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St Nicholas Abbey, the Classic flop who became the winner of six Group One races and the highest-earning runner in the history of Ballydoyle, lost his battle with chronic health problems when he had to be put down after an attack of colic.

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The Turf's superpowers have called a truce to divide the spoils at the world's richest fixture

Zenyatta beyond Blame in Eclipse spotlight

If it's January, it must be time to go for a gong. And never mind the Oscars, never has the result of America's thoroughbred equivalent, the Eclipse Awards, been so eagerly debated. Late on Monday night in Miami came the result that had them whooping in the aisles: the people's darling Zenyatta was finally and justly granted the coveted Horse Of The Year title at the third time of asking.

Horse Racing: The moments of 2010

With 2010 drawing to a close, we asked our sport correspondents to cast their minds back over the last 12 months in their specialist fields to recount their moment of the year.

Jumps season cranks up a gear, right on Cue

Incongruous as it seems to be suddenly engrossed by jumps racing, so soon after one of the epic occasions in Flat history, in a way it is the only possible solution. How else could you tolerably follow the deeds of Goldikova and Zenyatta, at Churchill Downs last Saturday, than with a complete shift of focus?

Soumillon favourite to fill Murtagh's seat

Whether he jumped before he was pushed is open to debate, but one of the sport's worst-kept secrets – the deteriorating relationship between those who run Ballydoyle and their stable jockey Johnny Murtagh – was finally made official yesterday with the rider's resignation from his post.

Zenyatta falls short in 'quest for perfection' but legend is intact

You are pretty hard to please if you treat one of the greatest races of all time as an anti-climax. Freeze the moment, deep into that final, shuddering effort. The moment when it became obvious to the fans, screaming and shaking as they were, that a physical capacity consummating generations of horse lore – the giant, sprawling stride of Zenyatta – would reach the end of the spool either one step before the winning post, or one step beyond.

Goldi rocks again for third Breeders' Cup

Historic hat-trick for Europe's leading mare but Zenyatta's brilliant run ends

Cecil's guidance lets Queally's 'natural talent' reach full bloom

They say it might snow here today, and Saeed bin Suroor is in raptures over the possibility. The Godolphin trainer, who returns to Dubai every winter, still regrets the time he just missed a snowfall in Toronto and that delightful smile of his was much in evidence as he discussed the forecast yesterday morning. True, it faded briefly when he disclosed his anxiety about Delegator, whose involvement in the Mile tomorrow is menaced by a bruised foot. But here was one man, at least, who did not seem to be yearning for California.

US racing holds breath before one last cry of 'Go Zenyatta'

The equine First Lady, unbeaten in 19 races, carries fervent hopes and a frisson of fear as she aims for a perfect 20 on Saturday

Cecil relishes regaining place in Kentucky sun with Midday

Henry Cecil ambled back towards the quarantine barn yesterday morning, his drawled asides drifting and dispersing in the tobacco smoke, each jealously salvaged by a cluster of notepads and microphones. His magnetism seemed to obtain a literal quality as press and photographers tried to keep step, stumbling backwards, craning and twisting. Better testimony to his standing on the Turf, however, came from those who have shared it – both the living and the dead.

The sporting week ahead (31/10/10)

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Workforce and Co set to take Kentucky by storm

The management team at Churchill Downs were alarmed on Tuesday when a tornado warning was issued for the Louisville area. They did not like the idea of an 11th-hour repair job on the iconic twin spires, just 10 days before staging the Breeders' Cup. In the event, the epicentre passed to the north, and it might well be that the meteorologists had simply got their wires crossed with the local horsemen. For there is no mistaking the storm gathering over the Atlantic, with the three hottest favourites at the meeting – Workforce, Goldikova and Midday – all being flown across from Europe.

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