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THE SPORTING LIFE

From playing the field to buying a team

The game changers in the worlds of polo, horse racing, sailing and other sports

September 25, 2014

Let the games begin

by Matthew Steeples

The Tout’s tips for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles   The time has come and the excitement is tangible with the arrival of this year’s Ryder Cup. This biannual grudge match between Europe and the USA was first held in 1929 and has provided some of the most memorable moments in the sport.

September 5, 2014

Stabling Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori puts his Voysey designed country house up for sale   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is best known for his “flying dismounts” and for having won seven out of seven races at Ascot in 1996. He currently lives at Stetchworth on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border near Newmarket but is now selling his home there.

August 20, 2014

Ascot hits Yorkshire

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s tips for the York Ebor meeting   During the reconstruction of Ascot, The Royal Meeting was held at York and what a great success it was. This meeting is one of the summer highlights and The Knavesmire, as the course is known, never disappoints unless there is heavy rainfall and the River Ouse bursts … Continue reading “Ascot hits Yorkshire”

July 30, 2014

All’s Good at Goodwood

by steepleadmin

The Tout on Goodwood   The summer of sport continues to throw up high class fare and today is no exception as at 3.05pm there is a mouthwatering clash on the Sussex Downs at Goodwood

July 15, 2014

Opening up The Open

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s tips for The Open 2014   It’s that time of year again when the world’s best professional and amateur golfers turn up for the toughest tournament in golf. The crucial word is links play which is so different from every other top course that they play on.

July 9, 2014

Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by steepleadmin

The Steeple Times asks author of “Rowing Blazers” Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Creativity and persistence.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Aut viam inveniam aut faciam: “Either I shall find a … Continue reading “Jack Carlson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 7, 2014

The hats of Henley

by Matthew Steeples

The 2014 Henley Royal Regatta was a fashionable affair   The run up to this year’s Henley Royal Regatta widely featured in the news in the context of a book named Rowing Blazers that is published today, the 7th July.

July 4, 2014

A cocktail that bites

by Matthew Steeples

The Rib Room dedicates a cocktail to Luis Suárez   Luis Suárez will go down in history for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup and in his honour Knightsbridge’s The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant have created a cocktail with a bite.

June 26, 2014

New balls please

by steepleadmin

Alexandra Naylor reports on this year’s strawberries and Pimm’s fuelled Wimbledon Championships   It’s Wimbledon again – the oldest and most prestigious tennis championship in the world.

June 21, 2014

Picture of the Week: Recycling England

by Matthew Steeples

England’s most disastrous World Cup performance ever   For the last few days, the nation attempted to get enthusiastic about the chances of the England team in the World Cup. Sadly and predictably, this came to nothing.

June 16, 2014

Royal Ascot 2014: A regal week on the turf

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s predictions for Royal Ascot 2014   I’m savouring a full week in my morning suit this week and with the weather set fair, the going is looking good. All we have to do now is to find some winners, so here are my predictions for Royal Ascot 2014

June 5, 2014

All the fun of the fair

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s predictions for the Oaks, the Derby and the Belmont Stakes   We have two great days of proper grown up horseracing to come at Epsom and as ever the twists, turns and undulations will take their toll and test every horse to their maximum.

April 8, 2014

Mastering The Masters

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s tips for The Masters 2014   The Tout believes that picking the winner of The Masters is even harder than finding the winner The Grand National or managing to get a bed in a cell in a Liverpool police station on a Saturday night.

April 6, 2014

Trenton bleats

by Matthew Steeples

2012 Boat Race protestor Trenton Oldfield tweets ‘The Steeple Times’   Trenton Oldfield will only ever be remembered for one thing: wrecking the 2012 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Ahead of today’s race, this “activist” tweeted us to complain that we were “a little obsessed” with him. We can confirm that we are not in the slightest … Continue reading “Trenton bleats”

April 4, 2014

Picture of the Week: Tagging the National

by Matthew Steeples

Tagged race goer spotted at Aintree   Spotted by Jules Hearn and shared on Facebook, our Picture of the Week shows a race goer at Aintree sporting a most unusual accessory.

March 28, 2014

Quote of the Week: Lanced

by Matthew Steeples

Musician Willie Nelson makes a mockery of Lance Armstrong   Submitted by reader Peter Burrell, our first quote of the week comes from the American country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson

January 23, 2014

Frankie’s fairytale

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori’s triumph at Lingfield marks a great start to his return to racing   Frankie Dettori’s win at Lingfield on Wednesday is to be celebrated and marks a most welcome return for Britain’s favourite jockey.

