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Racing basks in glow of booming attendance figures and soaring enjoyment levels

Horse racing’s lofty status as one of the best and most popular days out in British sport has been confirmed by the latest figures covering attendances and enjoyment levels.

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Stags' ground, where the Question Of Sport event will be held.

Armchair Club hosts Question Of Sport night again

It’s that time of year again when the Armchair Club, of Mansfield, hosts its annual Question Of Sport-style quiz night.

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Assistant coach Alison Bridge, who felt Giants could be proud of their performance.

More local-derby despair for plucky Mansfield Giants

Despite starting and finishing the game with some of their strongest basketball to date, Mansfield Giants suffered the blow of local-derby defeat at the hands of Derbyshire Gems for the second time this season.

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Mansfield Harriers legend Andy Wetherill, who won the over-55s title in the North Midlands Cross-Country League.

Mansfield Harriers legend Wetherill is crowned king of cross-country

Local legend Andy Wetherill led an array of podium places as Mansfield Harriers continued their spree of success on the cross-country circuit at the weekend.

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A bronze medal for teenage fencer Patrick Carey.

Bronze medal for Mansfield Fencing Club teenager

Months of hard work paid off for Mansfield Fencing Club star Patrick Carey, who bagged a bronze medal at a strong national competition on Saturday.

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Kauto Star strides to one of his record-breaking five victories in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.

The Kempton Park closure conundrum -- sad and wrong, or sensible and crucial?

In one way, it came as a blessed relief. A respite for racing’s news agenda from the interminable debate about ITV’s coverage which, for yawns, was beginning to match the BHA v Jim Best disciplinary saga.

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Doncaster Senior League round-up

FA CUP PREVIEW: Fourth round ball numbers confirmed...

Former England internationals Michael Owen and Martin Keown will draw the fixtures for the fourth round of the FA Cup tonight.

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Mansfield Giants' women's team romped to victory, even though captain Alison Bridge was still out injured.

Mansfield Giants’ women back with a bang at Barrow

There were no signs of rustiness when Mansfield Giants’ women’s basketball team returned from the long Christmas lay-off.

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Action from Mansfields narrow 32-28 defeat against Belper in which they almost came back from the dead after going in at half-time 25-7 down.

Mansfield restore pride with rousing fightback

A tremendous fightback against high-flying Belper almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for Mansfield and averted what could have been a disastrous start to the New Year.

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Seventeen-year-old Archie Rayner storming to victory for Mansfield Harriers in the main race of the day.

Rayner spearheads golden day to remember for Mansfield Harriers

History might have been made as proud Mansfield Harriers stormed to no fewer than six gold medals on a day to remember at the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Cross-Country County Championships at Wollaton Park.

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Champion Alan Kenyon (left) and runner-up Mark Sansom after the annual Yuletide Cup in the Mansfield Table Tennis League.

Outsider Kenyon wins table tennis league’s Yuletide Cup

A new champion was crowned when the Mansfield Table Tennis League continued the festivities after Christmas with the staging of the Yuletide Cup.

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Centre Leonie Cruxon lanches an attack for Ashfield Ladies in their match at Lutterworth. (PHOTO BY: Zoe Allen).

Ashfield Ladies pipped by new leaders in match of only eight points

In a match of only eight points, Ashfield Ladies were pipped by high-flying rivals Lutterworth Ladies in a tight and tense top-of-the-table clash.

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Horses circling the paddock during the big Christmas meeting at Wetherby, one of many racecourses to stage thrilling action during the festive holiday.

From Thistlecrack to Redhotfillypeppers -- performances that lit up the Christmas and New Year holiday

As ITV takes over the reins for terrestrial TV racing coverage, it seems only right to start the first column of 2017 with reference to one of the favourite sayings of a key member of its new team.

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Kyle Ryde pictured during the 2016 season.

Thrilled Ryde signs up with Pucetti for 2017

Jacksdale racer Kyle Ryde has bounced back from the disappointment of suddenly being left without a team for the 2017 World SuperSport series by signing a contract with the Kawasaki Pucetti Racing Squad.

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NEW KING ON THE BLOCK? -- novice Thistlecrack is aiming to spike the guns of stablemate Cue Card in the 32Red King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Thistlecrack in the King George at Kempton -- good for the race, but is it good for the horse?

Every now and then in racing, a performance makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand bolt upright and sends shivers down the spine.

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Clipstone and Kirkby swimmers bring home the medals

Clipstone and Kirkby swimmers bring home the medals

Kings Clipstone-based swimmer Elliott Clogg had a meet to remember at the Ontario Junior International.

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Late try clinches local derby bragging rights

Late try clinches local derby bragging rights

Mansfield claimed local bragging rights after a tough local derby 20-10 win at Ashfield that saw in-form flanker Bobby Ogunode was stretchered of with a broken leg in the first half.

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Mansfield Harriers youngsters impress

Mansfield Harriers youngsters impress

Mansfield Harriers junior section have been very active over the last two weeks competing in both the Nottinghamshire Mini League Sportshall event and cross country event at Worksop College.

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Ashfield Ladies narrowly beaten by league leaders

Ashfield Ladies narrowly beaten by league leaders

Ashfield Ladies were narrolwy beaten following a battling display against league leaders Old Leamingtonians in their final match of the year.

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GOOD AS NEW -- popular jumper The New One on his way to victory in the big race at Cheltenham last Saturday, the stanjames.com International Hurdle.

Farewell Walter Swinburn: rider of Shergar and one of the best jockeys never to be crowned champion

Derby-winning jockey at the age of just 19. Dead at the age of just 55. Why did it all happen too soon in the life and career of Walter Swinburn?

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