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.

Ascot flop Makfi bounces back to spoil Goldikova's record party

There was an episode in the 1960s TV comedy about a talking horse, Mr Ed, in which the eponymous hero confided to his human sidekick, Wilbur, that his racing buddies once let one of their number win because it was his birthday. The trouble with today's upstarts is that they tend not to read scripts, notably Makfi at Deauville.

Lucky beats bad draw to fortify US challenge at Breeders' Cup

However muddled the three-year-old middle-distance division is in these parts, at least in the States they now know who will be carrying the Stars and Stripes against the Europeans at Breeders' Cup time in November. Lookin At Lucky re-established himself as the clear leader of his generation as he put a field that included Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver to the sword in the Haskell Invitational.

Goldikova seals 'perfect 10' to equal Miesque's Group 1 record

The weekend was very much one for number crunching. On Saturday at Goodwood, the Richards Hannon and Hughes took their scores for a glorious record-breaking festival week to nine winners apiece.

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He made it sound like some undeserved sinecure, a perk of marrying into the right family. "I'm the luckiest man in the weighing room, to ride for Richard Hannon," he grinned. "It's as simple as that. Jockeys are ten a penny."

Hanagan flies past century mark to increase pressure on Moore

Paul Hanagan dashed past another significant milestone on what is proving an epic journey for the whole sport at Ayr yesterday, riding his 100th winner of the campaign in the opener. He then rode his 101st and 102nd on his next two mounts, in the process extending his lead over Ryan Moore in the race for the jockeys' championship to 18.

Survey on US racecourse safety gives rough ride to dirt diehards

The Americans have opened up a contentious new front in a civil war with critical international ramifications. For those conservatives who cannot come to terms with the revolution in racing surfaces there must now explain a survey that appears to demonstrate a massive improvement in attrition rates on the new, synthetic tracks.

Dar Re Mi tuned up for Eclipse tilt

A certain theme, already evident this season, may well be continued at Sandown on Saturday. The female of the thoroughbred species has been performing with great credit in open company at the top level this season; think Goldikova, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, think Plumania, who nosed out perennial best man Youmzain at Saint-Cloud on Sunday, think Sariska, High Heeled, Chinese White, Daryakana, Fleeting Spirit, all Group One-placed.

Lillie Langtry set for centre stage in fillies' mile decider

In contrast to the gorgeous throng in the stands, the females on the track itself today comprise a very grey area. All three of the major fillies' Classics over a mile have produced chaotic finishes, and it is time the protagonists introduced some clarity in the Coronation Stakes.

Shalanaya sharp enough to bring French fashion to the fore for second day

By starting yesterday with three consecutive Group One races, Royal Ascot sets itself an impossible standard for the rest of the week. The one elite prize offered today, moreover, owes its highly competitive nature to the lack of a truly outstanding operator at this level. Timeform, for instance, rates no fewer than eight of the runners within 4lb of each other, and their marginal best, Twice Over, managed to find three to beat him in a similarly tight field last year.

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