Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath is Racing Correspondent for The Independent.

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Ruler asserts Epsom prerogative

The least they deserved, huddled against the vile rain and wind, was a proper Epsom colt – and that is exactly what the shivering Ladies' Day crowd saw, by name and nature, in Ruler Of The World. Mind you, his runaway success in the MBNA Chester Vase represented only a first increment in Ballydoyle's resistance to Dawn Approach. The Investec Derby favourite is trained for Sheikh Mohammed by Jim Bolger, once mentor to Aidan O'Brien. With the Ballydoyle trainer still to try out various candidates at Lingfield, Leopardstown and York, the likely loss of Kingsbarns – still struggling to get over his setback – is not going to prevent an intriguing Derby stand-off between the sheikh and his traditional adversaries at Coolmore Stud.

Jamie Spencer lands the Chester Cup yesterday on Address Unknown (left), from the eventual third Tominator

Richard Fahey delivers cup via Address Unknown

Round and round the bends they go, a stampede of blurred colour, until hypnotically imprinted on the ambition of those who bring horses here every May. But even the dizziest obsession can be consummated more or less by accident, as Richard Fahey confessed after providing Dr Marwan Koukash with the winner he craved in the most venerable Chester carousel of all.

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Mahmood al-Zarooni appeals against eight-year ban from training following Godolphin scandal

Al Zarooni was found guilty of administering anabolic steroids to 15 horses

Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern celebrates winning The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes from Just The Judge, in red cap

Hughes and Sky Lantern put smiles back into Turf

Jockey's first British Classic win in 1,000 Guineas as Hot Snap fails to last the pace

Dawn Approach with Kevin Manning winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket

Bolger offers Godolphin a new Dawn

Approach heads for the Derby to help Sheikh Mohammed put shame of Zarooni behind him

Dawn Approach winning in Godolphin blue at Newmarket

Sheikh must trust in Dawn of a new Classic approach

When Sheikh Mohammed bought a 51 per cent stake in Dawn Approach last summer, his decision to race the colt in the livery of Godolphin caused many to wonder. What, if anything, could Godolphin still be said to mean? Little could anyone realise, back then, that the answer might prove far more challenging than the question.

Mile looks making of Moohaajim against unbeaten market leaders

Betting on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas is so skewed towards the two favourites that neither retains any vestige of value.

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The unbeaten Orb, favourite for the Kentucky Derby, enjoys a hose down after morning gallops

BHA tests at second Godolphin yard

The process of restoring public confidence in Godolphin was extended to the Newmarket stables of Saeed bin Suroor, whose horses were tested by British Horseracing Authority officials as an unexpected sequel to their work in the nearby yard of the disgraced Mahmood al-Zarooni.

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