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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 ...

Before our time

Before our time

The present Racehorse Owners Association was founded in 1945 but the first Association, long forgotten, was created 40 years earlier. Its brief, tempestuous history throws a revealing lig...

Going for gold

Going for gold

Two weeks after Betfred ended its sponsorship of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, your company Timico stepped in, agreeing a four-year deal. What made you decide to back this famous contest? Our...

King still ace

King still ace

From the top of the Sharpridge gallop, 850 feet above sea level, the wintry downs billow across Wiltshire in great grey waves. And here, scuttling out of the valley floor like pebbles in ...

A noble heritage

A noble heritage

It’s more than four years since Monsun died at Gestüt Schlenderhan at the age of 22. The influence of the dark brown stallion, who was blind for the last decade of his life, is still k...

Life Jim but not as he knew it

Life Jim but not as he knew it

You joined Timeform in 1974 as a 19-year-old and left the company in 2009 as Chairman. How did 35 years with the specialist rating and publishing company influence your outlook on racing?...

Big Ben’s time

Big Ben’s time

Hearing Ben Pauling talk seriously about one day becoming champion seems somewhat at odds with the informal atmosphere of a frosty morning at his Gloucestershire stables. Bourton Hill...

The reawakening of Bouquetot

The reawakening of Bouquetot

Back in 2010 when the now-popular La Route des Etalons was started in a bid to reinvigorate France’s breeding industry, Haras de Bouquetot, like the country’s stallion ranks, was expe...

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