THE SPORTING LIFE

15
Jul
2014
The Open FI

Opening up The Open

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.

09
Jul
2014
Jack L Carson FI

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

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 way, or I shall make one”.  

07
Jul
2014
The hats of Henley FI

The hats of Henley

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.

04
Jul
2014
The Suarez FI

A cocktail that bites

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.

26
Jun
2014
New balls please FI

New balls please

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.

21
Jun
2014
Recycling England FI

Picture of the Week: Recycling England

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.

16
Jun
2014
Royal Ascot 2014 FI

Royal Ascot 2014: A regal week on the turf

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

16
Jun
2014
Out of office FI

Picture of the Week: Out of office

John Bercow spotted at the Aegon Championships   The last time we featured John Bercow was in the context of a fracas he got into after allegedly bashing into a Range Rover owned by a “divorced full-time mother” named Nathalie Pulford. Yesterday a reader sighted him arriving at The Queen’s Club after the final had already finished and we make it our Picture of the Week.

05
Jun
2014
All the fun of the fair FI

All the fun of the fair

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.

08
Apr
2014
Mastering The Masters FI

Mastering The Masters

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.

06
Apr
2014
Trenton bleats FI

Trenton bleats

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 bit interested in his activities and have not even featured him once on our pages since 27th April 2012.

04
Apr
2014
Tagging the National FI

Picture of the Week: Tagging the National

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.

28
Mar
2014
Lance Armstrong FI

Quote of the Week: Lanced

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

23
Jan
2014
Frankie Dettori FI

Frankie’s fairytale

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.

31
Dec
2013
Colin Lynch FI

Colin Lynch: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with Paralympic cyclist Colin Lynch   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m a fiercely competitive person. Many people find it annoying actually. From the need to always be right, to the desire to win and prove myself better than my competition, I always like to push myself to my limits.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Pain today means glory tomorrow”. Fairly basic really: Work hard now and racing (and winning) will come easier. The hard work you do today will make the harder work of racing seem easier.  

25
Dec
2013
Christmas achievers FI

Christmas achievers

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 man to ski to the South Pole.

20
Dec
2013
Lewis Moody FI

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

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 is not judged by his successes, but by how many times he is knocked on his ass and gets back up again.  

19
Dec
2013
Heather Mills FI

Wally of the Week: Heather Mills

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 of herself.

27
Oct
2013
Facebooking football FI

Facebooking football

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

17
Oct
2013
Bonneville's super ride FI

Bonneville’s super ride

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.

02
Oct
2013
La revolution reverse FI

La revolution reverse

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 turning into a tale of two cities or rather a tale and battle of two kingdoms.

13
Sep
2013
Mickael Barzalona and Encke won last year's Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes FI

The last Classic race of the Flat season

The Tout’s tips for Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger   As we enter the autumn it is time for the final classic race of the season on Town Moor at Doncaster. The race used to bear more importance in years past when it was regarded as the final stage of a triple crown. The last horse to achieve that great feat was Oh So Sharp in 1985 with, most recently, Camelot just failing last year. Nowadays horses are not commercially or so specifically bred to get 1¾ miles so staying types are fewer on the ground.

19
Aug
2013
York Ebor Festival 2013 FI

Roman racing

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’).

09
Aug
2013
Jose Mourinho FI

The game of transfers

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.

31
Jul
2013
Beat the bookies FI

Toronado 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.

31
Jul
2013
Toronado FI

Duel on the Sussex Downs

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”.

21
Jul
2013
Phil Mickleson FI

Topping The Tout

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

15
Jul
2013
Open 2013 FI

Only Opens

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.

12
Jul
2013
Judy Murray smiles

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

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.

09
Jul
2013
The Ashes FI

A beginner’s guide to The Ashes

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.

08
Jul
2013
Andy Murray FI

A true sporting great

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”.

04
Jul
2013
Andy Murray beats Fernando Verdasco FI

A ticket and a half

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.

21
Jun
2013
Pontus Maltborg FI

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

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.  

20
Jun
2013
Brenda's Estimate FI

Brenda’s Estimate

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.  

20
Jun
2013
Ascot FI

The fashion of Ascot

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.  

18
Jun
2013
Royal Ascot FI

Royal Ascot 2013

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.  

17
Jun
2013
Frankie Dettori FI

Dettori drives forward

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 travel business, Your Golf Travel.  

11
Jun
2013
Sir Henry Cecil FI

Frankel-y the best

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.  

31
May
2013
Frankie FI

Frankie’s back

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.  

