Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath is Racing Correspondent for The Independent.

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The great Gary Stevens is set to appear in the Shergar Cup at Ascot

Stevens to strike in Shergar Cup

While some purists remain reliably condescending, the Shergar Cup has earned a legitimate niche in the racing summer.

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From left: Cathy Gannon, Rosie Napravnik and Lisa Allpress

Napravnik 'Girls' tipped for Shergar Cup success

Having been devised to dismantle barriers between nations, the Shergar Cup could now make a significant breakthrough in the one dividing the sexes. Admittedly the first team of female riders to contest the competition, a year ago, together finished last of four. After the draw for mounts was completed however, Ladbrokes gave Rosie Napravnik, Cathy Gannon and Lisa Allpress every chance of proving first among equals at Ascot on Saturday.

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Another chapter in the Turf's spring of scandal was closed by the British Horseracing Authority, which announced that no charges would be brought against trainers over the use of Sungate.

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Winsili, left, edges home to take the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

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Owner Michael Owen (second left) and jockey Richard Kingscote with Brown Panther after his Goodwood Cup win yesterday

Glorious Goodwood: Brown Panther triumph leaves Michael Owen in the pink

Pre-season never used to be such a sweat. But then football seldom proved this exciting, even on the great days. And if Brown Panther's success here yesterday represented a valid sample of retirement, Michael Owen is hardly going to yearn long for those rainy Tuesdays in Stoke.

Richard Hughes delivers Toronado (right) to land the Sussex Stakes

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