December 25, 2013

Christmas achievers

by Matthew Steeples

A salute to those taking on challenges this Christmas   As the majority settle down to their Christmas feasts, give a thought to The Atlantic Polo Team who are racing across the Atlantic in a seven metre by two metre rowing boat unaided and Parker Liautaud, a young man who has just become the youngest … Continue reading “Christmas achievers”

December 20, 2013

Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A man’s character … Continue reading “Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 19, 2013

Wally of the Week: Heather Mills

by Matthew Steeples

Heather Mills throws yet another temper tantrum   The world was sadly disappointed this morning when Heather Mills made an unwelcome return to the pages of our newspapers. Naturally, Sir Paul McCartney’s ex-wife hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons and in shouting at a Paralympics official she yet again made an utter fool … Continue reading “Wally of the Week: Heather Mills”

October 27, 2013

Facebooking football

by Matthew Steeples

Total Facebook ‘likes’ for three of Britain’s top football clubs is higher than the country’s total population     The population of Britain is approximately 63,900,000 people. The total combined ‘likes’, however, for just three of the top British football clubs on Facebook comes to an astounding 71,547,548

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

October 2, 2013

La revolution reverse

by Matthew Steeples

Pontus Maltborg examines the changing face of France’s Ligue 1   The French football Ligue 1 has long been the league of the many and of unpredictability as it has had 6 different champions during the last 6 years and lacked real established hierarchy. This is however drastically changing as the French league is now … Continue reading “La revolution reverse”

August 19, 2013

Roman racing

by The Tout

The Tout’s tips for the York Ebor Festival   The summer moves on apace and we reach the great northern three day Ebor summer festival on the Knavesmire at York (Roman name ‘Eboracum’).

August 9, 2013

The game of transfers

by Pontus Maltborg

Pontus Maltbourg analyses this year’s European football transfer window   With less than one month remaining of the major European transfer window it is time to analyse the movers and shakers in European football.

July 31, 2013

Toronado Tout

by The Tout

Another win for The Tout   Toronado romped home in a last minute surge at Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes this afternoon and produced yet another glorious result for our man The Tout.

Duel on the Sussex Downs

by The Tout

The Tout’s tips for Wednesday’s racing at Goodwood   We’ve arrived at the mid summer festival to beat all others at Goodwood but without the heatwave and some of the ingredients that give Goodwood the pseudonym “Glorious”.

July 21, 2013

Topping The Tout

by The Tout

The Tout does it again   With Mickelson having won The Open at 20/1, The Tout has pulled it off again.

July 15, 2013

Only Opens

by Matthew Steeples

The Tout’s tips for The Open Championship 2013 at Muirfield   This year it is Muirfield’s sixteenth opportunity to host The Open Championship, which retains its status as the number one event in European golf.

July 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: Smile, it most certainly did happen

by Matthew Steeples

Judy Murray has good reason to smile   An interview with Andy Murray’s mother, the tennis coach and British Fed Cup team captain Judy Murray, appeared in the Evening Standard today. The focus of the article was on the fact she’s started to smile.

July 9, 2013

A beginner’s guide to The Ashes

by Fred Sculthorp

Our man in whites Fred Sculthorp looks ahead to this week’s Test cricket series, The Ashes   The enemy are at the gates. The time has come. Tomorrow, two of the great sporting civilizations will clash in mankind’s most profound expression of physical and mental endurance- the five day Test match.

July 8, 2013

A true sporting great

by Matthew Steeples

Andy Murray’s place in history is much deserved   If he’d lost he’d have been remembered as a “Scottish nearly man” but with his historic victory yesterday at Wimbledon, Andy Murray OBE became a “British superstar”.

July 4, 2013

A ticket and a half

by Matthew Steeples

Debenture tickets to Wimbledon’s men’s final available for £42,000   Fancy a ticket to the Wimbledon’s men’s final? You can have a pair but it’ll cost you just over £42,000.

June 21, 2013

Pontus Maltborg: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks football guru Pontus Maltborg: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The struggle for excellence.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Life is a bitch and then you die.  

June 20, 2013

Brenda’s Estimate

by Matthew Steeples

The Queen’s horse wins the Gold Cup at Ascot   The Queen is no doubt deservedly raising a glass tonight after her first ever Gold Cup win at Royal Ascot.  

The fashion of Ascot

by Matthew Steeples

Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot 2013 truly was a fashion parade   Royal Ascot is known for four things: horse racing, royalty, fashion and drunken revelry.  