31
May
2013
Epsom FI

Epsom: The Oaks and the Derby

The Tout’s tips for the Oaks and the Derby   Frederico Tesio, a pre-eminent Italian breeder, who owned and bred Ribot one of the all time greats maintained that there is only one important piece of wood in the world and that piece of wood is the winning post at Epsom on the downs just ten miles south of London.  

12
May
2013
Amini Fonua FI

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

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. What’s yours? “Never underestimate the power of forgiveness”.  

18
Apr
2013
Firing Maggie FI

Firing Maggie

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.  

26
Mar
2013
Michael Scudamore FI

Michael Scudamore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks Welsh National winning racehorse trainer Michael Scudamore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Grandad Scu, a tough man when he was riding and an absolute gentleman. He is the person that dad, Tom and I look up to the most.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Keep a leg either side and his head off the floor” – Michael Scudamore Snr.

12
Mar
2013
Quevega wins at the Cheltenham Festival 2013

Trebled by The Tout

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 and no doubt a few of you will be celebrating tonight.   Be sure to check The Tout’s tips for tomorrow. His form will hopefully be just as good.   The Tout’s tips for the week: http://thesteepletimes.com/today/the-theatre-of-dreams-and-the-home-to-real-men-and-horses   For more information on the Cheltenham Festival 2013, go to: http://www.cheltenham-festival.co.uk

11
Mar
2013
Cheltenham Mar 2013 FI

The theatre of dreams and the home to real men and horses

The Tout’s tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2013   Finally, after a long and harsh winter we have arrived at the greatest show on earth for National Hunt fans. The Tout feels his blood pressure rise and a keen sense of anticipation as this week looms and now that it is upon us we are about to be presented with four of the greatest days of sport imaginable.  

28
Feb
2013
Steve McQueen FI

A 24-hour toy

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 a 1:32 scale, wooden slot car racetrack complete with 12 limited edition slot cars.     At 13½ foot long, 7½ foot wide and 3 foot tall, this is an indulgence that will require a fair amount of space but one that could make a great centerpiece in any the games room of any bachelor pad.   The raceway itself features realistic landscaping, period signage…

18
Feb
2013
Athlete Oscar Pistorius and his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (19th August 1983 - 14th February 2013)

Picture of the week: “I am the bullet in the chamber”

The tragic story of Oscar Pistorius and the death of Reeva Steenkamp   Oscar Pistorius was a man many rightly came to admire. He achieved the unthinkable on the track and was, as his father, Henke, pointed out “a man strong beyond his years”. In an advert for Nike, he himself is quoted as saying:   “I was born without bones below the knee. I only stand 5ft 2. But this is the body I have been given. This is my weapon. How I conquer. How I wage my war. This is how I have broken the world record 49 times. How I became the fastest thing on legs. This is my weapon. This is how I fight”.    …

03
Jan
2013
Frankie FI

We’re backing Frankie

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.  

25
Dec
2012
Captain Chris FI

The Tout’s tips for the William Hill King George VI Chase

Get set for a Boxing Day extravaganza at Kempton Park   Kempton Park is the closest racecourse to London at Sunbury upon Thames and with the weather the way it has been please take note of its proximity to London’s main drain. The track is not necessarily as known for testing underfoot conditions as its close neighbour Sandown but please beware all the same as after the past two weeks weather the track will be very testing and we will need to find a horse that is able to cope with the heavy ground.   It is an oft quoted phrase in racing that a good horse will go on any ground but when the going is as testing as…

30
Nov
2012
Duke of Lucca FI

Striking Gold at The Hennessey

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 bookies already have the upper hand. Without some inside information, we are playing with fire here but there are two prospects at both short and long prices.   The Tout recommends the longer priced horse for a small wager but if you really must have a go at a favourite, Tidal Bay is an obvious choice at 4/1 for the in form Nicholls yard but…

31
Oct
2012
Beckham Bridge FI

Boat it like Beckham

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.   The boat’s journey under Tower Bridge was accompanied by a crescendo of pyrotechnics and complete with gadgets that numbered four smoke emitting dummy rockets, a high pressure waterjet bar and dozens of LED lights, it formed a significant part of the Danny Boyle orchestrated display that opened the London 2012 Olympic Games.   Now, the very same “heavily customised” boat is available for sale and…

23
Oct
2012
Frankel FI

Frankel: The Best

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 and the best horse ever.” Frankel was simply incredible in his final race and gave the huge crowd a real reason to be glad, proud and happy to be at Ascot for his swansong performance.   In hardcore racing terms, Frankel is officially rated by The Jockey Club handicapper as the highest rated of all time but for the memory it was the sheer style…

