Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath is Racing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Roberto Mancini clearly lacks the 'holistic' approach that Manchester City now require from the club's manager

The Last Word: If game fully embraced corporate principles managers would get a bonus for relegation

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Declaration of War makes his first Group One start today

Fencing can make mark in Lockinge

Heavy support during the week suggests a new officer is ready for promotion to the elite corps at Ballydoyle.

Frankie Dettori after another Group One winner, when he was still top dog at Godolphin

Frankie Dettori at the crossroads as he returns

The most stellar name in racing will return unsure of his stature within the sport after his ban and split from Godolphin

Libertarian was a surprise winner of the Dante for Elaine Burke

Libertarian frees up Derby odds with Yorkshire win

He would not have the class, surely, or the speed. He isn't even the right shape. But the sudden squall of hail prompted by his success here suggested that Libertarian, if nothing else, will introduce due grit to the British Turf's greatest race. For his shock success in the trial that honours the North's last winner – now 68 years ago – plainly qualified this big, dour brute as a fitting ambassador for Yorkshire in the Investec Derby a fortnight tomorrow.

Doubts over career led to Frankie Dettori's drug-taking

Frankie Dettori has had 15 random drug tests during the last two months as he prepares to make his return to the saddle at Leicester on Monday. The jockey, banned for six months after traces of cocaine showed in a sample taken at Longchamp last September, told Channel 4 News of his sense of shame and humiliation. "I feel like Lance Armstrong," he said. "They come and knock on my door any time of the day."

Frankie Dettori confesses to cocaine 'shame'

With just four days still to serve, Frankie Dettori's first television interview since the start of his six-month drugs suspension will be broadcast on Channel 4 this evening. Though he has previously acknowledged succumbing to "a moment of madness", Dettori explicitly admits that he had taken cocaine before failing a random test at Longchamp last September.

Liber Nauticus is 7-2 for the Oaks despite a laboured win at York

Nauticus finds it far from plain sailing in Investec Oaks trial

If this was supposed to be the preliminary sketch for an Epsom masterpiece, then for now Liber Nauticus remains closer to an oil tanker than a dashing ocean clipper. Nonetheless she finds herself disputing favouritism for the Investec Oaks, bookmakers having taken an indulgent view of the heavy weather she made of her trial here.

Sir Michael Stoute has not saddled a Group One winner for nearly three years

Sir Michael Stoute needs Nauticus for Classic relaunch

Top trainer suffering a Group One drought hopes Oaks fancy can shine in York rehearsal

Saeed Bin Suroor is targeting a fifth victory in the JLT Lockinge Stakes

Bin Suroor and Godolphin hope to put scandal Farhh behind them

Since agreeing to part company, last autumn, Frankie Dettori and Godolphin have each been tainted by unexpected scandal. Both, however, are now hoping for a fresh start. Next Monday, Dettori returns from a six-month drugs ban for his first freelance mounts following nearly two decades with Godolphin. In the meantime, however, Sheikh Mohammed’s elite stable – rocked by an eight-year suspension for the trainer Mahmood al-Zarooni, over the administration of anabolic steroids – is itself beginning to stir back into life. Saeed bin Suroor, the trainer who had been leapfrogged by Zarooni prior to his former assistant’s disgrace, hopes to resume business as usual at Newbury on Saturday by winning the JLT Lockinge Stakes for a fifth time.

Magician wins the Bet Victor Dee Stakes at Chester yesterday

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