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.

Mounted police try to restore order at Deepdale on Monday night

The Last Word: What have football and Dr Who got in common? Crass hunger for a spectacle

Hysteria is the last thing you should give to those in or around the bear pit

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.

Trainer Gerard Butler still faces an inquiry over his admissions

Trainers avoid charges in Sungate steroid case

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.

Australian Turf mourns jockey Montgomerie

McEvoy pays tribute to leading woman rider killed in fall during race at Darwin Cup meeting

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

Moonlight Cloud puts rivals in shade with dazzling win

Lethal Force no match as mare breaks course record to win Deauville prize for the third time

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The Last Word: Do the galacticos shun us because visiting Stoke just isn't much fun?

New managers at the top three Premier League clubs at least promise more intrigue this season

Montiridge (black cap) finishes in front at Goodwood yesterday

Glorious Goodwood: Hot Snap set to bring Sky down to earth

Nell Gwyn winner can overturn Classic form and cause rare reverse for Hannon and Hughes

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

Glorious Goodwood: Toronado puts Dawn in shade as Richard Hughes pounces with panache

Hannon colt strikes late to defeat Guineas winner at third attempt in 'Duel on the Downs'

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