June 18, 2013

Royal Ascot 2013

by The Tout

The Tout’s tips for Royal Ascot   Finally for all fans of horse racing the greatest week of the year has arrived and even the ladies look forward to it with anticipation as their outfits come together in time for the greatest parade of horse flesh that any punter can see at any single meeting. … Continue reading “Royal Ascot 2013”

June 17, 2013

Dettori drives forward

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori signs with Your Golf Travel   Champion jockey Frankie Dettori is back in the saddle and back in business. As well as performing his trademark flying dismount after winning at Goodwood on Friday on Stormy Paradise, the Italian has signed a five-figure sponsorship deal to become an ambassador for the world’s largest golf … Continue reading “Dettori drives forward”

June 11, 2013

Frankel-y the best

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Sir Henry Cecil (1943 – 2013)   Sir Henry Cecil was undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers ever. His tally of 25 classic winners is unsurpassed since 1900 and in 2012, he crowned his career by training the “wonder horse” Frankel.  

May 31, 2013

Frankie’s back

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Dettori returns to racing   Frankie Dettori’s back. This afternoon the racing legend will ride Beatrice Aurore, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.  

May 12, 2013

Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Olympian swimmer Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Don’t judge, be open-minded and approach everything you do with love” – You can never go wrong.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. … Continue reading “Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

April 18, 2013

Firing Maggie

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a Purdey gun engraved with a portrait of Baroness Thatcher   Margaret Thatcher had many devoted followers and fans in her time as Prime Minister. Coal miners, in general, were not amongst them but some like Jimi Heselden OBE (1948 – 2010) used their redundancy payouts to make vast fortunes.  

March 12, 2013

Trebled by The Tout

by Matthew Steeples

Three out of four for our man, The Tout   The first day of Cheltenham has been kind to our mysterious friend, The Tout.   His predictions of Hurricane Fly to win the Champion Hurdle, Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle and Simonsig in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase all paid off … Continue reading “Trebled by The Tout”

February 28, 2013

A 24-hour toy

by Matthew Steeples

A dream toy for any Le Mans fan   The 106-minute long 1971 film Le Mans starring Steve McQueen is rightly considered one of the classic motoring films.   Now, fans can play out their own version of it in their own homes by purchasing a replica fibreglass Porsche 917 that has been converted into … Continue reading “A 24-hour toy”

January 3, 2013

We’re backing Frankie

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times backs Frankie Dettori to win Celebrity Big Brother 2013   Though Frankie Dettori split from Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin in October and was banned from racing for six months in December 2012, he began his comeback last night by entering the Celebrity Big Brother house.  

November 30, 2012

Striking Gold at The Hennessey

by Matthew Steeples

The Tout gives his take on this weekend’s racing at Newbury   Winter has officially arrived and traditionally The Hennessy is the first of the major National Hunt events for the purists who love this sport. Sadly the race is a handicap and generally The Tout despises a contest such as this because those greedy … Continue reading “Striking Gold at The Hennessey”

October 31, 2012

Boat it like Beckham

by Matthew Steeples

The ultimate souvenir of the 2012 Olympics?   On Friday 27th July, a boat sped up the Thames that was watched by an estimated 900 million people across the globe. That craft, a Bladerunner BR RIB 35, was piloted by David Beckham and also carried Bladerunner’s managing director Jeremy Watts and the Olympic torch.   … Continue reading “Boat it like Beckham”

October 23, 2012

Frankel: The Best

by The Tout

The Tout says a fond farewell to Frankel   It must have taken some restraint from Sir Henry Cecil, the trainer of many of the greatest horses of the last 40 years, to wait until after Frankel’s last race on Saturday to state: “Frankel is the best I have trained, the best I have seen … Continue reading “Frankel: The Best”

October 16, 2012

Another Magnificent Seven

by Matthew Steeples

Richard Hughes achieves a “Magnificent Seven”   On the 28th September 1996, Frankie Dettori, at odds of 20,095-1 rode seven winners on seven horses in the seven races of the day at Ascot. His achievement cost the betting industry some £40 million and became known as the “Magnificent Seven.” Dettori even named his Chelsea restaurant, … Continue reading “Another Magnificent Seven”

August 20, 2012

Cycling with a Smile

by Matthew Steeples

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next to a campfire I’ve successfully made, cooking a fish I’ve caught (with much difficulty) that I plan to … Continue reading “Cycling with a Smile”

August 11, 2012

Lyndon’s Tour de France

by Matthew Steeples

Actor Lyndon Ogbourne introduces his latest charitable endeavour   Inspired by the excitement of the success of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and spurred on by the 2012 Olympic buzz, I set myself the challenge at the beginning of June to start training for a cycling expedition of well over 600 miles travelling … Continue reading “Lyndon’s Tour de France”

July 5, 2012

Who will win the Eclipse?

by The Tout

An analysis of the Eclipse by our latest columnist, The Tout   The Eclipse is a Group One race named after one of the great thoroughbreds that we have ever seen in this country. It is a key event in establishing the reputation of any good horse and is run over a mile and a … Continue reading “Who will win the Eclipse?”

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