16
Oct
2012
Hughes FI

Another Magnificent Seven

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, Sette, after it. One punter, a plumber from Morecambe named Darren Yates won £550,000 on a stake of £67.58 and forever more this will be recalled as a moment in racing history.   Yesterday, another jockey, Richard Hughes, at odds of 10,168-1, rode seven winners in eight races at Windsor.   Of his success, Hughes, who has ridden 161 winners this season, commented:   “I’m…

27
Sep
2012
Medinah FI

Firing up for the 2012 Ryder Cup

The Tout’s predictions for the 2012 Ryder Cup   We never miss an opportunity to pat ourselves on the back here and our last foray into golf tipping resulted in Ernie Els winning The Open at the rewarding odds of 40/1. We are not going to be offered such generous terms by our good friends the bookies on The Ryder Cup in Chicago but The Tout does see a chance for the punter to come out on top and pull the bookmakers trousers down in great style.   With this renewal being stateside, the US team are favourites at around 8/11 as outright winners and they deserve this position at the head of the market but the Europeans are in…

20
Aug
2012
Lyndon FI

Cycling with a Smile

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 serve with some bread from a boulangerie about 110km from where I’ve set up camp.   I’m exhausted but exhilarated. The journey I set out on 5 days ago has taken me through some of the most beautiful but challenging sections of country I’ve ever experienced. I’m a novice cyclist but with the help of the Cadence Performance Centre I trained for the distances I…

11
Aug
2012
Lyndon Ogbourne FI

Lyndon’s Tour de France

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 from Bordeaux to Nice. It’s not quite the Tour de France but as a cycling novice, this journey feels like it will be a long, long trip.   I’ve always been a keen sportsman and have successfully tackled the London Marathon. I felt like a broken man for a fortnight afterwards. I’ve also completed the London Triathlon and nearly drowned in the Thames, but after…

11
Aug
2012
Henrik Rummell expresses his joy at winning a gold

Picture of the week: The rower boner

An internet sensation involving the anatomy of an Olympic rower   When some athletes win an Olympic gold medal, they cry. Others raise a cheery smile. Henrik Rummel, instead, got rather overexcited and let something in his lycra express his feeling for what he’d just achieved.   For this very reason, here we display The Steeple Times picture of the week.

08
Aug
2012
Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Europeans have strong chance at US PGA

The Tout’s predictions for the US PGA Championship   One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses hosts one of the top four competitions of the year this weekend at Kiawah Island in South Carolina on The Eastern Seaboard. Notorious for it’s tendency to swirling winds, which assimilates to some of our links courses, and there is also plenty of sand and long grass to punish any wild driving.   It was interesting at our Open Championship that Tiger chose not to pull out his driver and instead relied on his long irons. Despite this he was always in the van and it is more likely at Kiawah, a course he knows well, that he will reach for the big…

19
Jul
2012
King George FI

Don’t desert Nathaniel for The King George

The Tout’s tips for The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes   The second most prestigious race for three year olds and upwards is run at Ascot on Saturday and it is known as The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over a mile and a half. It sounds harsh to say that it is the secondary race as this is a very high class field containing multiple Group One winners, a Melbourne Cup winner and the winner of last year’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe which is the premier race over a mile and a half run at Longchamps in Paris in October.   Two weeks, ago we selected Nathaniel for The Eclipse and were fortunate to…

17
Jul
2012
Open FI

Rough stuff at The Open Golf

The Tout’s tips for The Open Golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes   In this column there is no room for self congratulatory style comments, vanity or hindsight as there is surely a bad run around the corner but following on from our triumph in The Eclipse we went on to nominate Mayson in The July Cup at Newmarket who duly obliged at the terrifying price of 25/1. Later this week I will analyse The King George at Ascot on Saturday but for the moment we are going to try to find the winner of The Open Golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes.   Big golf competitions such as this and The Masters are almost impossible as players…

14
Jul
2012
Dandy Boy_opt

Who will sprint to success in the July Cup?

The Tout’s take on the July Cup   After last week’s triumph when we had the first three horses home in the correct order in The Eclipse at Sandown, we must not be too self congratulatory as racing has a habit of paying you back but it was a great way to launch our first column. As readers may have gathered we are attempting to cover all of the classic races and Group One events during the summer rather than just produce a straightforward weekly tipping column.   This week the focus of the turf on a busy Saturday is the Group One Darley July Cup on the July Course at Newmarket. There are two separate courses at “Headquarters” with…

05
Jul
2012
SYT beats Workforce in Eclipse 580 x 350 8502763 FI

Who will win the Eclipse?

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 quarter for three year olds and upwards. The distance is perceived to be an ideal step between speed and staying power and it is generally the fist valid weight for age event in the calendar. Weight for age is the weight allowance that a three year old gets from a four year old but this year the field consists of older horses.   We have…