Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath is Racing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Frankie Dettori dismounts from Asian Trader in trademark style

Frankie Dettori relieved after his 'sweet' comeback victory

After a quiet start to his new career as a freelance, Frankie Dettori last night restored sunshine to his life even as the shadows lengthened at Sandown. Having drawn a blank since returning at Epsom last Friday, the jockey won a sprint handicap on Asian Trader – and promptly treated his fans to a flying dismount. But there was no mistaking the wry, sober look that preceded his trademark celebration, nor the relief with which he had raised a grateful forefinger as he was cheered into the winner's enclosure.

Gary Stevens won the Preakness after coming out of retirement

Gary Stevens backs Oxbow to add Belmont to fairytale return

For each new scandal absorbed by the British racing community, their American cousins seem to contrive fresh consolation. Admittedly the craving for a first Triple Crown since 1978 has already been prolonged by defeat for the Kentucky Derby winner, Orb, in its second leg. But Oxbow's Preakness success none the less consolidated the romantic gains made by Orb, in himself satisfying the patient Derby quest of his admired, old school connections – notably his trainer, Shug McGaughey. Oxbow in turn restored two Hall of Fame titans, Wayne Lukas and Gary Stevens, from the shadows at 77 and 50 respectively.

Air of glory brings cheer for Godolphin

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Frankie Dettori needs races under his belt to hone his talent

Frankie Dettori can prove doubters wrong, if he gets right rides

All his tests were negative, all the thinking should now be positive. That was Frankie Dettori's message to the press and media, when finally making his comeback at Epsom last Friday – delivered, it must be said, with an unfamiliar air of insecurity. In many cases, his plea seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Stubbs in the frame for Royal Ascot

In noting that Ruler Of The World had not been burdened with such a portentous name by accident, John Magnier apologised at Epsom on Saturday for the number of colts owned by the Coolmore partners – George Washington apart, presumably – that had failed to live up to their implicit expectations when named after American presidents. The christening of Stubbs, however, suggests that they may have a masterpiece on their hands after his impressive success at Naas yesterday.

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Prix du Jockey-Club winner can rival Derby victor as Dettori suffers disappointing day

Beckett lands Classic one-two as hidden Talent upstages rivals

As every trainer knows, when you win a race in which you have two runners you must always go and deal with the beaten owners first. And that applies especially when they have just written out a fat cheque for a half-share in a Classic favourite, only to see her run down in the final furlong by your other filly. Sure enough, Ralph Beckett was yesterday alive to his obligations as he celebrated a dramatic consolidation of the breakthrough he made here five years ago.

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Epsom Derby: Dettori clears one last obstacle – and comes last (twice)

Had he known how his mounts were going to perform, he might not have been in such a hurry. As it was, Frankie Dettori encountered one authority figure too many here yesterday, when his comeback was briefly menaced with yet another delay.

Liber Nauticus won her trial at York but the contours of Epsom may not suit her so well

Frankie Dettori back centre stage today – but too late to gain part in Classic drama

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