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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...

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...

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