Richard Brown, Managing Director of Newmarket-based Blandford Bloodstock, is widely recognised as one of the most talented bloodstock agents in the business. His career has seen him buying and selling some of the world’s greatest thoroughbred racehorses, including Dream Ahead, rated the equal-best two year old in Europe in 2010 and winner of numerous accolades including the Prix Morny, July Cup and the Prix de la Foret, and I’m A Dreamer, winner of numerous races including the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes in the US.
Owning a race horse is generally for the wealthy or expert, it is not a field normally open to amateurs or those looking to experiment. However Great British Racing has started a new venture called In The Paddock which aims to make it much more accessible, fun and affordable to invest in your own race horse.
I went up to Newmarket to spend a few days behind the scenes with the professionals and find out more about this intriguing new proposition and exactly how the bloodstock, training and racing business worked.
These days London living comes with the convenience of a plethora of on-demand businesses that offer a dizzying array of services. Aside from the usual Amazon delivery or regular weekly shop, anything from dog sitters to dry cleaning services to kick boxing lessons can be on your doorstep with the click of a mouse, press of a button or tap on a screen.
The Costa Calida, in the Region of Murcia, offers a rich variety of diving experiences for the beginner or the skilled diver.
The region's seabed is blessed with a variety of marine life and flora, and numerous, fascinating historic shipwrecks, making the Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas-Isla Grosa, Cartagena-La Azohía- Cabo Tiñoso, Mazarrón, and Águilas exceptional places for diving.
What can one say about the Château de Champs-sur-Marne (www.chateau-champs-sur-marne.fr/en), which was built in a loop in the River Marne and constructed on request from a financier of Louis XIV between 1703 and 1708 by architects Pierre Bullet and Jean-Baptiste Bullet de Chamblain. Sumptuous is one word that springs to mind.
Ollivier Savelli is the extraordinary watchmaker behind the new watch brand Ollivier Savéo. Awarded the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in the Jewellery and Precious Metals category, the most prestigious luxury craftsmanship award in France, Ollivier has recently launched his own range of high end luxury watches under the brand name Ollivier Savéo.
Montenegro is a land of wild and precious beauty, characterised by an immense natural diversity and historic grandeur. It boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the walled town of Kotor. Other locations include the magnificent palaces of Perast and the old town of Budva.
Located between the capes of San Antonio and Nao, Jávea is one of the most important tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca. The historic quarter, located two kilometres away from the coastline, preserves a beautiful architecture, with emblematic monuments such as the church of San Bartolomé, the city's neuralgic centre.
One of the main attractions of this region is its coastline. No less than twenty kilometres of sands and hidden coves where visitors can enjoy a swim and a wide variety of water sports.