Entries by Tony Stafford

Sunday Supplement: Assumptions

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford In sport, as indeed in most areas of human endeavour, assumptions can be dangerous. When I set out to watch England’s two innings in the Adelaide test on Friday and Saturday night, I assumed (first) that we’d get somewhere near Australia’s 590 first innings score and (second) having seen us […]

Sunday Supplement

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford We’re right into the main part of the 2013-14 jumps season with turf Flat-racing almost a fading memory, two weeks after Doncaster wound up the campaign. It seems silly to be talking about Jonjo O’Neill, for instance being within six of his century for the season with still almost six […]

Sunday Supplement: The Vorda-Men

Sunday Supplement By Tony Stafford I’ve always loved the Cheveley Park Stakes. In the 80’s it was Ma Biche that took my attention. The following decade it was Ravinella. More recently Natagora and Special Duty maintained the trend. When the French come over and win it, especially when the Head family are the trainer(s), they […]

Sunday Supplement: Betting Le(d)gers

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford On Saturday morning, I was driven up to Doncaster full of hope that Great Hall would make the frame in the Ladbrokes St Leger. Despite weakening in the closing stages, excused by jockey Kieren Fallon as being in part due to his relative inexperience and probably unsuitable ground, the consensus […]

Sunday Supplement: Giving Advice

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford There’s nothing I like better than giving advice. In fact, most of my working (and if I’m honest with myself, my post-working) life has/was involved offering advice to readers as to which horse to back, owners, where to send them and trainers, where to run them. It would probably have […]

Derby Blues

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford For two men in latish middle age, the last 220 yards of the Investec Derby at Epsom will have offered vastly differing emotions. Their respective horses, carrying jockeys sporting very similar blue colours, entered the contest with expectations of polar opposites. As the pair neared the finish, for one there […]

Sunday Supplement: Lunching

Sunday supplement By Tony Stafford As I was saying a week ago, it looked like a busy week in prospect. So it proved, but it was a period of seven days as much of lunching as racing, with various racecourse food outlets and indeed posh restaurants providing much needed sustenance to mitigate long road journeys. […]

Sunday Supplement: Our ‘Arry

Sunday supplement by Tony Stafford Twice in a couple of days, I felt that I had participated – vicariously at any rate – in two victories, which in fact were anything but. First there was that Arsenal comeback against Liverpool which could even have been a win, and then Cousin Khee’s snatching of defeat from […]

Sunday Supplement: …and Statistics

Sunday supplement by Tony Stafford Last Sunday, I referred to an incident involving a phone and a very insignificant step out of Claridges hotel in London which was enough to unseat your correspondent. The immediate after-effect was nil save the embarrassment of being picked up by three people, but 11 days on both my knees […]

Sunday Supplement: Great Goals…

Sunday supplement by Tony Stafford What is there about the name Ferguson? Twice on Saturday afternoon, the two best-known exponents of that surname got out of jail in the unlikeliest manner. First at Chepstow, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock man John stepped up for a first Grade 1 jumps win as a trainer when Ruacana took advantage […]

Monday Supplement: Clitheroe

Sunday supplement (on Monday) By Tony Stafford Did you miss me? With the boss away in California for the by-now over-blown and like the world heavyweight championship de-valued Breeders’ Cup, I took a sickie, except I wasn’t sick, unlike Richard Hughes and William Buick who both, to put it politely, cocked up on the best […]