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A beginner’s guide to The Ashes

Our man in whites Fred Sculthorp looks ahead to this week’s Test cricket series, The Ashes   The enemy are at the gates. The time has...

A true sporting great

Andy Murray’s place in history is much deserved   If he’d lost he’d have been remembered as a “Scottish nearly man” but with his historic victory...

A ticket and a half

Debenture tickets to Wimbledon’s men’s final available for £42,000   Fancy a ticket to the Wimbledon’s men’s final? You can have a pair but it’ll cost...

Pontus Maltborg: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks football guru Pontus Maltborg: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The struggle for...

Brenda’s Estimate

The Queen’s horse wins the Gold Cup at Ascot   The Queen is no doubt deservedly raising a glass tonight after her first ever Gold Cup...

The fashion of Ascot

Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot 2013 truly was a fashion parade   Royal Ascot is known for four things: horse racing, royalty, fashion and drunken revelry.   The...

Royal Ascot 2013

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...

Dettori drives forward

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...

Frankel-y the best

A tribute to Sir Henry Cecil (1943 – 2013)   Sir Henry Cecil was undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers ever. His tally of 25 classic...

Frankie's back

Frankie Dettori returns to racing   Frankie Dettori’s back. This afternoon the racing legend will ride Beatrice Aurore, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, in the Princess...

Epsom: The Oaks and the Derby

The Tout’s tips for the Oaks and the Derby   Frederico Tesio, a pre-eminent Italian breeder, who owned and bred Ribot one of the all time...

Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks Olympian swimmer Amini Fonua: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “Don’t judge, be...

Firing Maggie

The sale of a Purdey gun engraved with a portrait of Baroness Thatcher   Margaret Thatcher had many devoted followers and fans in her time as...

Michael Scudamore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks Welsh National winning racehorse trainer Michael Scudamore: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding...

Trebled by The Tout

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...

The theatre of dreams and the home to real men and horses

The Tout’s tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2013   Finally, after a long and harsh winter we have arrived at the greatest show on earth for...

A 24-hour toy

A dream toy for any Le Mans fan   The 106-minute long 1971 film Le Mans starring Steve McQueen is rightly considered one of the classic...

Picture of the week: “I am the bullet in the chamber”

The tragic story of Oscar Pistorius and the death of Reeva Steenkamp   Oscar Pistorius was a man many rightly came to admire. He achieved the...

We're backing Frankie

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...

The Tout’s tips for the William Hill King George VI Chase

Get set for a Boxing Day extravaganza at Kempton Park   Kempton Park is the closest racecourse to London at Sunbury upon Thames and with the...

Striking Gold at The Hennessey

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...

Boat it like Beckham

The ultimate souvenir of the 2012 Olympics?   On Friday 27th July, a boat sped up the Thames that was watched by an estimated 900 million...

Frankel: The Best

The Tout says a fond farewell to Frankel   It must have taken some restraint from Sir Henry Cecil, the trainer of many of the greatest...

Another Magnificent Seven

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...

Firing up for the 2012 Ryder Cup

The Tout’s predictions for the 2012 Ryder Cup   We never miss an opportunity to pat ourselves on the back here and our last foray into...

Cycling with a Smile

Former Emmerdale bad boy Lyndon Ogbourne updates readers of The Steeple Times on his cycle expedition for Once Upon a Smile   Part One: I begin this...

Picture of the week: The rower boner

An internet sensation involving the anatomy of an Olympic rower   When some athletes win an Olympic gold medal, they cry. Others raise a cheery smile....

Lyndon’s Tour de France

Actor Lyndon Ogbourne introduces his latest charitable endeavour   Inspired by the excitement of the success of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and spurred...

Europeans have strong chance at US PGA

The Tout’s predictions for the US PGA Championship   One of the world’s most beautiful golf courses hosts one of the top four competitions of the...

Don’t desert Nathaniel for The King George

The Tout’s tips for The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes   The second most prestigious race for three year olds and upwards is run...

Rough stuff at The Open Golf

The Tout’s tips for The Open Golf at Royal Lytham and St Annes   In this column there is no room for self congratulatory style comments,...

Who will sprint to success in the July Cup?

The Tout’s take on the July Cup   After last week’s triumph when we had the first three horses home in the correct order in The...

Who will win the Eclipse?

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...

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