Entries by Tony Stafford

Monday Musings: When The Fun Stops…

Anyone who has regularly waded through these jottings over the past six years or so will probably believe that my professional life has been one of many more ups than downs, writes Tony Stafford. However, thanks to an inability to equate a decent knowledge of horse racing and before that greyhound racing form with sensible […]

Monday Musings: Harry’s Knight To Behold

After last week’s eulogy about the continuing success and imagination of the Coolmore operation, I got a gentle nudge from my editor, saying “other stud farms are available”, writes Tony Stafford. At Lingfield on Saturday, one such stud, Abergwaun Farms, took centre stage with its home-bred colt Knight to Behold, impressive winner of the Derby […]

Monday Musings: Sunday Silence and the Daddy

When you watch American racing – not that I do very often these days – it is always obvious that when there is a tight outcome, any deviation off a straight line by one of the protagonists is treated with unsympathetic correctitude, writes Tony Stafford. Memories of those middling-to-far-off evenings in the old Racing Channel […]

Monday Musings: Join The Racing Club

I know that at least 25 people see these ramblings every week – I send them to that number of friends and acquaintances and they get them, errors and all, without the benefit of the editor/proprietor’s editing, writes Tony Stafford. We both – the prop and me - like to think that a fair number […]

Monday Musings: An Unconventional National

Did you enjoy the Grand National meeting? I did, although it was one of the less conventional Aintree experiences of my existence, writes Tony Stafford. I didn’t go up until the Friday; disappeared north-easterly after racing, only returning to Liverpool the following morning. Then, instead of watching the race first hand, with some friends, I […]

Monday Musings: Sod’s Law!

Once upon a time I thought I had a decent memory, writes Tony Stafford. Not quite total recall, but pretty good. Yet nowadays it’s anything but. For example I was recently given a couple of slim bright red volumes of Copes Racing Encyclopaedia (properly ae-diphthong-ed) for 1958 and 1960. Copes were one of the old […]

Monday Musings: The Quest for the Roses

“It could only happen to Michael!” Those words, spoken to me by Victor Chandler after Thunder Gulch, owned by Michael Tabor, had astounded everyone in racing when he won the 1995 Kentucky Derby, were repeated many times in the days after that unlikely success for a hitherto small-scale English owner, writes Tony Stafford. Trained by […]

Monday Musings: A Jungle in the Bungle?

About a couple of months ago, I was at Mick Channon’s West Ilsley stables, watching his most forward two-year-olds doing a brisk canter up the hill, writes Tony Stafford. At that stage Mick possibly hadn’t got all their identities a hundred per cent to memory even if younger son and assistant, Jack, had. So as […]

Monday Musings: Teddie and the Fez Jocks

Did you enjoy Cheltenham? Even assuming you did, writes Tony Stafford, you would be hard pushed to have had as wonderful a time over the four days as four-year-old Teddie Charlesworth. An ever-present in the fourth-floor box of his grandfather Danny Charlesworth, boss of distribution company Citipost, Teddie was thrilled to watch his hero Davy […]

Monday Musings: Chunky, Kalashnikov and the Snail

I enjoyed Sandown on Saturday, not least because with my pal Peter Ashmore I had a nice chat in the new and much-improved owners’ room with Mrs Heather Silk, friend of the famed former British Airways Cabin Services Director, Mike “Chunky” Allen, writes Tony Stafford. Chunky was the man to know in the years between […]

Monday Musings: Onset of the Big Thaw

Who’d have believed it? In times of extreme weather, with snow blanketing much of the country, it seems the best chance of jump racing to resume after a blank week is Lingfield Park (along with Southwell), writes Tony Stafford. Before the drainage was (sort of) sorted out a few decades back, the joke among press […]

Monday Musings: Tony a Starcrossed Lover

What do you do to pass the time, if you’ve a good hour and a half to wait for your horse to go through the sales ring? When Dutch Law was offered at the Tattersalls October Horses in Training sale on October 26 2016, Steve Gilbey, fully restored with a handsome breakfast from the buffet, […]

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 […]

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