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:

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Brave Treve

Hello and good to be back! If there’s one sporting event that marks the transition from Summer into Autumn for me, it’s the great horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe run at Longchamps near Paris. The race was won by a stunning horse called Treve who stormed through to win in spectacular fashion!  Here are my drawings:

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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:

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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:

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Aintree Festival, Ladies’ Day

Hello! Today is Ladies Day of the great racing festival at Aintree. Grey skies broken from time to time but the real sunshine came from the bright clothes of the Liverpool ladies! Here a my drawings:

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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:

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Aintree Heroes

Aintree this year as always a mix of triumph and tragedy. This year no exception. A great Grand National as always, but still arguably, the most gruelling race of all. Here are my drawings:

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Cheltenham Stars

Last week’s Cheltenham Festival was an amazing mix of weather, tragedy, elation and above all, great racing. New stars emerged and the Gold Cup was a thriller. Here a my drawings:

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