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April 23, 2017

Living Large

by Matthew Steeples

New Jersey mansion, complete with 58 rooms, for sale for equivalent sum to what it cost to build in 1909; the £37 million house’s original owner was a man whose extravagance knew absolutely no bounds   George Crocker (1856 – 1909) makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby seem like an amateur. Born in Sacramento and … Continue reading “Living Large”

March 12, 2017

The Superstars Set To Clash

by Jon Vine

Jon Vine offers tips for this week’s Cheltenham Festival   The horse racing world was plunged into a wave of disappointment when Colin Tizzard confirmed Thistlecrack had suffered a minor tendon tear and would be forced to miss the rest of the season. The Gold Cup favourite had been wowing fans throughout his first season … Continue reading “The Superstars Set To Clash”

March 6, 2017

The Excitement Builds

by Jon Vine

New contributor Jon Vine previews next week’s Cheltenham Festival   There is no sound in sport that evokes more tension and excitement than the hooves of twenty equine athletes thundering around the final bend at Prestbury Park. Simply remembering all the great names who have bolted up the Cheltenham straight to claim Festival glory makes … Continue reading “The Excitement Builds”

January 22, 2017

A Happy House

by Matthew Steeples

Berkshire country house named “Gays” for sale   Not connected with the LGBT community in any way, but in fact named after a man named John Gays, “Gays” at Holyport, near Maidenhead in Berkshire dates to around 1456 and is currently for sale for £5.95 million ($7.36 million, €6.88 million or درهم27.05 million).     … Continue reading “A Happy House”

December 21, 2016

A Boxing Day Treat

by The Tout

The Tout’s tips for The King George 2016   Sometimes the leftovers taste better second time around on Boxing Day and this year there is a real treat in store at Kempton Park while we sit in the armchair getting over the festivities. If you’re not scheduled to go already, you will have to watch … Continue reading “A Boxing Day Treat”

November 27, 2015

Grand gardening

by Matthew Steeples

South Kensington communal garden offered for sale for the staggering sum of £175,000

July 14, 2015

Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

by General

The daughter of the contentious author Count Nikolai Tolstoy, divorcée Alexandra Tolstoy is a woman who ridiculously claims to struggle to live on £10,000 per week.

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 19, 2015

Reverend Robert Parker

by Matthew Steeples

A controversial, twice-married, former parish priest turned multi-millionaire businessman, Derbyshire born Robert Parker left the Anglican church in 1984 and set up a chain of care homes.

June 16, 2015

Beavering at Ascot

by Matthew Steeples

A £25,000 top hat suitable for a gent who wants to stand out at Royal Ascot

June 4, 2015

Touting The Derby

by steepleadmin

The Tout’s tips for The Investec Derby on Epsom Downs

June 3, 2015

A trainer on Treve

by steepleadmin

Trainer Victoria Haigh reports on recent events in French racing and on the prospects for Treve

October 10, 2014

Sarah Meakin

by General

Based in San Francisco and the co-founder of the Tal-y-Tara tea and polo shop

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 21, 2014

Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)

by General

The daughter of John Betjeman, Candida Lycett Green was English through and through. An author, conservationist and horsewoman, Lycett Green was a bohemian member of the Private Eye set whom lived by the Reverend Sydney Smith’s “take the short view of human life, never further than dinner or tea”. She began her marriage to the … Continue reading “Candida Lycett Green (1942 – 2014; nicknamed “Wibz”)”

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”

June 4, 2014

Craig Brazier

by Matthew Steeples

This “wheelie bin cleaner” from Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire  staked £2 on Scoop6 in May 2014 and won £1.3 million. Craig Brazier is a man who likes a punt but declared he wouldn’t be giving up his day job as he enjoys it. Passionate about racing, this betting addict truly was a man who found Lady … Continue reading “Craig Brazier”

August 30, 2013

Georgina Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

The daughter of the billionaire publishing magnate and politician Michael Bloomberg and his Yorkshire born wife, this passionate equestrian divides her time between New York and Florida. A New York University graduate and generous philanthropist, Bloomberg has written three “young adult” novels: The A Circuit, My Favorite Mistake and Off Course. She featured in Jamie … Continue reading “Georgina Bloomberg”

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’).

