Alan's love for the racing game is crystal clear

York Press: Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa to win the coral.co.uk Winter Derby during Winter Derby day at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March

10:37am Friday 11th April 2014

IT is the sound of the commentator's voice, a remembrance of red and the raucous atmosphere that helps Alan Pickering paint a picture of a day at the races.

Jake Greenall’s dream debut at the Grand National

York Press: Jake Greenall rides Rose Of The Moon to victory at Wetherby in 2012,

11:53am Friday 4th April 2014

"You dream. You try not to but it is very hard not to see yourself crossing the line in front.

Richard Fahey's five-year plan is coming to fruition

York Press: Richard Fahey watches his runners at his Musley Bank gallops

11:48am Friday 28th March 2014

TROT back far enough through history and you'll discover that five-year-plans haven't always enjoyed the greatest of success.

Spell of Cheltenham Festival captivates and thrills

York Press: Jockey Brian Hughes celebrates on Hawk High

11:40am Friday 14th March 2014

EVEN now it sends a tingle down my spine to think about it. That majestic leap, a flash of green and yellow between fences, a whip waved in triumph as he swept past the winning post.

Fresh spring in step for ambitious trainer Brian Ellison

York Press: Work is under way on the new water-walker at Norton trainer Brian Ellison’s Spring Cottage yard

11:31am Friday 7th March 2014

SOME luxurious hotels have fewer comforts than those being enjoyed by the equine residents at Brian Ellison’s Norton yard.

Quinn’s mighty new breed augurs well

York Press: John Quinn’s Rutherglen is heading to Cheltenham as part of  a charge from the Highfield stables.  Picture: Alec Russell

11:57am Friday 28th February 2014

HERE’S a remarkable statistic for you. Norton trainer John Quinn has barely 20 jumpers at his Highfield yard. Nearly half of them could go to the Cheltenham Festival.

Success ahoy as Tony Coyle continues on an upward curve

York Press: Tony Coyle’s charges have a run on the Highfield gallops at Norton

12:45pm Friday 21st February 2014

WHEREVER you look there is a long face poking out of a barn. If there is space, there is a box and there is also an occupant in it.

One to watch in 2014...

York Press: No Leaf Clover, left, ridden by Robert Winston, is narrowly beaten by Mushir in the Listed coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes at York in October. Trainer Ollie Pears,  pictured below, is  tipping No Leaf Clover for big things in the forthcoming Flat season.

10:20am Friday 14th February 2014

SIX years of waiting – one great chance. The time is now for Ollie Pears.

Mr Mulligan tops roll of honour for Yorkshire track’s Grade 2 showpiece

York Press: Green Flag

10:54am Friday 31st January 2014

BLOOD is rarely spilt in the Towton Novices’ Chase. Unlike the event after which it is named, the 1461 Battle of Towton, the clash of racing titans at Wetherby Racecourse is, by comparison, somewhat more sedate.

Work begins on Injured Jockeys’ Rehabilitation Centre in Malton

York Press: ack Berry, vice-president of the Injured Jockeys Fund, who cut the first turf during the ceremony at Jack Berry House in Malton

9:22am Friday 24th January 2014

IF you gave Jack Berry a spade and a pile of bricks, he would probably try to build it himself. Work has finally begun on constructing the Injured Jockeys’ Rehabilitation Centre in Malton – and the man whose name it will bear can hardly contain his excitement.

York Racecourse’s ruling classes in quest for upgrades all around

York Press: Declaration of War ridden by Joseph O'Brien (centre) beats Al Kazeem ridden by James Doyle (left) and Trading Leather ridden by Kevin Manning to win the Juddmonte International Stakes

10:41am Friday 17th January 2014

WE’VE had the first million pound raceday at York, how long before the first £1 million race?

