Olivier Peslier looks booked for a double in the Shergar Cup at Ascot today

Nabucco the more realistic outcome than True Story

True Story was once a big deal - but Nabucco is ready for the step up

Red Avenger (right) responds to Jimmy Fortune’s urgings to land the Betfred Mile from Heavy Metal at Goodwood yesterday

Goodwood: Blinkers help galvanise Red Avenger as Dunlop takes a tip from Ballydoyle front

From the outside, Red Avenger did not seem an obvious candidate to bring more Goodwood joy for Dunlop

Goodwood: Muthmir primed to give Haggas another Stewards’ Cup success

Muthmir stands out in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood today – and don’t be put off by his draw.

Ireland’s Kieren Fallon rides the Godolphin-trained horse Cavalryman to victory in the Goodwood Cup yesterday

Goodwood Festival 2014: Cavalryman powers to Cup victory as Estimate falls away

A second crack at this year’s Melbourne Cup is a thrilling prospect for the eight-year-old

James Doyle returns in triumph aboard Kingman after the Sussex Stakes

Goodwood Festival 2014: Kingman and jockey James Doyle show different gears to swoop in Sussex Stakes

Three-year-old colt overcomes rivals' go-slow tactics to prove he is the best miler in training

Es Que Love (centre), ridden by Adam Kirby, wins the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood

Goodwood Festival 2014: Es Que Love’s the winner once again – at 22nd sight

The five-year-old won the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood today

Beacon will attempt to follow up his recent victory on Sandown’s uphill five furlongs over Goodwood’s downhill test

Goodwood: Beacon to light glorious trail for Richard Hannon

Leading three-year-old miler Kingman faces last season’s Sussex Stakes winner Toronado

In control: Taghrooda leaves a strong field in her wake in the King George

King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2014: Taghrooda proves she is very special

Filly could now be given the chance to define herself as a rarer breed still by heading on to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
John Gosden saddles three runners in Ascot’s showpiece

Take Taghrooda to bridge age and gender gap for Ascot prize

Taghrooda is not the highest-rated in the field this afternoon, but she is the only one unbeaten and as such still an unknown quantity

The Queen with Estimate after her Ascot Gold Cup victory

Estimate’s failed drug test: Red faces but no real scandal for racehorse owned by The Queen

The Gold Cup winner had traces of morphine in her 'A' test sample, understood to be from horse feed accidentally contaminated with poppy seeds

Queen Elizabeth II stands beside Estimate, in the winner's enclosure after it won the Gold Cup on the third day of Royal Ascot 2013, in Berkshire, west of London.

Queen's racehorse Estimate tests positive for banned substance

The horse won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup last year

Hard ridden: Colm O’Donoghue drives Bracelet (right) to victory in the Irish Oaks, beating Volume into third place

Irish Oaks 2014: Bracelet provides further decoration for Aiden O’Brien’s glittering array of jewels

The 10-1 chance went past trailblazing Volume a furlong out and had enough in reserve to hold Tapestry

Tony McCoy has surpassed Martin Pipe's record of 4,191 wins

Tony McCoy rides It's A Gimme to Summer Plate victory to surpass his old ally Martin Pipe's record as he achieves hi 4,192 career win

McCoy admits it will be a 'satisfying call' tonight when he speaks to Pipe after his victory at Market Rasen

Al Kazeem will make a low-key return to racing today

Irish Oaks 2014: Tarfasha’s hopes rest on rain holding off

The filly wants good ground at the Curragh

Feel the noise: Slade Power, ridden by Wayne Lordan, lands the July Cup

Slade turns on the power to show he is sprint king

It was business as usual in the world of speed, with the accent on business. Slade Power, trained by Edward Lynam in Co Meath and owned by an Irish bookmaking family, pretty much established himself as the best sprinter in Europe as he added the July Cup to last month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

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