The Team

Charles Hayward

Charles HaywardPresident & Publisher

Charles Hayward has been a Thoroughbred racing enthusiast for more than 30 years, and a horse owner for most of that time. After more than two decades in book publishing, including stints as publisher of Simon & Schuster’s general book division and president and CEO of Little, Brown and Company, Hayward left the book world to pursue his passion for Thoroughbred racing. He served as president and CEO of the Daily Racing Form, and subsequently was president and CEO of The New York Racing Association, Inc. 

Hayward lives in Manhattan with his wife, Betsy Senior, co-owner of Senior and Shopmaker Gallery in New York’s Chelsea art district.

Chris Smith

Chris SmithEditor-in-chief

Former Racing Post editor Chris Smith trained as a news journalist on regional newspapers in Britain before spending three years on the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain. He joined the Post just before its launch in 1986 and became editor in 2002. He left six years later to pursue other projects in racing media. He lives just outside London with his wife, who is a schoolteacher, and two teenage children.

Robert Sage

Robert SageAdvertising Manager

Rob is responsible for creating promotional campaigns and advertising strategy as well as handling all new and existing client relationships. Before joining TRC Rob worked in the recruitment industry managing sales teams and running his own successful technology start up business. A lifelong horseracing enthusiast he has a genuine passion for the sport, especially National Hunt racing in the UK and Ireland.

Contributors

EUROPE

Nick Luck

Chris Cook

A refugee from the legal profession, Chris Cook has been a racing writer for The Guardian since 2005, having previously edited the weekly Racing & Football Outlook. He was voted Britain's Racing Reporter of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Cook blames his enthusiasm for the sport on his father, who dragged him along to watch jump racing at Perth and Kelso when he was at a vulnerable age. His favourite horse is the next one that actually manages to win when his money is down.

James Crispe

James Crispe has worked for the International Racing Bureau (IRB) in Newmarket ever since he left Cambridge University in 1990 after completing a history degree. He is Associate Director of the IRB’s editorial department and has represented the company at many major race meetings around the world. He is also a regular pundit on racing TV. In the winter, he is a course commentator and public relations officer for point-to-point racing.

Sean Magee

Sean Magee is the author of many books on horse racing, including Ascot: The history, Lester’s Derbys with Lester Piggott, and Arkle: The story of the world’s greatest steeplechaser. He has collaborated on book projects with various racing luminaries, including Lord Derby’s book about the Breeders’ Cup-winning mare Ouija Board.

Julian Muscat

After working on stud farms in Europe for seven years, Muscat turned to journalism in 1987. He wrote about racing for The Times of London for 18 years and now contributes to a range of newspapers and magazines. His book, Her Majesty's Pleasure - How Horseracing Enthrals The Queen, was voted Horseracing Book of the Year in 2013.

Nancy Sexton

A lifelong racing enthusiast, Nancy Sexton joined the Racing Post as bloodstock correspondent in 2006 after a year as contributor to James Underwood's Racing and Breeding Digest. Currently based in Newmarket, she still regularly contributes to the Racing Post, alongside other publications, while serving as European representative to Schumer Bloodstock.

James Willoughby

James Willoughby is a specialist in the technical analysis of racing. He is a former chief correspondent of the Racing Post and currently works as an analyst on Sky channel Racing UK, in which capacity he has presented most of the best races in the world. He is @Prof_Hindsight on Twitter.

Greg Wood

Greg Wood, who is racing correspondent for The Guardian, was Britain’s racing journalist of the year in 2009. He lists his favourite horses as Mtoto, Mr Frisk, and Ravens Pass and his favourite racecourses as Santa Anita, Chester, and Brighton (where he lives). He supports Brighton and Barcelona at football, and, for seven months of the year, “whoever I've backed for the World Series. Detroit, as a rule.”  Twitter: @Greg_Wood_

Howard Wright

Simon Rowlands

Rowlands lives in the U.K. and was Head of International and of Research and Development at global horseracing experts Timeform until setting up as a freelance writer and analyst at the beginning of 2016. His areas of specialisation include form handicapping, time handicapping and sectional-timing analysis (all using algorithms and automations), about which he has blogged extensively. He can be followed on Twitter at RowleyfileRRR.

Paul Haigh

Paul Haigh is a British journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. Before joining the Racing Post at its launch in 1986 he had won Best Writer at the British Magazine Publishers’ Awards for his work on Pacemaker magazine. He became the Post’s first features editor, then chief columnist for more than a decade, and international columnist until 2009. He is a former Racing Journalist of the Year in the UK and author of two books, The Racehorse Trainer and The World’s Greatest Racecourses. He contributes to a number of publications including the Guardian and International Thoroughbred magazine. 

Donn McClean

McClean is chief racing writer with The Sunday Times in Ireland and a columnist with The Irish Field. He has ghost-written four racing autobiographies, most recently that of 18-time British champion jump jockey AP McCoy. He has assisted in the production of, and contributed to, recent documentaries on Michael Kinane and Jim Bolger, and he is a regular TV contributor on racing.

Emmanuel Roussel

John Gilmore

Sally Ann Grassick

Sally Ann Grassick comes from a strong Irish racing background. After making the move to France in 2007, she now lives in Chantilly. She currently works as a presenter for Equidia (the French racing channel) covering international racing. She also writes as a freelance journalist and translator, for publications such as European Bloodstock News and Jour de Galop, and rides as an amateur jockey.

