Musidora: 1949 Oaks and 1000 Guineas

by GRAHAM OLIVER THE Musidora Stakes is an Oaks trial held on the Knavesmire and named in honour of the 1949 Oaks winner. Musidora was a bay filly by Nasrullah out of Painted Vale by Gainsborough. She was named after the French silent screen star Jeanne Roques, whose stage name was Musidora. Nasrullah also sired …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Fleet: 1967 1000 Guineas winner

by GRAHAM OLIVER Noel Murless saddled six winners of the 1000 Guineas: Fleet was number three, winning in 1967. She was a bay filly by the unraced Never Say Die stallion Immortality. Her dam, Review, was by Panorama, who had won the Coventry and Champagne Stakes during a seven-race unbeaten two-year-old career. Besides Fleet, Review …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Tudor Minstrel

Tudor Minstrel

by GRAHAM OLIVER WHO was the greatest 2000 Guineas winner ever? Was it Tudor Minstrel, was it Brigadier Gerard, or was it Frankel? Of course, we will never know, but we can surmise. This short piece is about making the case for Tudor Minstrel… Foaled in 1944, Tudor Minstrel was a brown colt by the …[Read More]

Horse race moments that will leave you breathless

Go for Wand

by SHARON KAPLAN There are a number of people that can remember the sounds and smells of the horse track. Perhaps it was one of the your first memories as a young and innocent child; the day you held your grandfather’s hand while looking up at the creatures that were supposed to make your old …[Read More]

Race of the century? 1903 Eclipse

by GRAHAM OLIVER The first Eclipse Stakes was run at Sandown Park in 1886 and was won by the six-year-old Bendigo. The race was worth £10,000, making it the richest horse race in Great Britain. The winning purse was very nearly double that of the Derby winner. The three main protagonists for the 1903 Eclipse …[Read More]

Burrough Hill Lad: The Making of a Champion Racehorse

AS autumn leaves begin to gather on the pavements and the chillier mornings leave us with goosebumps, it can only mean that proper Jump racing is almost upon us. The Charlie Hall Chase is a few weeks away… the Paddy Power Gold Cup is within sight. But if you really want to set the National …[Read More]

The Grand National: Tears and tantrums

THE scream was piercing. Then there was silence. The remaining horses had already streamed over the Canal Turn but most people’s thoughts and hearts were back at Becher’s Brook. The screaming woman was now in tears. Real, stinging tears. And she was not alone… This was 1987. It was my first Grand National. But to …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival memories: Peter Scudamore

SOME of my earliest Cheltenham Festival memories centred around the glorious failure of one man to ride a winner. Peter Scudamore was my favourite jockey when I was a youngster. He may have lacked the riding style and panache of John Francome but he always looked like he was giving 100% on his horse. I …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Waterloo Boy

IT’S slightly strange how we become attached to certain racehorses. I have no idea why I loved Ben Nevis, so much so that I backed him to win the Grand National in 1980 as a young lad. Likewise, there was Barton Bank. He seemed to be around for years in the 90s and I willed …[Read More]

Memory Lane: Hennessy Gold Cup

The Hennessy Gold Cup has a special place in national hunt hearts. It’s been won by the equine elite including Mill House, Arkle, Burrough Hill Lad and Denman, and remains one of the jewels in the crown of the jumps season. It has also been unspoilt by having different names and has the longest commercial …[Read More]