Shut that door…..

  Much has been written about the “win at all costs” mentality of the Soviet bloc during the Olympic games of yore. Everything from chemical enhancements, blood transplants and even bribery seemed to have been tried. There is however a wonderful, if a somewhat apocryphal story about the Javelin competition …

Elegant Basil……

  Rugby international Basil Maclear was capped eleven times for Ireland between 1905 and 1907. He was known as a snappy dresser and a man about town. It seemed that his sartorial elegance followed him onto the rugby pitch. He used to play with a pair of expensive white calfskin …

The peculiar Dorothy Paget……

The Honourable Dorothy Paget (1906-1960) was one of the most successful owners of her era. In all, her horses were to win a total of 1,532 races on the flat and over the jumps, including winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup an incredible seven times, plus owning the winners of the …

Unlucky…….

Just when everything seems to be going to plan, the fickle finger of fate appears and a potential celebration turns into commiseration. It does say much for the doughty souls involved in racing that to paraphrase Kipling , win or lose they do “treat those imposters the same” Although there …