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Stay with me

Stay with me

When Flat racing comes in for criticism, it is usually connected to the fact that the sport’s stars are seldom around long enough to achieve the hero status often afforded the top-c...

David versus Goliaths

David versus Goliaths

There are things David Marnane has achieved that no champion trainer has, with a fraction of the resources available. Does that make the Royal Ascot winner better than a champion t...

Phoenix now taking flight

Phoenix now taking flight

As introductions go, few have been more high-profile to the orbits of racing and breeding than that of Phoenix Thoroughbred. Let’s start with the numbers. An outfit that didn’t...

Prunk rocks despite setbacks

Prunk rocks despite setbacks

It’s almost the definition of swimming against the tide. Ziva Prunk is only 35 years old yet she has held a trainer’s licence for 14 years. She hails from one country – Slove...

Australia the land of opportunity

Australia the land of opportunity

Rookie trainer Eddie O’Rourke admits he would not be a trainer at all if he had stayed in his native Ireland, instead of relocating to Australia seven years ago. O’Rourke and h...

All together now

All together now

What inspired you to set up the Alizeti consortium and bid for the Tote? The opportunity of pool betting is massive – people in the UK underestimate just how much regulation and a ch...

Meade on a mission

Meade on a mission

After a successful spell training in Newmarket you decided to purchase the historic Manton training estate and moved in last March. Why did you want to leave HQ after four years? I did...

24 hours with… ITV Racing’s Oli Bell

24 hours with… ITV Racing’s Oli Bell

To be honest I’m not at my best in the mornings. On a Saturday I am up at 6.30am for The Opening Show, which is on air at 9.30am. But on a day-off I might still be in bed at 9am. ...

Cracking on with Karl

Cracking on with Karl

Your stable has been on an upward curve in the past few years, with more boxes, enhanced facilities, better quality runners and Group 1 winners. What’s driving this improvement? Bein...

Chasing more dreams

Chasing more dreams

Breeders and bookmakers may appear to be polar opposites when considering the various factions within horseracing. Breeding and betting, however, are none too distinguishable, according...

Taking the Mick

Taking the Mick

You played professional football until you were 38, scoring 21 goals in 46 games for England, and once said: “I know what an athlete feels like in the morning when he’s all stiff an...

Doyle the real deal

Doyle the real deal

Watching James Doyle at his best promotes the belief that life must always have been kind to the jockey who, at 5ft 9in, stands one inch taller than Lester Piggott. He may not have compil...

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