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David Ashforth

Twice voted Horserace Writer of the Year, David Ashforth has reported on the races from around the world but somehow always ends up at a Brighton Racecourse.

A horse rider himself (Radnage House riding school, Wycombe Hospital), only an absence of ability prevented him from staying on. Instead, during over 20 years with The Sporting Life and Racing Post, he has commented freely on the shortcomings of professional jockeys, particularly when failing to win when selected to do so. He still believes that Joe Mercer should have won the 1978 Cambridgeshire on Claudio Nicolai.

The author of several books, none of which you will have heard of, David studied History and betting shops at Cambridge University before specialising in the treatment of poverty in the nineteenth century and its acquisition in the twentieth, mainly in Ladbrokes.

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