Exposing awful views can be a spur to make racing more diverse
Prior to signing off before a short break, this column included a piece reflecting on the first meeting of the BHA's Diversity in Racing steering group. As a result of some shocking comments recently penned by a fellow writer, no apology is made for returning to the subject.
'I can't keep the smile off my face': Owen hits crossbar on riding debut
Bruce Jackson witnesses the race-riding debut of a former footballing idol . . . It was not of Wembley proportions, but a sizeable crowd turned up early at Ascot on Friday for the debut of a promising young amateur rider named Michael Owen, who had once been similarly heralded on the football field.
57 lengths: Bristol De Mai blows Grade 1 field apart to set up Triple Crown bid
What a great race' said the MC as the winner came back in. Well it was certainly great but it wasn't much of a race. The Betfair Chase was more the Betfair procession. You could tell that just by listening to the crowd. The only slight crescendo came when Bristol De Mai made his sole semblance of a jumping error, getting slightly close to the second-last fence and raising a gasp from the stands.
Cheltenham reflections: the names to take from three exhilarating days
Come the Cheltenham Festival in March the November meeting will be a distant memory of a (hopefully) colder and wetter time. Here is your cut-out-and-keep cheat-sheet with everything you don't want to forget.
Same as it ever was as Faugheen gallops to top of Champion Hurdle market
Who knew digging up the past could tell us so much about the future? In one fell swoop Faugheen soared to the same stratosphere he departed from 665 days ago at Leopardstown and is now no bigger than 5-2 favourite with the sponsors for the Unibet Champion Hurdle. Same as it ever was.
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