview: Barry Irwin of Team Valor

Barry Irwin has made a huge success of Team Valor, his ownership vehicle that has captured major races all over the world. So what are the secrets behind his global operation? By Fran...

Julian Muscat, February 2011

Our columnist is dismayed by racing’s inability to address an overloaded fixture list and bemused by the findings of the international handicappers Some things in racing just don’t...

Julian Muscat, January 2011

What will 2011 hold for horseracing in Britain? Our columnist can foresee surprises at the sales, a big-name retirement and an upset in the Derby… JANUARY Racing rejoices when Jerem...

Julian Muscat, December 2010

“Never forget the horse,” said Pat Eddery 20 years ago. Shame his words have not been heeded by journalists...and it’s getting worse in Blighty Some moments live long in the ...

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