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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...