Katherine Ford

Katherine Ford moved to France in 2001 for a three-year stint in the Paris office of the International Racing Bureau. From there she joined French racing channel Equidia and now heads their international department, a role that often entails discovering some of the world’s more exotic racecourses. Tweets in English or French on @KFordEquidia

Isabel Mathew

Isabel Mathew is freelance and has been based in Paris since 2008, having worked in several different racing jurisdictions across the world. She continues to travel regularly to top international meetings in her capacity as a journalist, and writes extensively about French racing. Fluent in the language of her adopted country, she also works for several British racecourses to promote their racing calendar and encourage European runners.


AUSTRALIA

Brad Waters

Steve Moran

Steve Moran is based in Melbourne and has worked as a racing journalist for 35 years, in print, radio, and television. He is a former racing editor of Melbourne’s Sunday Age.

Kristen Manning

Kristen Manning is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist and pedigree analyst, and a passionate racehorse owner and breeder. An award winner for print, internet and photographic journalism, she is currently working on her second book - about the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance.

Caroline Searcy

Caroline Searcy has worked in Australian sports media for nearly 30 years, beginning in radio in Adelaide before moving into television in Canberra. After moving to Sydney in the mid-90s, she spent 11 years as senior news presenter for Fox Sports News before working for nine years as raceday host and “Thoroughbreds” host and producer for national racing channel TVN. Currently a host and producer for Australia's only weekly Thoroughbred breeding TV program, Bred To Win, on Sky Thoroughbred Central, Caroline is passionate about the rehoming of Thoroughbreds and is a small breeder, having bred two to race for a winner already from her one mare.


NORTH AMERICA

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt is an award-winning journalist who has been covering horse racing since 1985. He was the recipient of Pimlico's David F. Woods Award for writing the outstanding story on the 2015 Preakness. He has also been honored with Belmont's Joe Hirsch Award in 2014, honorable mention in the 2011 Eclipse Awards and five Top 5 placings in the national Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest.

Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, who covers horse racing for The Guardian and TRC. Before making the dubious decision of turning to writing to pay the bills, he worked for a number of jump and flat trainers in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and the U.S., including Alan King, Gai Waterhouse, and Neil Drysdale. His fleeting career as an amateur jump jockey was an exercise in studied ineptitude. Follow him @1danross.

Karen M Johnson

Karen M. Johnson is a freelance writer and author of The Training Game, a book that provided an inside look at several high-profile trainers in North America. The Training Game was a finalist for the prestigious Tony Ryan Book Award. Her work as a producer with HRTV was recognized with an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy for “The Rivalry” — a documentary chronicling Easy Goer and Sunday Silence’s epic battle in the 1989 Triple Crown — and an Emmy nomination for “The Fix” — the story behind the 2002 Breeders’ Cup pick six scandal that she wrote and co-produced. She and her family bred and owned 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Volponi, who was trained by her Hall of Fame father, Philip G. Johnson. A former reporter and editor for Daily Racing Form, she lives in Long Island, New York.

 

Teresa Genaro

Teresa Genaro is Brooklyn-based freelance racing writer and English teacher. Her work has appeared in Forbes.com, The New York Times, Blood-Horse, and Daily Racing Form among other publications. In 2007, she started the blog Brooklyn Backstretch

Michele MacDonald

Professionally immersed in Thoroughbred racing for three decades, Michele MacDonald’s award-winning stories and photos have been published around the world. A former executive news editor of Thoroughbred Times, she focuses on international racing and currently is a regular contributor to Racing Post in the UK, International Racehorse in South Africa, Al Khayal magazine in Dubai, Al Adiyat in Dubai and others. She has edited two award-winning books and written chapters for others, including Keeneland: A Thoroughbred Legacy. She handles media relations for farms and racing stables, has been a breeder and owner, and serves as a bloodstock agent for select clients.

Amanda Duckworth

Amanda Duckworth, who spent her college days taking care of the likes of John Henry, Cigar, and Da Hoss, got her start in turf writing when she became the first recipient of the Joe Hirsch Scholarship. She is a communications consultant for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. She also contributes to a number of other publications, including The Blood-Horse, TDN, and New York Times, and was previously a columnist for ESPN.com. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she owns part of one broodmare, believes Silver Charm is the greatest, and continues to keep her promise to her dad to always box the exacta.

Will Springstead

Will Springstead is a sports reporter with The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. He began his journalism career in 1988 and has covered Thoroughbred racing since 1995. He has won several national and New York State Associated Press awards, as well as some from the New England Press Association.

Dave Briggs

Dave Briggs is a London, Canada-based writer who covers Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. He is co-editor of Canadian Thoroughbred magazine and has won a number of awards for his writing including the Ontario equestrian Federation’s Media of the Year Award and the American Horse Publications’ Best Magazine Profile Award.

Mary Pitt

Mary Pitt has been a freelance racing writer for nearly 30 years, in both the U.S. and U.K. She is currently editor and chief photographer for BOS Magazine, the trade publication for the U.K. independent off-course betting industry. She was New England correspondent for the Blood-Horse magazine from 1989-1997 and has also been a guest presenter for the American racing coverage on both Racing UK and At The Races.

Patricia McQueen

Patricia McQueen is an award-winning equine photographer and gaming industry journalist. Along with her photography work, she is currently the editor of a lottery trade publication and also runs her own gaming industry website. Her passion for horse racing began in 1973 with Secretariat’s exploits, and in recent years she has been researching his stud career and his descendants. She has photographed many of these horses since the early 1980s, traveling as far as Australia to see them.