By Andrew Atkinson SIR Alex Ferguson entered his 21st year as a racehorse owner going into 2019 – one of the Sport of King’s most successful persons – having placed a ‘tanner each-way’ bet, that lured him into racing decades ago. “It’s always good to have a day out at the races,” Ferguson told me. […]
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By Andrew Atkinson SULTAN Ahmad Shah, former race horse owner, with his string including horses with Michael Jarvis, Roger Charlton, Roger Varian and Paul Cole, has died, aged 88. “It’s very sad news,” said Roger Varian, who saddled his first winner – Eton Forever – owned by Shah. Varian first met Shah when he stabled […]
Ukulele legendary star George Formby became apprentice jockey at trainer Thomas Schofield’s Epsom based stables, where he raced professionally, aged 10, the youngest ever professional jockey to this day. Formby, who died in March 1961, was removed from formal education at the age of seven – and became a stable boy in Wiltshire; at Middleham, Yorkshire […]
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Richard Hannon junior, 43, who landed 174 winners in the 2018 Flat racing season, took the reins when his namesake father retired in 2013. Hannon, based at Herridge Racing Stables, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, champion trainer in 2014, also has stables at East Everleigh. Hannon has been successful in saddling a Group One winner in the […]
Haydock Park is a dual-purpose racecourse, staging 32 racing days on the Flat and over Jumps in 2019. Haydock Park is part of The Jockey Club, staging The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain’s […]
Frankie Dettori is one of, if not the most important jockey figure in racing, likewise to snooker’s Ronnie O’Sullivan. Milan born Italian ace Dettori will celebrate his 49th birthday on December 15. So how long will Dettori remain in the saddle – as king of the turf? “I have been privileged to be in racing […]