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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...

The price of pictures

The price of pictures

You cannot exaggerate the importance of free-to-air television coverage to horseracing, said ROA President Nicholas Cooper in this magazine last month. He was referring to ITV’s return ...

Brian power

Brian power

As a 16-year-old weighing 7st you schooled over fences for James Lambe and knew from then that you preferred jumping to the Flat, even after a three-year apprenticeship with Kevin Prender...

Chasing success

Chasing success

In 2015, Coneygree became the first British-bred winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for 20 years, following the 1995 victory of Master Oats. The season ended with the outstanding novice ch...

No average Joe

No average Joe

How do you successfully combine the jobs of assistant trainer of some 85 horses as well as managing 700 acres of Dorset farmland, which includes about 600 head of cattle? The farm is wel...

Historic heartland

Historic heartland

When Macaroni won the 1863 Derby, the bells rang out in Newmarket. People had begun to doubt whether the town would ever produce another Classic winner, such was the domination of John Sc...

The life of Brian

The life of Brian

The first week of October was quiet for Brian Harding. He rode a winner at Kelso on Arc day and would not ride again for the rest of the week. The nearest fixture to his home in Blencowe,...

Stylish staying power

Stylish staying power

During your amateur career you rode ten winners, then you were knocked unconscious at Becher’s in the 1988 Grand National and two weeks later broke your neck in a fall at Worcester. How...

Brush with  greatness

Brush with greatness

It was at Deauville in the summer of 1925 – the year F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby – that Georges Wildenstein gave 57,000 francs for a colt bred by Atanik Eknayan. Di...

New hat, new thrills

New hat, new thrills

Your successful riding career was brought to a premature end by two nasty accidents at Stratford and Musselburgh. You had to endure a series of complicated operations and lengthy recovery...

Keen for more quality

Keen for more quality

The request to set up this interview was met with the briefest of pauses before Richard Hannon replies: “Yes, Tuesday 9am is perfect. It should be a quiet day here.” Come the appoi...

Full of hope

Full of hope

In 2010 you rode just six winners. The following year you joined forces with David O’Meara and have gone on to record two centuries (in 2013 and 2014) and capture two Group 1s. Did you ...

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