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THE SPORTING LIFE
The Tout’s tips for The Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury
Football expert Pontus Maltborg on the prospects for AS Monaco FC
The Tout’s tips for the Parisian spectacle that is the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
England qualify for the 2015 FIP World Championships From the snatches of an extremely close defeat and one whose umpiring decisions were questioned by even Claire Tomlinson, the chairman of the Beaufort Polo Club, the English team have unexpectedly found themselves headed to Chile for next year’s 2015 Federation of Intertnational Polo World Championships.
Complaints that standards of welfare in British horseracing aren’t high enough are without real merit The horseracing world has been enveloped in debate in the wake of The Daily Mirror printing images of Wigmore Hall being shot after breaking his leg. Now, with news that the Queen’s horse Estimate has been stripped of its Gold Cup finish after testing positive for morphine, yet more commentary has followed about the way in which racing is run.
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.
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.
The Steeple Times asks professional polo player Peter Webb: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
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 its banks but this year it seems we are blessed with perfect ground.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’).
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.
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.
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”.
The Tout does it again With Mickelson having won The Open at 20/1, The Tout has pulled it off again.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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”. …
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…