In jump racing, there’s a single name which stands as the ultimate benchmark of excellence.  Arkle. Born in 1957, bred by Mary Baker in County Dublin, a bay colt was bought by Anne, Duchess of Westminster.  She named him after a Scottish mountain.  Arkle spent a quiet year maturing on her Cheshire estate before heading for Tom Dreaper’s yard back in Ireland to begin … More Arkle

Sprinter Sacre

If the value of a race could be measured in smiles, the 2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase would be the richest race in history. When the legendary Kauto Star began his well-earned retirement in 2012, the void he left behind seemed impossible to fill.  But the racing Gods were ahead of us.  They’d anticipated and answered our prayers with 16.3 hands of devilishly handsome gelding.  The name?  Sacre.  Sprinter Sacre. He was unbeatable, effortlessly … More Sprinter Sacre

Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel

Champions Day at Ascot, 20 October 2012. Many of racing’s characters are liked and respected, but everyone in racing loves Sir Henry Cecil. Today at Ascot the evidence for this statement is clear, and a sell-out crowd bears witness to this adulation on a national and international scale. The vast sweep of the grandstand looms over a thin grey figure in a trilby … More Sir Henry Cecil and Frankel