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Clare Balding, ballet and the blindingly obvious

Clare Balding is a very good presenter of television, especially live TV. I should know. During a 25 year career producing for ITV, BBC, C4 and SKY; forgive me, but I know a good presenter when I see … [Read More...]

Featured Horse Racing

Many Clouds wins a hard fought finish to the Hennessy. Photo: C4 Racing

Many Clouds wins Hennessy Gold Cup

The Hennessy Gold Cup rarely disappoints. In an age when big field competitive handicaps are under … [Read More...]

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Ryan Mania quits as jockey: “I get no kick from winning.”

Just eighteen months after he rode the winner of the Grand National, young jockey Ryan Mania has … [Read More...]


“I wish I’d been as good as him around Cheltenham.” Richard Hughes on his late father, Dessie

Few men in racing are respected for decades. My late father was forever telling me about the then … [Read More...]

Featured Football

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Liverpool go out of Champions League. Time for a reality check. And mea culpa.

It was coming. Liverpool going out of the Champions League, that is. Thank heavens for the brutal … [Read More...]

Mark Warburton - football man born and bred!

Life is sweet for the Bees

My late father supported Brentford, as do my brother and his son and daughter. The Bees are … [Read More...]

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Roy Keane. No longer a villain

Roy Keane has left Aston Villa. He resigned from his job as assistant manager to Paul Lambert the … [Read More...]