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Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don't get...

Facebooking football

Total Facebook ‘likes’ for three of Britain’s top football clubs is higher than the country’s total population     The population of Britain is approximately 63,900,000 people. The total combined ‘likes’, however, for just three of...

Bonneville’s super ride

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh...

La revolution reverse

Pontus Maltborg examines the changing face of France’s Ligue 1   The French football Ligue 1 has long been the league of the many and of unpredictability as it has had 6 different champions during the...

The last Classic race of the Flat season

The Tout’s tips for Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger   As we enter the autumn it is time for the final classic race of the season on Town Moor at Doncaster. The race used to bear more...

Roman racing

The Tout’s tips for the York Ebor Festival   The summer moves on apace and we reach the great northern three day Ebor summer festival on the Knavesmire at York (Roman name ‘Eboracum’).   There is a long...

The game of transfers

Pontus Maltbourg analyses this year’s European football transfer window   With less than one month remaining of the major European transfer window it is time to analyse the movers and shakers in European football.   Although the English...

Duel on the Sussex Downs

The Tout’s tips for Wednesday’s racing at Goodwood   We’ve arrived at the mid summer festival to beat all others at Goodwood but without the heatwave and some of the ingredients that give Goodwood the pseudonym...

Toronado Tout

Another win for The Tout   Toronado romped home in a last minute surge at Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes this afternoon and produced yet another glorious result for our man The Tout.   After his success at the Open,...

Topping The Tout

The Tout does it again   With Mickelson having won The Open at 20/1, The Tout has pulled it off again.   Two of his other selections, Ernie Els and Darren Clarke, finished 10 and 11 shots off...

Only Opens

The Tout’s tips for The Open Championship 2013 at Muirfield   This year it is Muirfield’s sixteenth opportunity to host The Open Championship, which retains its status as the number one event in European golf. The...

Picture of the Week: Smile, it most certainly did happen

Judy Murray has good reason to smile   An interview with Andy Murray’s mother, the tennis coach and British Fed Cup team captain Judy Murray, appeared in the Evening Standard today. The focus of the article...

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 come. Tomorrow, two of the great sporting civilizations will clash...

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 yesterday at Wimbledon, Andy Murray OBE became a “British superstar”.   Murray,...

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 you just over £42,000.   With Andy Murray having become the strong...

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 excellence.   “Don't get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion,...

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 win at Royal Ascot.   Asked what it meant to train a...

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 Mail Online, which normally delights in showing images of 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 look forward to it with anticipation as their outfits come...

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 trademark flying dismount after winning at Goodwood on Friday on...

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 winners is unsurpassed since 1900 and in 2012, he crowned...

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 Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.   He has been missed and we are...

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 greats maintained that there is only one important piece of...

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 open-minded and approach everything you do with love” – You...

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 Prime Minister. Coal miners, in general, were not amongst them...

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 force? Grandad Scu, a tough man when he was riding and...

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 Hurricane Fly to win the Champion Hurdle, Quevega in the...

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 National Hunt fans. The Tout feels his blood pressure rise...

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 motoring films.   Now, fans can play out their own version of...

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 unthinkable on the track and was, as his father, Henke,...

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 banned from racing for six months in December 2012, he...

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 weather the way it has been please take note of...

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 National Hunt events for the purists who love this sport....

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 people across the globe. That craft, a Bladerunner BR RIB...

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 horses of the last 40 years, to wait until after...

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 seven races of the day at Ascot. His achievement cost...

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 golf tipping resulted in Ernie Els winning The Open at...

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 section of my travel journal, sat Bear Gryls style, next...

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. Henrik Rummel, instead, got rather overexcited and let something in...

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 on by the 2012 Olympic buzz, I set myself the...

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 year this weekend at Kiawah Island in South Carolina on...

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 at Ascot on Saturday and it is known as The...

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, vanity or hindsight as there is surely a bad run...

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 Eclipse at Sandown, we must not be too self congratulatory...

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 that we have ever seen in this country. It is...