Kicking up!

Cheltenham Stars 2015

Hello! Another sign of Spring in the sporting world comes in the form of the Cheltenham Festival – an intoxicating mix of racing, mud, heartbreak and elation. I watch the horses and jockeys race with my heart in my mouth, just praying they get round safely! The first two days have been as exciting as ever – sport at its most extreme. Here a my drawings:

Epsom, Derby Day

Hello! Good to be back after too long a break – Feeling a bit rusty but raring to go! Today saw rain and thunder turn to sunshine for the Derby at Epsom. One of the great classic races – a relief to be on the flat at last – saw victory for the favourite, Australia. A magnificent horse who fulfilled all expectations. Fantastic! Here a my drawings:

Aintree, Grand National Day

Hello! Today saw the climax of the great racing festival at Aintree with the 167th running of the Grand National. I always find it hard to watch and yet so compelling, the race had two false starts, horses taking the wrong path but thankfully passed this time with no serious injuries to horses or jockeys. The race was won by Pineau De Re. Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief until next year! Here a my drawings:

Aintree Festival, Day 1

Hello! Today is the first day of the great racing festival at Aintree in Liverpool. Grey skies and still conditions set a calm backdrop to exciting racing. I set up with five sketchbooks and tried to keep up! I followed the 2.30 and 3.05 races with Silviano Conti, Dynaste and the New One. All safely round which is the most important thing but brilliant horses showing their beauty in flight. Here a my drawings:

Giro d’Italia impressions

The Giro d’Italia is a cycling event new to me, but well worth looking at. The riders have had to face challenges with bad rain, mountain stages and slippery conditions, but it is Italy and when the sun shines it’s very beautiful…  Here are some of my drawings: