Tom Richmond: Theresa May is set to win big – but at a cost to her reputation

IT’S (very) safe to assume Theresa May will be returned as Prime Minister on June 8 – the question is whether sne enjoys a two or three figure majority.

Jockey Tom Eaves on board Brando (nearside) wins the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes during day three of The bet365 Craven Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse.

Brando produces a stellar performance in Newmarket win

A FLEET-FOOTED Brando will look for a starring role at York’s Dante festival next month after making a winning seasonal reappearance at Newmarket.

Horse Racing

Tom Richmond: Case for Yorkshire’s A64 upgrade still stuck in political gridlock

NEARLY 40 years after the Malton Bypass opened, the A64 coast road from York to Scarborough remains one of the country’s worst bottlenecks because of the interminable sections of single carriageway road.

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Top Notch Tonto

Tonto’s Pontefract date

TODAY’S season-opening meeting at Pontefract has been rewarded with the presence of Top Notch Tonto, one of Yorkshire’s most popular Flat horses.

Horse Racing
Should a lap dancing club open next to the Corn Exchange in Leeds?

Tom Richmond: Ignoring moral objections on city sex club plan is a sin

I’VE said it before and I will say it again – Parliamentary select committees represent the very best of Westminster.

Opinion 1
One For Arthur will be ridden by jockey Derek Fox in the Randox Grand National on Saturday.

Grateful Fox ready to ride in his first National

A BREATHLESS Derek Fox does not even wait for the obligatory ‘how are you?’ when he answers his mobile phone.

Horse Racing
Bravery, ridden by Danny Tudhope, right, wins the Betway Lincoln Heritage Handicap at Doncaster (Picture: PA).

Bravery rewarded in Lincoln victory for Tudhope

Danny Tudhope’s win on the aptly-named Bravery in the season-opening Betway Lincoln already deserves to be in the running for Flat ride of the year for its tactical brilliance.

Horse Racing
Triumphant jockey Tony Dobbin on Lord Gyllene after winning the delayed 1997 Grand National. Picture: Adam Butler/PA.

Bygones: Bomb scare that delayed the 1997 Grand National and left Jamie Osborne wondering what might have been

THE HALLOWED roll of honour at Aintree does not do justice to the 1997 Grand National that was ultimately won by Lord Gyllene in the colours of Stanley Clarke for trainer Steve Brookshaw and jockey Tony Dobbin, a long-time stalwart of Northern racing.

Horse Racing
Leeds councillors who fall behind with council tax payments will now be named.

Tom Richmond: Council’s welcome moves on transparency and trust

REGULAR readers will know that I was one of the most vociferous critics of Leeds City Council when it refused to reveal the identities of those councillors who were subjected to legal action last year for non-payment of council tax.


Video: A journey like no other as Flying Scotsman reclaims the route over Ribblehead

THE rasping whistle of the iconic Flying Scotsman signals the historic locomotive’s imminent arrival at the equally magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct.

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Jockey Brian Hughes.

Brian Hughes joins forces with Vicente for Grand National

NORTH YORKSHIRE jockey Brian Hughes will partner Vicente in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday week.

Horse Racing
Jeremy Corbyn remains totally ineffective at PMQs.

Tom Richmond: SNP steps in at PMQs to do Corbyn’s job for him

IT speaks volumes about the state of domestic politics that the most effective opposition at Westminster is being provided by the Scottish Nationalists – the party which wants to break-up the United Kingdom.

Opinion 1
George Osborne on the Commons back benches

Tom Richmond: Osborne’s dash for cash raises spectre of ‘sleaze’

THE Conservative Party in Tatton certainly knows how to pick candidates guaranteed to cause maximum embarrassment.

Jockey Robbie Power celebrates with the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his winning ride on Sizing John (Picture: David Davies/PA Wire).

Cheltenham Gold Cup victory vindicates Robbie Power’s evaluation

even though Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John carried the colours of Yorkshire-born mining tycoon Alan Potts and his wife Ann to glory, this was a St Patrick’s Day victory for Irish racing royalty.

Horse Racing
The original 'gang of four' members in 1981 - David Owen, Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams and Roy Jenkins. Is there the need for a new party in today's Britain?

Tom Richmond: A new ‘third way’ party could speak for so many

EVEN before Brexit – and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom after Nicola Sturgeon triggered the nuclear option on Scottish independence – these were dispiriting times for the more moderate and progressive in politics who value the priceless principles of conciliation, consensus and co-operation.

Opinion 1
Willoughby Court ridden by David Bass pulls away from the last flight before going on to win the Neptune Investment Hurdle.

Cheltenham Festival: Changing fortunes as David Bass bounces back with victory

ON the deck one day, on cloud nine the next. Jump jockey David Bass’s Cheltenham experience epitomises a jump jockey’s life.

Horse Racing
Special Tiara and Noel Fehily return after winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Cheltenham Festival: Special moment for jockey Noel Fehily as Douvan misses out

FOR years, Noel Fehily was the ‘nearly man’ of Cheltenham.

Horse Racing
Buveur D'Air and Noel Fehily return after winning The Stan James Champion Hurdle Race at Cheltenham yesterday.

Cheltenham Festival: Henderson eclipses Easterby’s Hurdle landmark

THAT it took a quietly satisfied Nicky Henderson 32 years to become the winning-most Champion Hurdle trainer in history speaks volumes about the Cheltenham Festival record set by Yorkshire’s genius Peter Easterby.

Horse Racing
Douvan and jockey Ruby Walsh.

Cheltenham Festival: Mullins believes Douvan can join Festival’s greats

WILLIE Mullins does not need reminding that there are no racing certainties – Ireland’s champion trainer has endured a torrid season.

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