Trainer Mark Walford prepares to take over from father Tim

York Press: Trainer-in-waiting  Mark Walford’s horses on the gallops near the family’s Sheriff Hutton yard

12:26pm Friday 10th January 2014

AT the helm of a tractor that looks like it first saw action long before he was born, Mark Walford carves a path – like an icebreaker – through the mud to the bottom of the gallop.

A winning year for North Yorkshire racing

York Press: Libertarian and jockey William Buick with trainer Elaine Burke, and her husband, Karl, after victory in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York

11:00am Friday 27th December 2013

WHEN a new year is about to dawn there’s only one thing to do... spend a while looking back at the last one. So as the festive season gets into full swing, these are Turf Talk’s best North Yorkshire racing moments of 2013.

A Cape of hope for Norton yard

York Press: LATE BURST: Cape Tribulation, right, riddden by Denis O'Regan clears the hurdle to get by Imperial Commander, ridden by Paddy Brennan, in the Argento Chase

10:19am Friday 20th December 2013

CAPE TRIBULATION is already part of the Rowland Meyrick Chase’s tremendous roll of honour. But can the defending champion retain his crown and do something no horse has ever managed before?

Who is Yorkshire’s Racehorse of 2013?

York Press: Yorkshire Racehorse of the Year candidate Libertarian, at the forefront, on the Low Moor at Middleham

12:07pm Friday 15th November 2013

NEVER is there a truer sign that winter is on the way than when it is time to unveil the title of Yorkshire Racehorse of the Year.

AP McCoy... the milestone man

York Press: Tony McCoy celebrates his 4,000th winner on Mountain Tunes in the Weatherbys Novices Hurdle Race at Towcester

10:55am Friday 8th November 2013

PERHAPS the only person who won’t have revelled in the ceaseless hype that has followed AP McCoy around from track to track this week is the man himself.

Elements gathering for Charlie Hall of fame duel of jump racing’s top horses

York Press: Long Run - A potential runner in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby

10:27am Friday 25th October 2013

DON’T get too excited yet. Just join Wetherby Racecourse chief executive Jonjo Sanderson in crossing your fingers and hoping the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase a week tomorrow bears any kind of resemblance to the early entry list.

Brian Ellison lauds a top notch run

York Press: Montefeltro, ridden by Robert Tart, front centre, wins the Tote Super Trifecta Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh. Pictures: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

10:27am Friday 18th October 2013

THE scenes of joy experienced in the winner’s enclosure at the Curragh last Sunday are becoming ever familiar for Brian Ellison and his team.

Middleham Stables Open Day under threat following Good Friday racing move

York Press: Constable Burton trainer Ann Duffield has hit out at Good Friday racing plans

1:04pm Friday 4th October 2013

AN agreement to allow racing on Good Friday could spell the end for the Middleham Stables Open Day, organisers fear.

Brandsby trainer Rebecca Menzies on course to make racing dreams come true

11:42am Friday 20th September 2013

REBECCA MENZIES is counting down the minutes to the day she can have her first runner.

Andy Gargan’s new Club call

York Press: Andy Gargan

11:09am Friday 6th September 2013

IF Adam Sullivan needs a hobby to fill “all this spare time” he’s inheriting after retiring from York City Knights, he could do worse than follow a former colleague of his into the Sport of Kings.

Pointing the way to crest of success in racing

York Press: Sara Ender with one of her as yet unnamed three-year-olds

10:25am Friday 30th August 2013

IN the rough and tumble of point-to-points, up against the dynasties of the Easterbys and the Greenalls, Sara Ender has had to learn fast.

Sorry, wrong number – it leads to great Moviesta for Bry and Harry

York Press: Moviesta triumphs at Goodwood to the delight of trainer Bryan Smart and QPR football manager Harry Redknapp

10:37am Friday 16th August 2013

CONCLUDING the build-up to the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse, Turf Talk talks to Hambleton trainer Bryan Smart about Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes hope Moviesta.

