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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.

Cecil seeks a place in the desert sun

Victory for the trainer at Meydan would symbolically heal a long-standing rift. Chris McGrath reports from Dubai

Stotsfold's speed to whet appetite for the Flat

Only the most heroic punting appetite will remain unsatisfied after the past four days. Happily, however, the racing calendar tends to introduce a sorbet at just the right stage of the banquet. So while the Festival is over, Flat racing resumes on turf next weekend – not to mention the richest meeting in history, in Dubai – and a fortnight later many Cheltenham stars will reconvene at Aintree. And both themes are usefully anticipated by today's televised action, which features a Grand National trial and the climax of the all-weather Flat season.

Racing's rulers need to start again, says Chandler

Victor Chandler doesn't have much time for racing's administrators. "You know, four horseracing enthusiasts drunk in a pub could come up with better ideas than they have." He still loves the sport, and will be at Cheltenham to see his Champion Hurdle chance Zaynar run.

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Meydan fights the doubters

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Rachel wins battle of golden girls

Preakness winner takes 'Horse Of The Year' crown ahead of her rival Zenyatta

Zenyatta set for return to training

Allowances should perhaps be made for those too elated by the return of jump racing to perceive that the weekend found its lasting significance in a fresh start of an altogether different kind. Otherwise it might become necessary to charge them with exactly the sort of blinkered attitude that has been so gloriously rejected by connections of Zenyatta.

Stars outshines his ranking

Dominant Irish colt pays for conservative nature and extravagance of old system

Tensions surface for Eclipse vote

US champions' awards rivalry likely to reflect deep divide over artificial tracks

Chris McGrath: Fractional odds? I'm half-convinced

Inside Track

Chris McGrath: Denman can join Gold Cup greats

Inside Track

Girl Power: Filly Zenyatta beats field of colts to join the greats

If racehorses teach us anything, it is not to perceive the hand of destiny in random events. So many unaccountable things happen on a racecourse that its habitués tend to end up treating the rest of their lives in much the same way – as some kind of across-the-board wager, one that may or may not come off. The best you can hope to do is enjoy the ride.

Fortune conquers adversity thanks to Charm

Victory at Doncaster yesterday in the domestic Flat season's last feature handicap was probably scant consolation for the loss of a trip to the Breeders' Cup in Santa Anita. But despite having to settle for stark black branches and soggy leaves underfoot in south Yorkshire instead of a backdrop of palms and the San Gabriel mountains in California, Jimmy Fortune handed out a lesson in dignity to those in other sports who so readily flounce at the mere thought of being confined to the bench.

Dettori delivers Turf double on Pounced

The setting could scarcely be less like Newmarket, with the slender palms on the infield reaching up towards the hazy San Gabriel mountains. For John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, however, it felt just like home as Pounced got the European challenge off to a flying start at the Breeders' Cup last night.

Chris McGrath: Ponti a Classic pick to keep it real

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