Entries by Tony Stafford

Monday Musings: Jack’s win more than ‘fair

One win can do that. Overnight on Saturday, Jack Quinlan stopped being the most underrated jump jockey in the country, writes Tony Stafford. On Sunday, John Berry, speaking with his usual erudition on At The Races’ Forum, said Jack was “as good as anyone”, coming to school your horse and then riding him in the […]

Monday Musings: A Dublin Flyer!

There was only one place to begin this week’s offering, writes Tony Stafford. Leopardstown provided two days of intoxicating, top-class sport, making a brilliant success of the much-heralded Dublin Racing Festival. Excellent performances were interspersed with some of the most head-scratching results ever in my experience, although in fairness Messrs Mullins (W), Elliott (G) and […]

Monday Musings: Two Champions Crowned

The weekend’s two big races, the Pegasus, with its million-dollar entry fee, at Gulfstream Park, Florida, and the Prix d’Amerique, the prime trotting race in the world, at Vincennes in Paris, provided equally captivating contests, and two outstanding winners. When the Pegasus was first mooted, the initial thought for many was that it would be […]

Monday Musings: Criquette Declares at Seventy

Usually, when news comes through of a retirement or more distressingly and increasingly at this stage of my life, a death of someone you’ve known for a long time, one always takes stock, writes Tony Stafford. When the retiree, as in last weekend’s case, is Christiane Head-Maarek, or Criquette Head as she has been universally […]

Monday Musings: RIP Bryn Crossley

Somebody died a week ago, writes Tony Stafford. It is not often one can say this, but the accident of our meeting made a bigger impact on the second part of my life than anything else. That person was Bryn Crossley, who was only 59 when he passed away in Spain following two seizures, the […]

Christmas Eve Musings: Two Tearing to the Top

The suggestion from above, for the first of two out-of-kilter holiday offerings, was to offer a retrospective this morning and then a New Year’s Eve forward projection, writes Tony Stafford. Watching the televised racing yesterday from four UK venues on the sofa rather than at the track, two major results crystallised my opinion about two […]

Monday Musings: Battling Sod’s Law

Just when we thought 2017 was going to go down in Raymond Tooth racing history as a total disaster, four days in mid-December illustrated just how quickly fortunes and therefore spirits can change, writes Tony Stafford. Two first-time starters from the Hughie Morrison stable saw to that. Highlights had been few and far between with […]

Monday Musings: The Final Highland Fling

The new jackets and caps were on show at the Tattersalls December Sales in Newmarket over the past two weeks, Coolmore insiders and nearly-so’s proudly sporting the liveries of new-for-2018 stallions Caravaggio, Churchill and Highland Reel, writes Tony Stafford. The first two, winners respectively of two and four Group 1 races, were recently announced as […]

Monday Musings: Sales Season (almost) Endeth

We’re finally on the last leg of the sales season, Tattersall’s four-day auction of mares, as their December marathon at Newmarket eventually makes it to its eponymous month, writes Tony Stafford. My friend Peter will be happy as it means not only will he and Lorraine get onto the minibus to see Frankel again, but […]

Monday Musings: On Trainers…

How much bad luck can a man have? In the case of Ruby Walsh, at 38, surely at a stage when yet another serious injury, this time a broken leg, might potentially be career threatening, apparently any amount, writes Tony Stafford. Reassuringly, his surgeon seems to think that Ruby will be fit in time for […]

Monday Musings: Under The Radar

Nine years ago, while writing a similar column to this in a since defunct organ, I remember eulogising about a horse that must lay claim not just to having gone under the radar, but simply evading all attention, writes Tony Stafford. By the time of his sixth successive victory, having won twice as a late-season […]

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