Borderlescott's back again

York Press: Borderlescott (number 2) powers to victory to retain his Nunthorpe crown at York

8:00am Friday 9th August 2013

Sprinting legend Borderlescott could be in line for a tilt at a third Nunthorpe win, trainer Robin Bastiman tells Turf Talk

Countdown to the Ebor Festival

York Press: Mudawin just edges home

10:57am Friday 2nd August 2013

WITH three weeks to go to the start of York’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival, Turf Talk begins its countdown by asking the track’s head of marketing, James Brennan to relive his five favourite Knavesmire Ebor moments over his time at the course.

York Music Showcase meeting hits right notes on racing quality

York Press: York Music Showcase meeting hits right notes on racing quality

10:04am Friday 26th July 2013

IT would be easy to dismiss York Racecourse’s two-day Music Showcase meeting, which starts this evening, as a glorified gig.

‘I could have been killed stone dead’ - Tom O'Ryan

York Press: The Press racing writer Tom O’Ryan recovering at home at Brawby following his accident

9:57am Friday 19th July 2013

TOM O’RYAN feels many things these days. Fortune – that he looked death squarely in the face and has lived to tell the tale. Frustration – that his jet-set 16-hour-a-day lifestyle has been curtailed, temporarily at least.

Tributes to ‘ebullient’ Dringhouses trainer Joe Mulhall

York Press: Dringhouses trainer Joe Mulhall welcomes First Phase into the winner’s enclosure at York races – his first winner on Knavesmire – in May 1968

11:10am Friday 14th June 2013

Remarkable trainer Mulhall unearthed a string of gems from his small Oak House Stables base next to Knavesmire

Sure-fire decade for York’s very own Derby

York Press: William Derby

11:33am Friday 7th June 2013

WILLIAM DERBY has a policy of looking forward rather than back. But, when the York Racecourse chief executive and clerk of the course reflects on ten years in the Knavesmire hot-seat, he concedes it has been a remarkable tenure.

Exile to Epsom – the twisting path of ‘Team Burke’

York Press: Derby hope Libertarian, above right

11:24am Friday 31st May 2013

FORGET Rocky. If Libertarian can win the Derby tomorrow for Elaine and Karl Burke, it will be the comeback to end them all.

Noel more travelling says stay-put trainer

York Press: Noel Wilson

10:10am Friday 24th May 2013

HE calls himself the travelling trainer. This time, though, Noel Wilson insists he is staying put in Middleham.

First win for York jockey Lauren Haigh

York Press: Lauren Haigh

10:08am Friday 17th May 2013

RIDING winners was never really part of the plan for Lauren Haigh. “I didn’t really decide to become a jockey,” the teenager admits, “Clive Brittain offered me my licence.

Main events, runners and riders at York Racecourse's May Festival

York Press: Tiddliwinks

11:07am Friday 10th May 2013

WILLIAM DERBY must be sitting at his desk sporting a big grin as he contemplates the start of York Racecourse’s 2013 season next week.

A United front for Haslam yard

York Press: Middleham trainer Ben Haslam

11:12am Friday 26th April 2013

BEN HASLAM will surely be hoping he never has to experience the famous Sir Alex Ferguson ‘hairdryer’ treatment.

Clocking up Myles

11:54am Friday 19th April 2013

Majestic Myles, who ran a fine race in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on his reappearance, can lift the one of the feature honours at Thirsk’s opening meeting of 2013 tomorrow.

Move to Middleton for trainer Patrick Holmes

York Press: Trainer Patrick Holmes at his yard in Middleham

11:52am Friday 19th April 2013

IT is the small things that Patrick Holmes appreciates in Middleham. A nod of the head, a simple ‘good morning’ and a rural community that remains steeped in racing.

Ward playing the generation game

York Press: Trainer Jason Ward at his yard during the recent Middleham Stables Open Day

10:45am Friday 12th April 2013

North Yorkshire trainer following in father’s famous footsteps.

