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When he was on a racetrack, Cigar was always a champion, but when it comes to the mating game, he is anything but. Despite more than 30 attempts, the best horse of recent years has so far failed to get a mare into foal, and Allen Paulson, Cigar's former owner, is getting so desperate that yesterday he suggested cloning as a remedy for his horse's ills.

Racing option for failed Cigar

The world's outstanding racehorse may be on his way back to the track. Cigar, the winner of $10 million (pounds 6.3m) in prize-money and of just about every award for racing achievement on offer, may have to resume his career as a runner after a brief and unsuccessful fling at stud.

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Kinane's persuasiveness brings Oscar

Oscar Schindler will attempt to liberate the Melbourne Cup for Ireland for a second time, it was confirmed yesterday. The colt, who is almost big enough to be a prototype for the beast that the dizzy locals wheeled into Troy, will attempt to plunder Australia's greatest prize largely on the advice of Mick Kinane.

Cigar beaten at 1-5 but still goes to Woodbine

Cigar, whose 16-race winning streak was snapped in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August, has tumbled to his second reverse in three races. He failed to peg back the champion three-year-old, Skip Away, in the Grade One Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday night.

Cigar keyed up

Cigar, whose 16-race winning streak was ended in the Pacific Classic last month, remains on course for a crack at the Grade One Woodward Stakes at Belmont on 14 September.

Racing: Outsider extinguishes Cigar

In California of all places you might have expected them to read the script, but a horse called Dare And Go and his jockey, Alex Solis, clearly forgot to do so before the Pacific Classic at Del Mar late on Saturday. This was supposed to be the race in which Cigar would set a new 20th-century American record with his 17th consecutive victory, but Dare And Go left him for dead halfway down the stretchFor 40,000 spectators it was as if Arnie had been plugged by one of the bad guys at the end of the first reel.

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Cigar burns out in record attempt

Legend that rose out of the dirt

A horse who has taken racing beyond the bounds of the track is poised to create history. Sue Montgomery reports: close-up: Cigar

Racing: Cigar ready to roll on to California

Smoking is little short of a criminal offence in the United States these days, but when it comes to Cigar, they are prepared to make an exception. It is not just headline writers who have taken to the horse who has burned and glowed his way through American racing for more than 12 months, and after his record-equalling 16th straight win at Arlington on Saturday, Cigar's public-approval rating has reached a level which any politician would sell their grandmother to achieve.

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