Colin Gordon: As a younger man besotted with the sport of horseracing I remember the advice received every time I expressed my desire to own a racehorse: “Never, ever, buy anything that eats while you sleep!”
Geoff Lester: London – If Royal Ascot is the jewel in the crown of British racing, then York’s Ebor meeting, which starts on Wednesday, is only a few diamonds short.
Geoff Lester: London – The big Ebor meeting at York is now just two weeks away, and, while John Gosden had hoped that the Knavesmire might see the belated return of last year’s brilliant Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable, it now seems that we might have to wait until next month to see Europe’s 2017 champion back in action.
Geoff Lester’s International Affairs: London – Because of the unique demands of the idiosyncratic roller-coaster that is Epsom racecourse, the Derby can throw up surprise results – Wings of Eagles two years ago springs to mind – but you won’t find a fairer 2400m in the world than Ascot.
Well, the Vodacom Durban July is over for another year but sadly this one did not work out well for me. I rode Abashiri who unfortunately went wrong in the home straight and I had to pull him out of the race.