July 31, 2013

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”.

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”

April 25, 2013

Alessandra Brian

by Matthew Steeples

This delightful London based lifestyle blogger has British and American passports and loves both food and Ferraris.

March 14, 2013

Basia and Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

A new arrival at Hyde Park Stables   Basia Briggs, once described as “irrepressibly sunny” by the Daily Mail’s John McEntee, is as well known for her knowledge of the history of London as she is for being the owner of the Hyde Park Stables.     Now, in honour of her good friend the … Continue reading “Basia and Berkoff”

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”

March 5, 2013

Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks architectural antiques expert Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Design, travel and friends.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? The best revenge is to have a fabulous life.   … Continue reading “Jim Ruig: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 27, 2013

Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks “Made in Chelsea’s” Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My conscience.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Revenge is a dish best served cold.

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

February 4, 2013

Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the Bond Street couturier and Huntsman co-owner Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “Achieve the ideal”, striving for perfection in my craft. Indeed, I am reminded of this every day, because I am lucky enough to work with the team at … Continue reading “Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

January 31, 2013

Clare Balding

by Matthew Steeples

She’s been named the “most fascinating person in the public eye” by Tatler and a “21st century role model” by The Telegraph. This superb TV presenter and journalist is also a retired amateur jockey, has beaten thyroid cancer and is in a civil partnership with Alice Arnold, the BBC Radio 4 continuity announcer.

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.  

December 8, 2012

Wintering with the elite

by steepleadmin

Thomas James explores the winter holiday destinations of the jetset   The season is upon us and I like to think the thing that is most cherished of all this time of year is creating memories with those we love. Moreover, “my tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best,” once stated Winston … Continue reading “Wintering with the elite”

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”

November 16, 2012

Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the journalist and equestrian expert Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Sat nav, usually.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’m stealing my motto from someone else – “Don’t … Continue reading “Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

November 12, 2012

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

November 1, 2012

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

October 23, 2012

Phoebe Lapine: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the chef, author and BBC America “Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S.” contestant Phoebe Lapine: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Food. Friends. Fun.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Be the … Continue reading “Phoebe Lapine: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

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?”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

May 13, 2012

Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)

by Matthew Steeples

“Britain’s ultimate interior designer” is a man of many talents and guises. Haslam flits from party to party by night, but by day writes, edits and designs. He’s performed cabaret at The Savoy and Bellamy’s and interior watercolour renderings by him are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum. This trendsetter’s life is indeed summed … Continue reading “Nicky Haslam (Nicholas Haslam)”

April 27, 2012

Michael and Jean O’Shea

by Matthew Steeples

Michael and Jean O’Shea scooped £10,200,000 in the  EuroMillions Lottery in 2005 yet still were claiming a Motability car every three years and £500 a month in disability benefits in 2012. In answer to their critics, all Mr O’Shea could say was: “We’re entitled to it”. We, equally, are entitled to criticise. Shame on this … Continue reading “Michael and Jean O’Shea”

April 9, 2012

The worthy Mr Waites

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Sculptor Edward Waites   Continuing my series of profiles of up and coming talent, it was a pleasure to recently meet the extremely talented Suffolk based sculptor Edward Waites.   A specialist in animal sculpture, 24-year old Waites is largely self-taught. Leopards, lions, rhinos, horses and bulls are a firm favourite as subjects and … Continue reading “The worthy Mr Waites”

April 3, 2012

A chic serpent

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Roberto Cavalli Vodka The Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli is best known for using exotic wild animal prints in his creations and for giving jeans a “sand-blasted look” that has become the standard style for the majority of brands.     Born in 1940 in Florence, Cavalli sells his main lines in … Continue reading “A chic serpent”

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