Reg makes pipe dreams a reality

York Press: Reg Bond

12:46pm Friday 29th March 2013

For Reg Bond, horseracing is business and, as the tyre distributor tells Turf Talk, it’s all about customer satisfaction

Fresh openings for Future Stars

York Press: Robert Dodsworth

10:00am Friday 22nd March 2013

WHEN Robert Dodsworth spent his nights dreaming of becoming a jockey, tomorrow at Doncaster might have been the vision his young mind created.

Preview volley gets all in right frame of mind for Cheltenham Festival

York Press: Cape Tribulation

11:13am Friday 8th March 2013

IT’S blink and you’ll miss it stuff. Amid the clinking of forks on plates and the supping of pints, Niall Hannity is running through form parrot-fashion.

A repeat Triumph on the cards for John Quinn?

York Press: Countrywide Flame, ridden by Dougie Costello, centre right, en route to winning the JCB Triumph Hurdle

11:27am Friday 1st March 2013

DOES John Quinn believe in déjà vu? The run-up to the Cheltenham Festival seems eerily similar to 12 months ago if you are a follower of the trainer’s Highfield Stables – and we all know what happened then.

Cheltenham Festival puts a spring in Brian Ellison’s step

York Press: Neptune Equester seeking the right conditions

10:43am Friday 22nd February 2013

IF form is universally considered the key pointer in a horse’s prospects of winning a race then it is no surprise Brian Ellison is excited about next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Ryedale raiders target Cheltenham Festival

York Press: Countrywide Flame's magnificent ‘Fighting Fifth’ triumph at Newcastle

11:54am Friday 15th February 2013

THE entries for the handicaps haven’t even been announced yet, but next month’s Cheltenham Festival could already be playing host to one of the largest raiding parties from North Yorkshire for many years.

Ruth’s wish is for thaw point to at last appear

York Press: Ruth Carr

11:55am Friday 25th January 2013

THE wintry weather has played havoc with fixtures across the country. Turf Talk catches up with Stillington trainer Ruth Carr to see how the snow and ice are affecting her preparations for the upcoming Flat campaign.

Win the chance to be a racehorse owner

York Press: The Racegoers Club are offering readers of The Press the opportunity to win a short-term share of race horse Knockturnal, pictured above, trained by Norton’s Malcolm Jefferson

11:07am Friday 18th January 2013

EVER wanted to look behind the scenes of the horse racing industry? The thrill of watching a horse on the racetrack, hearing the trainer and jockey planning a winning performance and experiencing the sight of watching these amazing animals on the gallops – all that is up for grabs to the lucky reader of The Press who wins a special competition.

Reg racing plan back on track?

York Press: Chac Du Cadran, pictured far right. Pic: Chris Booth

11:22am Friday 11th January 2013

TEN years ago this week, Reg Bond picked up his copy of the then Yorkshire Evening Press to find himself at the centre of a media storm.

Middleham move so good so far for Phil

York Press: North Yorkshire trainer Phil Kirby

10:20am Friday 4th January 2013

THE saying goes that a change is as good as a rest. Whoever invented the familiar adage could well have had Phil Kirby in mind.

Best North Yorkshire racing moments of 2012

York Press: Frankel winning the Juddmonte at York,

8:00am Friday 28th December 2012

THERE’S nothing quite like a chart rundown to cap the festive season. So, in true ‘Top of the Pops’ style, we run down the best North Yorkshire racing moments of 2012

Barn-storming run of race winners fuelling Brian Ellison’s ambitious outlook

York Press: Norton trainer Brian Ellison

9:55am Friday 21st December 2012

It’s been another record-breaking year for Norton trainer Brian Ellison. We caught up with the master of Spring Cottage Stables to find out how he does it

Robin Bastiman retires Borderlescott

York Press: Borderlescott (number 2) powers to victory to retain his Nunthorpe crown at York

9:43am Friday 30th November 2012

IN his prime he was a sight to behold. You knew he would be finishing fast – timing a late run with breathtaking speed as everything else in the field had emptied the tank and was finishing on fumes.



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