• A general view of racegoers at Gosforth Park during StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse, Newcastle.

    It’s on! Big guns declared in Fighting Fifth for the ages

    November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Racing fans in the North-East are set for a treat in the Toon this Saturday, as Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air has been declared to face five rivals including Samcro and Summerville Boy in the Grade 1 BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle. This has been the plan all along for both Buveur […]

  • An interview with Brian Hughes:

    An interview with Brian Hughes:

    November 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    On his long drive back from Ayr, I had a short chat with Brian Hughes. Brian is the flagship jockey for National Hunt racing in the North. It was great to find out about his roots in the sport, his favourite days in the saddle, personal ambitions for the future […]

  • Talking to John Dance – “It’s a bit gutting to have come so close and not quite got there”:

    Talking to John Dance – “It’s a bit gutting to have come so close and not quite got there”:

    November 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    On Monday afternoon, I started my week off perfectly with a short car journey to West Jesmond, and the offices of Vertem Asset Management. I was visiting local businessman and racehorse owner John Dance, who has enjoyed an unforgettable year thanks to the wonder filly that is Laurens. We shook […]

  • An interview with Nick Lightfoot:

    An interview with Nick Lightfoot:

    November 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    This morning, I had the chance to speak to Nick Lightfoot. Nick is currently a presenter on Racing UK, and I managed to discuss with him how he got into the sport of horse racing, his early days working for Channel 4 Racing, his views on where British racing is […]

  • An interview with Gareth Topham

    An interview with Gareth Topham

    November 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    On Thursday evening, I had a thoroughly enjoyable chat with horse racing commentator Gareth Topham. Gareth spoke both honestly and passionately about his route to where he is today, how he fell in love with point-to-point racing and his views on why National Hunt racing in the North is suffering. […]

  • An interview with Horse Racing journalist Rishi Persad

    An interview with Horse Racing journalist Rishi Persad

    October 23, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Writers note: I was delighted to be able to conduct my second interview since joining the University of Sunderland with one of the most respected sports journalists in the game, Rishi Persad. Rishi has worked for BBC Sport for a number of years covering events such as Wimbledon and the […]

  • An interview with National Hunt Jockey Harry Cobden

    An interview with National Hunt Jockey Harry Cobden

    October 10, 2018 at 9:51 am

    On Tuesday evening, I was lucky enough to have a chat with top National Hunt jockey Harry Cobden. Despite the fact he is still only a young lad, Harry is one of the leading lights of the jumps game. He enjoyed his best season to date last year and has […]

  • Netball's point had levelled the scores at 2-2 overall.

    Teesside regain Varsity title with big win over Sunderland

    March 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

    University of Sunderland were unable to retain their Tees Wear Varsity crown as they fell to a heavy defeat to Teesside University on Wednesday. The Wearsiders claimed wins in American football, cricket, netball and basketball. Rowing shared a point in contentious circumstances, adding to Sunderland’s equestrian victory from earlier in the […]

  • Sunderland equestrian

    Sunderlands Equestrian Club hope to start Varsity off with an early win

    February 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    The University Of Sunderland’s Equestrian Club is playing their fixture almost a month early due to a venue booking error by Teesside. Vice president Sarah Johnston hopes to continue the Equestrians winning streak over Teeside: “We hope to live up to the expectations of past team members as we have […]

  • Trainer Mark Johnston will be hoping for more success after two wins from his last four races. Picture credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

    Northern runners fancied for Chester meeting

    May 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

    While it’s now not always the trainers in the north of the country that dominate flat horse racing, well established stables such as Mark Johnston, Brian Ellison and Richard Fahey are still flying the flag for the north, and all have chances at Chester’s big meeting, in particular the opening […]